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Northampton Saints Secure Chris Boyd As New Director Of Rugby

Northampton Saints today confirmed that current Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd has signed a three-year contract that will see him take over as the Aviva Premiership club’s Director of Rugby later this year. Saints parted ways with longtime director Jim Mallinder in December following a string of poor results that saw them plummet to tenth in the Aviva Premiership. Attacking …

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This ‘Injured Six Nations XV’ Which Would Challenge Any Team

With the Six Nations fast approaching, the various coaches are eager to enter the first game week with their full complement of stars. However, such is the bruising nature of modern professional rugby, this is rarely the case. Joe Schmidt and Ireland can be happy with their relatively low injury count, with only Sean O’Brien, Garry Ringrose and Jared Payne …

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Ulster Legend Laments His Province Becoming The Underachieving ‘Arsenal Of Irish Rugby’

Following a weekend of European rugby that saw Leinster and Munster progress to the knock-out stages of the Champions Cup and Connacht doing likewise in the Challenge Cup, the absence of Ulster from the party is particularly painful. Having dominated a La Rochelle side one week earlier, the northern province needed only to travel to Wasps and repeat their efforts in …

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Wallabies Legend Spent Nearly Three Weeks Behind Bars In Japan And Nobody Found Out

In an age where social media and communications technologies are as integrated into human lives as breathing, the news that Wallabies legend George Smith spent nearly three weeks in a Japanese jail without the media finding out is something quite unique. The 111-times capped Australia international has been plying his trade with Japanese Rugby Top League side Suntory Sungoliath since 2016, …

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The Ireland In-Form XV For Six Nations Opener Following Weekend Of European Clashes

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 18/11/2017 Ireland vs Fiji Ireland Coach Joe Schmidt Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The Ireland squad for the opening rounds of the upcoming Six Nations jetted off to Spain on Monday for their pre-tournament training camp where, following a weekend of gruelling European rugby fixtures, they can recover from their respective bangs and bruises. Head coach Joe Schmidt was forced into just one late squad change, with Munster’s James Cronin stepping in for …

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Ulster Announce Crushing Blow In Their Search For A New Out-Half

Ulster fell to Wasps yesterday in a season-defining game, as they aimed to qualify for the European Champions Cup quarter-finals. They are now left with only the PRO14, as they strive to finish a tumultuous season on a high. The situation surrounding Paddy Jackson meant that Les Kiss and Co. had to look elsewhere for a starting out-half. With the departure of Christian Lealiifano, the …

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Permutations: Will Leinster/Munster Have Home Semi-Finals If They Progress?


Leinster and Munster are through to the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup, as they look ahead to the Spring with optimism. Saracens and Toulon travel to Dublin and Limerick respectively, as the two Irish provinces will be filled with confidence that they can reach the semi-finals once again. While all the emphasis this weekend was on home quarter-finals, the permutations …

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Quarter-Final Draw For The European Champions Cup Has Been Confirmed

Don’t worry, rugby fans. It’s over. Now that the final round of games in the European Champions Cup pool stages is completed, it means you no longer need to hurt your brain trying to figure out permutations. Winning/losing bonus points, head-to-head ties, best runner-up spots, and home quarter-finals… It’s all confirmed now. The quarter-final line-up for the European Champions Cup …

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Six Nations Squad News – The Early Statistics That Suggest An Enthralling Championship Battle Awaits

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 14: The Six nations trophy is displayed during the RBS Six Nations match between Italy and England at the Stadio Olimpico on February 14, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Dan Mullan - RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)

Two weeks out from another glorious instalment of the Six Nations, all but Italy have announced their squad for the first pair of fixtures and if nothing else, the respective squads make for very interesting reading. Coming off the back of a blistering November Test Series that saw England, Ireland and Scotland deliver strong and, at times, emphatic, performances, things are …

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