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Kiwi Winger Announces His Intention To Play For Wales

Super Rugby Rd 4 - Crusaders v Kings

New Zealand’s player drain shows no sign of abating. Given the number of top class rugby players New Zealand produce, it is little why they are in such demand throughout Europe. However, although it was previously the case that European clubs could only get their hands on retired All Blacks, now many of New Zealand’s up and coming stars are …

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International Rugby’s Greatest ‘Residency’ XV

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Scott Spedding of France takes control during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between France and Italy at Twickenham Stadium on September 19, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

With all of the talk in the media about international eligibility sparking fans’ interest it seemed appropriate to create an international XV made up of the best Test players who have qualified for their adopted nation on residency grounds. Some of these players have been in their new country less time than some students have been on their university courses, …

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Teams for Scotland Vs France Announced

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - AUGUST, 29: Vern Cotter Head Coach for Scotlandduring the Scotland v Italy International Rugby match at Murrayfield Stadium on August 29, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Vern Cotter has announced his Scotland line up for the match against France on Sunday. The return of Josh Strauss in the back row and Alex Dunbar’s reinstatement in the midfield are the only changes from the line up against Italy. It also looks likely the man from the birthplace of sevens rugby, Edinburgh loose head Rory Sutherland will earn his first cap …

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Clermont Backs Recalled To France Training Squad

during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between New Zealand and France at the Millennium Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Both Wesley Fofana and Scott Spedding were recalled into the French 31-man squad a few days ago. Fofana dropped out before the first match of the Six Nations with an injury to the ribs. Spedding picked up a knee injury in the match against Italy and has not featured since. The bulky South African full-back returning to the team will be …

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How France’s Club Game Is Contributing To The Decline Of The National Team

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 26: Guy Noves the head coach of France looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and France at the Principality Stadium on February 26, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Despite all the press over England’s embarrassing World Cup exit, France’s shocking 62-13 loss to New Zealand at the World Cup highlights fundamental issues in French rugby, argues Paul Wassell. France have coughed and spluttered their way to two victories so far in this year’s Six Nations Championship against a determined Italian side and a struggling and injury-hit Irish team, …

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France Rocked By Four Injuries Ahead Of Wales Showdown

France v Ireland - RBS Six Nations

France have been hit with four major injuries ahead of Wales clash. Earlier today, we published an article in which we listed a French XV who would be lining out for their clubs this weekend, despite the fact that France are scheduled to play Wales next Friday night. Given the fact that many of these players had just competed in the …

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What The Toulon Squad Could Look Like If The FFR Imposes It’s Quota System

Top 14 clubs will have to include 14 French qualified players in their match day squads next season. Four days after France’s 62-13 World Cup Quarter Final hammering at the hands of New Zealand, the French Rugby Federation introduced the Joueurs Issus des Filieres de Formation (JIFF) regulations. The JIFF regulations determine that this season, French clubs must include at least …

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Southern Hemisphere Six Nations XV

This southern hemisphere Six Nations XV should act as a wake up call. With the Six Nations nearly upon us, the various coaches from the competing nations have begun the process of naming their squads. While it is interesting to read and listen to the debates surrounding the inclusion of certain players, it is hard not to notice the number …

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Ranking The World’s Top 10 Fullbacks

It’s a slow news day on the rugby front, with no Super Rugby until tomorrow, and no Rugby World Cup for another excruciating 99 days. So, what better way to tear each others’ heads off in Pundit Arena HQ than to argue as to who is the world’s best full-back? Let the debate commence as we dive for cover… _____ …

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Rugby: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

In this week’s edition of ‘Who’s Hot and Who’s Not’, Rugby expert Matt Cassidy looks at the positives from the Barbarians vs Australia game as well as the negatives of the weekend’s action such as Ben Te’o’s injury and London Welsh losing.  Who’s Hot Barbarians vs Australia Both sides served up a cracking match at Twickenham on Saturday. The Wallabies, …

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