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Finn Russell Out Of Ireland Clash Following “Breach Of Team Protocol”

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Scotland out-half Finn Russell will miss his side’s Guinness Six Nations opener against Ireland following a “breach of team protocol”, Scottish Rugby have confirmed. Gregor Townsend’s men are currently in a team camp in Edinburgh as preparations continue for the clash in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, February 1. However, those preparations have been hit with a major blow as …

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Rival Premiership Clubs Helped Place Saracens Under The Microscope

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Premiership clubs contributed to the formation of the investigation which ultimately led to Saracens’ relegation according to a report in The Times on Wednesday.  It is reported that Premiership clubs were providing information to Premier Rugby in relation to Saracens’ suspected breaches of the salary cap. Some clubs did their own investigations and it is understood that Harlequins compiled a …

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England Squad To Air Grievances Over Saracens Salary Cap Issues

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Eddie Jones has claimed his England squad will hold talks this week to resolve any anger stemming from the ongoing salary cap scandal to hit Saracens. Saracens, who will be relegated at the end of the season, boast seven squad members ahead of the 2020 Guinness Six Nations. Speaking to the BBC, Jones said he will preside over talks with …

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Pathway To The Top A Crucial Motivating Factor For U20 Squad

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Ireland U20s head coach Noel McNamara believes that the U20 age-grade is an ideal platform for players to grow and develop into senior players.  And it’s difficult to argue with when you consider the rise of some of last year’s Grand Slam-winning contingent. Azur Allison (Ulster), Ryan Baird (Leinster), Michael Milne (Leinster), Niall Murray (Connacht), Scott Penny (Leinster), Harry Byrne …

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McNamara Names Ireland U20 Squad For Upcoming Six Nations

Ireland U20 Squad

Head coach Noel McNamara has named his Ireland U20s squad ahead of the beginning of the U20 Six Nations which begins in less than two weeks’ time.  There are seven players included in the squad who were also involved at this age-grade last year during the 2018 Grand Slam triumph and the U20 World Cup in Argentina. Ireland get their …

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England Have Named Their Squad For The Six Nations

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England have named their squad for the Six Nations. England head coach Eddie Jones has named a 34-man squad for the tournament, which gets underway next weekend. The World Cup finalists begin their campaign against France in Paris on Sunday, February 2. Jones has called-up 22 players who played at the World Cup in Japan last year and eight uncapped …

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Champions Cup Quarter-Finals Confirmed Following Dramatic Weekend

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The quarter-finals of the Heineken Champions Cup have been confirmed following the final weekend of action in the competition’s pool stages. The tie of the round is undoubtedly defending champions Saracens game against top seeds Leinster with the English club securing a spot in the last eight with victory over Racing – just a day after their Premiership relegation was …

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“Freaky” Incident Ruled Chris Farrell Out Of Munster Team

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A “freaky” training ground incident is what caused Chris Farrell to be ruled out of today’s Heineken Champions Cup clash between Munster and Ospreys at Thomond Park.  Munster secured a bonus-point 33-6 victory to sign off their European campaign on a high but they did so without the services of Farrell who was withdrawn from the starting XV before kick-off. …

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Saracens Will Be Relegated At The End Of The 2019-2020 Season

Premiership Rugby have confirmed that Saracens will be relegated from the top flight at the end of the 2019/2020 Premiership season. Saracens are the reigning Premiership champions in addition to being holders of the Champions Cup but will start next season in the RFU Championship. The club was fined £5 million in November and deducted 35 points for failing to …

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Nash Replaces Injured Earls As Munster Try To Salvage European Season

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Munster’s Calvin Nash will make his Heineken Champions Cup debut in their final pool game against Ospreys this weekend in Thomond Park.  The game will also mark a first European start for Fineen Wycherley while Academy duo Ben Healy and Jack O’Sullivan have been named among the replacements. Following last Sunday’s 39-22 loss to Racing 92 in Paris, Johann van …

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James Ryan Returns As Leinster Eye Top European Seeding

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Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has named his team to take on Benetton in the final pool round of the Heineken Champions Cup on Saturday (KO 1 pm).  The eastern province travel to Italy to take on Benetton and they have been boosted by the return of James Ryan who has been missing in recent weeks due to a calf …

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Ulster Make One Change For Champions Cup Showdown With Bath

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Ulster have made one change to their side ahead of their final Heineken Champions Cup Pool 3 game against Bath at Kingspan Stadium on Saturday.  Despite their loss to Clermont Auvergne at the weekend, Ulster remain confident of securing a Champions Cup quarter-final spot knowing that any manner of victory against Bath will see them progress. Tom O’Toole – who …

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