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Mathieu Bastareaud Fears For International Future

Mathieu Bastareaud is fearful he is about to be dropped Mathieu Bastareaud has admitted that he fears not making the French World Cup squad. The centre revealed that his battering ram like qualities, maybe outdated as the game continues to evolve. Bastareaud stated, ‘It’s like the dinosaurs: they were there and then suddenly, they disappeared’. Comparing to his own unique physical …

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Three Reasons Why Australia Will Beat New Zealand

Despite going into this weekends clash as underdogs, Australia will have more than a fighting chance This season’s Rugby Championship could be seen as a prelude to the World Cup, as teams have chosen to keep much of their powder dry. The shortened nature of this years competition, allied to the fact that a number of high profile players have been rested …

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Irish Team to Play Wales Announced

Joe Schmidt has today announced his team to play Wales on Saturday Ireland coach, Joe Schmidt, has announced an experimental Irish line up to take on Wales on Saturday. Jack McGrath has been named in a front row that also includes Richardt Strauss at hooker and veteran tight head Mike Ross. In the second row, Donnacha Ryan will make his first Irish appearance …

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James Hook Shocked By Wales Call Up For Ireland Test

Wales coach Warren Gatland has named Gloucester utility James Hook at fly-half for Wales’ upcoming warm-up test with Ireland this Saturday in what will be his first start since November 2014. Hook will partner Mike Phillips in the halves for Wales with Phillips also getting his first start since 2014. Wales’ most capped scrum-half joining Hook in the halves for the first time since …

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Michael Hooper and David Pocock to Start Against New Zealand

Michael Cheika has selected both Michael Hooper and David Pocock to play against the All Blacks In a move that was expected, Australian coach Micahel Cheika, has selected both open sides to play against the All Blacks. Nevertheless it will be the first time Hooper and Pocock will have played together, with the latter being selected at number eight. The move …

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Conrad Smith: We Love To Hate Australia

New Zealand’s Conrad Smith won’t be relinquishing possession of the Bledisloe Cup without a fight this weekend. The All Blacks head to Sydney this weekend to take on the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship decider at ANZ Stadium, as New Zealand look to retain both the Rugby Championship and the Bledisloe Cup with a win Saturday night. A win for …

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Bowe Impressed By Trimble But Knows Competition For Places Will Be Tough

Ireland and Ulster winger Tommy Bowe says that the Irish team are working very hard during training camp for next month’s World Cup with competition for places starting to intensify before Schmidt names his squad at the end of the month. Ireland take on Wales this weekend as the defending Six Nations champions look to kickstart their World Cup preparations with …

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Preview: South Africa To Layeth The Smacketh Down On Argentina

Saturday sees third play fourth in the Rugby Championship, as South Africa and Argentina go head-to-head. Trevor Oakland previews the clash for Pundit Arena. Ahead of this weekend’s clash, the good news for visitors Argentina is that the game is being played in Durban; a sea level venue where altitude issues will not be a problem. Sadly, that’s where the …

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Munster Sign Paul O’Connell’s Replacement

Munster have found a replacement for legendary second rower Paul O’Connell, with the province announcing today that they have completed the signing of Mark Chisholm who signs on a two-year deal pending a valid work permit. Chisholm is expected to replace O’Connell in Munster’s second row with the Australian international expected to line up alongside Dave Foley in the Red …

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De Villiers Named Captain In Return To Test Rugby

Springbok centre Jean de Villiers returns to international rugby for the first time since suffering a horrific knee injury against Wales last November, with South African coach Heyneke Meyer naming De Villiers captain at outside centre. The Springboks take on Argentina at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday with both sides still looking for their first wins of the tournament after back-to-back …

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All Blacks Preparing For Hooper & Pocock Tandem

New Zealand assistant coach Ian Foster has said that the All Blacks must nullfiy the threat of Wallaby backrowers David Pocock and Michael Hooper if New Zealand want quick, clean ball during Saturday’s Rugby Championship decider in Sydney. New Zealand will face Australia at ANZ Stadium this weekend with the All Blacks gunning for a fourth consecutive Rugby Championship victory, and after winning comfortably …

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An In-Depth Look At Pool A Of The Rugby World Cup

The RWC2015 event kicks off at Twickenham on the 18th of September, involving twenty countries from around the globe, after 95 countries that entered. The world’s top twelve countries automatically gained a place directly with a further 83 fighting it out for the remaining 8 places during a qualifying process that started way back in March 2012 where Mexico hosted …

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The Way Of The Warthog – The Inspiring Story Of Oakland Rugby

“If you’re a warthog, you grind the dirt. You run the dirt.” Oakland ranks third in a list of the 10 most dangerous cities in the United States. According to Forbes, the city has roughly 1,683 instances of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants falling just behind St. Louis and Detroit. We’ve had a kid whose mother stabbed his father on …

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WATCH: South African TV Analyse Which Centre Pairing The Springboks Need

With the wooden spoon looming for the Springboks, SuperSport take a look at who the Springboks need to avoid embarrassment and feature in the Rugby World Cup.  With Springbok captain Jean de Villiers’ return imminent, SuperSport anchor Xola Ntshinga and commentator Kaunda Ntunja discuss how this might impact the promising partnership of Damian de Allende and Jesse Kriel ahead of …

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Sam Burgess To Be Selected Ahead of Billy Twelvetrees?

Reports Suggest that Sam Burgess will be included in Stuart Lancaster’s squad ahead of warm up games With Stuart Lancaster looking to trim his England squad by up to nine players, both The Telegraph and Daily Mail have reported that Sam Burgess will avoid being dropped. It has been reported that Burgess will be included at the expense of Billy Twelvetrees, who along with …

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Michael Hooper Cleared To Play New Zealand

Michael Hooper has been freed to play against the All Blacks next weekend The Michael Hooper saga looks like it has taken its final twist, after SANZAR’s appeal against the flanker’s lenient suspension was thrown out. Although Hooper had been cited for striking Argentinian outhalf, Nicolas Sanchez, he was found to have done so ‘in circumstances of considerable frustration and in …

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