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Watch: Georgia Run In Sensational Score Against Argentina In Rugby International

The rugby world’s eyes have been understandably transfixed on New Zealand in recent weeks, but other nations also deserve their due. While the collective nations of the British Isles salivated at Seán O’Brien’s sensational score at Eden Park, heroics were also orchestrated elsewhere. Georgia have been making a very strong case for inclusion in the Six Nations due to their …

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Why Changing The Residency Rule Might Slow Rugby’s Development

New Zealand v England

The decision to extend the three-year residency rule to five years as of 2020 will likely achieve the desired effect of slowing the drain of players from Pacific Island nations but it may have a secondary effect that slows the development of rugby worldwide. Everybody knows that bigger and richer rugby nations like New Zealand, Australia, France and England are …

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Tributes Pour In For South Africa Legend Joost Van Der Westhuizen

Joost van der Westhuizen of South Africa with the ball during a pool stage match against Australia in the Rugby World Cup at Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa, 25th May 1995. South Africa won the match 27-18. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Legendary South Africa scrum half Joost van der Westhuizen has passed away at the age of 45, following a lengthy battle with a form of motor neurone disease. Van der Westhuizen was a driving force behind South Africa’s World Cup-winning campaign in 1995 and will always be remembered as one of the greatest scrum halves in the history of rugby …

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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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Ranking The Top 10 Rugby Nations In 2016

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Jonathan Joseph of England (R) celebrates scoring his sides fourth try during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on December 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

After one of the best sets of autumn internationals ever, Pundit Arena takes stock and ranks the top ten rugby nations from the whole of 2016. Some big names are near the bottom, but how high up are the resurgent Ireland and Scotland? Does England’s perfect year knock the All Blacks off top spot? _______ 10. Italy But for a …

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Kiwi Tipped To Take Over From Coetzee As Springbok Head Coach

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 19: Dave Rennie (Head Coach) during the Chiefs media briefing at The Cullinan Southern Sun hotel on July 19, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The Springboks’ abysmal 2016 can in truth be blamed on poor rugby structures in South Africa. An abundance of talent is lost overseas at a young age and fielding six Super Rugby franchises appears to spread current resources too thin. As ever in South Africa, racial tension and the authorities’ failure to respond to it serve to exasperate such problems. …

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The Five Best Number 8s In World Rugby At Present

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Lucas Noguera of Argentina (R) and Santiago Cordero of Argentina (L) attempt to stop Billy Vunipola of England during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and Argentina at Twickenham Stadium on November 26, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Number 8 is one of the most important positions on the field tactically, as the players who feature there are often the link between the forwards and the backs, and are used as a team’s ball carrier when go-forward is needed. Here we take a look at the five best players in the position today. _______ 5. Facundo Isa (Argentina) …

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Should There Be A Play-Off Between The Championship’s Winners And The Premiership’s Losers?

TWICKENHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: The Aviva Premiership trophy sits on the edge of the pitch during the Aviva Premiership Season Launch 2011-2012 at Twickenham Stadium on August 24, 2011 in Twickenham, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images for Aviva)

Taking a break from the international series briefly, it is time to look at the Premiership table and how it has changed while some players have been away on international duty. A familiar pattern has emerged with Saracens leading the way, and with new boys Bristol still winless in 12th, six points behind Worcester. At this stage last year, now relegated …

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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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EXCLUSIVE – International Referee Romain Poite: ‘I Don’t Read Social Media Comments’

World-renowned referee Romain Poite has officiated in every major tournament in the world and been involved in of the sport’s biggest games.  In an exclusive interview, Pundit Arena’s Paul Wassell caught up with him to talk about the changing nature of the job, what he loves about refereeing and how relationships between referees and fans, players and coaches are all …

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Blow For Springboks As Pivotal Lock Is Ruled Out Of Wales Test

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Eben Etzebeth of South Africa receives medical treatment during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on November 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Eben Etzebeth is set to miss another international as he has failed to recover from a concussion sustained against England. Etzebeth also missed last Saturday’s loss to Italy, and with a serious lack of momentum the Springboks will need all the experience the 25-year-old has to offer. However, Springbok head coach Allister Coetzee only had bad news to report on …

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EXCLUSIVE – All Blacks’ Steven Bates: ‘Rugby In Japan Has Huge Potential, But It’s Being Held Back’

When two times All Black Steven Bates took the decision to leave his home country and move to pastures new in Japan in 2008, he entered into a rugby environment that had some stark differences. Having spent his entire career in Auckland and Waikato, winning 57 caps for the Chiefs in the process, Japan was something else in comparison. “In …

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