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Quade Cooper And His Not So Subtle Dig At Brad Thorn

Quade Cooper

Quade Cooper and Brad Thorn have had a fractious relationship, to say the least.  The former All Black, who is now head coach of the Queensland Reds, axed Cooper from the Reds’ 2018 Super Rugby season while the 30-year-old plied his trade playing club rugby in the NRC with Queensland. It is expected that Cooper’s Super Rugby exile will come …

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Brad Thorn: I Don’t Want Cocaine Around This Team

Brad Thorn has outlined his tough stance on cocaine which he sees as a “serious issue”.  Currently, James Slipper has been suspended for two months for testing positive for cocaine on two occasions. Karmichael Hunt is also suspended at the moment for the possession of Xanax during the current Super Rugby season. Hunt was previously suspended in 2015 for being in …

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Watch: Brad Thorn Fumes At Red Card That He Sees As A ‘Love-Tap’

The Queensland Reds finished off their Super Rugby campaign with a 48-27 victory over the Sunwolves at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Friday.  Thorn’s first year in charge of the club probably wasn’t as successful as he would have hoped but he will be confident of making further improvements next season. The match was blighted by controversy, however, as …

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Ardie Savea Vs Sam Cane: Statistically Similar But Worlds Apart

DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 21: Sam Cane (L) Ardie Savea of the All Blacks during a New Zealand All Blacks training session on June 21, 2016 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)

Ardie Savea was never meant to stay in the shadows. On Saturday, he gets his chance to lay down a challenge to Sam Cane’s hold on the venerated number 7 All Black jersey against the Springboks. The two champion players are united in talent but are worlds apart as individuals. Ardie Savea and Sam Cane’s Instagram accounts are a good …

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The World’s Five Greatest Rugby League Converts

Since the dawn of professionalism rugby union has embraced a number of players from the other code: rugby league. We take a look at the most successful players to have made the switch. For the purposes of this exercise we have ignored those players who first started out in union before switching to league, particularly players like Scott Gibbs and …

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The Premiership ‘Old Timers’ XV

Accusations have at times been thrown at England’s Premiership that it is a southern hemisphere ‘graveyard’ where ageing Kiwis, Aussies or South Africans head to in the last few years of their careers, but exactly how true is that? We’ve put together a team of the oldest players in each position to have played in the Premiership. Roger Murtaugh from …

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International Rugby: The World’s Oldest XV

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 27: Nick Easter of Harlequins is held by Kieran Brookes during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Harlequins at Franklin's Gardens on March 27, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

As sports science within rugby continues to improve, some players seem to be able to prolong their careers more and more, year after year. Here, we have put together a XV containing the oldest players to have taken to the field in the Aviva Premiership, Pro 12, Top 14 and Super Rugby competitions. There are some very big names here, …

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Where Does Paul O’Connell Rank Among The All Time Great Second Rows?

The news that many Irish rugby fans have been dreading for the better part of this decade has finally been delivered – Ireland captain Paul O’Connell has announced his retirement from rugby effective immediately. O’Connell’s retirement will close the curtain on what has been a tremendous professional rugby career for both Munster and Ireland as the 101 test veteran prepares …

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Video: Ex-All Black Thorn Shows He’s Still As Competitive As Ever With Pulverising Tackle

In a recent Rugby Aid charity game between England and a Rest of World team, Brad Thorn literally cracked the ribs of one unfortunate opponent with a pulverising tackle.  Thorn obviously hasn’t lost his competitive edge having officially called time on his professional career at the end of last season, aged 40. Charity games, in any code, are renowned for their …

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