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British And Irish Lions As Relevant As Ever In Professional Rugby World

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 07: The Lions players observe a minutes silence in remembrance to the the victims of the London Bridge terror attack prior to kickoff during the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour match between the Blues and the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park on June 7, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Much has been made of the Lions’ commitment to off-pitch pleasantries since landing in New Zealand last week. Seldom is a day not punctuated by a school visit or official welcome and woe betide a tourist forced to go 24 hours without respectfully receiving some manner of Haka. Warren Gatland has spoken at length about the importance of appreciating Kiwi culture and …

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Watch: Horrific Leg Break For All Blacks Hopeful At The Brisbane Tens

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Mitchell Graham has gained several admirers in recent months with his performances for the Chiefs leading to some suggesting the 26-year-old could get a call-up to the All Blacks’ squad. Playing in the Brisbane Tens Tournament for Dave Rennie’s side when he suffered a ghastly leg break after getting his foot caught underneath his opponent. Check out the shocking moment …

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The Five Best Number 8s In World Rugby At Present

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Lucas Noguera of Argentina (R) and Santiago Cordero of Argentina (L) attempt to stop Billy Vunipola of England during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and Argentina at Twickenham Stadium on November 26, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Number 8 is one of the most important positions on the field tactically, as the players who feature there are often the link between the forwards and the backs, and are used as a team’s ball carrier when go-forward is needed. Here we take a look at the five best players in the position today. _______ 5. Facundo Isa (Argentina) …

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Shocking Statistic Suggests The All Blacks Are Treated Differently Regarding Yellow Cards

The fallout from Ireland’s bruising loss to New Zealand at the weekend continues and now a shocking statistic has surfaced which suggests the All Blacks may be given favourable treatment by match officials. Following their loss to Ireland in Chicago’s Soldier Field back on November 5th, the expected backlash from New Zealand was swift and brutal. Scoring a try in …

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A Tier One & Two XV Consisting Of Just One Player From Each Nation

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 05: Rhys Webb of Wales is tackled during the international match between Wales and Australia at the Principality Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

If a team were to be formed with only one player from each tier one or tier two country being allowed to represent it, who would make up the strongest team? I believe the following is the best way of utilising the players available from some of the world’s top rugby nations. _______ 1. Tendai Mtawarira (South Africa) The aptly nicknamed …

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Analysis: Have The All Blacks Become The USA Basketball Of World Rugby?

There is a belief in some circles that FIBA’s decision in 1989 to allow professional basketball players to compete in the summer Olympics ruined the game of international basketball. Between 1972 and 1988 the United States men’s basketball team had won just two Gold medals from four possible tournaments. The US had famously boycotted the 1980 Olympics in Moscow due to the Soviet Union’s decision to …

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All Blacks Squad For Rugby Championship Named: SBW Returns, McKenzie Out

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen resisted temptation and selected the tried and trusted over the young and gifted in his Rugby Championship squad, which was announced on Monday. Sonny Bill Williams will be jet-setting from the Rio Olympics straight into the midfield while Julian Savea retains his place despite only featuring from the subs bench for the Hurricanes recently. The Chiefs …

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All Blacks: Whose Stocks Rose During The Wales Series?

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Following New Zealand’s series whitewash over Wales, Kaal Kaczmarek looks at whose stocks have either risen, fallen or stayed as they are within the All Blacks squad.  ______ Stocks up Beauden Barrett was the undoubted star of the series. His fizzing pace and skills turned the first Test, guided the second and controlled the third. He grew more assured with …

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Making The All Blacks Is About Timing

Since the professional era of rugby began, Ireland has produced a number of world class rugby players. Like every other country, Ireland has developed players up through the academy system in a bid to produce players eligible for higher honours later in life. Similar to Ireland, New Zealand have a finely tuned development program that picks the cream of the …

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Watch: All Blacks Wonderkid Dubbed ‘Jonah Lomu’s Clone’

All Blacks player Rieko Ioane during the 2016 Sydney Sevens match at Allianz Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.

It looks like New Zealand may have produced another global rugby star in the making. New Zealand is known for its ability to produce generation after generation of world-class rugby talent. Most famous among them has been the late great Jonah Lomu. The rugby fraternity continues to mourn the loss of the great man, who died late last year, and his …

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Waimumu Game Should Inspire Promoters Of Rugby In Europe

during the Super Rugby trial match between the Highlanders and the Crusaders at Fred Booth Park on February 11, 2016 in Invercargill, New Zealand.

Recently the Highlanders and the Crusaders drew 19-19 in their match on Fred Booth’s paddock in Waimumu, outside Gore, Southland. The pre-season match was set up there as part of the Southern Field Days, a three-day rural fair, which includes a tractor pull and other competitions. The match was attended by some 6,700 people, a large number for such a remote …

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All Blacks Legend Jonah Lomu Pinpoints Australia’s Main Threat

Legendary All Blacks wing Jonah Lomu has been speaking ahead of Saturday’s World Cup final and he feels that there is one area of the pitch in particular which Australia possess a ‘different dimension’ to the All Blacks.  This is in many ways the final most neutrals would have wanted to see with the only side who’ve beaten the All …

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All Blacks Likely To Ring The Changes For Namibia Game

After a tough opening win against Argentina the All Blacks will now focus all their energy on Namibia, regarded as one of the minnows of this World Cup. Namibia have a couple of excellent players. Their skipper Jacques Berger is a regular starter for England club champions Saracens and would be a dead cert pick in almost every World Cup team. …

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Rugby World Cup Rant: Get Rid Of The Kick

We’ve only just begun and one fan is already sick of the kicking mentality of some teams in Rugby World Cup 2015.  Apart from Japan’s amazing upset over the Springboks in Brighton and Ireland thumping Canada in Cardiff it has been a somewhat mediocre start to the World Cup. I’m not sure whether its the Twickenham gloom or just rustiness …

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