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Wales Fail To Clinch Top Spot In Latest Rugby World Rankings

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The recent weekend of international rugby has had a major bearing on the latest World Rugby rankings.  The last few days have seen a welcome return to top international rugby as countries around the world prepare for the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup. Australia’s emphatic win over the All Blacks in the opening match of this year’s Bledisloe Cup saw …

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Joe Schmidt Provides Update On Joey Carbery Injury

Joey Carbery

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has said that the ankle injury suffered by Joey Carbery in Saturday afternoon’s win over Italy at the Aviva Stadium is “stable”.  The Auckland-born out-half left the field on a stretcher 10 minutes into the second half with an ankle injury. Carbery attempted to walk off the field but he struggled to put weight on …

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Six Try Wallabies Thump All Blacks In Bledisloe Opener

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The Wallabies put on a scintillating display to emerge 47-26 winners over the All Blacks in the opening match of the 2019 Bledisloe Cup.  Michael Cheika’s side showed their intent early on when they made a number of linebreaks in the opening minutes but they couldn’t convert that pressure into points on the scoreboard until the excellent Christian Lealiifano slotted …

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Bledisloe Cup Promo Sure To Add Fuel To Australian Fire

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Australia and New Zealand are set to lock horns this weekend and write yet another chapter in the history of the Bledisloe Cup. The competition consists of an annual three-match series involving the two rugby heavyweights with two of their Rugby Championship clashes counting towards the final result. The pair go head to head in Perth this weekend and the …

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Alun Wyn Jones Set To Break Record Against England On Sunday

Alun Wyn Jones is set to become Wales’ most-capped rugby player of all time on Sunday when he captains the Welsh side against England at Twickenham. Jones will lead the side out on his 135th Test match (126 for Wales, nine for the British and Irish Lions) as Warren Gatland names an experienced line-up for their first Rugby World Cup …

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Eddie Jones Names Two Debutants In Starting XV For Wales Clash

England head coach Eddie Jones has named two debutants in his starting XV for Sunday’s clash with Wales at Twickenham. Jones hands Gloucester’s Willi Heinz his first cap at scrum half with Bath’s Ruaridh McConnochie set to start for England on the right wing. Leicester Tigers’ fly-half George Ford will captain the side on his 56th cap while Anthony Watson …

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Andy Farrell Wants To See What Jean Kleyn Can Bring To The Table

Jean Kleyn

All going according to plan, Jean Kleyn will make his Ireland debut on Saturday at the Aviva Stadium.  The 25-year-old South African has completed his three-year residency period which sees him qualify to play for Ireland just in time for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. He’s been named to start on Saturday which could also see an international debut for …

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James O’Connor Starts For The Wallabies In All Blacks Bledisloe Clash

James O'Connor

James O’Connor was the shock inclusion in Michael Cheika’s Wallabies team selection for Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash with the All Blacks.  O’Connor made his first appearance for Australia since 2013 two weeks ago in the win over Argentina when he was sprung from the bench. However, Cheika has now entrusted him to start at outside centre for the Wallabies as …

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Hansen Names Very Powerful All Blacks Side For Wallabies Showdown

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All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has named a side which looks close to his strongest XV for Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash with Australia in Perth.  In total, Hansen has made six changes to the side which drew 16-16 with the Springboks in Wellington two weeks ago. Up front, Dane Coles replaces Codie Taylor at hooker and Scott Barrett comes …

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