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All Blacks Poised To Poach Some Of Australia’s Most Talented Youngsters

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 15: The All Blacks perform the haka during The Rugby Championship, Bledisloe Cup match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australian Wallabies at Eden Park on August 15, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

The Chiefs have reportedly held a secret training session involving some of Australia’s top underage stars. In a move described as being ‘one of the most brazen trans-Tasman recruitment ploys in history’, Australia’s Daily Telegraph have reported that the Chiefs could be about to poach some of the Wallabies most talented up and coming youngsters. The kiwi franchise took advantage of the …

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Ranking The Top 5 Openside Flankers In Rugby Right Now

2015 Rugby World Cup Group A, Twickenham, London, England 3/10/2015.England vs Australia.AustraliaÕs David Pocock celebrates.Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Now with the conclusion of the European rugby season and the June internationals we here at Pundit Arena HQ feel that it is time to sick back and reflect on certain aspects of the season just past. To that end we want to take a look at who we feel currently stand as the top five premier opensides in the …

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Wales To Play ‘A’ Games Again For The First Time Since 2002

Perhaps partially motivated by Wales’ tremendously embarrassing 40 – 7 loss to Waikato’s Chiefs in the midweek fixture between the first and second tests of their tour of New Zealand, the Welsh Rugby Union announced on Tuesday that it is bringing back ‘A’ team fixtures for next season. As WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips explained (via WRU): “Outside of the national …

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Hansen’s Intelligent Use Of His 23-Man Squad Sets The All Blacks Apart

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 16: Coach Steve Hansen of the All Blacks speaks to media during a New Zealand All Blacks press conference at InterContinental Hotel on June 16, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Irish rugby fans are currently in a state of bliss after their historic breakthrough wins over the weekend.  Not only did the Irish senior team beat the Springboks for the first time in South Africa, but Ireland’s U-20 side have achieved an even bigger scalp. The current Junior Rugby World Cup holders, the U-20 All Blacks, were beaten 33-24 by Ireland, marking the country’s …

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Big Sonny Bill Williams News Emerging In France

It was thought that Sonny Bill Williams would sign a new deal with the New Zealand Rugby Union. When we first reported on the initial rumours suggesting that Sonny Bill Williams would join Toulon after Olympic sevens, the entire story had a sense of inevitability about it. Not only do Toulon tend to get their man, but Williams had previously played for …

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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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Hurricanes Star Withdraws From New Zealand Sevens

NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 05: Ardie Savea of the Hurricanes runs with the ball during the round 17 Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders at McLean Park on June 5, 2015 in Napier, New Zealand. (Photo by Joel Ford/Getty Images)

This weekend Ardie Savea announced he will not play for the New Zealand Sevens team any more. Instead he wants to focus on playing with the Chiefs. It looks likely that Savea is aiming for a spot with the All Blacks, and is willing to give up on a chance of Olympic honours. He was expected to play in the …

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Watch: Chiefs Carve Up Hurricanes’ Defence To Score Majestic Try

The Chiefs narrowly defeated the Hurricanes 28-27 in a thrilling match involving some beautiful tries, but the pick of the bunch was this fantastic move scored by Seta Tamanivalu before some wonderful interchanging passes between himself and Toni Pulu. At the start of the move, inside centre Andrew Horrell, playing his 50th match for the Chiefs, created a break inside his …

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Our Man In New Zealand: An Exclusive Interview With Piers Francis – The Only Englishman Currently Playing Super Rugby

Super Rugby Rd 6 - Blues v Jaguares

After being released by Saracens at 17, Piers Francis now finds himself playing Super Rugby. When Tana Umaga announced the Blues starting XV to play los Jaguares earlier this month, one name on the team sheet stood out, that of Piers Francis. Although Francis may not be a household in England, he belongs to an elite group of northern hemisphere players …

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Jonathan Kaplan Slams Fellow Referee On Twitter

Wales v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

Jonathan Kaplan described a fellow referee as being a joke. Former international referee, Jonathan Kaplan, has hit out at the TMO who ruled that Chiefs half back, Brad Weber, was in play before throwing a try scoring pass to Mitchell Graham. Although replays indicated that Weber’s left foot was clearly in touch before he released the pass to Graham, TMO, Shane McDermott, believed otherwise and awarded …

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David Pocock Releases Public Apology For Choking Michael Leitch

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 02: David Pocock of the Brumbies looks dejected after dropping a pass during the round six Super Rugby match between the Brumbies and the Chiefs at GIO Stadium on April 2, 2016 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

David Pocock was suspended for three weeks yesterday, for a choke on Michael Leitch of the Chiefs last weekend. During a maul, Pocock grabbed Leitch by the neck, and despite the Japan international tapping him on the back, appearing to tap out like an MMA fighter, the Australian flanker did not let go for several seconds. You can view the …

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