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England Opposed Law Change That Could Redefine The Ruck

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26: Dylan Hartley (C) the England captain talks to referee Romain Poite as Abraham Steyn (R) of Italy and James Haskell (L) of England looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Italy at Twickenham Stadium on February 26, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers - RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)

Rugby is set for a seismic shift in its laws with the sport’s governing bodies trying their utmost to simplify the confusing aspects of the game. The law book could be cut by as much as 50% under the “Laws Simplification Project” commissioned by the World Rugby Council. They aim to have completed the process by late next year. The …

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Dallaglio, Jones and Barnes All Select Their Lions Starting Team

LIONS RBS 6 Nations Championship Round 2, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy 11/2/2017 Italy vs Ireland Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong celebrates winning Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Warren Gatland will name his 37-man squad that he will bring south in the summer to take on an imperious New Zealand side a month from today. Following an impressive Six Nations win, England are sure to be well represented with captain Dylan Hartley still in the hunt to lead the Tourists come June. Ireland too, despite an underwhelming campaign, …

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RTÉ Reveal Their Lions XV Following The Six Nations Finale

LIONS NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Dylan Hartley of Northampton and Alun-Wyn Jones of Ospreys look on with referee Romain Poite during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Northampton Saints and Ospreys at Franklin's Gardens on October 25, 2014 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

With the Six Nations wrapping up for another year, attentions quickly turn to the summer and the Lions tour of New Zealand. A close and competitive championship threw up all sorts of new narratives for the Tourists with Warren Gatland’s squad announcement now just weeks away. We’re no closer to knowing who could captain the side after the leadership of both …

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Statistically Speaking, This XV Is The Team Of The Six Nations So Far

SIX NATIONS CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 10: Simon Zebo of Ireland runs with the ball during the Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Principality Stadium on March 10, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Six Nations Championship may already be decided but there’s still plenty to play for in the final weekend. England are aiming for a record-breaking win that would deliver a second straight Grand Slam while Ireland will be determined to finish an underwhelming few weeks on a positive note. For all sides, there’s valuable world ranking points at stake with the …

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Watch: Paul O’Connell’s Hilarious Interview With Nine-Year-Old Sam


As part of ALDI’s superb Kid Rugby Panel campaign, Munster and Ireland legend Paul O’Connell sat down with Sam, just nine years of age, for a brilliant interview. The former second-row discussed his notorious “manic aggression” speech from 2007, his appearance on A Question Of Sport in recent months that went viral and how fame treats him. O’Connell, as is …

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Watch: Eddie O’Sullivan Slams Joe Schmidt’s Predictable Ireland Side

Schmidt Ireland

Ireland’s faint hopes of wrestling their Six Nations title back off England were dashed on Friday evening as Wales ran out 22-9 winners in the Principality Stadium. Joe Schmidt’s side produced arguably their worst display under the former Leinster boss as some inexcusable errors cost them dear. They were calamitous at the lineout, toothless in attack and dropped far too much …

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Watch: Fraser Brown Narrowly Avoids Red Card For Dangerous Tip Tackle


England are leading Scotland at Twickenham as they look to make history and set up a chance at back-to-back Grand Slams. Just minutes into the match, Scottish hooker Fraser Brown was sin-binned for a dangerous tackle, lifting winger Elliot Daly and bringing him down on his upper back. Referee Mathieu Raynal and his officials reviewed the incident and opted not to brandish …

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Watch: Dan Biggar Goads Johnny Sexton Before The Irish Fly-Half Is Sin Binned


The decision of Wayne Barnes to send Johnny Sexton to the bin shortly before half-time proved pivotal in Ireland’s defeat to Wales. Rob Howley’s side were impressively ruthless for the ten minutes the out-half was absent, notching ten points thanks to George North’s second try and a Leigh Halfpenny penalty. Many Irish fans were perplexed as the English official flashing yellow …

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Watch: O’Gara Heavily Criticizes Rory Best In His Role As Captain Following Wales Loss


Wales punished an uncharacteristically error-prone Irish display at the Principality Stadium on Friday evening, running out 22-9 winners. The visitors’ lineout was in disarray with first, Jake Ball, and later, Luke Charteris, causing havoc as the Irish pack failed to deal with the threat of the home side’s aggressive tactics from set-pieces. Joe Schmidt watched his side win the penalty …

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Statistically Speaking, This Is The Team Of The Six Nations So Far

RBS Six Nations Championship Round 1, BT Murrayfield, Scotland 4/2/2017 Scotland vs Ireland Ireland's Tadgh Furlong Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

With the Six Nations approaching a likely dramatic conclusion, attentions are already turning as to who could feature in the team of the Championship. England, seemingly destined for a second-straight Grand Slam, will be well represented as will an impressive Scotland side while much of Ireland’s pack, in particular, have stated serious claims, not just for the best XV of …

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Watch: Conor O’Shea Hits Out At Matt Dawson In Barb Filled Interview


England overcame a massively improved Italy at Twickenham today, running out 36-15 winners over Conor O’Shea’s side. The visitors had Eddie Jones’ charges spinning with their clever tactics at the breakdown. They didn’t engage at ruck time, thus erasing any offside line, allowing the Azurri pack to target Danny Care at will. The scoreboard after 40 minutes, against every prediction, …

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