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Northampton Saints Appoint Alan Gaffney As Interim Technical Coaching Consultant

While the search for a long-term replacement for former director of rugby Jim Mallinder continues, Northampton Saints have appointed veteran Australian coach Alan Gaffney as an interim technical coaching consultant. The vastly experienced Gaffney, who has most recently worked as the National Elite Programmes Coach with Rugby Australia, has prior experience coaching in the English Premiership having served as the …

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Northampton Saints Part Ways With Jim Mallinder

Northampton Saints confirmed today that they have parted ways with long-serving director of rugby, Jim Mallinder. According to a statement on the club’s website, the board made the decision to oust Mallinder, who took over at Northampton in 2007 and whose decade-long stint at the club’s helm is the longest of any director in the entire Aviva Premiership, due to …

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Toulon Have Sacked Diego Dominguez And Replaced Him With An Englishman

Toulon have parted company with manager Diego Dominguez and promoted recently hired backs coach Mike Ford to the top role in the club. The Argentine-born ex-Italian international has been under pressure to produce results in recent weeks following a sluggish start to the Top 14 season, and with additional reports of unrest in the camp, owner Mourad Boudjellal has now dispensed with his head …

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PRO12 Champions Connacht Snap Up Talented Second Row From Wasps

EXETER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Pat Lam, Head Coach of Connacht looks on ahead of the European Rugby Challenge Cup match between Exeter Chiefs and Connacht at Sandy Park on October 25, 2014 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Connacht have confirmed the signing of 28-year-old lock forward James Cannon from Wasps. The news was confirmed in a press statement on the Connacht Rugby website on Monday afternoon, and revealed that Irish-qualified Cannon, who stands at 6ft 8, has already joined up his new team-mates in Galway and was included in the province’s European Champions Cup squad, which was …

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Wasps Coach Dai Young Has Given An Update On Danny Cipriani’s Head Injury

Wasps head coach Dai Young has said that fly-half Danny Cipriani’s head injury “is nothing serious” following the playmaker’s departure from Wasps 20-15 win over the Northampton Saints on Saturday in Franklin’s Gardens. Cipriani was withdrawn early in the second half after colliding with Saints number 8 Louis Picamoles and did not return to the pitch as Jimmy Gopperth would move …

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Alex Corbisiero Explains Why He May Never Play In The Premiership Or England Again

Former England and Northampton Saints prop Alex Corbisiero has said that he “probably won’t play in the Premiership or in English Rugby again” if he can receive further media opportunities after signing with American broadcaster NBC as part of their Premiership Rugby coverage for this season. Corbisiero, 28, announced last December that he was taking a 12-month unpaid sabbatical from professional rugby …

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Big Statement Of Intent From Bristol As They Sign Highly Rated Hurricanes Back

Hurricanes full back and former New Zealand U20’s star Jason Woodward has agreed to join Premiership newcomers Bristol, with the club confirming the signing on the club’s official website earlier this afternoon. Woodward joins Andy Robinson’s squad after two successful seasons with the Hurricanes where he started 10 games last season en route to the club’s maiden Super Rugby championship. The …

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Ranking European Rugby’s Top 10 Clubs Right Now

With Europe’s top rugby leagues still only getting into gear after a long summer break, it’s a good time to rank the continent’s top ten clubs at present. There is Irish representation but our initial list is dominated by some massive English and French clubs. Quelle surprise! ______ 10. Leinster The last few years have been painful for the three-time European champions, …

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Preview: The Top 5 Battles To Watch In The Aviva Premiership This Weekend

Aviva Premiership Round 2 pairs together last season’s best four teams in a compelling set of fixtures. How will champions Saracens fare at Sandy Park and will Leicester Tigers’ pack prove too strong for Wasps? Here are the top five battles to watch from these two crucial Premiership matches. They’re going to be close… _____ Leicester Tigers v Wasps (Saturday) …

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Polota-Nau Headlines Host Of Super Rugby Players Linked With A Move To The Premiership

Tatafu Polota-Nau of the Wallabies

Wallabies and NSW Waratahs hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau headlines a host of Super Rugby players linked with a move to the Aviva Premiership with newly promoted Bristol reportedly interested in acquiring the 31-year-old forward. According to the Bristol Post, Polota-Nau has reportedly said his goodbyes to his Waratahs teammates, and is on the verge of signing for Andy Robinson’s side at the conclusion …

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Aviva Premiership Review: Top English Performers Of The Weekend

After England’s successful tour of Australia in the summer, the Aviva Premiership got back underway last weekend and we’ve rated the top English performers (including England qualified) from the opening round of League action – with one eye on the upcoming November’s Test matches. 1. Mako Vunipola – Saracens Vunipola gave another impressive performance in a game where Saracens struggled to make …

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Three Options Bath May Look To At Number 8

BATH, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Leroy Houston of Bath charges upfield during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Leicester Tigers at the Recreation Ground on May 7, 2016 in Bath, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Following Taulupe Faletau’s unfortunate injury in the early stages of his Aviva Premiership debut against Northampton at the weekend, 2015 finalists Bath will be looking for someone to plug the gap at the back of the scrum whilst the Welsh talisman recuperates. The obvious person to fill this void is Scotland back row Dave Denton and he will most likely …

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Exclusive: Schalk Burger Talks Springboks Captaincy And Life In London

St. Albans is a city district just outside London which lies east of Hemel Hempstead and west of Hatfield, about 19 miles north-north west of London. In Roman times the town was a common destination for travellers heading north on the old Roman road of Watling Street, so it’s kind of fitting that today it is now the new home of Springbok flanker Schalk Burger, a …

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Aviva Premiership Team Of The Week- Round One

Saracens v Worcester Warriors - Aviva Premiership

The Aviva Premiership has begun! It’s been an enthralling, fanatic and energetic start to the 2016/17 season. Saracens carried on their dominance over English rugby with the largest win of the weekend against Worcester Warriors. Leicester Tigers produced a record breaking comeback against Gloucester to come out on top at Kingsholm. Meanwhile in Newcastle, the Falcons managed to pick up …

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Bath And Wales Star Could Be Out For Some Time Following Debut Injury

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Taulupe Faletau of Bath is helped from the pitch during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Bath at Franklin's Gardens on September 3, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Just twelve minutes into his competitive debut for Bath, Taulupe Faletau suffered an injury that could keep him out of the black, white and blue jersey for some time. Before the game fans from all over the country were licking their lips at the prospect of the battle between French number eight and pure powerhouse Louis Picamoles and the consistent, …

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