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Champions Cup Preview: Munster V Saracens

The announcement of the British and Irish Lions squad for the summer tour of New Zealand has taken the focus off domestic rugby in recent weeks but with the Champions Cup semi-finals looming large, all focus swings back to this weekend when the final two teams in the competition will be determined. Munster will take on the might of English …

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The Power XV: Picking The Strongest Team In World Rugby

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 10: CJ Stander of Ireland holds off Scott Williams of Wales during the Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Principality Stadium on March 10, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Who’s the strongest of them all? Having assembled a Speed XV and a Flair XV, we wonder if a Power XV would trample over both these teams. In a world of blockbusting, gym-honed gladiators, who would make the most physically powerful XV in their respective positions? And which XV out of the three sides would come out on top overall? …

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The Merger Of Racing 92 And Stade Francais Is Off

Stade Racing

Earlier this week, European rugby was shocked as it was announced that Paris clubs Racing 92 and Stade Francais would be merged. However, a dramatic u-turn has taken place today, with Racing president Jacky Lorenzetti releasing a statement that they have changed their minds after great opposition. The merger will not take place In agreement with Thomas Savare, the merger will …

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More Proof That Georgia Are Ready To Take Part In The Six Nations

GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Giorgi Nemsadze of Georgia celebrates with his national flag after his team won the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Tonga and Georgia at Kingsholm Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Gloucester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

This has been a remarkable weekend of European rugby, and we’re not just referring to the Six Nations Championship. The last three days have seen England flex their considerable muscle at Twickenham while Ireland and Wales served up a match of huge physicality. Georgia and Russia played out a sterling contest in Tbilisi, in front of 55,000 people. While Italy …

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Four Irish Rugby Stars Facing Uncertain Futures

Munster Senior Cup Final, Irish Independent Park, Cork 26/2/2017 Cork Constitution vs Young Munster Ian Keatley of Young Munster Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne`

While things are never perfect in rugby, the current landscape, from an Irish perspective, is generally quite positive. In the Six Nations Ireland have bounced back from their disappointing performance against Scotland by aggressively and professionally dispatching both Italy and France, while both the Under-20s and women’s side are three from three and still in the hunt for grand slams. …

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Georgia’s Hopes Of Entering Six Nations Dealt Major Blow

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Jonny Gray of Scotland tackles Vasil Lobzhanidze of Georgia during the Autumn Test Match between Scotland and Georgia at Rugby Park on November 26, 2016 in Kilmarnock, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Despite recent reports, Georgia’s hopes of being given the chance to earn a spot in the Six Nations have been shot down, after chief executive John Feehan insisted there are no vacancies in the competition. There have been calls from many, including Sir Clive Woodward, to introduce promotion and relegation. However, Feehan has ruled out any changes to the Six …

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Mohed Altrad Blocked From Becoming Gloucester Majority Shareholder

Montpellier's President Mohed Altrad (C) looks on prior to the European Rugby Union Cup match between Castres and Montpellier on December 18, 2016 at the Pierre-Antoine Stadium in Castres's southern France. / AFP / REMY GABALDA (Photo credit should read REMY GABALDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian-born billionaire Mohed Altrad will not become the majority shareholder at Gloucester Rugby, reports Gloucestershire Live. The current owner of Montpellier Herault in the Top 14 has been trying since November to acquire 54 per cent of the club’s shares, but has been told he cannot do this by the European Professional Club Rugby (EPRC) board. The rules state clearly that …

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Pro12 To Introduce Franchises From USA And Canada

Launch of the 2014/15 Guinness PRO12 Season 26/8/2014 General view of Guinness PRO12 trophy Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

The Guinness Pro12 has been working behind the scenes to include US and Canadian franchises in a new incarnation of the league. As reported in The Scotsman, the new league format would be called the ‘Guinness Atlantic Rugby Championship’ and is planned to begin in the 2018-19 season. Such a prospect is clearly very exciting for all those involved and …

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Six Key Lessons From The Second Weekend Of Six Nations Action

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 11: Elliot Daly (R) of England celebrates with team mates after scoring the match winning try during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at the Principality Stadium on February 11, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Week two of the Six Nations was exciting, intense and full of high quality rugby. It put England in charge, Ireland back in the title race while Wales were much improved, Scotland had a reality check, France ended their losing streak and Italy are nowhere. Absolutely nowhere. There were three enjoyable games, albeit for different reasons. Yet again, we came …

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All Black Ben Smith Rejects Big Money Move To Europe

New Zealand vice-captain and fullback Ben Smith has bucked the trend of big name players leaving the southern hemisphere for lucrative deals in France’s Top 14, by committing his future to the world champions until 2020. Speculation over Smith’s future has been rife for weeks now and with All Blacks out-half Aaron Cruden choosing money over country with a big …

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How Far Has Scotland’s Rugby Revival Come?

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 13: Vern Cotter, the Scotland head coach looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and France at Murrayfield Stadium on March 13, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Over the past two years Scottish rugby has seen an upturn in fortunes, for both the national side and club teams, but will it end with Six Nations glory? Sir Ian McGeechan, speaking to the Daily Record in 2015, stated that: “Scotland can cause problems but it will require big players such as Richie and Jonny Gray to keep on …

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Six Nations Team-By-Team Previews: Champions – Ireland

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 25: Rory Best, Captain of Ireland (L) and Joe Schmidt, Head Coach of Ireland (R) pose with The Six Nations Trophy during the 2017 RBS Six Nations launch at The Hurlingham Club on January 25, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

“Come the day and come the hour.” The first seven words of Ireland’s Call will never be more apt than if the dream grand slam battle with England becomes a reality.  Ireland have not won a home grand slam since they beat Wales at Ravenhill back in 1948. In fact, they’ve only managed that feat twice in the history of the …

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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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