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Folau Becomes First To Win Back-To-Back Australian Players’ POTY Awards

Australian full back Israel Folau has become the first player to successfully defend his John Eales medal with the Rugby League convert becoming the first player in history to be voted Australia’s Players’ Player of the Year for consecutive seasons. For the second year running, Folau was the leading vote receiver amongst Wallaby players, with his team-mates voting him to a …

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Watch New Zealand Rugby Pundits Write Off England’s World Cup Chances

Analysts from The Breakdown demonstrate little confidence in England New Zealand rugby show The Breakdown, did not hold back in their criticism after they analysed England’s World Cup warm up defeat to France. Former All Blacks Jeff Wilson, Justin Marshall and Ian Jones, were critical of England’s lack of discipline, inconsistent selection and set piece difficulties. Jones was particularly scathing arguing that …

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Joe Schmidt Names Ireland Team to Face Wales

Joe Schmidt has announced the Irish team to play Wales on Saturday. Joe Schmidt has recalled many of his big guns for Ireland’s World Cup warm up game against Wales. Paul O’Connell will captain the side from the second row where he will be partnered by the impressive Iain Henderson. With fitness issues surrounding Marty Moore, Connacht’s Nathan White gets another chance …

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Stuart Lancaster Names England World Cup Squad

Stuart Lancaster has announced England’s World Cup Squad Stuart Lancaster has unveiled the squad that he hopes will win the World Cup on home soil in October. As expected Danny Cipriani has missed out, with Lancaster taking only Owen Farrell and George Ford as his fly halves. Both Sam Burgess and Henry Slade have been included, meaning that Luther Burrell has …

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Pro 12 Tweet Doesn’t Go To Plan With Hilarious Replies 

The Guinness Pro 12 is set to begin on Friday Week. With the Pro 12 season about to begin on September 4, the league’s marketing people tweeted asking supporters to let them know of their favourite memories from previous seasons. Although it seemed like a good idea to engage with supporters on the eve of the new season, fans quickly voiced their displeasure …

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Warren Gatland Reveals Wales Team To Play Ireland On Saturday

Wales coach, Warren Gatland, has announced the Welsh team to play Ireland on Saturday Warren Gatland has returned many of his top players to the Welsh team to play Ireland on Saturday. The fixture will see Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric and Taulupe Faletau selected as a formidable back row, with Rhys Webb and Dan Biggar forming the half back partnership. George North’s …

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Are England Being Too Conservative By Not Selecting Danny Cipriani?

Stuart Lancaster is set to exclude Danny Cipriani from England’s World Cup Squad. Despite having an extremely effective cameo from the bench against France last weekend, Danny Cipriani is set to be excluded from Stuart Lancaster’s World Cup squad. Cipriani’s absence from will come as a blow to the player, who also missed out on the 2007 and 2011 campaigns. Not only have many …

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Nick Cummins Goes Full ‘Honey Badger’ In Underwear Advert

We usually pride ourselves on being able to understand most of Nick Cummins’ ‘Cumminsisms’. But this time we’re well and truly stumped.  So we can safely say it’s an advert for underwear. But a large part of that can be attributed to the fact Nick is wearing nothing but underwear. As for what he’s saying. Nick ‘The Honey Badger’ Cummins, …

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England Rugby’s Midfield Dilemma – Pressure On

Stuart Lancaster will name the 31 men tasked with bringing the World Cup to England at lunch time on Thursday, and prying eyes will be keen to see what decision Lancaster makes in his midfield. With George Ford and Owen Farrell in as fly-halves, Sam Burgess, Brad Barritt, Luther Burrell, Henry Slade, and Jonathan Joseph are all vying for a …

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Romania Announce Rugby World Cup Squad, Include 16 Semi-Pros

Romanian head coach Lynn Howells is the most recent man to name a 31-man squad ahead of September’s Rugby World Cup. Howell’s panel features 15 fully professional players and 16 semi-professional players. The Oaks stand as one of the weaker teams in the tournament but offer plenty in the way of experience. Veteran number 8 Ovidiu Tonita is set to …

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Johne Murphy Announces Retirement

Former Munster and Leicester player, Johne Murphy, has announced his retirement from rugby Johne Murphy has announced that he is to retire from rugby aged 30. Murphy’s career saw him play with Leicester between 2006 and 2010 before joining Munster at the beginning of the 2010/11 season. Murphy enjoyed a successful career, winning three Premiership titles and an EDF Energy Cup with the Tigers and a …

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Watch As Rugby Ball Bursts On Impact During ITM Cup Game

A ball burst after being kicked in a game between Northland and Southland in the ITM Cup We have seen many strange things happen on a rugby field over the years, but this has to rank amongst the oddest. During the 4th minute of an ITM Cup match on Saturday, Northland’s Dan Hawkins had a kick charged down by Southland’s Tim Boys. However as …

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Dylan Hartley Could Yet Be Recalled

Despite his suspension, Dylan Hartley could yet see action at the World Cup. Although Dylan Hartley is serving a suspension for headbutting Jamie George during Northampton’s Premiership Semi Final defeat to Saracens, he has been given a World Cup lifeline by England forwards coach Graham Rowntree. The former prop stated on Sky Sports News HQ that Hartley could be called upon …

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