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British and Irish Lions 2017: Inside Centre Options

Guinness Series, Soldier Field, Chicago, USA 5/11/2016 Ireland vs New Zealand Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw is tackled by New Zealand All Blacks’s Aaron Cruden

The tenth article in a series analyses the options Warren Gatland has at inside centre for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. Five centres were chosen for the 2013 Lions tour of Australia, with Owen Farrell filling the 12 jersey on occasion (even though he was chosen as a fly-half). With it being expected that Farrell …

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Leicester Tigers 2002 Vs. Saracens 2016: Rating Each Player To Find Out Who Was The Better Team

Although the rivalry between the Leicester Tigers and Saracens may only be a modern incarnation, they have both given rise to two of the best club teams in the history of English rugby. While the core of the Leicester team may have had it’s roots in the amateur era, they were completely professional in their approach. The Tigers won four Premiership titles …

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European Champions Cup: Saracens Are The New Munster

READING, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Billy Vunipola (C) of Saracens, celebrates after his team are award a penalty try during the European Rugby Champions Cup semi final match between Saracens and Wasps at Madejski Stadium on April 23, 2016 in Reading, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

In Saturday’s European Champions Cup semi-final, Wasps played with reckless abandon at times and lit up the Madejski Stadium with some wonderful running rugby. However, it was Saracens’ ruthless efficiency and tactical awareness that won the game for them, not unlike the famous cup-winning Munster teams of old. Wasps’ potency is found within their back division: the sharp delivery of …

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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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Saracens Second Row Duo Sign New Contracts

Saracens v Northampton Saints - European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter Final

Saracens have been keen to tie down two of their best players. Saracens have this afternoon announced that Maro Itoje and George Kruis have signed new contracts, keeping them at the Allianz Arena until at least 2019. The news will be welcomed by Sarries fans who witnessed the duo become key members of the England squad under Eddie Jones. Indeed, throughout …

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Picking A British And Irish Lions 23-Man Squad Ahead Of 2017’s Tour

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Wales wing George North in action during the RBS 6 Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Angus Cross picks his British and Irish Lions 23-man squad ahead of next year’s tour to New Zealand.  _____ 1. Jack McGrath McGrath’s improving quickly in the scrum and is a destructive force in the loose. _____ 2. Dylan Hartley The England captain developed into a real leader during the Six Nations and his qualities will be essential. His basic skills in the …

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Six Nations Team Of The Weekend

England v Wales - RBS Six Nations

This weekend saw some superb performances. Although this weekend saw some terrific performances, any judgement must be viewed within the context of the matches in which they occurred. As such, while it would be easy to select a number of Irish players in a team of the weekend, Italy offered very little resistance in Dublin. Likewise, although Wales could have potentially …

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Opinion: Scotland’s Taylor Could Thrive In Heated Midfield Contest

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Scotland's Duncan Taylor of Saracens breaks clear to score the first try 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)

Vern Cotter and Warren Gatland have unveiled their respective Scotland and Wales teams ahead of this weekend’s Celtic clash in Cardiff. Dan Biggar has made a speedy recovery from his ankle injury last weekend to retain his starting berth while more notably, Duncan Taylor has been drafted into the Scotland team to start at inside centre. Taylor has been in superb form for …

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Watch Duncan Taylor’s Delicious Offload For Alex Goode’s Try

Duncan Taylor delivered a brilliant offload for Alex Goode’s try last night. With a man in the bin and the game approaching the hour mark, Duncan Taylor delivered a superb offload to put Alex Goode over and give Saracens the lead against Ulster. Goode’s try came at a critical juncture in the game and set Sarries up to claim a …

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