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Leone Nakarawa’s Sacking Confirmed By Racing 92

Racing 92 have sacked Fijian lock Leone Nakarawa, the club confirmed today. The 31-year-old returned from the Rugby World Cup two weeks later than scheduled having played in all four of the Pacific Islanders’ pool matches in Japan before being knocked out. Nakarawa was expected back in Paris on Monday, October 28, but did not return until Monday, November 11. …

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Cheika Disappointed In Fijians Following Reece Hodge Citing

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Australia head coach Michael Cheika has said that the manner in which Fiji cited Reece Hodge following their clash at the weekend was not “in the spirit of the game”. The Australian winger has been cited for “an act of foul play contrary to Law 9.13 (dangerous tackle) in the 25th minute of Australia’s Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool D …

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High Tackle Framework Under Fire As Reece Hodge Escapes Punishment

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World Rugby have come under fire for their initiative to clamp down on high tackles after an incident involving Reece Hodge went unpunished during Australia’s World Cup encounter with Fiji. The Australian winger’s shoulder made contact with Peceli Yato’s head in the 26th minute of the game while he also failed to use his arms in the tackle. The Fijian …

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Ambitious Bid For Pacific Islands’ Super Rugby Team Rejected

An ambitious bid to set up a Pacific Islands Super Rugby team has failed after competition organisers decided it was not commercially viable, the Fiji Rugby Union said Thursday. Including a Pacific team in the southern hemisphere competition was seen as a game-changer for rugby in the islands, a hotbed of talent where top players have long headed overseas to chase more …

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Tommy Seymour Grabs Hattrick As Eight-Try Scotland Thrash Fiji

Tommy Seymour scored a hat-trick as Scotland ran in eight tries to beat Fiji 54-17 at Murrayfield on Saturday and claim their first win of the Autumn Internationals. Allan Dell, Fraser Brown, Sean Maitland, Jamie Ritchie and Adam Hastings also scored tries as the Scots survived an early scare when scores from Viliame Mata and Semi Radradra gave Fiji a …

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One Major Flaw In Rugby World Cup Draw Being So Early Surfaces

KYOTO, JAPAN - MAY 10: Eddie Jones head coach of England arrives to the Kyoto State Guest House during the Rugby World Cup Pool Draw on May 10, 2017 in Kyoto, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

Earlier today, the draw was made for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Pool C is arguably the most difficult of the lot, as England, France and Argentina are grouped together. They will be joined by a Pacific Island nation. However, as the draw was being made, there was the same question on everybody’s lips. Why is the draw being made …

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The Ultimate ‘International Rugby XV’ List For 2016

Despite being a pretty awful year for celebrities, 2016 has seen some wonderful rugby. We’ve compiled three different XVs made up of the best (and in some cases worst) performers of the calendar year. The Winners XV This side is made up of the players with the most wins in 2016, so it is essentially a Anglo-Kiwi XV – with both …

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The Ultimate ‘Rest Of The World’ International Rugby XV

Forget about the tier one nations of the rugby world, let’s focus on the rest of the planet. Ignoring all the major nations of the globe we have put together a star-studded ‘Rest of the World’ XV. 1) Masataka Mikama, Japan The Japanese loosehead has played 33 tests and won 25 of them – an impressive record for a tier …

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Pundit Arena’s Rugby Wishlist For 2017

With 2016 quickly coming to a close and after a fantastic 12 months of international rugby, we look back at the year in full and make five wishes for 2017. 5) A return to rugby’s traditional values The sport has always prided itself on its moral compass, treasuring such values as honesty and integrity. However, in recent years professionalism has …

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Five Things That England Have Learnt From Their Autumn Campaign So Far

With England’s Autumn Internationals campaign about to come to close for another year once more, we take a look at the five main areas that Eddie Jones and his charges will have learnt from their three games so far. 1) England’s defence must still improve The ‘backs-to-the-wall’ resilience of England’s performance against Argentina when down to 14 and at times …

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EXCLUSIVE – England’s Charlie Ewels: ‘We Want To Play An All-Court Game’

England’s newest cap Charlie Ewels spoke exclusively to Pundit Arena’s Paul Wassell about his transition into international rugby, working with head coach Eddie Jones and becoming a better player. “Mate, it feels unbelievable, it’s like a dream come true, I guess. Growing up and watching the England team being successful in the past and to think that now I’m capped …

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