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“It’s Pretty Obvious” – Hansen Accuses Springboks Of Pressurising Referee

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New Zealand head coach Steven Hansen has accused his South African counterpart Rassie Erasmus of trying to influence referee Jerome Garces ahead of their titanic World Cup battle this weekend.  During a press conference on Wednesday, Erasmus commented that the era in which the All-Blacks benefit from marginal calls because they are the best in the world has ended. The …

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All Blacks Dealt Huge Blow As Jacobson Ruled Out Of World Cup

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New Zealand have been dealt their first blow of the Rugby World Cup with the news that rising star Luke Jacobson has been ruled out of the tournament with a delayed bout of concussion.  Shannon Frizell has been called up to replace Jacobson in the back-row as the All Blacks chase a third straight World Cup crown in Japan. Head …

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Eddie O’Sullivan Weighs In On Devin Toner Debate

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Former Ireland head coach Eddie O’Sullivan has weighed in on the debate surrounding Devin Toner’s exclusion from Ireland’s Rugby World Cup squad. The Leinster lock, capped 67 times for Ireland, was the shock omission from Joe Schmidt’s squad earlier this week and the decision has divided the nation in the lead up to the World Cup. Before today’s final warm-up …

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Alun Wyn Jones Set To Break Record Against England On Sunday

Alun Wyn Jones is set to become Wales’ most-capped rugby player of all time on Sunday when he captains the Welsh side against England at Twickenham. Jones will lead the side out on his 135th Test match (126 for Wales, nine for the British and Irish Lions) as Warren Gatland names an experienced line-up for their first Rugby World Cup …

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Brodie Retallick A World Cup Doubt Following Dislocated Shoulder

New Zealand suffered a massive injury blow during their 16-16 draw with South Africa in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, losing lock Brodie Retallick to a dislocated shoulder The All Black talisman left the field midway through the second half clutching his shoulder and looking in visible pain following a clearout at a ruck by Springbok lock RG Snyman. Speaking …

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Referees Named For Ireland’s World Cup Pool Stage Games

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The referees have been named for Ireland’s pool stage games of the upcoming World Cup, with England’s Wayne Barnes taking charge of their opener against Scotland. Reffing in his fourth World Cup, Barnes will be in the middle when Ireland kick-off their World Cup campaign against Scotland on September 22nd as they look to impress on the world stage. The …

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Andrew Brace Named As IRFU’s Sole Official For Rugby World Cup

IRFU referee, Andrew Brace, has been selected in the 23-man match day officials squad ahead of the upcoming Rugby World Cup in Japan.  The 30-year-old has been named as one of seven assistant referees selected for the tournament which begins on September 20, 2019. ‘Team 21’ – the 21st tournament team – comprises of 12 referees, seven assistant referees and …

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Fofana To Retire From International Rugby Following World Cup


France centre Wesley Fofana announced on Thursday that he will retire from international rugby after the 2019 World Cup in Japan. The 31-year-old has made 45 France appearances, scoring 15 tries, but played only once for Les Bleus in 2017 and 2018 after a succession of injury problems. “I’ll try whole-heartedly to make the World Cup, try my luck with …

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