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Throwback Tuesday: Wales Dramatically Defeat England At Twickenham At 2015 RWC

It’s hard to believe that it has been two years since the 2015 World Cup in England. It was a tournament filled with incredible excitement, drama and unexpected results.  Who would forget Japan’s miraculous victory over South Africa in the pool stages or Scotland’s controversial loss to Australia in the quarter-finals? However, what is arguably one of the most memorable games …

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Five Of The Biggest Upsets In Sporting History

Just days out from the biggest fight of the year, very few are giving Conor McGregor any chance at victory. Perhaps logically, this is the correct belief. But, if sport has taught us anything, it is that there are no guaranteed victories.  However many times we doubt Conor McGregor, he seems to always come up trumps. Each and every time …

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By The Numbers – Rugby World Cup Would Give Irish Rugby Massive Boost In Playing Numbers

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 22/11/2014 Ireland vs Australia Ireland flags at the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Colm O'Neill

The chairman of Ireland’s Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2023 Bid Oversight Board, Dick Spring, formally announced Ireland’s entry into the ‘candidate’ phase to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup on Tuesday. Spring will head Ireland’s bid to host the tournament as the IRFU will team up with the GAA to offer 12 stadiums throughout the country in order to facilitate the …

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Toulon Owner Mourad Boudjellal Keen To Add Another All Black To His Stable

French giants Toulon are interested in signing All Blacks star Israel Dagg, according to Midi Olympique. Toulon’s billionaire owner Mourad Boudjellal reportedly wants the Crusaders man along with controversial Saracens winger Chris Ashton to replace Aussies Drew Mitchell and Matt Giteau, who are set to leave the three-time European champions in the coming months. With rumours that winger Bryan Habana and …

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Ireland Legend Paul O’Connell Selects His Preferred Lions Lock Pairing

CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 19: Paul O'Connell of Ireland in action 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)

Ireland and Lions legend Paul O’Connell has revealed the lock pairing he thinks should start against the All Blacks next year. When asked in an interview with the Daily Mail who should start at lock, O’Connell, who played 108 times for Ireland, went on three Lions tours and played in four World Cups, said: “Itoje. He’s phenomenal. Absolutely phenomenal. He is the …

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Ranking The Very Best: England’s Top Five Wingers

We take a look at the five most talented wingers available to England right now, including some big names here but having to leave out some fantastic individuals out as well. 5) Christian Wade Despite prodigious talent, Christian Wade just cannot seem to get a look-in when it comes to England selection. Part of a scintillating Wasps side this season …

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Three Contenders To Replace Adriaan Strauss As Springbok Captain

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 22: Duane Vermeulen of Toulon runs with the ball during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Wasps and Toulon at the Ricoh Arena on November 22, 2015 in Coventry, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss’ surprise announcement last week that he would be retiring from international rugby at the end of the year means the Boks will need to find a new skipper for next season. Here are three contenders to replace Strauss: 1. Warren Whiteley Whiteley led the Lions to their first ever Super Rugby final this year and has …

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World Rugby’s Top Three Hookers

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 04: Augustin Creevy of Argentina in action during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Tonga at Leicester City Stadium on October 4, 2015 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Marrying solidity at the scrum with accuracy at the lineout plus the ability to get around the park, the modern day hooker has plenty to do. Here we take a look at the top three hookers in the world. 1. Dane Coles The undisputed king of the No. 2 shirt. Excellent at the scrum, pinpoint accurate at the lineout and …

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3 Rugby Stars Who Overcame Extreme Adversity To Play Again

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 24: Wales forward Matthew Rees runs into the All Blacks defence during the International Match between Wales and New Zealand at Millennium Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Following the recent sad news that Australia and Brumbies back Christian Lealifano has been diagnosed with Leukaemia, we take a look at three rugby stars who overcame adversity to play again. ______ 1. Schalk Burger One of South Africa’s greatest ever forwards, the two-time South African Player of the Year has enjoyed a glittering career. Since making his Springbok debut …

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Opinion: New Zealand’s Dominance Over Australia Puts England’s Series Win In Perspective

Even though Eddie Jones’ England impressed the global rugby community with a comprehensive 3-0 series victory over the Wallabies, New Zealand’s search for perfection in both and attack and defence against Australia in Sydney shows no one in the world comes close to them. For those Red Rose supporters getting a little carried away after their side won a trio of …

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Exclusive – Scotland’s Stuart McInally and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne: ‘We’re Looking To Get One Back On Australia’

Scotland hooker Stuart McInally and scrum-half Sam Hildago-Clyne spoke to us about their thoughts on the summer tour to Japan, promoting rugby at grassroots level, the upcoming November Tests and Scotland’s progress made under head coach Vern Cotter. The two players had spent the day at Glenrothes RFC to help out young players from all ages and offer them some …

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Exclusive Interview – Jacques Burger: A True Rugby Warrior

Few people better embody the values of our great game than Saracens’ and Namibia’s Jacques Burger. A fearless fighter on the field, a true gentleman off it, and uniquely passionate about every aspect of the sport, Burger will go down in history as a wonderful servant to both club and international rugby. At Saracens he was part of a new …

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Opinion: Why Stuart Lancaster and Toulon Might Just Work

Since Stuart Lancaster’s resignation from his England post back in October, the former head coach has taken an awful lot of flak amongst the media and particularly amongst supporters, some of it just but a lot of it not. With news of his potential linking up with former European Champions Cup winners Toulon, we look at why Lancaster might just …

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