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Watch: Hibbard Decked By Monstrous Punch During Challenge Cup Semi, Accused Of Simulation By Ref

In a recent article, Wales Online writer Mark Orders described Gloucester hooker Richard Hibbard as “fearless, combative and with zero regard for his own personal safety”. It was a fitting description of one of rugby’s true warriors. Given his well-earned reputation for toughness, it came as a big surprise today when the former Wales international was accused of simulation during …

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Newcastle Shortlisted To Host Both European Cup Finals

The city of Newcastle has been shortlisted to be the host of the 2018 European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals. If the bid is successful, it would see the Champions Cup being played for at the home of Newcastle United: St James’ Park. This would be considered a welcome shot-in-the-arm for rugby in the north of England, with a …

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Gloucester Rugby: A Club In Purgatory?

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: Willi Heinz of Gloucester Rugby looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester Rugby and London Irish at Kingsholm Stadium on January 2, 2016 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images).

Going into the Premiership Rugby’s 21st professional campaign, having been a member in the founding 1996/97 season, have Gloucester Rugby reached their potential or has the club simply become content in holding top flight status? Founded in 1873, Gloucester Rugby Club has been a true stayer as a club with prestige and respect within the rugby world. However, having never …

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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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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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Watch: Shortlist For Aviva Premiership Try Of The Season

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: The Aviva Premiership Trophy is displayed before the Aviva Premiership Final between Saracens and Northampton Saints at Twickenham Stadium on May 31, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Now that Aviva Premiership is entering into the business end of the season after whats been another stellar year of English club rugby, the shortlist for try of the season has been released, and there are some absolute corkers in there. With the English clubs being represented quite strongly in the latter stages of the European Champions Cup and Challenge …

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Richie McCaw Calls For Bundee Aki To Return Home

Aki-Connacht-rugby union

With the international retirement of the legendary mid-field partnership that was Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith, kiwi-centres throughout the north and south islands, as well as further afield, have been chomping at the bit to stake their claim for one of the previously, seemingly untouchable 12/13 jerseys. Arguably no player has made such an impression as that of Connacht’s Bundee …

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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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Why Warren Gatland Is Wales’ Greatest Coach Ever

during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.

While Wales will always be remembered for the gloriously talented teams of the 1960s and ’70s, Gatland has brought a consistency and a confidence to his team that was missing for so long. As an Englishman, I can pay no greater compliment to Gatland’s men than England’s fixture next Saturday fills me with both dread and trepidation, despite the fact …

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Why Munster Fans Should Be Very Worried

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20: Anthony Foley, the Munster head coach looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Leicester Tigers and Munster at Welford Road on December 20, 2015 in Leicester, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

It’s been a depressing season so far for Irish rugby fans. Poor pool stage performances by Munster, Leinster and Ulster mean that for the first time since the 1997/1998 season there will be no Irish involvement in the quarter-finals of Europe’s top rugby competition. Leinster’s performances in Europe disappointed, excluding a convincing win against Bath in the RDS and a hopeful …

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