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Statistically Speaking This Is The Northern Hemisphere’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 to the competitions in which they were recorded and publish them …

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Will Greenwood And Scott Quinnell Pick Their Respective British and Irish Lions Starting XVs

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06: (L-R) Jamie Roberts of the Lions is mobbed by team mates Conor Murray and George North after scoring the Lions fourth try during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and British & Irish Lions at ANZ Stadium on July 6, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The countdown to next summer’s Lions tour is already on. Since the conclusion of the World Cup, Sky Sports have been asking their pundits to select British and Irish Lions starting XVs ahead of next summer’s tour. Although selecting a Lions XV in the aftermath Autmun’s tournament may have been considered premature, following the selection pattern since then is a …

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Opinion: Springboks’ Form A Massive Concern Ahead Of Rugby Championship

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 18: Lionel Mapoe of the Springboks and coach Allister Coetzee celebrate after the 2nd Castle Lager Incoming Series Test match between South Africa and Ireland at Emirates Airline Park on June 18, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Allister Coetzee is only a few weeks into his new role as head coach of the Springboks but he’ll be wishing for more hours in the days ahead to allow him get South Africa up to speed for the Rugby Championship, following his team’s unconvincing series win over Ireland this month. Speaking frankly, Ireland’s injury list prior to their tour was catastrophic and therefore any …

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Road Runners: The Five Greatest Rugby Sidesteppers Of All Time

While the power players like Jonah Lomu, Julian Savea and George North are rightfully revered for their ability to clear bodies from their windscreens, the twinkle-toed quicksteppers that slice through gaps leaving defenders sprawled in yoga poses can be just as thrilling. Here’s a quick guide to the magicians with the finest sidesteps in modern rugby history. _____ Jason Robinson ‘Billy …

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The Couch View: Boxing Clichés, The Lad From Blackburn & A Late Comeback

Between rugby Test matches and Euro 2016, Saturday was a bad day for anyone on the Sports Watchers Anonymous 12 Step Programme. Down in Wellington, Wales kicked things off against the All Blacks. Former Leinster coach Matt Williams often speaks about the ‘championship minutes’ approach of the southern hemisphere, referencing the minutes leading up to half time and those towards …

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Ireland Dealt Massive Injury Blow Ahead Of Final South Africa Test

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 19: Joe Schmidt the head coach of Ireland watches over his team warm up prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on March 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw has been ruled out of Ireland’s third and final Test against South Africa due to a knee injury, as reported by the Irish Independent.  The Pro 12 winner flew back to Ireland last night to undergo surgery on his knee cartilage, which he injured during Ireland’s 32-26 defeat in Johannesburg on Saturday. The 23-year-old will be a huge …

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Ireland Must Be Ready For The Boklash This Saturday

Cape Town , South Africa - 11 June 2016; Ireland players, from left, Jack McGrath, Jordi Murphy, Devin Toner, CJ Stander, Conor Murray, Robbie Henshaw, Paddy Jackson and Luke Marshall stand for the national anthem before the 1st test of the Castle Lager Incoming series between South Africa and Ireland at the DHL Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Next Saturday’s Test becomes all the more appetising after the drama of the first, and Ireland should be wary of the reaction from the Springboks. While the first ever victory over the Springboks in the Rainbow Nation should be savoured, it might mean little unless Ireland go on to win the series. The tour is about the team developing and …

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Ireland: Joe Schmidt Approach Confirmed By Super Rugby Side’s CEO

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 01: Joe Schmidt, the Ireland head coach looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium on March 1, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Super Rugby side the Highlanders have just confirmed Ireland rugby fans’ worst fears. The Otaga-based Super Rugby side has officially confirmed that they have actively sought out Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, with a view to him succeeding current boss Tony Brown once the latter’s contract extension expires in 2017. This follows yesterday’s Pundit Arena exclusive that Schmidt is to announce …

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Springboks: This Loss Feels More Significant Than Past Defeats

Cape Town , South Africa - 11 June 2016; Pieter-Steph du Toit of South Africa during the 1st test of the Castle Lager Incoming series between South Africa and Ireland at the DHL Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

After defeating South Africa in 1965 it took Ireland close to 40 years to do it again. Since June 2004, though, defeating the Springboks in Dublin has become almost expected, winning four out of the last six. Travelling to South Africa and pulling off a victory remained a task as sizeable as Table Mountain, but now that Ireland have left Newlands …

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Opinion: Why Iain Henderson Is A Future Ireland Captain

Cape Town , South Africa - 11 June 2016; Iain Henderson of Ireland is tackled by Francois Louw of South Africa during the 1st test of the Castle Lager Incoming series between South Africa and Ireland at the DHL Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

A lot of responsibility comes with being an international captain and some players are made for it while others seemingly crumble under the pressure. The buck starts and stops with you as the skipper and, as seen with England during last year’s World Cup, if you make the wrong decision in a pivotal moment it can very much haunt you for months …

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History Awaits Ireland As Joe Schmidt Plots To Unlock The Boks

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 19: Joe Schmidt the head coach of Ireland watches over his team warm up prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on March 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Ireland Rugby’s date with history has arrived and the time has come to address one of Ireland’s most unwanted records, that being the fact that they have never beaten South Africa away from home. Not once in seven attempts. In their last encounter back in November 2014 in Dublin, Ireland handed South Africa their fifth loss in 22 tests and …

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Reviewing Ireland’s Previous Tours Of South Africa

Ireland Tour of South Africa 20/6/1998 South Africa vs Ireland A fight breaks out between the two teams Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Ireland kick-off their summer tour of South Africa this Saturday in what will be, remarkably, only their fifth time visiting the country. Previous expeditions occurred in 1961, 1981, 1998 and 2004. In fact 1961 was only Ireland’s third tour ever, having previously been to Canada in 1899 and Argentina and Chile in 1952. The 1961 party was captained by Ronnie …

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Analysing Ireland, England And Wales’ Woeful Pro Era Touring Records

12 June 1999: Joe Roff of Australia passes to Tim Horan during the first test match between Australia and Ireland, played at Ballymore in Brisbane, Australia. Australia won the match 46-10. Mandatory Credit: David Rogers /Allsport

This weekend sees the beginning of tours to the big three southern hemisphere giants New Zealand, South Africa and Australia by Wales, Ireland and England respectively, with all countries participating in a series of three Test matches. It is interesting to examine the touring records of these countries down south, individually and collectively, and see how it reflects on the …

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Summer Tests: Our Injured XV Selection

The summer rugby tours of our home nations are set to kick off this weekend. Ireland, England and Wales all travel to the Super Rugby nations of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand respectively, while Scotland take on the emerging far eastern power that is Japan. As final match day squads are being formed, let’s take a look at the XV …

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