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Shane Williams Gives Schoolboys A Sidestepping Masterclass

We know they’re School boys and Shane Williams is well, Sane Williams. But he does make it look pretty easy.  If for whatever reason, you feel you need a Shane Williams refresher then this video should suffice, though we urge you to just surf Youtube anyway, you’ll find some Williams gold. The former Wales and Ospreys man scored 290 points …

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Ireland’s Rugby World Cup – Semi-Final Or Bust

Ireland kicked off their Rugby World Cup preparations at Carton House yesterday as Joe Schmidt’s 45 man squad assembled in Kildare to begin training for September’s Rugby World Cup in England. It marked the beginning of what will be a four month campaign for Schmidt and his squad, as many feel Ireland are capable of derailing any southern hemisphere title aspirations. World Cup holders …

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VIDEO: That Physics Defying Kevin Penny Try From The Challenge Cup

Oh no he didn’t!!! The Warrington Wolves took on the Leigh Centurions on Saturday and there was an absolutely mind bending try scored. The Wolves reached the Challenge Cup semi-finals  after their victory over the Centurions but the game will surely be most remembered for this effort from Kevin Penny. During a back and forth contest that finished 34-24, Penny …

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Was This Anthony Allen’s Best Try

Leicester centre, Anthony Allen, was forced to retire last week at the age of 28 Allen began his professional career at Gloucester, where he made 91 appearances. His form during 2006 earned Allen an England call up, making his debut in November of that year against New Zealand. In 2009 Allen moved to Leicester, partnering Manu Tuilagi in midfield. While he was …

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How Ireland Should Respond To The Haka

  Ahead of a potential World Cup Quarter Final encounter with New Zealand, Ireland should look to the past to find ways of responding to the Haka. Motivation has rarely been an issue for Irish teams, however they can be at their most dangerous when they are playing with their backs against the wall and having nothing to loses. This feature …

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Matt O’Connor Has His Say on His Sacking as Leinster Boss

Former Leinster Head Coach Matt O’Connor publically aired his views in the aftermath of his sacking In many ways the manner in which Matt O’Connor was removed from his position was a watershed moment for Irish club rugby. While Tony McGahan, Rob Penney and Mark Anscombe all left Ireland under a cloud, their departures differ from that of Matt O’Connor. Although …

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Ireland’s Extended World Cup Squad – Familiarity Over Form?

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt named his 45 man extended training squad yesterday ahead of Ireland’s upcoming World Cup warm-up games against Wales, Scotland and England in August and September, and the New Zealander has had to make some tough decisions regarding player selection. Munster outhalf Ian Keatley and props James Cronin and Stephen Archer, Leinster forwards Rhys Ruddock (arm injury) and Mick McCarthy, …

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Ranking The World’s Top Ten Number 8s

Yes, it’s that time of week again. This time, we’re ranking the top number 8s in world rugby. In case you missed them, here are our full-back and out-half rankings. As ever, let us know your thoughts in the comment section below or on our Facebook page. _____ 10 Johnnie Beattie Beattie, currently at Castres, is one of the best …

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Joe Schmidt Names Ireland’s Extended World Cup Squad

Joe Schmidt yesterday announced his extended World Cup Squad that will begin preparations for the tournament in Carton House on Monday. The main talking points surrounding Schmidt’s selection were the omission of Ian Keatley and James Cronin. Although Keatley had a case for inclusion, given his form leading up to his Six Nations debut, his inconsistent performances since then have …

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Serge Blanco Resigns as President of Biarritz

The legendary figurehead of Biarritz, Serge Blanco, has stepped down as President of the club. Serge Blanco resigned as President of Biarritz after failing to gain a two thirds majority to bring about a merger with Basque rivals Bayonne. Although negotiations have been ongoing for some time, they have often been heated, as sections of supporters from both clubs opposed the …

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Great Highlights Tribute To ‘Stormin’ Norm Berryman

Just weeks after the passing of Jerry Collins, the All-Blacks have lost another son. Norman Berryman was just 42 years old when he passed away yesterday.  Norman Berryman died of a heart attack in Autralia last night. The 42 year-old former All-Black only played once for his country, but was a cult hero for certain fans of Super Rugby. His …

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The Last Day Of The U20 World Rugby Finals Gave Us Five Scintilating Tries

New Zealand were crowned champions after defeating England whilst South Africa brushed aside France to claim third. Both games gave us some scintillating tries. Things started off with a third place play-off between France and South Africa. The French, though defeated, arguably got the Try of the match with Arthur Bonneval’s solo effort. For team play though Lucas Blanc after …

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