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Andy Goode Selects His Lions 37-Man Squad

MAYNOOTH, IRELAND - DECEMBER 07: Warren Gatland, the Lions head coach, faces the media during the 2017 British & Irish Lions Coaching Team Announcement held at Carton House Hotel on December 7, 2016 in Maynooth, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

With the Lions squad announcement drawing ever closer, speculation is sky-high as to which players will get the nod from Warren Gatland. With 37 seats on the plane to New Zealand available, there is going to be a wealth of talent left behind. Former England flyhalf and Pundit Arena columnist Andy Goode has selected the squad he would bring, and …

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Lions Watch: Why Dylan Hartley Is Set To Be The Biggest Loser

England captain Dylan Hartley is staring down the barrel of a summer of rest and relaxation as the evidence suggests he is not yet guaranteed his place in the British and Irish Lions squad to face New Zealand. The recently concluded Six Nations was an opportunity for Lions hopefuls to impress upon head coach Warren Gatland their credentials for the …

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Opinion: Six Nations Team Of The Championship 2017

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 18: Stuart Hogg of Scotland celebrates at full time during the RBS Six Nations Championship match between Scotland and Italy at Murrayfield Stadium on March 18, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

After a feast of rugby over the last two months, focus now turns to club action as well as the impending Lions tour. However, before we consign Six Nations 2017 to memory, we select our team of the tournament. _____ 15. Stuart Hogg Rob Kearney was solid and Halfpenny kicked well, but there was no real competitor to Scotland’s magician …

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Rob Howley Names Wales Side For Six Nations Clash Against France

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Rob Howley the innterim head coach of Wales watches over his team's warm up prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield Stadium on February 25, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Wales have announced their team for their final Six Nations match of 2017 against France, and interim coach Rob Howley has decided to remain with the 23 man squad who dispatched Ireland 22-9 last weekend. Hooker Ken Owens will win his 50th cap, while Taulupe Faletau will start on the bench having just returned from injury. While Wales will surely be …

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Six Nations: Team Of The Weekend

Wales v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

By virtue of the decision to schedule games on Friday night, Six Nations fans face into another fallow Sunday in this season’s Championship. While Friday night fixtures are popular among fans at a domestic and European level, Six Nations organisers face opposition to their staging. In any event, the lack of action allows rugby fans time to reflect on the weekend’s results …

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Statistically Speaking This Is The Best XV Of The Six Nations So Far

RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 2, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy 11/2/2017 Italy vs Ireland Ireland's CJ Stander

For some time now, the guys over at rugby.net have 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 using …

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Six Nations: Team Of The Weekend

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

This weekend we were treated to two brilliant Six Nations fixtures. England and Wales played out one of the most physical games seen this season, while France and Scotland offered up a hugely entertaining spectacle in Paris. Ireland’s demolition of Italy will inevitably bring questions over their future participation in the tournament, particularly as Georgia’s demand for inclusion has grown louder in …

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British And Irish Lions 2017: Hooking Options

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 26/11/2016 Ireland vs Australia Ireland's Rory Best during the warm up Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

The second in a series looking at the best options from each country for each position, this article analyses the options Warren Gatland and his coaching team have at hooker for the upcoming British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. It is assumed that three hookers will initially be chosen in the preliminary Lions squad, as was the …

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Wales’ Likely Starting XV For Australia Match

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 18: Wales sing the national anthem during the International Test match between the New Zealand and Wales at Westpac Stadium on June 18, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

With Wales set to kick-off their autumn campaign on Saturday against Australia, we look at Rob Howley’s likely starting XV for the clash.  _______ 15. Liam Williams (if fit) Wales’ best player during the summer series against New Zealand, the 25-year-old has continued his fine form into the new season. Left the field early with an ankle injury during the Scarlets’ …

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Gatland Opts For Experience As He Names His Selection For First Test

Wales coach Warren Gatland has named a battle-hardened team for the first test against New Zealand on Saturday. In a team packed with plenty of caps, the New Zealander has also sprang a couple of surprises: Gethin Jenkins, Wales’ most capped player, comes in at loosehead in place of Rob Evans, while Scarlets skipper Ken Owens replaces Scott Baldwin at hooker. …

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The XV Wales Coach Warren Gatland Should Pick To Face England

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Warren Gatland, head coach of Wales looks on prior to the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Wales coach Warren Gatland will today name his XV for his team’s clash against England on Sunday. Both teams will use the match as preparation for their respective summer tours to New Zealand and Australia next month. Here’s the XV I feel Gatland should pick for Sunday’s game: 15. Liam Williams Williams has suffered an injury-interrupted season but has impressed …

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Forget Australia, It’s Wales Next For Eddie Jones’ England

After Eddie Jones and his England team triumphed against France on Saturday, winning their country’s 13th grand slam in the process, heads will inevitably turn now to England’s next challenge. However, there’s another hurdle for England to overcome before they test themselves against World Cup finalists and current Rugby Championship trophy holders Australia. England have replaced their annual Barbarians fixture …

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