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Frank Quinn Column: My Predicted Champions Cup Quarter-Final Lineup

European Rugby Champions Round 4, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 17/12/2016 Leinster vs Northampton Saints Leinster's Jamison Gibson-Park Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

After four rounds of the European Rugby Champions Cup, the quarter-final lineup is already beginning to take shape. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the fall of Racing 92, who despite being fancied to claim the trophy at the end of the season, find themselves at the bottom of Pool 1 without even attaining a bonus point during their opening three games. …

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Do ‘Weakened’ Teams Damage The European Champions Cup?

With Northampton Saints facing the possibility of an EPCR investigation into the team they fielded against Leinster on Saturday evening, the issue of selecting perceived ‘weaker’ sides in Champions Cup fixtures has reared its head again, but is it right that teams should be forced to select their ‘best’ players? On the one hand for many outfits in the Champions …

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A World XV Based On The Autumn Internationals

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 26/11/2016 Ireland vs Australia Ireland's Tadhg Furlong Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

The 2016 autumn internationals shook the world order. Ireland announced themselves as rugby royalty, England secured an unbeaten year and South Africa went into free fall. How do these developments shake up the world XV? To provide context, I have also named the players who would have made my XV before the autumn international season. _______ 1. Mako Vunipola The …

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Saracens Snap Up Australia International

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 19: Will Skelton of Australia bumps off Kevin Gourdon of France during the international match between France and Australia at Stade de France on November 19, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Saracens have signed Australia lock Will Skelton on a short-term deal with immediate effect, according to the BBC. Skelton has been capped 18 times by his country, and he is a replacement for recently retired captain Alistair Hargreaves, who left the club in October due to the effects of repeated concussions. Director of rugby Mark McCall told the Saracens Club website: …

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Ireland Vs Australia: Player Ratings From A Kiwi Perspective

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 26/11/2016 Ireland vs Australia Ireland's Garry Ringrose scores his sides second try Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

A nerveless Ireland extinguished the Australian hopes of a grand slam when they refused to submit to the Wallaby second half comeback and executed their chances clinically. So, how did the players rate in the nail-biter in Dublin? ______ Ireland Andrew Trimble   Strong running and involvement in the first half but perhaps limited in elusiveness as he only appears …

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Blow For Springboks As Pivotal Lock Is Ruled Out Of Wales Test

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Eben Etzebeth of South Africa receives medical treatment during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on November 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Eben Etzebeth is set to miss another international as he has failed to recover from a concussion sustained against England. Etzebeth also missed last Saturday’s loss to Italy, and with a serious lack of momentum the Springboks will need all the experience the 25-year-old has to offer. However, Springbok head coach Allister Coetzee only had bad news to report on …

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England: Five Surprise Selections Eddie Jones Could Make Next Friday

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 05: Eddie Jones, the England head coach, looks around the stadium on a pre match visity to Murrayfield Stadium on February 5, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Eddie Jones since taking over the England head coach job has not been afraid to make interesting and tough calls. He announced Dylan Hartley as his captain ahead of more seemingly calm and respectable leaders. He’s started Chris Robshaw for every game of his tenure despite slagging off the former England captain as recently as this time last year. Even …

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A Combined Springboks XV Made Up Of Domestic And Overseas Players

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Bryan Habana of South Africa celebrates with teammates Jesse Kriel and Vincent Koch after scoring a try during the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks at AMI Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Over the past couple of years a large number of South Africa’s best players and coaches have left in the hope of finding ‘greener grass’ overseas. This mass exodus has left the country with a lack of depth and experience in the national team, and has ultimately caused all their recent struggles. Here we have made a domestic-based team and will …

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Exclusive: Schalk Burger Talks Springboks Captaincy And Life In London

St. Albans is a city district just outside London which lies east of Hemel Hempstead and west of Hatfield, about 19 miles north-north west of London. In Roman times the town was a common destination for travellers heading north on the old Roman road of Watling Street, so it’s kind of fitting that today it is now the new home of Springbok flanker Schalk Burger, a …

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What Constitutes A Good Season For Irish Rugby?

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 5, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 19/3/2016 Ireland vs Scotland A general view of the Ireland team Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

There’s arguably no better time to be an Irish rugby supporter than at the start of a new season. Late March and mid-May are occasional contenders if Ireland or an Irish team are in contention for a major honour, but for the most part the start of a new season is the best time to be an Irish rugby fan. The …

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Connacht Centre Dave McSharry Forced To Retire

Connacht Rugby Squad Training, Sportsground, Galway 27/10/2015 Dave McSharry Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Connacht centre Dave McSharry has been forced to retire from professional rugby because of concussion, the Irish province confirmed on Wednesday.  The 26-year-old former Leinster academy player took the decision to quit after meeting with a neurologist last week, who advised him to retire. In February the former Ireland U-18, U-20 and Irish Wolfhounds star was ruled out for the …

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