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International Rugby: The ‘Winners’ XV

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) The Scotland team sing the national anthem during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and Scotland at Hunter Stadium on June 5, 2012 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Who are the players with the most wins in the history of Test rugby? We look at the fifteen men who would make up a team of winners. It’s no real surprise that a large number of All Blacks are in this side, but the dominance of Test rugby in recent years is evident through the number of recent and …

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Wasps vs Saracens: Here’s Who Makes Our Combined XV

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Maro Itoje of Saracens beats Joe Launchbury in the lineout during the Aviva Premiership match between Wasps and Saracens at The Ricoh Arena on December 27, 2015 in Coventry, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

On Saturday afternoon two heavyweights of English club rugby do battle at the Madejski Stadium in the hope of gaining a place in the European Champions Cup final.  Saracens come into the game as the favourites because of their domination in Europe, having won every game, as well as their superiority in the Aviva Premiership. Wasps might be the underdogs …

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Andy Goode Exclusive: Eddie Jones’ Warning Will Act As A Rocket For England’s Players To Perform This Weekend

Newcastle Falcons v Harlequins - Aviva Premiership

Our newest columnist, Andy Goode, explains why Eddie Jones’ recent comments will motivate England’s players further ahead this weekend’s Champions Cup semi finals. Although Eddie Jones caused a good deal of controversy by claiming that there were four or five individuals who have shown the wrong attitude since the Six Nations, I feel he is using the media to motivate his players as the …

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Short List For European Player Of The Year Announced

Saracens v Leicester Tigers - Aviva Premiership

European rugby chiefs have unveiled the short list for the player of the year award. With the season coming to a close, organisers of the European Rugby Champions and Challenge Cups, European Professional Club Rugby, have unveiled the nominees for the player of the year award. Like many of these prizes, the player of the year award is voted for …

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George Smith Set To Depart Wasps For Japan

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: George Smith of Wasps looks for a way past Sean Cronin of Leinster Rugby during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Wasps and Leinster Rugby at Ricoh Arena on January 23, 2016 in Coventry, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Dai Young, coach of Wasps, announced the departure of Australian flanker George Smith. Smith had been instrumental in a revitalised Wasps outfit and has thoroughly improved the skills of his teammates, especially at the breakdown while their ball handling has improved as well. The 35-year-old openside flanker, who gave England helpful and much needed breakdown coaching during the RBS Six …

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Joe Launchbury: Touted England Captain To Bench Player

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 06: England player Joe Launchbury beats the Scotland players to a loose ball during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and England at Murrayfield Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

What Eddie Jones can do in a short amount of time is quite remarkable. The former Wallabies coach can turn a minnow in Japan into a giant killer, but he can also turn an English rugby giant in Joe Launchbury back into a minnow. This writer’s not sure whether Launchbury is entirely a giant of English rugby yet, nor whether his …

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The Foreign XV: A Team Of Australian Exiles

The recent Heineken Cup final saw some great performances across the park, but two players in particular have sparked much debate amongst rugby fans over the eligibility of players based abroad. Both Steffon Armitage and Matt Giteau gave world class performances in the Millenium Stadium, yet neither player will be picked for their national side due to them plying their …

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