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Four All Black Stars Yet To Commit Future To New Zealand

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 25: Sam Whitelock and Kieran Read during the New Zealand All Blacks training session at Westpac Stadium on August 25, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mark Tantrum/Getty Images)

Four of the All Blacks’ top class players have yet to be tied down by New Zealand beyond the end of this season, as reported by the NZ Herald. The eagerness of New Zealand rugby authorities to sign them will only have been exacerbated by the news on Tuesday that Aaron Cruden has chosen to depart New Zealand for Montpellier. Despite not necessarily being …

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EXCLUSIVE – All Blacks’ Steven Bates: ‘Rugby In Japan Has Huge Potential, But It’s Being Held Back’

When two times All Black Steven Bates took the decision to leave his home country and move to pastures new in Japan in 2008, he entered into a rugby environment that had some stark differences. Having spent his entire career in Auckland and Waikato, winning 57 caps for the Chiefs in the process, Japan was something else in comparison. “In …

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Opinion: Why Jamie George Should Be England’s First Choice Hooker

You might not realise it, but England’s most difficult positional decision lies at hooker. Jamie George is a talented all-round hooker with a very bright future, but his potential selection ahead of captain Dylan Hartley could have significant ramifications for the Red Rose as a whole. It’s hard to deny the impact that previously troubled Northampton Saints man Hartley has …

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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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Ireland: Joe Schmidt Approach Confirmed By Super Rugby Side’s CEO

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 01: Joe Schmidt, the Ireland head coach looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium on March 1, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Super Rugby side the Highlanders have just confirmed Ireland rugby fans’ worst fears. The Otaga-based Super Rugby side has officially confirmed that they have actively sought out Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, with a view to him succeeding current boss Tony Brown once the latter’s contract extension expires in 2017. This follows yesterday’s Pundit Arena exclusive that Schmidt is to announce …

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Rugby World Cup 2019: Japan Aims To Create Lasting Legacy

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Japan players celebrate after the win over South Africa during the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool B match between South Africa and Japan at Brighton Community Centre on September 19, 2015 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

In order to take advantage of Japan hosting the first ever World Cup in Asia, the JRFU has been adopting World Rugby’s ‘Get Into Rugby’ campaign with the aim of encouraging as many school children to take part in the sport before 2019 as it can. There are 22,000 elementary schools in the country and rugby has been part of …

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Exclusive Interview With Phil Davies, Namibia Head Coach

EXETER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Phil Davies, Head Coach of Namibia looks on during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Tonga and Namibia at Sandy Park on September 29, 2015 in Exeter, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

As a nation Namibia is still relatively young, only gaining its independence from South Africa in 1990. Yet, as a rugby-playing entity, the sport has existed in Namibia since the early 1900s. Unlike many tier two nations, Namibia have qualified for the last five World Cups and did the country proud in last year’s edition of the tournament. Pundit Arena’s …

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International Rugby: The Rise Of Easter Island

Sunrise on Easter Island

Easter Island, a small Chilean island in the Pacific Ocean best known for its hundreds of colossal ‘moai’ statues, is beginning to make a name for itself as a rugby nation. This weekend the nation’s players took part in a rugby event on mainland Chile. According to Americas Rugby News, the team, known as the Rapa Nui, took part in …

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Was The 2015 World Cup The Best Tournament To Date?

Even before its final match, England 2015 was hailed as the best Rugby World Cup ever. Is it a deserved title, but what are the indicators of a great tournament? It was a fitting finale to an engaging six-week festival of rugby union and the careers of some of it’s superstar performers. The two best teams battled it out in front of a capacity …

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England Face The Prospect Of Another Pool Of Death At 2019 World Cup

England could find themselves facing another pool of death at the 2019 World Cup in Japan. With many England fans correctly criticising World Rugby for staging the draw for this World Cup three years in advance of the tournament, fears that a similar situation may unfold at the 2019 tournament have emerged. Despite the criticism, World Rugby have failed to commit to holding …

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