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The Top Performers As Saracens Clinch Third European Crown

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Sean McMahon reporting from St James Park, Newcastle.  There was no shortage of standout performances as Saracens secured their third European crown in four years as they defeated Leinster 10-20 in Newcastle this evening.  That counts for both teams as Leinster put it up to Saracens for long periods and they had impressive individual performances of their own. Here, we …

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Saracens In “Great Condition” To Secure Third European Crown

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Sean McMahon reporting from St James Park, Newcastle.  Saracens captain Brad Barritt believes his side are in “great condition” ahead of their Heineken Champions Cup final with Leinster at St James Park on Saturday.  Mark McCall’s side more or less have a full-strength side to choose from with Michael Rhodes the only major absence from the squad. In fact, Rhodes’ …

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The England ‘Forgotten’ XV

With England being spoilt for choice in terms of depth and the quality of talent available to the coaching team, we take a look at the players who have largely been ignored since the Eddie Jones era began back in December 2015. David Wilson One of three tighthead props in Stuart Lancaster’s 2015 World Cup squad, experienced head Wilson has …

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Does England Selection Favour Certain Clubs?

Does being at one club make you more likely to represent England than another? We take a look at the players who have been capped since the beginning of Stuart Lancaster’s time in charge and see if there are any correlations between capped players and the clubs they play at. This writer recently wrote a piece where it was suggested …

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Watch: Delon Armitage Handed Two Week Ban For Hand Off During Top 14 Encounter

Fans, referees, and players have yet to get fully acquainted with World Rugby’s latest tackle directives. The game between the Exeter Chiefs and Saracens last weekend saw Richard Barrington sent off for a high tackle on Geoff Parling, a red card that was subsequently rescinded, as Brad Barritt’s initial challenge sent the England lock falling in the direction of the prop’s …

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The England ‘South African-Born’ XV

England take on South Africa in a mouth-watering fixture where the home team will be hoping for their first victory over the Springboks in almost a decade. However, a number of South African-born players have gone on to wear the white jersey and we’ve put together a team of those players and those who could go on to carry the …

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Leicester Tigers 2002 Vs. Saracens 2016: Rating Each Player To Find Out Who Was The Better Team

Although the rivalry between the Leicester Tigers and Saracens may only be a modern incarnation, they have both given rise to two of the best club teams in the history of English rugby. While the core of the Leicester team may have had it’s roots in the amateur era, they were completely professional in their approach. The Tigers won four Premiership titles …

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England’s One-Cap Wonders (1997 to 2016): Do England Waste Talent?

Does England waste talent? It’s something fans of the Red Rose have been asking themselves for decades and it’s something a number of high-profile names in the game have accused the country of doing, including World Cup-winning All Blacks coach Graham Henry. A while back this writer put together an England ‘Wasted Talent’ XV made up of players who were …

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The Millionaires’ Playground: Premiership Rugby Following In Football’s Footsteps

With the arrival of Bristol being confirmed after an aggregate victory over Doncaster in the Championship play-off final, the number of Premiership clubs with multi-millionaire backers is on the rise, emulating the extraordinary amount of investment from private owners in Premier League football. Newly-promoted Championship winners Bristol are owned by Stephen Lansdown, who also runs Bristol Sport, meaning he has …

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England’s ‘Forgotten Men’ XV

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Harry Thacker of Leicester breaks with the ball during the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter final match between Leicester Tigers and Stade Francais at Welford Road on April 10, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Eddie Jones has named three squads in the past couple of days: his squad to tour Australia, his Saxons squad to head to South Africa and finally his extended squad to take on Wales in the one-off Test this coming Sunday. Yet, there are still a number of players who will count themselves very unlucky to not be involved. We …

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European Champions Cup: Saracens Are The New Munster

READING, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Billy Vunipola (C) of Saracens, celebrates after his team are award a penalty try during the European Rugby Champions Cup semi final match between Saracens and Wasps at Madejski Stadium on April 23, 2016 in Reading, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

In Saturday’s European Champions Cup semi-final, Wasps played with reckless abandon at times and lit up the Madejski Stadium with some wonderful running rugby. However, it was Saracens’ ruthless efficiency and tactical awareness that won the game for them, not unlike the famous cup-winning Munster teams of old. Wasps’ potency is found within their back division: the sharp delivery of …

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Opinion: Why We Should Thank Ex-England Coach Stuart Lancaster

during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on September 18, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.

Stuart Lancaster’s time in charge of England ended with scathing criticism from both the media and fans alike, but now that the dust has settled, is it time to re-evaluate his tenure and what he achieved with England? Lancaster’s time in charge of England ended where it began: a miserable World Cup curtailed with an early exit. Back in 2011, …

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Rise Of The Six Nations Phoenix

For too long the type of rugby played by top clubs and international teams has been divided by a false dichotomy: ping pong or basketball? Focus on the set-piece, stick it up the jumper and turn the back division into a set of kick-and-chasers. Alternatively, forget about scrums and lineouts and throw the ball about as much as possible. Too …

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England Coach Eddie Jones’ Centre Dilemma

How do you solve a problem like an England centre partnership? Not since the heady days of 2003 have we seen a consistent 12 and 13 combination and it is no surprise that the team has only won one major tournament in 13 years. After Will Greenwood and Mike Tindall were split up, we’ve seen endless chop and change with the …

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Southern Hemisphere Six Nations XV

This southern hemisphere Six Nations XV should act as a wake up call. With the Six Nations nearly upon us, the various coaches from the competing nations have begun the process of naming their squads. While it is interesting to read and listen to the debates surrounding the inclusion of certain players, it is hard not to notice the number …

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