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Six Nations Team-By-Team Previews: Second Place – England

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Eddie Jones the England head coach watches over his team's warm up prior to kickoff during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on December 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

13 from 13: England’s 2016 was perfect. The men in white beat each of the sides ranked third through tenth in the world. It would fair to say they can be considered very serious contenders for this year’s title, and for many a World Cup. England’s grand slam was considered a great achievement, but against a struggling northern hemisphere, few …

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Toulon-Bound Chris Ashton Reveals His Motivation For Move To France

Chris Ashton will leave European champions Saracens at the end of the season and head to France to link up with the mighty Toulon, a move that effectively ends his hopes of a call-up to Eddie Jones’ England squad. The 29-year-old spent large parts of 2016 as a spectator following two suspensions for ill-discipline. Despite returning before Christmas and showing …

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Leicester Tigers Sign French International Centre To Replace Manu Tuilagi

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Reliable reports breaking this evening claim Leicester Tigers have completed the signing of a replacement for the injured Manu Tuilagi. With the England centre out for the season, The Rugby Paper claim the English club have brought Maxime Mermoz in from Toulon. BEEAKING: Leicester are believed to have signed Maxime Mermoz with immediate effect as injury replacement to Manu Tuilagi …

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Connacht Close In On Replacement For Departing Head Coach Pat Lam

Connacht are reportedly close to finalising a deal to replace the soon-to-depart head coach Pat Lam, with Clermont Auvernge assistant coach Jono Gibbes set to take up the top job at the Sportsground. Formerly the forwards coach at Leinster, Gibbes has been with the Top 14 side since 2014 and though contracted until 2018, a clause allows him depart should …

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James Haskell Is Savagely Trolled For Being Knocked Out On Ill-Fated Return – By His Girlfriend

When James Haskell finally lined out for Wasps at the weekend, it was the culmination of seven months of recovery from a toe injury sustained while on England duty against Australia. Coming off the bench against the Leicester Tigers in their Aviva Premiership fixture, the back-row forward lasted the whole of 40 seconds before coming a cropper when attempting to …

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Image: Former Leinster Out-Half Jimmy Gopperth Posts Graphic Image Of His Facial Injury

Former Leinster and current Wasps out-half Jimmy Gopperth picked up a souvenir from his side’s English Premiership clash with the Leicester Tigers on Sunday. Having left Irish shores in 2015 after failing to secure a contract extension with the Dublin-based province, 33-year-old Gopperth travelled across the Irish Sea to the open arms of Wasps where, in 45 games, he has …

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Welsh Rugby Legend Blasts Inexperienced Referees Over Their Handling Of The New High Tackle Laws

Rugby union is currently undergoing a process of recalibration following a rule change by World Rugby in relation to high tackles in the sport. As players and officials struggle with the new definition, the game has suffered. This past weekend, with the new laws getting their first real test in the Pro 12, Champions Cup and the English Premiership, numerous …

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Watch: Five Of The Most Infamous And Hideously Brutal Hits By Courtney Lawes

Courtney Lawes has once again found himself in the spotlight following another trademark, and almost questionable destruction of an opponent during Northampton’s English Premiership clash with Bristol. In the 26th minute, as Bristol scrum-half Will Cliff looked to execute a no-look offload, Lawes, a 6’7″, 17st lock, was barrelling down on the smaller man and proceeded to drill Cliff somewhere …

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Northampton Statement Insists George North ‘Was Not Knocked Out’ In Sickening Fall Against Leicester

Northampton Saints have issued a statement following Saturday’s Aviva Premiership game against the Leicester Tigers in which George North played on despite appearing to have been knocked out cold. Tackled in the air by Leicester’s Adam Thompstone in the 17th minute, a heavy and awkward fall left the Wales international face down and seemingly unconscious. Attended to by Northampton’s medical staff, North …

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Bristol Rugby Make ‘International Signing’ To Boost Premiership Survival Hopes

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 23: Detail shot of the club crest during the Bristol Rugby squad photo call for the 2016-2017 Aviva Premiership Rugby season on August 23, 2016 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Bristol Rugby announced on Monday that they have signed an ‘international player’, who is set to arrive at Ashton Gate in January, according to the Bristol Post. Chairman Chris Booy commented on the side’s attempt to bolster their squad, after confirming the departure of Andy Robinson: “We’ve got another international player that we’ve signed – that’s done. We can’t disclose his name, because he’s still …

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The Cross-Channel Conundrum – It’s Complicated

1971: Arsenal Football Club player Charlie George stands between George Graham and a fellow player who are holding the FA Cup on his head. (Photo by A. Jones/Express/Getty Images)

In this strange paradoxical little island of ours, it is a curious fact that you can make a pretty educated guess at an Irishman’s age by the English soccer team that he supports. For instance, there exists a thriving community of fifty-something Irish Leeds United fans, for the simple reason that they were at an impressionable age around the time …

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Aviva Premiership 2016/17 Season Predictions – Part 2

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: The Aviva Premiership Trophy is pictured during the Aviva Premiership Season Launch at Twickenham Stoop on October 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images for Aviva)

In part one of our season predictions we looked at how Bath, Bristol, Exeter Chiefs, Gloucester, Harlequins and Leicester Tigers would fare this term. In part two the focus will be on the remaining six Premiership teams (Newcastle Falcons, Northampton Saints, Sale Sharks, Saracens, Wasps and Worcester Warriors) while we also reveal our 2016/17 Premiership final table prediction. Newcastle Falcons Players …

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Rugby: The New World Order

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: The New Zealand players celebrate winning the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Following the conclusion of last years Rugby World Cup in which the might of the All Blacks once again stamped it’s authority on world rugby as the predominant playing force in the game by securing its second successive William Webb Ellis trophy, a void was somewhat left with the international retirement of some of the games leading stalwarts including the …

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Eoin Reddan Announces Retirement From Rugby

CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 08: Eoin Reddan of Ireland looks on during the International match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on August 8, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Following on from Pundit Arena’s EXCLUSIVE report that Eoin Reddan was on the verge of announcing his retirement from professional rugby, the Leinster scrum-half has today officially stated to the media that he is to hang up the boots following Ireland’s test series clincher with the Springboks this weekend. With the signing of Kiwi scrum half Jamison Gibson-Park at Leinster and what …

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Opinion: The Rise And Impending Fall Of Top 14 Giants Toulon

PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 10: Ma'a Nonu of Toulon leaves the field dejected following his side's defeat during the European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter Final between Racing 92 and RC Toulon at Stade Yves Du Manoir on April 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

When you reach the top there is only one way to go – down. This is where Top 14 giants Toulon now find themselves. When speaking of Europe’s top club rugby sides, French team Toulon will always be part of the conversation. Established in 1908, it has only been since the acquisition of the club by rich local businessman Mourad …

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