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“They Earn A Shit-Load Of Money, So They Can Pay The Fines”

New Zealand hooker Dane Coles isn’t too concerned about the fine England received following their V-shaped formation when facing the All Blacks haka but admitted that he and his teammates found the response “awesome.” England were fined and reprimanded for the response which saw them breach World Rugby’s rule which states that an opposition team cannot cross the half-way line …

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World Rugby Announce Nominees For Breakthrough Player Of The Year

World Rugby

The nominees for the World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year have been announced with England, South Africa and France all represented. Joe Cokanasiga (England), Herschel Jantjies (South Africa) and Romain Ntamack (France) are all nominated following their eye-catching performances throughout the year. To be eligible for this award, players must have played less than one year of senior international …

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All Blacks Ring The Changes For Third Place Play-Off With Wales

All Blacks

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has made seven changes to the side who lost out to England in the World Cup semi-final last week for their third-place play-off against Wales on Friday.  Dane Coles comes in at hooker for Codie Taylor, Shannon Frizell starts at blindside flanker for Scott Barrett who moves to the second row replacing Sam Whitelock …

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England Fined Following V-Shaped Formation In Response To Haka

Owen Farrell Haka

England have been fined for the V-shape formation the team made when facing New Zealand’s haka before their clash with the All Blacks in last weekend’s World Cup semi-final. According to the Guardian, England have been reprimanded and fined a four figure sum although it is believed to be less than the £2,500 that France had to pay for adopting …

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Munster Defence Coach JP Ferreira Signs Contract Extension

JP Ferreira

Munster have announced that their defence coach JP Ferreira has signed a contract extension which will keep him in Limerick until June 2022.  Ferreira arrived at Munster in December 2017 as he replaced Jacques Nienaber who departed for the Springboks alongside Rassie Erasmus. Ferreira has had a strong impact in his time with the southern province with Munster boasting the …

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England Go Top Of The World Ahead Of World Cup Final

World Rugby rankings

England are now ranked as the number one side in the world after their excellent win over the All Blacks on Saturday in the Rugby World Cup semi-final.  Of course, there are much bigger prizes at stake for Eddie Jones and his side as they aim to lift the Webb Ellis trophy for the first time since 2003 when they …

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Warren Gatland Thinks England May Have Peaked Too Early

Warren Gatland

Warren Gatland admits that he was highly impressed with England’s performance as they dethroned the All Blacks in Saturday’s World Cup semi-final.  Gatland will have to contend with a third-place playoff against Steve Hansen’s side next Friday but when quizzed on what he thinks will happen during Saturday’s final, the Wales head coach suggested that Eddie Jones’ side may have …

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Times, Dates & Venues For World Cup Final & 3rd Place Playoff

World Cup Final time

After five weeks of Rugby World Cup action, we finally know who will be contesting the final on November 2.  England will meet South Africa where both sides will be hoping to lift the Webb Ellis trophy for the first time since 2003 and 2007, respectively. This will also be a repeat of the 2007 final. The dreaded third-place playoff …

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Owen Farrell On Why England Lined Up Against The Haka In V Shape

Owen Farrell Haka

Owen Farrell and his teammates have explained why England lined up against the haka in a V shape immediately before kick-off in today’s World Cup semi-final.  As Ireland learned last week, taking a step forward against the haka doesn’t always result in an inspired performance but England decided to take a different approach for their clash with the reigning champions. …

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