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Creatine May Have Contributed To Jonah Lomu’s Death

All Black Jonah Lomu brushes aside Wallaby's Matt

A former team-mate has suffered from similar kidney problems. In the immediate aftermath of Jonah Lomu’s death, controversial Irish rugby journalist, Neil Francis, argued that creatine contributed to the tragedy that befell the legendary winger In his Irish Independent column, Francis claimed the supplement was widely used in New Zealand rugby throughout the 1990s, particularly at the Auckland Blues. While many criticised Francis’ …

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Does Joe Schmidt Feature In Ireland’s Future Plans?

Joe Schmidt

Will Ireland be in Joe Schmidt’s managerial plans this time next year? Ask any rugby fan who Joe Schmidt is and they will instantly be able to tell you. Such is the fame that comes from a managerial career as successful as Schmidt’s. To many he was unknown before his successes as head coach with Leinster and subsequently Ireland. However, …

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Bath Sign Kiwi Fly Half

Bath have signed yet another player. Bath have announced the signing of Kiwi playmaker, Dan Bowden. The fly half, who can also play in midfield, will join Bath in January. Bowden joins from the Auckland Blues and will give Bath additional depth during the Six Nations when George Ford and Jonathan Joseph and called up to the England squad. Having previously played …

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Neil Francis Blames Creatine For Jonah Lomu’s Death

Neil Francis’ article has caused much debate. While Irish rugby writer, Neil Francis, is no stranger to controversy, he is one of the few commentators who consistently highlights the issue of doping in rugby. It was therefore interesting to read his article relating to the passing of Jonah Lomu in the Irish Independent. While Francis acknowledges the risks involved in …

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Charles Piutau To Join Wasps

All Black wing Charles Piutau is set to join Wasps for six months. After being left out of the All Black squad for the World Cup, Charles Piutau has agreed to join Aviva Premiership side Wasps for six months, according to the BBC. Piutau had been expected to travel to the World Cup with New Zealand, play another season of Super Rugby with the …

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GIF: Sopoaga’s Inch-Perfect Cross-Field Kick For Highlanders vs Blues

In round 18, the Highlanders were comprehensive victors over the Blues, winning 44-7 to set-up a home play-off for the first time since 1999, against the Chiefs. One of the magic moments of the game came courtesy of Lima Sopoaga, however, when he kicked an inch-perfect cross-field ball to the corner, where Patrick Osborne was waiting with a perfect off-load. This …

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Watch: Tevita Li Breaks New Zealand U-20 Try Scoring Record

New Zealand’s under-20 player Tevita Li has just broken the record for tries scored in this age group at the World Rugby Under-20 Championships.  In the Baby Blacks’ mauling of France at the semi-final stage, the Blues winger scored a hat-trick of tries to cement himself in the record books. His tally helped the under-20s win the tie 45-7 against …

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VIDEO: Doug Howlett Gets Revenge…Again…And Again

You don’t mess with Doug Howlett.   The All Black and Munster legend, Doug Howlett, was known for his ferocious pace and excellent try scoring record. With an absurd 49 tries in 62 international tests, Howlett is currently the 5th highest try scorer in Rugby Union history and remains 1st on the all time try scorers list for the All …

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