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French Rugby Rocked By Fourth Death In Eight Months

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French rugby was left mourning the death of a 23-year-old student on Monday, the fourth young player to have died in eight months. Nathan Soyeux, who was not registered with the French rugby federation (FFR), passed away in Dijon on Sunday, having been admitted to hospital after an adverse reaction to a tackle in a match at a tournament for …

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Siya Kolisi: Mandela Would Not Have Supported Current Racial Quota

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Springboks skipper Siya Kolisi has said he does not believe iconic former South African president Nelson Mandela would have backed racial quotas for the national team.   Speaking to a Japanese news agency during a recent visit to that country, Kolisi said: “I don’t think he (Mandela) would have supported that (quotas), but I don’t know him. “I would not …

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Robbie Henshaw In Contention For Toulouse After Injury Return

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Fans of both Leinster and Ireland will be buoyed by the news today that Robbie Henshaw has returned to training earlier than expected after suffering a hamstring injury in November. The 25-year-old suffered the injury during the warm-up for Ireland’s November series test match with Argentina at the Aviva Stadium. At the time it was expected that Henshaw would be out …

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Johnny Sexton A Doubt For Pivotal Toulouse Champions Cup Clash

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Johnny Sexton has been ruled as doubtful for Leinster’s pivotal Champions Cup clash with Toulouse this weekend.  Stuart Lancaster confirmed today that the Irish out-half and World Rugby Player of the Year has not trained with the provincial outfit since suffering a lower leg injury during Leinster’s inter-provincial clash with Munster on December 29. Sexton is rated as 50/50 heading …

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Laidlaw Helps Clermont End La Rochelle’s Winning Streak


Scottish scrum-half Greg Laidlaw claimed 18 points as French Top 14 leaders, Clermont, ended La Rochelle’s run of seven straight wins with a five-try, 44-19 victory on Sunday. Laidlaw scored one of his team’s tries and booted two conversions and three penalties — all in the first half — as Clermont stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to three …

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Ian Ritchie Refutes Talk Of ‘Civil War’ Between RFU & Premiership Rugby

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Head of Premiership Rugby, Ian Ritchie has rubbished suggestions of an ongoing feud with the governing body (RFU) over the issue of scrapping promotion and relegation.  Ritchie’s comments come after The Mail on Sunday reported that Premiership Rugby bosses are threatening to break away from the RFU and start their own independent league. There has reportedly been a year of …

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Sean Cronin Brace Helps Leinster To Bonus Point Drubbing Of Ulster

Two tries from Sean Cronin helped Leinster defeat interprovincial rivals 40-7 Ulster in their Pro14 clash at the RDS on Saturday afternoon. Looking to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to Munster last week, Leinster started off incredibly brightly and grabbed the first try of the game after just five minutes when Sean Cronin bundled the ball over the line following …

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Bath Reduced To 11 Players As Worcester Claim Last-Gasp Win

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Worcester Warriors have claimed a vital victory at home as they overcame Bath 21-19 at Sixways.  In what was a bizarre end to the game, the away side were reduced to 11 men as discipline went completely out the window. Bath were leading 19-3 at halftime but they were pegged back to 19-11 when Bryce Heem crossed for a try and …

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Denny Solomona Cut Saracens To Pieces In Superb Sale Try

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It’s now three successive wins for Steve Diamond and the Sale Sharks after they overcame Saracens 24-18 at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday night.  The win sees the Sharks up to fourth in the table and they will be determined to secure a coveted playoff spot although there is still a long way to go in the season. Sale …

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Steve Diamond Gives His Side Of The Story After Journalist Altercation

Steve Diamond Sale

Steve Diamond was interviewed by BT Sport before his side’s 24-18 win over Saracens on Friday night where he provides his side of the story to the altercation between himself and journalist Sam Peters which dominated headlines during the week.  Diamond took umbrage to an article Peters wrote back in September where the journalist criticised the Director of Rugby’s approach …

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Rob Kearney Highlights Influence of Jared Payne On Ulster’s Form

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Rob Kearney will captain Leinster on his return to first-team action when they welcome Ulster to the RDS tomorrow evening (kick-off 5.15pm). It is the first meeting between the two provinces this season, and both are opting for a second-string side, ahead of crucial Champions Cup fixtures scheduled for next weekend. Leinster’s stand-in skipper believes they can’t read too much …

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Leinster’s Pivotal European Clash With Toulouse Is A Sell Out

Leinster have confirmed that all 18,500 tickets for their key Heineken Champions Cup clash with Toulouse in the RDS Arena next week, have sold out.   Toulouse are currently the Pool 1 leaders and lie two points ahead of Leinster on 17. The French side have won all four of their games so far, including a one-point victory over Leinster at …

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Wales Hooker Ken Owens To Start At Number Eight This Weekend

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It is very rare to see extreme positional changes in rugby due to the specialised nature of each of the 15 starting slots, but such is the injury crisis in Scarlets, international hooker, Ken Owens is having to switch to number eight this coming weekend against the Dragons. Owens has amassed 60 caps for Wales thus far, and has established …

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