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We’ve Ranked Every PRO14 Jersey Ahead Of The New Season

Dublin , Ireland - 23 August 2017; PRO14 players, from left, CJ Velleman of Southern Kings, Tommaso Castello of Zebre, Ryan Wilson of Glasgow Warriors, Iain Henderson of Ulster, Tiernan O'Halloran of Connacht, Niell Jordaan of Toyota Cheetahs, Ken Owens of Scarlets, Isa Nacewa of Leinster, CJ Stander of Munster, Mark Bennett of Edinburgh, Gethin Jenkins of Cardiff Blues, Dan Lydiate of Ospreys, Cory Hill of Dragons and Dean Budd of Benetton, at the Guinness PRO14 season launch at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

The PRO14, with new teams and unfamiliar structures, finally gets underway this weekend with three intriguing games on Friday evening. The league was officially launched last week in the Aviva Stadium and it gave us our first chance to see all the new jerseys together. And that got us thinking, who has the best one? So, after a lot of …

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The Champions Cup Have Released The Times & TV Details For The First Four Rounds Of Fixtures

Champions Cup

Wasps will make the trip to Ulster’s Kingspan Stadium in the opening game of this season’s European Champions Cup on October 13th. The EPCP have this afternoon announced the dates, times and television details for each of the first four rounds of fixtures. They can all be viewed here on their official website. Leinster face Montpellier on that Saturday afternoon in …

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The IRFU Could Soon Be Drug Testing Schools Players

10 May 2014; Jordi Murphy, Leinster, wins a lineout against Edinburgh. Celtic League 2013/14, Round 22, Leinster v Edinburgh, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE (Photo by Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty Images)

The IRFU look set to follow in New Zealand Rugby’s footsteps by drug testing schools rugby players as young as 16 and 17. The schools game is now considered a high-risk area by anti-doping agencies and a Sport Ireland spokesperson has said the testing of the young players is, understandably, viewed as a crucial matter to deal with. Per The …

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Everyone Has The Exact Same Problem With The New Irish Jersey

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Ireland’s new rugby jersey was released this morning and will be worn during their November series, next year’s Six Nations and the summer tour. The design is undeniably brilliant with the darker shade of green on the shoulders particularly appealing to most but it’s certainly not without its faults. Despite the slick appearance, most people on Twitter are bemoaning the …

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England Opposed Law Change That Could Redefine The Ruck

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26: Dylan Hartley (C) the England captain talks to referee Romain Poite as Abraham Steyn (R) of Italy and James Haskell (L) of England looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Italy at Twickenham Stadium on February 26, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers - RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)

Rugby is set for a seismic shift in its laws with the sport’s governing bodies trying their utmost to simplify the confusing aspects of the game. The law book could be cut by as much as 50% under the “Laws Simplification Project” commissioned by the World Rugby Council. They aim to have completed the process by late next year. The …

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England’s World Cup Pool Has Now Been Confirmed

England World Cup

Following the thrilling conclusion of the Lions tour last week, attentions have already turned to two years time and the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The draw was made for the pool stages of the competition earlier this year with the final spots in each group to be confirmed by later results. Pool C consisted of England, France, Argentina, USA and …

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The Accidental Offside Law That Has New Zealand Fans Up In Arms

British & Irish Lions Tour To New Zealand 2017 3rd Test, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand 8/7/2017 New Zealand All Blacks vs British & Irish Lions Lions' Owen Farrell speaks with referee Romain Poite before he awarded an accidental offside Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Roman Poite awarded a penalty to the All Blacks for offside late in this morning’s pulsating 15-15 draw in Auckland’s Eden Park. After a short review, he and the other officials decided to downgrade it to a scrum after adjudging Ken Owens to have been offside accidentally. What could have been an extremely kickable penalty, even if Beauden Barrett wasn’t at …

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