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World Cup 2019 Pool Seedings Confirmed In Latest World Rugby Rankings

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 18: Sam Warburton (R) and George North (C) walk past Noa Nakaitaci (L) of France after their sides 18-20 defeat during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Wales at Stade de France on March 18, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The final round of Six Nations fixtures last weekend had further-reaching consequences than just the order of which team finished where in this season’s championship. As it was, Ireland ended up in second place behind England having defeated the champions at the Aviva Stadium, and their overall tournament performance has seen them confirm a place among the top seeds for …

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Five Possible British And Irish Lions Bolters

DARLINGTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Zach Mercer (C) of England during the U20 Six Nations match between England U20 and Italy U20 at Mowden Park on February 24, 2017 in Darlington, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

The British and Irish Lions tour will be a hugely exciting time for the home nations, and whilst much of the squad will be made up of international stars, there could well be a place for an uncapped so-called bolter. Here we take a look at five options in this department for Warren Gatland. _______ Darren Sweetnam (Munster) The young …

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Watch: Ten Of The Best International Rugby Tries Of 2016

There have been some wonderful tries scored in international rugby in 2016, but we’ve scoured the internet to pick out ten of the very best scores from across the world this year. 10) Nicolas Sanchez v Japan, 5th November 2016 In recent years the Pumas have stepped up their rugby a few gears, in particular their attacking game. Gone of …

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Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 Kicks Off In 1000 Days

As of today, it is officially 1000 days until the start of the next edition of one of the greatest sports event in the world: The Rugby World Cup, this time to be held in Japan. The tournament will arrive in Asia for the first time and preparations are already well under way. Early next year team camps will be …

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Pundit Arena’s Rugby Wishlist For 2017

With 2016 quickly coming to a close and after a fantastic 12 months of international rugby, we look back at the year in full and make five wishes for 2017. 5) A return to rugby’s traditional values The sport has always prided itself on its moral compass, treasuring such values as honesty and integrity. However, in recent years professionalism has …

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Ireland Confirm Two Test Dates Against Japan In Summer 2017

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 26/11/2016 Ireland vs Australia Ireland's Rory Best with Rob Kearney after the game

The IRFU have confirmed the dares of Ireland’s summer tour of Japan in June 2017. More specifically, they have passed on the confirmation of the Japanese RFU, that the first test will take place on Saturday 17th of June, with the second test taking place a week later. Japan are to play Romania on June 10th in anticipation of facing …

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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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Eight Things We Learned From A Dire Wales Performance

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 05: Rob Howley, the Wales head coach looks on during the International match between Wales and Australia at the Principality Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

That Wales’ players celebrated wildly after Sam Davies put over an 80th minute drop goal to beat Japan said it all. Minutes later the realisation that they had scarcely deserved to beat a Japan side that leaked 54 points against Argentina two weeks before, was etched upon the Welsh players’ faces. Wales have hit rock bottom. Sam Warburton’s cliche ridden …

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Rob Howley Makes 10 Changes To Wales Team To Face Japan

Wales v Australia - International Match

Wales take on Japan in Cardiff on Saturday. After claiming a tight 24-20 win over Argentina last Saturday, Wales have made 10 changes to their side for Saturday’s tie with Japan. Wales had come in for a great deal of criticism following their tame 32-8 defeat at the hands of Australia earlier this month, but managed to reassert themselves as against the …

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Opinion: The Biggest Mistake New Zealand Rugby Has Made In A Long Time

Whilst New Zealand rugby fans are in euphoria at the moment, with their beloved All Blacks seemingly untouchable in the international arena and now on a world record run of consecutive victories, the sevens team should be proving to be a huge disappointment to everyone in the country. Even though the All Blacks sevens mens squad for the Olympics included …

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Rob Howley Announces Wales Squad For Autumn Internationals

WEYBRIDGE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Wales attack coach Rob Howley talks to the media during a Press Conference at Oatlands Park Hotel on October 13, 2015 in Weybridge, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Wales head coach Rob Howley has announced his squad for the upcoming November internationals. The Welsh have a busy schedule. with Australia, Argentina, Japan and South Africa all coming to Cardiff next month. Howley has named a 36 man squad for the tests, which includes two uncapped players. Continue reading below _____ Make sure to check the latest episode of …

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Opinion: Why Jamie George Should Be England’s First Choice Hooker

You might not realise it, but England’s most difficult positional decision lies at hooker. Jamie George is a talented all-round hooker with a very bright future, but his potential selection ahead of captain Dylan Hartley could have significant ramifications for the Red Rose as a whole. It’s hard to deny the impact that previously troubled Northampton Saints man Hartley has …

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A European Based Tier Two XV To Rattle The Northern Hemisphere

South Africa v Japan - Group B: Rugby World Cup 2015

Many of the tier two nations have started to close the gap on their established rivals. Although the 2015 World Cup has not proved to be the watershed moment many envisaged for tier two nations, the likes of Georgia are continuing to put forward their case for international advancement. While they are unlikely to gain entry into the Six Nations any …

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Opinion: This Is England, Eddie Jones

Everything seemed to be going so well for Eddie Jones and his England team, before the same old problems that have blighted English rugby for so long began to rear their ugly heads once more. The Red Rose has had plenty of new dawns in the last 13 years since the glorious times of 2003, but the golden aura that …

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