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Opinion: Why Denny Solomona Should Not Play For England

SALFORD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 18: Denny Solomona of Sale Sharks looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Sale Sharks and Saracens at AJ Bell Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Salford, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Sale Sharks’ rugby league convert Denny Solomona has lit up the Aviva Premiership with pace, power and guile that has won him many admirers in the union world. Yet the winger’s recent announcement of his intention to play for England is deeply problematic. Born in New Zealand, the Auckland powerhouse quickly made an impact at London Broncos and Castleford Tigers, …

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Five Candidates To Replace Eddie Jones As England Coach in 2019

Eddie Jones has recently revealed that he will most likely leave his England head coach role after the Rugby World Cup in 2019, so who are the leading candidates to replace him should he go? We pick five potential replacements. 5) Steve Borthwick Former Bath, Saracens and English lock Borthwick moved straight into coaching before the conclusion of his playing …

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The England ‘Australia And New Zealand’ XV

We’ve put together a team of Kiwis and Aussies that have either played for England or English individuals who have a close connection to either country. 1) Perry Freshwater Current loosehead Mako Vunipola is of Tongan heritage, but was born in Wellington before moving to Wales in his early childhood. However, former Leicester Tigers prop Perry Freshwater has more of …

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Ten Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Springboks

Are you obsessed with the Springboks? Think you know everything green-and-gold inside out? Well, perhaps you might be a little surprised by some of these stats, facts and records below. 10) 774 players have been capped by the Springboks This number is significantly smaller than most of South Africa’s rivals, but much of this has to do with the years …

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The Greatest Lions XV Of The Professional Era

0 Jul 2001: The Lions injured consisting of (l to r) Brian O''Driscoll, Rob Henderson and Jonny Wilkinson watch training in Manly, Sydney, Australia. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Dave Rogers/ALLSPORT

The dawn of the professional era cast much doubt over the sustainability of the infamous British and Irish Lions tours. However, despite much scrutiny and several underwhelming campaigns, the Lions remain one of the novel aspects of a continuously evolving game. “Probably the most powerful brand in world rugby,” according to Sean Fitzpatrick, there is little fear of the Lions …

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Rugby’s Fortresses: The World’s Ten Most Daunting Stadiums

What are the most difficult stadiums to go to and win a test? Using winning percentages to rank the world’s international grounds, we have come up with a list of the top ten most daunting and intimidating places to play rugby for any visiting team. Anyone who has been to the Millennium Stadium during a sell-out and with the roof …

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Watch: Lions Legend #2 – Gareth Edwards

Gareth Edwards is pretty much universally regarded as one of the greatest players to have ever graced a rugby pitch. However, it wasn’t just for his beloved Wales that he sparkled, he is also a Lions legend. Edwards played on three Lions tours: 1968, 1971 and 1974. The latter two are probably the most famous tours of all featuring the …

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Watch: Lions Legend #1 – John Bentley

With the Lions tour upon us in under a year’s time, we take a look back at some of the most iconic players of past tours. We start by looking at dual-code international John Bentley, who made his name in both league but also as a member of the 1997 Lions tour. So who is Bentley? Well, he began life as …

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Just The Stats: Against The Lions XV

Having analysed the best and most consistent players for the Lions using nothing but statistics, we have put together teams based on those individuals who have faced the Lions. It includes players from the big three (New Zealand, Australia, South Africa), but also some Fijian and Argentinian names crop up. We will start with the ‘Winners XV’, which is made …

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Just The Stats: The Greatest Lions XV

Having researched the best XVs of all the leading rugby nations, we now move on to looking at the best players for the Lions, based entirely on statistics. Be prepared to be in for a shock as most of the teams are dominated by individuals from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. However, perhaps that shouldn’t be such a surprise, given …

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International Rugby: The ‘Drop Kick Kings’ XV

The drop goal is one of the many features of the sport of rugby that are unique to the game. It’s also an incredibly potent weapon for beating sides in attritional matches and we’ve seen a regular occurence of them during world cup tournaments. This writer has put together a side made up of players in each position who have …

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International Rugby: ‘Conquering The All Blacks’ XV – Part 2

Previously we looked at the southern hemisphere players who have beaten New Zealand the most, but now we turn our attentions to the northern hemisphere individuals that have taken on the men in black and won. As explained before, the article has been divided into two; this is because southern hemisphere players play the All Blacks far more often than northern …

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England’s ‘Double-Barrelled’ XV

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Saints players George North (l) and James Wilson attempt to halt James Simpson-Daniel of Gloucester during the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester and Northampton Saints at Kingsholm Stadium on September 21, 2013 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

England has always had a strong cultural tradition of double-barrelled surnames, where two names are hyphenated together, normally to preserve both family names in a marriage – particularly in the past where there was no male descendants to keep a family name alive. Here we take a look at a XV made up of players with double-barrelled names. 1) Nick Drake-Lee …

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International Rugby: The ‘Winners’ XV

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) The Scotland team sing the national anthem during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and Scotland at Hunter Stadium on June 5, 2012 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Who are the players with the most wins in the history of Test rugby? We look at the fifteen men who would make up a team of winners. It’s no real surprise that a large number of All Blacks are in this side, but the dominance of Test rugby in recent years is evident through the number of recent and …

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