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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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England’s Launchbury Has Learnt His Fate After Kick On Fiji’s Tikoirotuma


England second-row Joe Launchbury has received a two-week ban for kicking Asaeli Tikoirotuma during England’s victory over Fiji on Saturday, according to the BBC. This ban will see him miss all of England’s remaining autumn tests – against Argentina and Australia, and with fellow locks Maro Itoje and George Kruis both sidelined, England’s strength in depth will be tested to its …

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England Player Ratings V Fiji

1) Mako Vunipola Some fantastic driving runs in the first half and some sensational handling skills throughout, including for Alex Goode’s try in the corner, Vunipola is starting to bring an added dimension to England’s attack that makes him resemble more of an All Blacks prop than being stereotypically English. Sometimes struggled at scrum time against an impressive Fiji front …

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Opinion: Daly’s Winging It For England Says So Much About Eddie Jones

Perhaps the biggest surprise of today’s belated England team announcement was that Wasps centre Elliot Daly was to move to the unfamiliar position of wing, with incumbent Jonny May dropping out of the 23 completely. However, Daly’s inclusion embodies so much about the Eddie Jones era. Although Gloucester speedster May missed England training on Thursday morning because of injury, he …

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