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The Five Best Centre Partnerships Of The Professional Era

There have been many fantastically talented centres since rugby turned professional, but having a centre partnership that works together effectively and with a balance that benefits the side as a whole is something that has eluded many teams over the years. However, we take a look back at the five best centre partnerships of the professional era. 5) Jean de …

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South Africa’s Greatest XV

As we continue our series of ‘Greatest XV’ articles, we come on next to South Africa, a country with a proud rugby tradition which has produced some of the greatest players the world has ever seen. All the teams below are based on statistics, rather than just one person’s own opinions. This should then provide an element of objectivity to …

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International Rugby: The Greatest Captains XV

At the heart of every good team is a fantastic captain and there have been some truly great leaders in rugby over the years. We decided to put together a XV made up of the most successful captains in the history of rugby union. 1) Wilson Whineray (22 wins) As a player, Sir Wilson Whineray played 32 tests for the …

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International Rugby: ‘Conquering The All Blacks’ XV – Part 1

New Zealand is arguably the greatest rugby nation the world has ever seen, but who are the players that have defeated them the most? Few rugby fans would argue against New Zealand being labelled the greatest rugby nation in the world. Going beyond their three World Cup titles and back-to-back wins in 2011 and 2015, the All Blacks have played 541 …

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Aviva Premiership 2016-2017 Preview: Leicester Tigers

Richard Cockerill’s coaching involvement at Leicester stretches back to 2005 and he has been at the heart of Leicester’s successes since, but has also overseen many disappointments at the last couple of hurdles as well during many of those years. With former All Black Aaron Mauger coming on board as head coach there has been a change in playing direction …

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Munster’s Problem Position: The 25 Centres Munster Have Turned To Since 2008

Munster have struggled to find a consistent midfield partnership. Key to Munster’s successful 2008 Heineken Cup campaign was the centre pairing of Lifeimi Mafi and Rua Tipoki. Armed with soft hands and an uncanny ability to sidestep through the tightest of defences, the Kiwi partnership complimented the provinces brutish pack perfectly. However since then, Munster have been unable to field a …

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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 ‘One-Club Man’ XV

CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 19: Sean O'Brien of Ireland breaks through the tackle of Matt Evans of Canada during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Ireland and Canada at the Millennium Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

With all the talk around professional rugby seemingly focused on the transfer market and with hundreds of players moving between clubs, countries and hemispheres it seemed a pertinent time to pay homage to those who aren’t so nomadic, who are devoted to the team that developed them and the town, city or region they call home. To qualify for this …

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Heyneke Meyer Faces The Sack As South Africa’s Media Sharpen Their Knives

South Africa were ’embarrassed’ by the manner in which the Springboks lost yesterday. While the rest of the rugby world celebrated Japan’s famous win yesterday, South Africans fell into despair. However it would seem that the nations emotional state has now transitioned into absolute fury. Although the Springbok media were quick to praise Japan, they withheld any sense of forgiveness …

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Sports Doc Of The Week Jean de Villiers – The Road To Recovery Part 3

After airing the first two instalments Jean de Villiers – The Road To Recovery, part three has just been released. Timed to coincide with the World Cup, the concluding episode of Jean de Villiers – The Road to Recovery has just been released. After the first two parts in this trilogy charted the centre’s injury and the initial stages of his recovery, the third episode …

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Jean De Villiers To Lead Boks Through Pool B

Heyneke Meyer has unveiled South Africa’s 31-man squad ahead of the Rugby World Cup. Jean De Villiers will captain the squad with the 38-year-old Victor Matfield in as vice-captain. It is a particularly strong panel that is dotted with a number of surprise inclusions and omissions. The destructive Willem Alberts and Siya Kolisi have been preferred to Marcel Coetzee, Cheetahs pilfer Heinreich Brussow …

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Watch Highlights From Argentina’s Historic Win Over South Africa

Argentina scored three first half tries to beat the Springboks in Durban yesterday Argentinian winger Juan Imhoff scored a hat-trick yesterday, as Los Pumas shocked the Springboks in Durban. Despite being underdogs, Argentina took the game tot their opponents, scoring a try in the opening minute through Marcelo Bosch. Two more first half tries followed from Inhoff, before the South African …

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