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Ben Healy Added To Munster Squad While Leinster Make Five Changes

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Munster have added 20-year-old out-half Ben Healy in place of Alex Wootton to their Champions Cup squad ahead of Saturday’s Pool 4 opener against the Ospreys.  With first-choice ten Joey Carbery out injured and back-up J.J Hanrahan a doubt for this weekend, Munster are light of options with Tyler Bleyendaal the side’s only available out-half. Despite Johann van Graan suggesting …

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Springboks Analysis: Would An Overseas XV Beat A Domestic XV?

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 08: Francois Louw of South Africa during the The Rugby Championship match between South Africa and New Zealand at Growthpoint Kings Park on October 08, 2016 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Former Springbok coach Jake White questioned South Africa’s policy on picking overseas players in a recent column for All Out Rugby. The South African Rugby Union recently introduced a new policy on overseas players, that would not allow those with under 30 caps to be picked for the Springboks, outside of a World Cup year. In his column, White stated: “Whenever …

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Five Players To Watch In This Year’s Super Rugby Season

TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 05: Amanaki Lelei Mafi #8 of Japan runs with the ball during the international friendly match between Japan and Argentina at Prince Chichibu Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images)

The return of Super Rugby to our screens means there’s rugby on tap morning noon and night. Here in the northern hemisphere, we’ve emerged from the gloom of Winter. Spring is here and brings with it Super Rugby which has some of the most exciting players and brands of rugby on show in the world. If you can commit to some …

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Handrè Pollard Set To Make His Return To Rugby

South Africa fly-half Handrè Pollard is set to make his return to rugby next month when the Bulls take on the Chiefs in a trial match at Ballymore. The Springboks playmaker has been sidelined since last February after rupturing his knee ligaments in a freak accident at Bulls training, and will now return to rugby for the first time in over 12 months when …

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What is South Africa’s strongest XV without the quota system?

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The South African government’s ‘Strategic Transformation policy’, which has as its objective to see 50% of Springbok’s squad made up of non-white players by 2019, has caused plenty of controversy. But what would South Africa’s national team look like without quotas? We take a look at South Africa’s strongest XV without the quota system: 15. Cheslin Kolbe: One of South Africa’s …

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Three Contenders To Replace Adriaan Strauss As Springbok Captain

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 22: Duane Vermeulen of Toulon runs with the ball during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Wasps and Toulon at the Ricoh Arena on November 22, 2015 in Coventry, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss’ surprise announcement last week that he would be retiring from international rugby at the end of the year means the Boks will need to find a new skipper for next season. Here are three contenders to replace Strauss: 1. Warren Whiteley Whiteley led the Lions to their first ever Super Rugby final this year and has …

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Lions Coach Backs His Own Number 8 To Become Next Springboks Captain

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08: Lions coach Johan Ackermann during the Super Rugby match between Emirates Lions and Southern Kings at Emirates Airline Park on July 08, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Johan Rynners/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Lions coach and former Springboks second-row Johan Ackerman believes that his side’s captain, Warren Whiteley, would be an excellent replacement to succeed Bulls hooker Adriaan Strauss as Springboks captain. Strauss, who was only named Springboks captain in May following the appointment of Allister Coetzee as head coach in April, announced his plans to retire from international rugby at the end …

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South African Fly-half Handre Pollard Reveals Amputation Scare

Springbok star Handre Pollard has revealed that serious complications during shoulder surgery almost resulted in him having his arm amputated. The complication, a sudden and potentially life-threatening infection, occurred when fly-half decided to have surgery on his shoulder for an injury he sustained in Japan while playing for NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes. At the time, Pollard was also recovering from another …

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The Biggest Omissions From Joe Schmidt’s Ireland Squad

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 21: Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt takes the warm up before the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield on March 21, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

As Ireland embark on their quest to claim their first test victory in the professional era in South Africa, many questions have been raised following the aftermath of Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad announcement regarding the logic and legitimacy of his selections and namely; omissions. It would appear that Schmidt has to a certain extent disregarded form as a determinant when …

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Video: Every Drop Goal From The Rugby World Cup

There have only been six drop goals so far in the Rugby World Cup 2015. This is surprisingly low considering that Jonny Wilkinson knocked over eight on his own in the 2003 tournament, or Jannie de Beer recorded five in a single game in 1999. Nonetheless, they are one of the more beautiful art forms in today’s game, and can …

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5 Takeaways From This Weekend’s Rugby

Australia’s shock win over New Zealand, Argentina’s historic victory over South Africa, where to begin? Here are our five takeaways from this weekend’s Rugby. _____ Nehe Milner-Skudder Shows Class On Debut There was a lot of talk surrounding the Hurricanes player following an impressive Super Rugby season. He was handed his debut by Steve Hansen against Australia this weekend, to see …

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Ranking The World’s Top 10 Fly-Halves

Last week we ranked the world’s best 10 full-backs, and it caused more than its fair share of debate. We will keep the ball rolling this week with the world’s top 10 fly-halves, and as ever, let us know your thoughts in the comment section below, or on the Pundit Arena Rugby Facebook page. _____ 10. Francois Trinh-Duc Trinh-Duc looks …

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Ireland v South Africa – Three Key Battles

Brian Barry previews the three key battles that could determine the outcome of today’s clash between Ireland and South Africa.   1. Paul O’Connell v Victor Matfield Two of the best second rows ever, O’Connell and Matfield come to face to face in the twilight of their careers, but nonetheless as influential as ever. The two are similar as far …

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Les Kiss: Pollard Is The Key For Springboks

Ireland Assistant Coach Les Kiss insists South African 20-year-old out-half Handré Pollard holds the key in turning the screw for the Springboks ahead of their clash this Saturday. After making his debut against Scotland, kicking 5/7 conversions and 1/1 penalties, the 2014 U20 player IRB Junior World Player of the Year added 5/6 starts in the Rugby Championship. It included a …

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Super Rugby XV: The Emerging Backs

In the second part of our look at promising Super XV players, Michael McCarthy selects a backline of players who have impressed in Super Rugby this season. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SUPER RUGBY XV: EMERGING FORWARDS   9. T.J. Perenara, New Zealand Team: Hurricanes Age: 22 Caps: 3 Scrum half is just another position at which the All Blacks cup …

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