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The All-Time Greatest Lions XV

Speculation is mounting ahead of Warren Gatland naming his British and Irish Lions squad next week. The most prestigious accolade any test rugby player from these islands can get is a call to wear the famous red jersey. However, it’s fair to say that some have made that jersey their own in their respective positions. There has been some standout moments …

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Premiership Leaders Wasps Considering Establishing Rugby League Side

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 17: A Wasps shirt during the Wasps squad photocall for the 2016-2017 Aviva Premiership Rugby season on August 17, 2016 in Coventry, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

It may have been a dismal week for Wasps on the field, but off-field the Premiership leaders have been making some very interesting moves. During a weekend which saw Wasps downed 32-17 by Leinster in their European Champions Cup quarter-final in Dublin, Wasps chief executive David Armstrong was making headlines of a very different sort. As reported by the BBC, the …

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Bath Set To Confirm Burns Signing

EXETER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 24: Freddie Burns of Leicester Tigers kicks past Ollie Devoto of Exeter Chiefs during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Leicester Tigers at Sandy Park on December 24, 2016 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Bath Rugby are set to announce the capture of Leicester fly-half Freddie Burns by the end of the week, according to the Bath Chronicle.  With George Ford leaving the Recreation Ground to join Leicester for a deal reported to be around £450,000-a-year, Todd Blackadder has wasted no time in finding a replacement for the 23-year-old England international. Burns returning to …

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Bristol Rugby Sign All Black Juggernaut

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 01: Steven Luatua of the New Zealand All Blacks passes the ball during a training session at Toyota Park on November 1, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Bristol Rugby have confirmed the signing of Steven Luatua. The 15-times capped All Black will join Pat Lam at Bristol next season, a club that have been eager to splash their cash ahead of the 2017/18 season. Luatua will certainly add incredible athleticism to their current side, evidenced by the promotional video released in tandem with the announcement. As goes without saying, Bristol …

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Andy Goode Column: England Have To Keep The Ball Tight And Attack The Welsh Front Five

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Dan Cole of England is seen during the RBS Six Nations match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium on February 4, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Like almost every Wales-England game in recent times, Saturday’s match is almost impossible to call. Where one side is extremely strong, the other is very vulnerable. Take the front row for example, where Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley, and Dan Cole will be looking to plunder every available advantage at scrum time. Conversely, Rob Evans, Ken Owens, and Tomas Francis will be wanting to just survive …

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Sale Player Alleged To Have Leaked Team Info To Bristol Coach

SALFORD, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Sale Sharks flags are flown during the Aviva Premiership match between Sale Sharks and London Wasps at the Salford City Stadium on May 04, 2013 in Salford, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

It is being reported by Neil Fissler of the Sunday Express that a member of the Sale Sharks playing squad is due to face a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday after it was discovered he had passed confidential team information on to an opposition coach. It is understood that both Premiership Rugby and the RFU have been informed, with the leak alleged to …

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A Combined England-Australia XV Right Now

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 05: David Pocock of Australia breaks during the international match between Wales and Australia at the Principality Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England and Australia take to the field on Saturday in their final autumn international. But if Eddie Jones or Michael Cheika could pick from both squads available at Twickenham, who would make the XV? This XV is based on the players available on Saturday, so certain picks such as Maro Itoje, Billy Vunipola and Will Genia are not considered. The …

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Should There Be A Play-Off Between The Championship’s Winners And The Premiership’s Losers?

TWICKENHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: The Aviva Premiership trophy sits on the edge of the pitch during the Aviva Premiership Season Launch 2011-2012 at Twickenham Stadium on August 24, 2011 in Twickenham, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images for Aviva)

Taking a break from the international series briefly, it is time to look at the Premiership table and how it has changed while some players have been away on international duty. A familiar pattern has emerged with Saracens leading the way, and with new boys Bristol still winless in 12th, six points behind Worcester. At this stage last year, now relegated …

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