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Striking A Balance: England’s New Generation Of Hookers

The wonderful ball-handling skills of the likes of new caps Luke Cowan-Dickie and Jamie George have won over fans and pundits alike in both the Aviva Premiership and now on the international stage, but even younger tyros like Harry Thacker and Jack Walker are beginning to make an impression. Yet so often England have turned their backs on fluidity in …

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Watch: A Tribute To Retiring Saracens Legend Jacques Burger

EXETER, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 07: Jacques Burger of Saracens celebrates at the final whistle during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Saracens at Sandy Park on February 7, 2016 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

The English Premiership will lose one of its favourite names at the end of the season as Saracens flanker Jacques Burger has announced his retirement. Pundit Arena pays tribute to the hard-hitting Namibian with a penchant for skeleton-rearranging tackling and possessing an near-infinite level of fearlessness. Here are three reasons why we love Mr Burger so much: 1. He Is …

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Wasps vs Saracens: Here’s Who Makes Our Combined XV

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Maro Itoje of Saracens beats Joe Launchbury in the lineout during the Aviva Premiership match between Wasps and Saracens at The Ricoh Arena on December 27, 2015 in Coventry, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

On Saturday afternoon two heavyweights of English club rugby do battle at the Madejski Stadium in the hope of gaining a place in the European Champions Cup final.  Saracens come into the game as the favourites because of their domination in Europe, having won every game, as well as their superiority in the Aviva Premiership. Wasps might be the underdogs …

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Opinion: Super Rugby? No Thanks, I’ll Stick To The Premiership

Super Rugby Rd 6 - Blues v Jaguares

With last year’s World Cup being dominated by the southern hemisphere teams, the old accusations of a disparity in class and talent were levelled at European domestic rugby in comparison to the Super Rugby competition. However, the past few weeks have shown English rugby is far from the dire straits it has been painted in previously. The sun is finally …

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How World Cup Failure Led To England’s Club Revival

Although the season began with the worst World Cup campaign in the nation’s history, made worse by being the host nation, it appears an early exit from the globe’s most prestigious tournament has helped the Premiership clubs to flourish once again. After some stunning games of rugby, including Wasps’ last-gap win over Exeter, Leicester’s demolition of French giants Stade Francais, …

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Picture: Racing 92 Star Shares Photo Of Gruesome Nose Injury

Alexandre Dumoulin Racing

Racing 92 recorded an historic victory over French rivals Toulon yesterday afternoon. The Paris outfit knocked Toulon out of the European Champions Cup, thus ending Bernard Laporte and Co.’s quest for a fourth consecutive crown. Racing and France centre Alexandre Dumoulin was forced from the field in just the 11th minute of the quarter-final, after slicing his nose open when …

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Watch: Why England Centre Henry Slade Is Creating So Much Hype

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Henry Slade of England runs with the ball during the Rugby Union International match between England and the Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium on May 31, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

With promising young English centre Henry Slade ruled out of the Six Nations in its entirety, Eddie Jones relied on fly-half Owen Farrell to fill the gap at 12, with Bath’s Ollie Devoto and Wasps’ Elliot Daly covering from the bench. However, Exeter’s tyro is back from injury and ready to show what he can offer the national side once …

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George Smith Set To Depart Wasps For Japan

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: George Smith of Wasps looks for a way past Sean Cronin of Leinster Rugby during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Wasps and Leinster Rugby at Ricoh Arena on January 23, 2016 in Coventry, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Dai Young, coach of Wasps, announced the departure of Australian flanker George Smith. Smith had been instrumental in a revitalised Wasps outfit and has thoroughly improved the skills of his teammates, especially at the breakdown while their ball handling has improved as well. The 35-year-old openside flanker, who gave England helpful and much needed breakdown coaching during the RBS Six …

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VIDEO: Conor Murray Slices Through Treviso Defence To Score

Munster scrum-half Conor Murray proved why he is one of the elite scrum-halves in world rugby with a surging run through the Treviso defence during the second-half of Munster’s 28-5 win in Treviso. With a 14-5 lead at halftime, the talismanic halfback extended Munster’s lead in the 49th minute with a brilliant run through the heart of the Treviso defence …

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VIDEO – Manu Tuilagi Scores Runaway Try Against Stade Francais

With England’s Six Nations opener against Scotland less than two weeks away, Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi has put a strong case forward to be involved in Eddie Jones’ starting XV after scoring a fantastic runaway try against Stade Francais in Paris. "@Manutuilagi's back and he's scoring tries in Paris!" The @LeicesterTigers centre strikes against @SFParisRugby. https://t.co/yLzW6weG7A — BT Sport Rugby …

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What’s Happening In The Champions Cup Ahead Of Round 6?

The race to the Champions Cup final in Lyon is firmly underway. Each European club aspires to write their name in history and win this prestigious cup. It’s a dream for most but this season it’s a reality for more clubs than ever before. Pool 1 features Oyonnax, Toulouse, Ulster and Saracens. The latter is already through to the next stage. Sarries have …

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Video: Juan Imhoff Scores Ridiculous Try For Racing

French rugby may be struggling on the international stage but their club rugby continues to produce some of the most scintillating and entertaining moments in European rugby. The latest piece of brilliance comes from Argentinian international Juan Imhoff who combined brilliantly with teammate Louis Dupichot to score Racing’s first try of the game. Watch Imhoff and Dupichot’s link up below …

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Ross Molony On Leinster Debutants: “We Had Nothing To Lose”

It’s way, way too early to start making comparisons to the ‘Class of ’92’ – Manchester United’s famed academy products that went on to dominate English football for over a decade, but Leinster’s performance last night has spurred on an aura of optimism in Irish rugby that has Leinster fans giddy with excitement. Six European debutants, six Ireland internationals and …

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It’s Time To Tear Down European Rugby’s Iron Curtain

Few rugby fans had heard of Enisei-STM before Saturday evening, but Russia’s second largest club sent shockwaves across the northern hemisphere as they became only the second club from a non-Six Nations-competing country to defeat an English side in the Challenge Cup. Enisei’s powerful 24-7 victory over Newcastle Falcons not only reflects huge improvements in the domestic game across Eastern Europe, …

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