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Wales To Play ‘A’ Games Again For The First Time Since 2002

Perhaps partially motivated by Wales’ tremendously embarrassing 40 – 7 loss to Waikato’s Chiefs in the midweek fixture between the first and second tests of their tour of New Zealand, the Welsh Rugby Union announced on Tuesday that it is bringing back ‘A’ team fixtures for next season. As WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips explained (via WRU): “Outside of the national …

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Analysing Ireland, England And Wales’ Woeful Pro Era Touring Records

12 June 1999: Joe Roff of Australia passes to Tim Horan during the first test match between Australia and Ireland, played at Ballymore in Brisbane, Australia. Australia won the match 46-10. Mandatory Credit: David Rogers /Allsport

This weekend sees the beginning of tours to the big three southern hemisphere giants New Zealand, South Africa and Australia by Wales, Ireland and England respectively, with all countries participating in a series of three Test matches. It is interesting to examine the touring records of these countries down south, individually and collectively, and see how it reflects on the …

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Analysis: Slam Winners Record Doesn’t Guarantee England Success In Australia

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 06: Eddie Jones the England head coach looks on during the England training session at Sanctuary Cove on June 6, 2016 ion the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Eddie Jones arrived with plenty of swagger and now his England squad are beginning to walk with a similar strut. Not, it should be stressed, full of arrogance. Winning a grand slam though, so soon after the Rugby World Cup abomination, has certainly stopped England’s players moping around. Now they ooze a relaxed confidence. Does 100 per cent success throughout February and March, …

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Ireland Half-Back Legends Honoured By Their Peers

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 10: Ronan O'Gara of Ireland looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland at Aviva Stadium on March 10, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Irish rugby’s greatest ever pairing continue to receive accolades as they approach 40. Since the advent of the professional era, Irish rugby has been on an upward trajectory. With the establishment of the provincial model a golden generation of rugby quickly followed and saw Irish clubs win five European (Heineken) Cups between 2006 and 2012. The national squad also enjoyed …

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Video: The Massive Defensive Hits That Six Nations Sides Face This Summer

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Anthony Watson of England is tackled by Jamie Heaslip and Rory Best of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

The Six Nations touring sides are in for a tough time down under this summer as southern hemisphere defensive units activate ‘beast mode’. When one thinks of rugby highlights, one will automatically look at huge point scoring moments, last minute or length-of-the-field turnover tries, drop goals and pressure penalties to win a series or tournament. Often the headlines are reserved for these …

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Video: Wales’ Dan Biggar To Retire Famous Kicking Routine

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Dan Biggar of Wales lines up a kick during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between South Africa and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on October 17, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

It appears one of the most famous of rugby kicking routines is about to become a thing of the past, as Dan Biggar looks to simplify things. When it comes to rugby it seems the most superstitious and OCD of all position is that of fly-half. Spot kicking is all about routine and process. Every kick, regardless of how big …

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Opinion: Why Connacht’s Lam Must Be Favourite To Succeed Ireland Boss Schmidt

EXETER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Pat Lam, Head Coach of Connacht looks on ahead of the European Rugby Challenge Cup match between Exeter Chiefs and Connacht at Sandy Park on October 25, 2014 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The success of Connacht Rugby this season puts head coach Pat Lam in the running to replace Joe Schmidt for Irish rugby’s top job. Ireland are approaching a crossroads. Following the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Ireland went into a serious rebuilding phase. Injuries ravaged the squad both during and after the tournament, with the most notable of all being captain Paul O’Connell’s …

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Rugby’s Losing Its Credibility In Continual Comparisons With Football

England's prop Joe Marler (C) clashes with Wales' prop Samson Lee (3rd R) during the Six Nations international rugby union match between England and Wales at Twickenham in south west London on March 12, 2016. / AFP / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Rugby’s continued comparisons with how football is run and officiated is now doing more damage to the game’s reputation, argues Maurice Brosnan.  A concept that many sports fans have spectacularly failed to grasp in their persistent attempts to draw comparisons between rugby and football is that they are actually two different sports. Two entirely different entities, with different laws, different …

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Picking A British And Irish Lions 23-Man Squad Ahead Of 2017’s Tour

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Wales wing George North in action during the RBS 6 Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Angus Cross picks his British and Irish Lions 23-man squad ahead of next year’s tour to New Zealand.  _____ 1. Jack McGrath McGrath’s improving quickly in the scrum and is a destructive force in the loose. _____ 2. Dylan Hartley The England captain developed into a real leader during the Six Nations and his qualities will be essential. His basic skills in the …

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World Rugby To Investigate Joe Marler Over ‘Gypsy Boy’ Comments

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 14: Joe Marler of England looks on during the RBS Six Natiions match between Italy and England at the Stadio Olimpico on February 14, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

It looks like England prop Joe Marler is not free and clear from ‘Gypsy-gate’ after all. Joe Marler was accused of, has admitted to and then apologised for calling Wales forward Samson Lee “Gypsy boy” during England’s Six Nations victory over Wales on March 12th. A review by Six Nations organisers ruled that Marler would not face sanctions over the remark, …

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Ulster And Ireland Receive Some Hugely Positive Injury News

during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Ireland and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on October 4, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.

Ulster and Ireland are in line for a huge boost as Iain Henderson looks set to return to play after four months out with injury. Irish rugby has been going through a rebuild of late. Decimated by long-term injuries and left with a gaping hole in the second row following the retirement of captain Paul O’Connell, Ireland were faced with …

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Opinion: Disciplinary Measures Need Reviewing In The Wake Of 2016’s Six Nations

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 01: The Six Nations trophy before the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Italy at the Millennium stadium on February 1, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The clamour for change is always strong in the weeks after the Six Nations has ended, as fans discuss championship changes such as introducing bonus points, a crackdown on scrum time wasting, relegation play-offs and maybe a delayed start as the rugby produced in the final two weeks, during improved weather, was remarkably better than what we saw earlier on. But if this …

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Six Nations: Yet Another Reason Georgia Should Replace Italy

during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Namibia and Georgia at Sandy Park on October 7, 2015 in Exeter, United Kingdom.

There have been frequent calls for relegation and promotion to be introduced between the two European international competitions, the Six Nations and the European Nations Cup – which features the top teams from the second tier of European rugby. Now with Italy picking up the wooden spoon once again, having lost every game in the 2016 Six Nations, is it …

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What Caused All The Handbags In The Ireland-Scotland Match?

during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on March 19, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.

Ireland-Scotland was one of the best matches of the tournament. Ireland finally showed they can actually play rugby, even if it seemed they had to remind themselves of it from time to time, and Scotland are definitely the form side right now. The Scots lost the match mainly through their own indiscipline, and Ireland were the stronger side on the day. Yet the …

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