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Gloucester Boss Urges England To Stick With Cipriani

England coach Eddie Jones should stick with Danny Cipriani despite a conviction for assault and resisting arrest in a nightclub incident, according to Gloucester boss Johan Ackermann. After more than five hours, a disciplinary hearing convened by England’s Rugby Football Union decided on Wednesday to uphold a charge against Cipriani of conduct prejudicial to the game but, significantly, took no …

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Dylan Hartley Set To Return After Long Absence

England captain Dylan Hartley could be set to make his first appearance in five months after recovering from concussion as his club Northampton Saints play Glasgow Warriors in a friendly on Friday. The 32-year-old New Zealand-born hooker missed England’s tour of South Africa in June on medical advice when his concussion became symptomatic in the wake of the Six Nations …

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Winners And Dream Team Chosen At 2018 Guinness PRO14 Awards

Argyle Street Arches in Glasgow, Scotland hosted this year’s iteration of the PRO14 awards. Leinster became the first team from the Championship to complete a Guinness PRO14 and Champions Cup double, and as such, claimed three awards and five places in the ‘Dream Team’ of the year. Leo Cullen was awarded ‘Coach of the Season’, while wing/fullback Jordan Larmour got the …

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Ashton Could Face Ban Following Pre-Season Punch-Up

England and Sale winger Chris Ashton could be facing a lengthy ban after punching Castres’ Rory Kockott in a pre-season friendly. Ashton saw red for the incident which took place in the early stages of the second half of Sale’s 20-17 victory over the French side on Friday. Kockott was also sent off for his involvement by referee Romain Poite who is …

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Gallagher Premiership Table Predictions: The Battle for Survival

In 11 days, the Gallagher Premiership season will begin as the newly promoted and newly named Bristol Bears host Bath Rugby at Ashton Gate. In a series of three articles, Pundit Arena will be analysing the twelve teams in the League and order them based on where we believe they’ll finish. We start with the four bottom teams and given …

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Australia Rugby Commentator Criticised For ‘Golliwog’ Call

A veteran Australian rugby broadcaster said Sunday he regrets describing a Wallabies player as having a “golliwog” haircut during the first Bledisloe Test in Sydney. The word “golliwog” – a black rag doll that became a symbol of racial stereotyping – was once widely used, including for chocolate biscuits manufactured by Arnott’s that were renamed in the 1990s. Gordon Bray …

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Dan McFarland Cleared To Begin Role As Ulster Head-Coach

Despite it looking as though he would have to wait, Dan McFarland has been cleared to begin his role as head-coach at Ulster Rugby. Four months ago, when it was announced that the Englishman would take the reins at Ulster, both fans and players were resigned to the fact that he would be forced to serve the nine-month notice period that …

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Israel Folau Ruled Out of Second Bledisloe Cup Test

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Israel Folau of the Wallabies scores a try during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Allianz Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Wallabies star Israel Folau was Sunday ruled out of the second Bledisloe Cup Test with an ankle injury, in a further blow to Australia after their big loss to New Zealand. Fullback Folau limped off in the 65th minute in the first Test in Sydney on Saturday, as the All Blacks thumped the Wallabies 38-13 in a clash that doubled …

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Six Springbok Tries Compensate For Pollard Kicking Woes Vs Argentina

South Africa scored a bonus-point 34-21 Rugby Championship first round victory over Argentina Saturday with six tries compensating for woeful goal-kicking by Handre Pollard. Wingers Aphiwe Dyantyi and Makazole Mapimpi bagged two each in Durban as the Springboks dominated the second half having trailed by nine points earlier. Experienced fly-half Pollard missed five of seven shots at goal, which could …

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Leinster Lead The Way In PRO14 Dream Team Nominations

Eleven players from Leinster’s PRO14 winning squad have been nominated for the competition’s 2017/2018 dream team. Jordan Larmour, James Lowe and Luke McGrath are among the Leinster nominees for the team that will be announced at an awards ceremony on Monday night, prior to the launch of the new PRO14 season on Tuesday. Jacob Stockdale, John Cooney and Charles Piutau …

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Champions Cup 2018-19 Fixtures Revealed

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The fixtures and kick-off times have been revealed for the next Champions Cup season, which is due to start in October. With us now just over a month away from the 2018/19 European Rugby Champions Cup, the fixture list has finally been revealed through the official Twitter account of the competition. FIXTURES | The 2018/19 Heineken @ChampionsCup fixtures are live …

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Four Talking Points As The Rugby Championship Kicks Off

New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina launch the seventh edition of the Rugby Championship on Saturday, a series won by the All Blacks in five of the six previous years. Whether they can maintain this dominance has become a key talking point.   #1 – Can the All Blacks be beaten? The back-to-back world champions have only lost twice …

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All-Blacks Name Strong Side To Play Australia In Sydney

All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock will play his milestone 100th Test on Saturday as New Zealand stick with their strongest possible unit to play a confident Australia in Sydney. Whitelock becomes only the eighth All Black to achieve the milestone, and does so with the world champions under pressure to defend a remarkable run over their neighbours. At stake in …

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Development Competition To Be Held Between Welsh And Irish Clubs

The IRFU and the WRU have joined forces to launch a new development competition called ‘The Celtic Cup’. The aim of the competition is to introduce emerging professional players to the week-to-week challenges of playing senior rugby. It will run for seven weeks and include development squads from Munster, Connacht, Ulster, Leinster, Cardiff Blues, the Scarlets, the Dragons and Ospreys. IRFU & WRU …

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Former Connacht Hooker Reynecke Out Of Intensive Care Following Stroke

Former Connacht player, Ethienne Reynecke has left the intensive care unit but remains heavily sedated after suffering a stroke last week. The 36-year-old was left in a critical condition after developing a blood clot on the brain with doctors unable to operate due to the swelling. Media outlet, Sport24 are reporting that the SuperSport commentator has been moved to a neurology …

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Bath sign South African prop Jacques van Rooyen from the Lions

English Premiership side Bath have signed South African prop Jacques van Rooyen from Super Rugby finalists the Lions. The 31-year-old started the Super Rugby final in Christchurch on Saturday, when the Lions suffered a 37-18 defeat to the Crusaders. Van Rooyen has made more than 60 appearances for the Johannesburg-based Lions, making his debut four years ago. He will enhance …

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“Rugby Players Want To Associate With Golfers” – Chubby Chandler Enters The Rugby Sphere

Anyone who knows their golf will know about Andrew ‘Chubby’ Chandler.  The 65-year-old Lancashire native is one of the sport’s most high-profile agents and throughout his agency career, he has had the likes of Rory McIlroy, Charl Schwartzel, Matt Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood and Danny Willett under his wing. Darren Clarke remains one his most high-profile clients. As the founder of ISM …

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