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Predicting The Eight Teams Who Will Qualify For European Champions Cup Quarter-Finals

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - DECEMBER 11: General views of the stadium and the Champions Cup trophy before the European Champions Cup Pool 1 rugby game between Ulster and Toulouse at Kingspan Stadium on December 11, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Daniel Rey picks his eight teams to emerge to the European Champions Cup quarter-finals. The European Champions Cup is one of the most exciting tournaments in world rugby. Nothing exemplifies this more than the battle to get out of the pools, and if possible, secure a home quarter-final. With Europe’s premier club rugby competition about to kick-off, which sides are …

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International Rugby: The Pacific Islands’ Winners XV

In rugby we’re fortunate enough to have three great sporting nations in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, but what would a team made up of their most successful players look like? What the Pacific Islanders may sometimes lack in structure, they more than make up for in flair and physicality, and some of the most enthralling games in the sport have …

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Paul O’Connell Returns To Munster Rugby

CLERMONT-FERRAND, FRANCE - DECEMBER 14: Paul O'Connell of Munster looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup pool one match between ASM Clermont Auvergne and Munster at Stade Marcel Michelin on December 14, 2014 in Clermont-Ferrand, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Munster Rugby has today confirmed via statement that former captain, and Munster living legend Paul O’Connell is to return to the province in a professional context. The Limerick native who spent 14 years at Thomond Park has been unveiled as the newest member of the Greencore Munster Rugby Academy taking on an advisory role and will oversee the next wave …

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Eoin Reddan Announces Retirement From Rugby

CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 08: Eoin Reddan of Ireland looks on during the International match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on August 8, 2015 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Following on from Pundit Arena’s EXCLUSIVE report that Eoin Reddan was on the verge of announcing his retirement from professional rugby, the Leinster scrum-half has today officially stated to the media that he is to hang up the boots following Ireland’s test series clincher with the Springboks this weekend. With the signing of Kiwi scrum half Jamison Gibson-Park at Leinster and what …

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Opinion: The Rise And Impending Fall Of Top 14 Giants Toulon

PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 10: Ma'a Nonu of Toulon leaves the field dejected following his side's defeat during the European Rugby Champions Cup Quarter Final between Racing 92 and RC Toulon at Stade Yves Du Manoir on April 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

When you reach the top there is only one way to go – down. This is where Top 14 giants Toulon now find themselves. When speaking of Europe’s top club rugby sides, French team Toulon will always be part of the conversation. Established in 1908, it has only been since the acquisition of the club by rich local businessman Mourad …

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Watch: Ten Of The Best (Drop Goals) By Jonny Wilkinson

SAINT-DENIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 20: Jonny Wilkinson of England attempts a drop goal during the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final between England and South Africa at the Stade de France on October 20, 2007 in Saint-Denis, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Coolness, complete calm and total composure. These three adjectives could not be anymore apt in detailing the resolute mindset of legendary sharp-shooter Jonny Wilkinson. With an unparalleled assurance and indomitable self-belief, Wilko was a true ‘once-in-a-generation’ talent. Time-and-time again the legendary out-half not only stood up to the decisive moment with the game in the balance, he took the moment …

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Ireland Half-Back Legends Honoured By Their Peers

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 10: Ronan O'Gara of Ireland looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland at Aviva Stadium on March 10, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Irish rugby’s greatest ever pairing continue to receive accolades as they approach 40. Since the advent of the professional era, Irish rugby has been on an upward trajectory. With the establishment of the provincial model a golden generation of rugby quickly followed and saw Irish clubs win five European (Heineken) Cups between 2006 and 2012. The national squad also enjoyed …

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Watch: Sale Prop Mujati’s Latest Vlog Is Hilarious And Fascinating In Equal Measure

Brian Mujati, the self-proclaimed ‘most shredded tighthead prop in world rugby’ will be eminently familiar to fans of Northampton Saints, where he spent four typically destructive years. By the same token, Leinster fans would need no reminding of his scrummaging masterclass in the 2011 Heineken Cup final. The Saints’ loss that day was certainly no fault of Mujati, although his …

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Former England Prospect Joins US PRO Rugby

READING, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 14: Dominic Waldouck of London Irish hands off the tackle of Julien Heriteau of Agen during the European Rugby Challenge Cup match between London Irish and Agen at Madejski Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Reading, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

After San Francisco announced the signing of former All Blacks legend Mils Muliaina, new US PRO Rugby side Ohio have made a shrewd move by acquiring former Wasps, Northampton and London Irish centre Dom Waldouck. Originally touted as a future England international, Waldouck first burst onto the scene with Wasps and was part of the Heineken Cup-winning squad of 2007, the …

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Munster Attempt To Rebuild Connection With Supporters

Munster v Ulster - Heineken Cup Quarter Final

Munster fans have been openly critical of the province this season. Later this year Munster will celebrate the tenth anniversary of their famous Heineken Cup triumph against Biarritz. Not only is that game remembered for Peter Stringer’s try, but for the the atmosphere in Millennium Stadium, and on O’Connell Street, where thousands of people watched the game on big screens. …

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Opinion: Why Connacht’s Lam Must Be Favourite To Succeed Ireland Boss Schmidt

EXETER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Pat Lam, Head Coach of Connacht looks on ahead of the European Rugby Challenge Cup match between Exeter Chiefs and Connacht at Sandy Park on October 25, 2014 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The success of Connacht Rugby this season puts head coach Pat Lam in the running to replace Joe Schmidt for Irish rugby’s top job. Ireland are approaching a crossroads. Following the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Ireland went into a serious rebuilding phase. Injuries ravaged the squad both during and after the tournament, with the most notable of all being captain Paul O’Connell’s …

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Why Warren Gatland Is Wales’ Greatest Coach Ever

during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.

While Wales will always be remembered for the gloriously talented teams of the 1960s and ’70s, Gatland has brought a consistency and a confidence to his team that was missing for so long. As an Englishman, I can pay no greater compliment to Gatland’s men than England’s fixture next Saturday fills me with both dread and trepidation, despite the fact …

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