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“Yeah You Do Worry About Lads Whose Contracts Are Up”

Ian Keatley

Someone’s ears were burning.  Just as former Munster out-half and current Benetton 10 Ian Keatley was speaking to the media about how family life has altered his view on life and rugby, there was a brief interruption… “My daughter’s knocking on the door!” And that’s when Keatley’s two-year-old daughter, Beth, was introduced to the world of Zoom video conferencing as …

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RFU Confirm Newcastle To Replace Saracens In Premiership

Newcastle Premiership

Newcastle Falcons have received confirmation from the RFU that they will be promoted to the Gallagher Premiership for the 2020-21 season. Dean Richards’ side were 18 points clear at the top of the Championship table, having won all 15 of their league games, when the RFU took the decision to cancel the remainder of the season due to the ongoing …

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Johnny Sexton Claims Ireland Captaincy Could Come Under Review

sexton captaincy

Johnny Sexton believes his position as Ireland captain may be reviewed following the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  The Leinster and Ireland out-half took over the captaincy from Rory Best at the turn of the year before leading Ireland in their opening three games of the 2020 Guinness Six Nations before all sporting events ceased due to the pandemic. Speaking on Off …

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Eddie Jones Signs New Contract Extension With England

Eddie Jones

England head coach Eddie Jones has signed a new contract extension which will see him remain in charge until the 2023 World Cup in France.  Jones’ current contract was due to expire in 2021 but it was expected that it would be extended, especially after the Australian guided England to the World Cup final last year. Jones has a win …

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“A Lot Of Players’ Dreams And Careers Are Going To End”

Bernard Jackman

Sport across the world is in a difficult and troubling place. And rugby is no different.  We have already seen that the US Rugby Union have filed for bankruptcy and the Australian Rugby Union have stood down 75% of their workforce. While closer to home, the IRFU have implemented pay deferrals to all professional players in the country. No one …

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Rugby Australia Stand Down 75% Of Its Workforce Due To Covid-19

Rugby Australia

Rugby Australia, rugby’s governing body in Australia, announced that they have stood down 75% of its workforce from April 1 to June 30, while any remaining staff will have their hours reduced or will be offered significant salary reductions due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.  Rugby Australia are looking at a loss of up to $120 million if the entire …

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USA Rugby File For Bankruptcy Amid Covid-19 Financial Difficulties

USA Rugby

USA Rugby’s Board of Directors and Congress voted to officially file Chapter 11 bankruptcy as a result of financial constraints caused by the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Earlier this month, the governing body suspended all rugby activity indefinitely and that has “accelerated the existing financial challenges facing the Union”, according to a statement on their website. USA Rugby will now undergo …

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Can You Get Top Marks In This Rugby Stadium Quiz?

Rugby Stadium Quiz

Can you get top marks in this rugby stadium quiz?  We have developed a quiz which will test your knowledge of some of the most famous rugby stadiums around the world. How familiar are you with some of these hallowed grounds which have seen some epic clashes in the past? The premise for this quiz is very simple. We give …

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Quiz: Name The All-Time Top Try Scorers In Test Rugby History

Rugby Quiz

The nostalgic mood continues here at Pundit Arena as we look back at some of the greats to play the sport of rugby union.  In our latest quiz, we want you to cast your minds back to remember the greatest and most prolific try-scorers in Test rugby. With the current season suspended indefinitely due to the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, …

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Quiz: Name The Historic Munster Side Which Won The 2008 Heineken Cup

Munster Quiz

After a disappointing 2006/2007 European campaign, Munster were back on track a season later with the final destination once again being Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium.  The stage of their maiden Heineken Cup victory just two years previously, Munster went into the final where they met Toulouse who contained some French rugby royalty in the shape of Fabien Pelous, William Servat, Thierry …

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Recalling “The Worst Moment” Of Paul O’Connell’s Career

Paul O'Connell

As Covid-19 continues to put an indefinite halt on the rugby season, we’ve decided to dig out some of our favourite autobiographies in search of some interesting and memorable anecdotes.  Paul O’Connell’s ‘The Battle’, co-authored by Alan English, is a superb read. It gives a fascinating insight into the mindset of one of Ireland’s greatest ever players and the steely …

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