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World Rugby Announce Huge Changes To Global Calendar

World Rugby, the sport’s global body, have announced signifcant changes to the long-term global calendar. The new 2020-32 schedule now prioritises rest periods, as well as supporting the sport’s tier two nations further, and brings further accord to the relationship between the international and domestic games. “Agreement on an optimised global calendar that provides certainty and sustainability over the decade …

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Three Of Rugby’s Other Major Off-Field Misdemeanours

READING, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: Gavin Henson of Cardiff Blues looks on during the Heineken Cup match between London Irish and Cardiff Blues at the Madejski Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Reading, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Following All Black scrum-half Aaron Smith’s misdemeanour in a Chistchurch airport toilet, we look at three other big off the field misdemeanours. _______ 1. Andy Powell And The Golf buggy Incident The powerful 23 times capped backrower has courted plenty of controversy during a playing career which has taken in nine clubs thus far. But the 35-year-old ex-Lion’s most controversial …

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Watch: Amazing Currie Cup Try Right From The Kick-Off

In an amazing game of rugby, South Africa’s Golden Lions thwarted Western Province 58 – 32, with the first score coming after only 35 seconds. The Lions’ wonderful handling skills and awareness of space and each other meant the first try of the game was one for the ages. Few teams have the confidence to go wide from their own …

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The Premiership ‘Old Timers’ XV

Accusations have at times been thrown at England’s Premiership that it is a southern hemisphere ‘graveyard’ where ageing Kiwis, Aussies or South Africans head to in the last few years of their careers, but exactly how true is that? We’ve put together a team of the oldest players in each position to have played in the Premiership. Roger Murtaugh from …

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International Rugby: ‘Conquering The All Blacks’ XV – Part 1

New Zealand is arguably the greatest rugby nation the world has ever seen, but who are the players that have defeated them the most? Few rugby fans would argue against New Zealand being labelled the greatest rugby nation in the world. Going beyond their three World Cup titles and back-to-back wins in 2011 and 2015, the All Blacks have played 541 …

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Opinion: Why Stuart Lancaster and Toulon Might Just Work

Since Stuart Lancaster’s resignation from his England post back in October, the former head coach has taken an awful lot of flak amongst the media and particularly amongst supporters, some of it just but a lot of it not. With news of his potential linking up with former European Champions Cup winners Toulon, we look at why Lancaster might just …

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Making History: The Significance Of England’s Series Win

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Dylan Hartley, the England captain, lifts the Cook Cup and celebrates with team mates after their series victory during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Allianz Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Forget the World Cup victory of 2003, England’s series win in 2016 has far more historical significance. Before this series, England and Australia had faced each other 44 times. On those 44 occasions, England had won just 18 of those games with Australia being the victors 25 times. But in terms of victories Down Under, the win has even more …

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South Africa’s Little Giant: Faf De Klerk

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 25: Faf de Klerk of South Africa sends the ball back during the 3rd Castle Lager Incoming Series Test match between South Africa and Ireland at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Shaun Roy/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

‘It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog’ is a term that has been thrown around for decades in professional sports. The phrase has been used ad nauseam over the years and would give ‘it’s not over until the final whistle blows’ a real run for its money in the over-used sports …

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Max Lahiff Column: The Primary Differences Between Northern & Southern Hemisphere Rugby – Pt. 2

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: Michael Hooper of the Wallabies is tackled during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Following on from Bath prop Max Lahiff’s first exclusive Pundit Arena column in which he detailed some of his experiences of playing in the southern hemisphere, particularly New Zealand, now the London native turns his attentions to Australia. Australia has always confused me in a way, even more so now that I have gone and played there. In a sense Australia …

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Six Of All Blacks Coach Steve Hansen’s Greatest Ever Quotes

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 16: Coach Steve Hansen of the All Blacks speaks to media during a New Zealand All Blacks press conference at InterContinental Hotel on June 16, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Steve Hansen dealt out some gentle advice to Michael Cheika after the Wallabies were defeated in their second Test against Eddie Jones’ England. Noting that Jones and Cheika were former teammates, he observed that Jones’ larger than life, aggressive media presence in Australia had been met by exactly nothing from the Wallabies boss (via RTÉ). “Cheika’s not come back, he’s …

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George Smith Set To Depart Wasps For Japan

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: George Smith of Wasps looks for a way past Sean Cronin of Leinster Rugby during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Wasps and Leinster Rugby at Ricoh Arena on January 23, 2016 in Coventry, England. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Dai Young, coach of Wasps, announced the departure of Australian flanker George Smith. Smith had been instrumental in a revitalised Wasps outfit and has thoroughly improved the skills of his teammates, especially at the breakdown while their ball handling has improved as well. The 35-year-old openside flanker, who gave England helpful and much needed breakdown coaching during the RBS Six …

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England’s Summer Tour To Australia: Who Gets The Nod?

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Eddie Jones, the England head coach, looks on during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on March 17, 2016 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

As Eddie Jones’ first XV begins to take shape, England’s tour down under in June will provide the perfect opportunity to try out a number of as yet unseen combinations, writes Jack Yates. Admittedly Jones’ predecessor Stuart Lancaster was castigated for his employment of an over-abundance of pairings, nowhere more so than in the centres, utilising no fewer than 13 …

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England: Grand Slam Has To Be Just The Start

during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England.

Today could potentially be a historic day for English rugby as the Eddie Jones’ England side look for the country’s first grand slam since 2003, but whilst an important step forward, it should only be just the start. Any victory in Paris is in itself impressive. Wales won there last year and Ireland in 2014, but the last time England …

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