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World Rugby Announce Huge Changes To Global Calendar

World Rugby, the sport’s global body, have announced signifcant changes to the long-term global calendar. The new 2020-32 schedule now prioritises rest periods, as well as supporting the sport’s tier two nations further, and brings further accord to the relationship between the international and domestic games. “Agreement on an optimised global calendar that provides certainty and sustainability over the decade …

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The Five Best Number 8s In World Rugby At Present

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Lucas Noguera of Argentina (R) and Santiago Cordero of Argentina (L) attempt to stop Billy Vunipola of England during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and Argentina at Twickenham Stadium on November 26, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Number 8 is one of the most important positions on the field tactically, as the players who feature there are often the link between the forwards and the backs, and are used as a team’s ball carrier when go-forward is needed. Here we take a look at the five best players in the position today. _______ 5. Facundo Isa (Argentina) …

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What Would Constitute Success For England This Autumn?

TWICKENHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: England head coach Eddie Jones speaks to the media during an England Rugby press conference at Twickenham Stadium on September 30, 2016 in Twickenham, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

England enter this season’s autumn internationals on the back of their best year since 2003. A Six Nations grand slam and a whitewash of World Cup winners Australia Down Under has set Eddie Jones’ men the perfect platform to dominate the southern hemisphere next month. Given how far England have progressed since the 2015 World Cup debacle, is anything less …

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Analysis: How Much Would Bonus Points Actually Impact The Six Nations?

After the final weekend of the 2015 RBS Six Nations, pundits and fans alike were crying out for bonus points to be included within the tournament. The discussion came around because the top three teams were tied on points and knew the winner would be dictated by points difference, providing all three teams won. The outcome was an amazing climax to the final …

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Making History: The Significance Of England’s Series Win

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Dylan Hartley, the England captain, lifts the Cook Cup and celebrates with team mates after their series victory during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Allianz Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Forget the World Cup victory of 2003, England’s series win in 2016 has far more historical significance. Before this series, England and Australia had faced each other 44 times. On those 44 occasions, England had won just 18 of those games with Australia being the victors 25 times. But in terms of victories Down Under, the win has even more …

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Max Lahiff Column: The Primary Differences Between Northern & Southern Hemisphere Rugby – Pt. 2

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: Michael Hooper of the Wallabies is tackled during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Following on from Bath prop Max Lahiff’s first exclusive Pundit Arena column in which he detailed some of his experiences of playing in the southern hemisphere, particularly New Zealand, now the London native turns his attentions to Australia. Australia has always confused me in a way, even more so now that I have gone and played there. In a sense Australia …

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Max Lahiff Column: The Primary Differences Between Northern & Southern Hemisphere Rugby

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 11: The All Blacks perform the haka prior to the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Wales at Eden Park on June 11, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

In his first exclusive column for Pundit Arena, Bath player Max Lahiff thought he would – as a player who’s played in Australia, New Zealand and England – try to answer the age-old question – what separates southern hemisphere and northern hemisphere rugby?  I suppose it starts with the glaring differences in my experiences playing in the respective countries. The biggest deviations are probably not …

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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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The Northern Hemisphere ‘Top Try Scorers’ XV

As the domestic seasons in the Northern Hemisphere begin to draw to a closer, we look at the players in the Aviva Premiership, Guinness Pro 12 and Top 14 who have scored the most tries. As the Super Rugby season is well under way, it would be unfair to compare players from that competition to those in the other hemisphere. …

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George Smith Set To Depart Wasps For Japan

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: George Smith of Wasps looks for a way past Sean Cronin of Leinster Rugby during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Wasps and Leinster Rugby at Ricoh Arena on January 23, 2016 in Coventry, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Dai Young, coach of Wasps, announced the departure of Australian flanker George Smith. Smith had been instrumental in a revitalised Wasps outfit and has thoroughly improved the skills of his teammates, especially at the breakdown while their ball handling has improved as well. The 35-year-old openside flanker, who gave England helpful and much needed breakdown coaching during the RBS Six …

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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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David Pocock Extends Contract With Australian Rugby Union

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 08: David Pocock of the Wallabies looks on with a cut left eye during The Rugby Championship match between the Australia Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at ANZ Stadium on August 8, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

David Pocock has given Australian rugby a major boost today, after it has been confirmed that he extended his contract with the Brumbies and Australia until after the 2019 World Cup. However, there is a clause in his contract allowing him to take a sabbatical in 2017 “to further his studies”, but will return in 2018. The 27 year-old spoke …

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Argentina: The Southern Hemisphere’s Next Rugby Superpower

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 30: (L-R) Nicolas Sanchez, Juan Figallo, Ramiro Herrera, Tomas Lavanini and Javier Ortega Desio of Argentina sing the anthem prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Bronze Final match between South Africa and Argentina at the Olympic Stadium on October 30, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Throughout the amateur era, Argentina struggled to get recognition from the rest of the global rugby community, despite famous victories against Scotland, Wales, France, England, Australia and a draw with the All Blacks. Now with Argentina’s entry into both the expanded Tri Nations – the Rugby Championship – and a newly-created Super Rugby franchise in the form of the Jaguares, …

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Professionalism At Loggerheads With One-Off Fixtures

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: Bakkies Botha of Barbarians attempts a conversion during the Killik Cup match between Barbarians and Argentina at Twickenham Stadium on November 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images for Barbarians)

One-off fixtures, such as those involving the Barbarians, are being threatened by the growing financial demands of professionalism, writes Paul Wassell. Digging through some old programmes that had been passed on to me from my grandfather, I came across one from the 1970 ‘RFU Centenary Match’ to celebrate 100 years since the formation of the Rugby Football Union. For such …

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Ranking The Number Eights In The Six Nations Championship

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Sergio Parisse of Italy celebtates after beating Scotland during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Italy at Murrayfield stadium on February 28, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

There was much debate today when a Welsh media outlet declared Toby Faletau to be a better number eight than Billy Vunipola. Of course, this is simply stirring things in the run-up to the mammoth Six Nations clash in Twickenham in two weeks’ time. However, there is some merit to this. Despite Vunipola’s amazing performance against Ireland last week, there …

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