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Aviva Premiership 2016-2017 Preview: Harlequins

With Conor O’Shea responsible for much of the successes of Harlequins in recent years, his departure left an air of uncertainty at the Twickenham-based club. However, the Quins hierarchy have turned to the club’s existing coaches in John Kingston and Mark Mapletoft and promoted them to take up the space made by O’Shea’s absence. Kingston, who has been at the …

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Stuart Lancaster Takes Up Coaching Position With NFL Franchise

Stuart Lancaster has been linked with a move to Super Rugby. Despite overseeing England’s disastrous World Cup campaign, Stuart Lancaster has been linked with a number of high profile coaching vacancies throughout the globe. First came reports of Lancaster replacing Eddie Jones as Japanese coach. This was followed by rumoured interest from the Stormers, after Afrikaans news site, Netwerk 24, spotted …

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Switching Allegiances: International Rugby’s Coaching Turncoats

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - MARCH 20: Eddie Jones, the England head coach poses with the Six Nations trophy after their Grand Slam victory against France at Pennyhill Park on March 20, 2016 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

With Australian Eddie Jones having a perfect start to his time with England, the RFU will probably be wondering why they didn’t think about hiring an overseas coach sooner after achieving only one Grand Slam in thirteen years. Yet, he isn’t the only ‘turncoat’ to have achieved success. Only New Zealand, France and South Africa have never had a foreign-born …

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Supporters Can’t Understand Why Ben Botica Surrendered Possession To Hand Montpellier Victory

Harlequins v Montpellier - European Rugby Challenge Cup Final

Ben Botica inexplicably kicked down field when Harlequins needed to score a try. Although it seemed as if Harlequins were simply going to be overpowered by Montpellier in the Challenge Cup final, Conor O’Shea’s side found themselves chasing an unlikely draw as the clock ticked past the 80 minute mark. Although Harlequins seemed to be dead and buried mid way …

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Harlequins Announce Signature Of Scotland International Ruaridh Jackson

Harlequins LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: A general view prior to kick off at the Aviva Premiership match between Harlequins and Saracens at Twickenham Stoop on September 12, 2014 in London, England (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Premiership side Harlequins have announced that Scotland international pout-half Ruaridh Jackson will be moving to the London club next season. The 28 year-old, capped 28 times for Scotland, has played with Wasps for the last two seasons. Speaking on the Harlequins website, he spoke of his excitement at the news. “I’m extremely excited to be starting a new challenge with …

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Exclusive: Nick Heath Speaks With Harlequins’ New Coaching Team

Harlequins Announce Their New Coaching Team

Nick Heath travelled to Harlequins to speak with John Kingston and Graham Rowntree. When Conor O’Shea announced that he would be taking over as Italian head coach at the end of the season, numerous candidates were linked with the soon to be vacated position at Harlequins. Although the likes of Stuart Lancaster, Gregor Townsend, Wayne Smith, Lyn Jones, Heyneke Meyer and Johan Erasmus …

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Opinion: Evolution Not Revolution At Harlequins

GUILDFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 27: Harlequins board member Sean Fitzpatrick, new Harlequins Director of Rugby John Kingston and new Harlequins Forwards coach Graham Rowntree talk to the media during a press conference at Surrey Sports Park on April 27, 2016 in Guildford, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Harlequins FC)

With the departure of Conor O’Shea as director of rugby at Harlequins at the end of the season, supporters of Twickenham’s historic club faced an anxious wait to see who would succeed the beloved Irishman who brought success and consistency to the Stoop. Now that the changes have been announced, it appears Sean Fitzpatrick and the rest of panel appointed …

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Opinion: Munster Will Continue To Get Worse Before They Get Better


Jack O’Toole takes an in-depth look at the problems Munster currently face.  Timothy Pina, an American writer, author, poet and screenwriter, once said: “Everything will usually get worse before it gets better, but when it does get better… remember all who put you down and all who helped you up. Forgive but never forget. Let Karma take care of all the rest.” …

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Gregor Townsend Linked With Premiership Vacancy

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 13 : Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend during the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 match, between Glasgow Warriors and Toulouse at Scotstoun Stadium on December 13, 2014 in Glasgow Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Gregor Townsend could be about to leave Glasgow. Earlier this week Harlequins fans were somewhat underwhelmed to hear that Newport Gwent Dragons coach, Lyn Jones, was being considered to take over from Conor O’Shea. Although Jones has led the Dragons to the European Challenge Cup semi final this season, his side are not one of the Pro 12’s leading teams. Indeed, it …

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Ronan O’Gara Links Massive Name With Director Of Rugby Position At Munster

Scarlets v Racing Metro 92 - Heineken Cup

Numerous candidates have been linked with Munster’s new director of rugby position. Despite consistent rumours linking Conor O’Shea with Italy, Munster fans hoped that the Harlequins boss could some how be lured to the province. However reality hit home when O’Shea confirmed that he would replace Jacques Brunel at Italy. As a result, Munster fans have been left considering alternative …

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Confirmed: Conor O’Shea To Take Over As Italy Coach

Newcastle Falcons v Harlequins - Aviva Premiership

Harlequins have confirmed that Conor O’Shea will join Italy at the end of the season. For for the past twelve months, it has has been suggested that Conor O’Shea would replace Jacque Brunel as Italian coach at the end of the current season. Nevertheless, after the President of the Italian Rugby Federation last week denied that O’Shea was been lined up …

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Big Conor O’Shea News Breaking In Ireland

Harlequins v Worcester Warriors - Aviva Premiership

The President of the Italian Rugby Federation had poured cold water over rumours linking Conor O’Shea with the Italy job. Although he had never publicly stated his intention to take over the soon to be vacated position of Italian coach, Conor O’Shea had been expected to replace Jacque Brunel at the end of the season. However, in an interview published in La …

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Five Candidates To Replace Joe Schmidt As Irish Coach

Joe Schmidt has announced that he may step down in 2017. Irish rugby fans were in a state of shock this morning, after the Irish Independent revealed that Joe Schmidt might stand down as Ireland coach in June 2017. Although that might be 15 months away, Schmidt confirmed that he would make a decision on his future after Ireland’s tour of South …

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