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Wales: Three Of The Top Contenders To Replace Faletau This Autumn

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 11: Taulupe Faletau of Wales kicks ahead under pressure from TJ Perenara of the All Blacks during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Wales at Eden Park on June 11, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

With the news that Taulupe Faletau is a major doubt for the upcoming autumn internationals, after suffering a knee injury, we take a look at three contenders to replace him. ______ 1. Josh Navidi The versatile Cardiff Blues backrower, and the first player of Iranian heritage to play for Wales, has made an excellent start to the season, playing a …

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Three Rugby Stars Planning For The Future

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Tommy Bowe of Ireland attempts to beat Ovidiu Tonita of Romania during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Ireland and Romania at Wembley Stadium on September 27, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

With careers becoming shorter and shorter, players need to start planning for the future right from the start. Not content with going for a coffee or sitting playing video games after training, these three stars are planning for the future. _______ 1. James Haskell One of rugby’s great characters, the 31-year-old Wasps skipper has been around for some time. Since …

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Ulster Sign Georgia Prop On Short-Term Deal

TBILISI, GEORGIA - MARCH 15: Anton Peikrishvili of Georgia is tackled by Mihai Macovei of Romania during the FIRA-AER European Nations Cup Division 1A match between Georgia and Romania at the Mikheil Meskhi Stadium on March 15, 2014 in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Ulster have signed Georgian prop Anton Peikrishvili on a short-term contract until December 19. 23 times-capped Peikrishvili has been recruited to ease Ulster’s injury crisis at Tighthead, with the Ravenhill outfit currently shorn of their 3 main players in this position. With the help of the IRFU, Ulster operations director Bryn Cunningham was able to move quickly to snap up …

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Never Too Late: Three Rugby Stars That The Academies Missed

In an age where academies rule, their likes are becoming rarer and rarer. As clubs become more and more adept at scouting talent from a young age, stories like theirs are becoming less and less common. Here are 3 stars who the academies missed and who took alternative routes to the top. Liam Williams The 25-year-old Scarlet was Wales’ best …

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Paul O’Connell Will Return To Ireland Camp Once Surgery Is Completed

He may be excluded from playing responsibilities following his heart-breaking hamstring injury against France but Paul O’Connell will return to the Ireland camp following surgery to impart as much of his experience as possible on the squad.  O’Connell was stretchered off in Ireland’s pool-deciding game against France last weekend whilst Joe Schmidt’s men also learned that Peter O’Mahony’s World Cup …

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Video: Beautiful Moment As Redelinghuys Takes Namibia’s Final RWC Kick

The Rugby World Cup has had some beautiful moments already, and today we witnessed yet another as Namibia’s Johnny Redelinghuys was handed the honour of taking his country’s final kick of the 2015 World Cup.  Redelinghuys retired following Sunday’s match versus Argentina at the age of 31, having amassed 50 caps for his country after coming on in the 52nd minute. Unfortunately he couldn’t mark his …

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The Long Read: Ireland vs France – Six Key Players

Ozer McMahon takes an in-depth look at six key players from the Ireland and France squads ahead of a pivotal game on Sunday. Regardless of the occasion, Irish sporting fans serenade their teams with the Fields of Athenry. One of the lines in that famous song states how lonely it is ‘round those fields.’ One thing is for certain, they will most …

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Trio Of Ex-Teammates Will Be Gunning For Ireland’s Sexton On Sunday

The build up to France versus Ireland has become somewhat frostier than most would have expected due to remarks surrounding one Irish player in particular, Johnny Sexton.  Today’s comments from named French players are to do with tactics more than anything else but it still only adds to the degree of tension now surrounding the fixture, particularly after an anonymous former teammate …

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New Viewing Figures Show Rugby World Cup Is Taking Over The World

After figures released from Germany and Japan, it looks like Rugby fever is spanning the globe thanks to the Rugby World Cup.  Whether we’ll admit it or not, Rugby just isn’t as popular as other sports. But that is slowly but surely changing. New viewing figures released from Germany, hardly a Rugby powerhouse show how fast the sport is growing. German …

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A Dream XV For Each Pool Of The Rugby World Cup – Part 2

We’ve all seen the World Cup Dream XVs. But there’s an awful lot of talent in those four pools. And that got Rugby fan Bill Byrne thinking, who’d makes their pool’s dream XV? There’s only one way to find out… Be sure to check out part one, here. _____ POOL C – (New Zealand, Argentina, Georgia, Tonga, Namibia) 15. Ben Smith – Starting …

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A Dream XV For Each Pool Of The Rugby World Cup – Part 1

We’ve all seen the World Cup Dream XVs. But there’s an awful lot of talent in those four pools. And that got Rugby fan Bill Byrne thinking, who’d makes their pool’s dream XV? There’s only one way to find out… _____ POOL A – (England, Australia, Wales Fiji, Uruguay) Starting with Pool A the “group of death”. Taking all the talent …

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Watch: Goromaru’s Try-Saving Tackle Against Scotland Was A Thing Of Beauty

Japan’s barnstorming beginning to the Rugby World Cup unfortunately hit a Scotland-shaped wall yesterday afternoon, but not before Japan’s Ayumu Goromaru showed the world, once again, how hungry the Brave Blossoms are to succeed.  Japan’s tenacious fullback illustrated this hunger to a tee just before the half-time whistle against Scotland on Wednesday afternoon with an incredible try-saving tackle on Tommy Seymour. As …

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