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Bath Sign Australia International Centre Ben Tapuai

Bath BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: Ben Tapuai of the Wallabies is tackled during the Bledisloe Cup match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Bath Rugby have signed Australia international centre Ben Tapuai from Western Force. The 27 year-old has amassed seven caps for the Wallabies, and will join up with the Premiership outfit in the coming weeks. Primarily an inside centre, Tapuai can also play at 13, and is an all-round footballer. Speaking to the Bath official website, he outlined his excitement at the …

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Munster Scrum-Half Tomás O’Leary Signs Short-Term Deal With Top 14 Side [Report]

Munster Rugby Squad Training, UL, Limerick 12/4/2016 Tomas O'Leary Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Munster scrum-half Tomás O’Leary has signed with Top 14 side Montpellier for four months, according to reports in France. Midi Olimpique are reporting that the 2009 Grand Slam winning number nine is set to fill a gap for the southern French outfit, with Benoit Paillaugue set for another spell on the sidelines. Since returning from London Irish after three seasons with …

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Ruan Pienaar Linked With A Move To Top 14 Side

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - DECEMBER 11: Ruan Pienaar of Ulster during the European Champions Cup Pool 1 rugby game at Kingspan Stadium on December 11, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

According to reports today in France, Montpellier are sizing up the aquisition of Ulster scrum-half Ruan Pienaar. The South African international is out of contract with the Irish province in June. Rugbyrama.fr are suggesting that the southern French side are keen to find a new number nine, and Pienaar tops their list. With 135 points in 88 tests for the …

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Watch: Lions Legend #2 – Gareth Edwards

Gareth Edwards is pretty much universally regarded as one of the greatest players to have ever graced a rugby pitch. However, it wasn’t just for his beloved Wales that he sparkled, he is also a Lions legend. Edwards played on three Lions tours: 1968, 1971 and 1974. The latter two are probably the most famous tours of all featuring the …

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Sale Sharks Sign Former Lions And Wales Scrum-Half Mike Phillips

SALFORD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 1: Sale Sharks players congratulate Sam James, second from right, after he scored his side's first try of the match during the Aviva Premiership match between Sale Sharks and Northampton Saints at the AJ Bell Stadium on November 1, 2015 in Salford, England. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

Sale Sharks already boast one veteran scrum-half in their ranks, having awarded Ireland and Munster legend Peter Stringer the accolade of Player of the Season. However, it has been announced this morning that Stringer will be joined at the Premiership club next season by former Wales and Lions star Mike Phillips. BREAKING NEWS:@mikephillips009 signs for Sale Sharks! #JoinTheHunt pic.twitter.com/K3lZeaWcnp — …

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Francois Hougaard Named Aviva Premiership Rugby March Player of the Month

Francois Hougaard

Worcester Warriors’ Francois Hougaard has been named Aviva Premiership Play of the Month for March. Scrum-half Francois Hougaard was instrumental in the Warriors becoming the only side in Aviva Premiership Rugby to win all four matches in the month, setting a new club Premiership record. “I don’t think there has been a better mid-season signing than Francois,” said BT Sport’s Austin …

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South African Legend Retires From Rugby

World Cup winner Fourie du Preez announced his retirement from rugby on Thursday – his 34th birthday. The scrum-half was an integral part of South Africa’s 2007 World Cup winning side and captained the Springboks in four matches during last year’s tournament in England. The 34-year-old Du Preez represented South Africa in 76 Tests between 2004 and 2015, captaining the …

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Is It Time For Ireland To Replace Scrum Half Conor Murray?

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Conor Murray of Ireland passes the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

For years Conor Murray has been a cornerstone of the Irish team. But with the way Ireland have been playing, is it maybe time to replace the scrum half? Murray has great vision and awareness, especially close to the try line. He has skills which a lot of players around the world will be envious of. There can be no …

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Opinion: Conor Murray Should Be Dropped From The Ireland Team

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Conor Murray of Ireland passes the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Ireland lost out to England in Twickenham on Saturday evening, and while the Red Rose were deserving winners, there were several positives from an Irish perspective, not least the introduction of Stuart McCloskey, Josh Van Der Flier and Ultan Dillane. However, there were other worrying signs. Ireland were under pressure for most of the game as they were on the …

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Wales Star Rhys Webb To Return From Injury For Ospreys This Weekend

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 08: Wales scrum half Rhys Webb breaks through to score the first try during the Autumn international match between Wales and Australia at Millennium Stadium on November 8, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Much has been made of Wales’ injury plight this season. Warren Gatland’s side reached the World Cup quarter-finals last Autumn, despite missing a host of big names. Among the biggest losses was Rhys Webb. The Ospreys scrum-half was superb in last year’s Six Nations, and was slowly working his way into the picture of the planet’s best number nines. Webb …

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