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Scotland Include Super Rugby Star In Their Touring Party

Super Rugby Rd 9 - Stormers v Reds

Vern Cotter has called Stormers centre, Huw Jones, into the Scotland squad ahead of their tour of Japan this summer as a replacement for Finn Russell. Although not a household name, Jones has featured on seven occasions for the South African franchise this season, and is said to be a powerful player with a ‘quick and neat step’. The Stormers’ website …

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Watch: Ten Of International Rugby’s Greatest Ever Tap Tackles

LONDON - MARCH 6: Jason Robinson of England is tap tackled by Ireland's Peter Stringer during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham on March 6, 2004 in London. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

We all enjoy a crunching tackle as much as beautifully-crafted try, but humble tap tackles so often go unrecognised as moments of superb athleticism, wonderful vision and the greatest weapon in the armoury of last-ditch defence. Let’s look at just ten of the best tap tackles seen on a professional rugby field: 10) Joe Worsley on Vincent Clerc, 2007 Often …

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Super Rugby Planning To Expand Into Europe

Racing 92 v Saracens - European Rugby Champions Cup Final

Sanzaar are planning to restructure the format of Super Rugby. In the aftermath of the World Cup, Super Rugby fans were excited at the prospect of seeing the Sunwolves and Jaguares take centre stage in Super Rugby. However, both sides have been underwhelming this season. Indeed, Super Rugby’s complicated new format has not won fans over, with the New Zealand …

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Is Rugby’s Global Season Enigma Realistic?

ROME, ITALY - MARCH 15: A general view of play during the RBS Six Nations match between Italy and England at the Stadio Olimpico on March 15, 2014 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Despite support for newly-elected World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont’s advocacy of moving the Six Nations to later in the calendar year, there are still considerable problems to weigh up in order to create a truly global rugby season. When you plot out all the windows for tier 1 nations’ domestic and international seasons, it really begins to reveal what a …

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Watch: Hurricanes’ Prop’s Quality Try

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 04: Reggie Goodes of the Hurricanes on the charge during the Super Rugby Final match between the Hurricanes and the Highlanders at Westpac Stadium on July 4, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Rob Jefferies/Getty Images)

The Hurricanes’ South-African born prop, Reggie Goodes, showed pace and power to barge past the Lions’ defence and showed some neat handling skills to plonk the ball on the line despite pressure from two defences. Reggie Goodes with the power try. The poor Lions defender didn’t stand a chance! #SuperRugby #trytime pic.twitter.com/Rgw3y1waX6 — EatSleepRugby (@eatsleeprugby) May 2, 2016 Once again, …

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South Africa Out Of Running To Host 2023 Rugby World Cup

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Jesse Kriel of South Africa holds his head in his hands in dejection as the rain falls during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

And then there were three. Ireland, Italy and Argentina appear to be the only three counties left in contention to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, after the South Africa Rugby Union have been blocked from hosting international tournaments by their government. The SARU has failed to meet quotas for “transformation targets” which aim at ensuring that the 86% black majority of …

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The ‘Globetrotters’ XV: A Team Of Well-Travelled Rugby Players

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Ma'a Nonu of the New Zealand All Blacks goes to ground after a tackle during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Eddie Jones recently talked of English coaches needing to work abroad to gain experience in other environments, but what about players? Here are a team of the individuals who took rugby globetrotting to a new level. _____ 1. Soane Tongaʻuiha As is the case with Tonga’uiha on the rugby pitch, he cannot stand still. In his career so far he has …

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International Rugby: The Rise Of Easter Island

Sunrise on Easter Island

Easter Island, a small Chilean island in the Pacific Ocean best known for its hundreds of colossal ‘moai’ statues, is beginning to make a name for itself as a rugby nation. This weekend the nation’s players took part in a rugby event on mainland Chile. According to Americas Rugby News, the team, known as the Rapa Nui, took part in …

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How To Get Georgia Onto International Rugby’s Top Table

Tonga v Georgia - Group C: Rugby World Cup 2015

Georgia’s continued success in the European Nations Cup and their wonderfully entertaining exploits at the 2015 World Cup have won fans all over the globe, but they will always struggle to take their team to the next level without meaningful games against tier one opposition. Although the idea of relegation and promotion between the Six Nations and the European Nations …

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Mourad Boudjellal: “The Rugby World Is A World Of Liars”

RC Toulon v Leicester Tigers - European Rugby Champions Cup

Mourad Boudjellal has hit out at his critics. Over the years we have grown accustomed to Mourad Boudjellal’s mad cap plans and verbal grenades. This last twelve months alone have seen Boudjellal threaten to sue the Australian Rugby Union over Quade Cooper, criticise the French Federation for implementing a policy that forces teams to include more French players in their match …

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Likely Cut Off Date For 2019 World Cup Seeding Emerges

Scotland, France and Ireland are battling it out for a seeding at the 2019 World Cup. Although many argued that both Ireland and Scotland were playing for pride on the final day of the Six Nations, nothing could have been further from the truth. Given that Ireland were ranked seventh and Scotland ninth, both sides were potentially playing for a seeding …

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Opinion: Is The Spirit Of Rugby Slipping Away?

Rugby LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Mike Brown of England talks with Dan Biggar of Wales after the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The headlines in the media over the past week have been dominated by ‘Marler-gate’ and whether what has transpired in the aftermath of the incident is at odds with the ‘spirit’ of the game. So is that ethereal notion at threat or is the very esoteric character of rugby alive and well? Many fans were angered with what Joe Marler …

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England: Grand Slam Has To Be Just The Start

during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England.

Today could potentially be a historic day for English rugby as the Eddie Jones’ England side look for the country’s first grand slam since 2003, but whilst an important step forward, it should only be just the start. Any victory in Paris is in itself impressive. Wales won there last year and Ireland in 2014, but the last time England …

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