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Carl Hayman Speaks Out Against International Selection Restrictions

Former All Blacks prop Carl Hayman has spoken out against players being barred from test rugby on account of the club they represent. Hayman retired from the professional game last weekend by captaining French club Toulon to their third consecutive European title. The French club defeated Clermont at Twickenham by 24 points to 18 in a Leigh Halfpenny inspired masterclass. …

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EPCR Champions Cup Gets OWNED By Pissed Off Fan

He’s just saying what we were all thinking. The official Champions Cup Facebook page walked itself straight in to this one last week.  _____ There’s something beautiful about organisations, created more or less solely to extract money from normal people sleep walking itself in to a witty retort. In the case it was the EPCR Champions Cup page in the …

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Toulon’s Dominance: Good, Bad Or Just Plain Ugly?

Toulon made it three in a row this weekend, a feat never before seen in the old Heineken Cup or new ERCC format. But what are the ramifications of the disproportionate actions taking place in French Rugby? Toulon won a historic third European title in a row on the first Saturday of May against Clermont Auvergne. This is quite an achievement …

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Hurricanes Score Great Team Try

The last pass looks like it might have been forwarded, but who really wants to ruin a great team try like that by getting some pesky TMOs involved, eh? Blade Thompson took it over the line for the Hurricanes after some fantastic play from Beauden Barrett from deep. As mention, TJ Perenara’s pass has a hint of forward movement about it …

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At This Rate Leigh Halfpenny Is Going To Run Out Of Teeth

Leigh Halfpenny may have an ERCC trophy to show off following yesterday’s victory for Toulon but he won’t have many teeth left by the time retirement comes around at this rate.  He’s given a little extra again @LeighHalfpenny1 for the game.. Now he smiles like a piano pic.twitter.com/V8dlzVJP8V — Matt Giteau (@giteau_rugby) May 3, 2015 Halfpenny scored 14 of Toulon’s 26 points as …

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VIDEO: Guinness Pro 12 Try Of The Season Nominations Announced

An Official GUINNESS PRO12 panel of experts have selected their eight favourite tries from the first 20 rounds of this season’s Guinness PRO12 but it’s the fans who will decide which one is the Sky Sports Guinness PRO12 Try of the Season. Featuring eight outstanding candidates from Munster, Connacht, Glasgow Warriors, Edinburgh and Ulster, the try of the season decision now …

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An Ode To Gordon D’Arcy On His Retirement

After being left out of Leinster’s most recent contract renewals list, there had been a lot of ambiguity surrounding the future of Leinster centre Gordon D’Arcy. Today the Irish international has signalled his intentions to retire from professional rugby, hanging up his boots after 17 seasons at Leinster this October, after the Rugby World Cup. D’Arcy made his debut for …

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Brilliant Rugby Ad From Argentinian Beer Company

Argentinian beer company, Salta Beer, replaced rugby players’ missing teeth with bottle openers as part of an ad campaign. The bizarre ad, created by agency Ogilvy Argentina, tracks a dental surgeon who, teamed with Salta beer, decides to reward rugby players who had “given everything on the pitch”…with bottle opening teeth. “We decided to give rugby players back the teeth …

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Clermont vs Toulon: The Final Nobody Wants To See

This Saturday evening French giants Clermont and Toulon go head-to-head at Twickenham in a bid to be crowned the best team in Europe, but there’s just one problem, and that is the fact that this final is refusing to capture the public’s imagination. With news that Twickenham is likely to be half empty come the weekend, it’s likely to be a massive blow to the organisers …

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Leinster’s Ian Madigan At A Crossroads In His Career

Patrick Kinsella discusses how Leinster’s Ian Madigan is now at a crossroads in his career. We are now entering the final weeks of the 2014/15 season, a season which was to be a monumental one for every Irish player with international aspirations. There are those experienced competitors like Sean O’Brien, who having had a lengthy period of bad luck with …

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Streaker Starts Brawl In Rugby Game After Tackling Player

After a short video of Chris Hala’Ufia nailing a streaker over the weekend went viral, we decided to take a look for some other streaker infused madness.    This video captures a naked spectator invading a pitch and disrupting a varsity rugby match between Newcastle University and Northumbria University. For some reason the streaker is ignored as he lines out on …

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VIDEO: Valentine Holmes Ridiculously Acrobatic Try vs The Sharks

Valentine Holmes of the Panthers touched down this absurdly acrobatic try against the Sharks yesterday morning. The control and focus that this takes is really and truly beyond us. Keeping control of the ball whilst managing to keep his feet and body in the air as he is being double tackled from behind. He could be our Valentine any day… Sorry. …

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Video: 10 Moments That Exemplify Quade Cooper’s Greatness

In the wake of the news that fly-half Quade Cooper would be swapping Queensland Reds for Toulon this summer, we’ve been scouring the interweb for some of his best bits of skill.  Youtube has provided us with this gem, which illustrates just what the Australian international will be bring to northern hemisphere rugby. Toulon, who have already reached the Champions …

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