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Gatland Eyes All Blacks Lions Decider Ahead Of Springboks Tour

Lions All Blacks Springboks

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland would like to see his side face off against the All Blacks next year before they travel to South Africa to take on the Springboks in a three-Test tour.  The match would be billed as a “decider” after the Lions secured a dramatic series draw against the All Blacks during the 2017 …

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Quiz: Can You Name Every Lions Captain From The Last 20 Years?

Lions Captains Quiz

In our latest rugby quiz, we’re shifting focus from Irish rugby to the British and Irish Lions.  We’re going to start off with a relatively simple one by asking you to name every player to have captained the Lions in a Test match in the last 20 years. So that’s the catch, this quiz doesn’t include players who captained during …

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EPCR Release Statement On Club World Cup Proposal

Club World Cup Rugby

EPCR have released a statement to address the media reports which emerged on Monday which outlined details of a proposed ‘Club World Cup’.  The competition, which is being proposed by the president of the French Rugby Union, Bernard Laporte, would see a 20-team club competition created which would involve teams from both the northern and southern hemisphere. However, reports on …

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Radical World Club Rugby Competition Could Be On The Cards

World Club Rugby Competition

The president of the French Rugby Union, Bernard Laporte, is proposing a radical new club rugby competition which could see the much loved but often maligned Champions Cup become defunct.  Laporte is hoping to become vice-chairman of World Rugby and he will seek election next month as Bill Beaumont aims to continue as chairman of the game’s world governing body. …

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Quiz: Can You Name The Youngest Try Scorers For Ireland?

Ireland Try Rugby Quiz

In our latest rugby quiz, we’re focussing on the young Ireland players who made an immediate impact at international level.  To be precise, we want you to name some of the youngest players ever to score a try for Ireland. To keep it relatively recent, we are focussing on players who have played for Ireland since the mid-1990s. To help, …

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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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