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Wallabies Legend Spent Nearly Three Weeks Behind Bars In Japan And Nobody Found Out

In an age where social media and communications technologies are as integrated into human lives as breathing, the news that Wallabies legend George Smith spent nearly three weeks in a Japanese jail without the media finding out is something quite unique. The 111-times capped Australia international has been plying his trade with Japanese Rugby Top League side Suntory Sungoliath since 2016, …

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Toulon’s Best XV Of The Mourad Boudjellal Era

Toulon v Saracens - Heineken Cup Final

When it comes to paying outlandish salaries to southern hemisphere stars whose careers are coming toward a close, nobody does it with as much gusto than Toulon. Take Ma’a Nonu for example, a player who dominated in midfield for the All Blacks, but didn’t reach those heights consistently while playing with either the Hurricanes, Blues or Highlanders. This though didn’t put …

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2015-2016 Premiership: The Top Ten Of Everything – Part 1

Want to know who the best tacklers were in the Premiership last season? Interested in finding out the players who won the most lineouts or made the most offloads? Need a little hand for your fantasy rugby teams this season? Then look no further than Pundit Arena’s Top Ten Of Everything for last season! Top Ten Tacklers Mark Wilson (Newcastle)   …

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England: The Top Three Contenders To Replace James Haskell

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: James Haskell, poses during the England media session held at Pennyhill Park on March 7, 2016 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Last week James Haskell was ruled out for up to six months with a toe injury. This will result in the flanker missing not only the start of the domestic season and the Champions Cup, he will also be missing out on the autumn internationals. This autumn will be the first time Eddie Jones can test his England side against …

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Aviva Premiership 2016-2017 Preview: Wasps

One of professional rugby’s greatest success stories almost disappeared completely after financial near-collapse, but with Derek Richardson as owner the Coventry-based club has gone from strength to strength. The six-time league winners and double Heineken Cup champions will be looking to get their hands on their first silverware since 2008 this season and with an increasingly-powerful squad, it might just …

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Ranking The Top 5 Openside Flankers In Rugby Right Now

2015 Rugby World Cup Group A, Twickenham, London, England 3/10/2015.England vs Australia.AustraliaÕs David Pocock celebrates.Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Now with the conclusion of the European rugby season and the June internationals we here at Pundit Arena HQ feel that it is time to sick back and reflect on certain aspects of the season just past. To that end we want to take a look at who we feel currently stand as the top five premier opensides in the …

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Quade Cooper Poised For Super Rugby Return

BATH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Quade Cooper of Toulon during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Bath Rugby and RC Toulon at the Recreation Ground on January 23, 2016 in Bath, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

It would appear that another star name in Australian rugby is set for a return Down Under as reports suggest that Quade Cooper is on the brink of resigning with former club Queensland Reds. These reports come in the wake of Wallaby great George Smith officially confirming that he has signed a two-year contract with the Queensland based franchise and it looks …

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George Smith Returns To Super Rugby

Saracens v Wasps - Aviva Premiership

Fresh off his player of the year nomination, George Smith will return to Super Rugby. The Queensland Reds have this morning confirmed the signing of Wallaby great, George Smith, on two-season deal. Although 35 year old Smith will join the Reds, he will also line out for Japanese side Suntory Sungoliath. According to The Guardian, the 111 Test match veteran has …

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Andy Goode Column: My Team Of The Season

Saracens v Wasps - European Rugby Champions Cup Semi Final

 1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens) 2. Mike Haywood (Northampton Saints) 3. Paul Hill (Northampton Saints)  4. Maro Itoje (Saracens) 5. George Kruis (Saracens) 6. Nili Latu (Newcastle Falcons) 7. George Smith (Wasps) 8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens) 9. Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens) 10. Gareth Steenson (Exeter Chiefs) 11.  Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) 12. Charles Piutau (Wasps) 13. Elliot Daly (Wasps) 14. Telusa Veainu (Leicester Tigers) 15. Alex Goode (Saracens) Andy …

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A European Based Wallaby XV To Face England

Australia v New Zealand - The Rugby Championship

Kurtley Beale became the latest Australian international to join a European Club. When Wasps announced the capture of Kurtley Beale last week, the utility back became the latest Wallaby international to join a European club. Indeed, this summer Beale will be joined by Matt Tooma, Greg Holmes and Liam Gill at northern hemisphere clubs. The quartet of player will join the likes of …

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Kurtley Beale Set To Become Highest Paid Player In England

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 21: Kurtley Beale of the Wallabies looks on during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and France at Allianz Stadium on June 21, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

According to reports from the Daily Telegraph and the Times, Australian international Kurtley Beale has put pen to paper on a record breaking deal that will see him join up with former Melbourne Rebels teammate Danny Cipriani at the Wasps. After reports surmounted during the week in which it appeared that the deal was dead in the water, it would …

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Statistically Speaking This Is The Premiership’s Team Of The Season

Wasps v London Irish - Aviva Premiership

Based on statistical evidence this is the Premiership’s team of the season. The guys over at rugby.net have for some time now, compiled lists detailing the best players in the world. Using mathematically generated data, they claim to objectively rate players from each of rugby’s elite competitions. Using their Rugby Net Rating Engine, thy interoperate an array of statistics, give them a weighting according …

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