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International Rugby: All-Time Oldest Test Team

Australian Wallabies v England

Previously, we looked at the oldest club team. Now our attentions turn to the players who were into their late 30s and early 40s as they made their final appearances for their country.  The team is an interesting mix of some of the biggest names in rugby history combined with tier 2 and tier 3 representatives. Whilst most fans will …

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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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Nigel Owens Reveals When He Plans To Retire

Nigel Owens is rugby’s top referee. In an interview with Wales Online, Nigel Owens revealed that he plans to retire after the 2019 World Cup, provided he can stay fit enough to pass the gruelling physical tests prescribed by refereeing chiefs. Despite the fact that there is no age limit on refereeing international rugby matches, 44 year old Owens pointed out …

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What’s In A Badge? The Significance Of Rugby’s Emblems

<> at Stadio Olimpico on February 14, 2016 in Rome, Italy.

South Africa’s diminishing Springbok logo is once again threatened with extinction as an ANC politician has called for its permanent removal from the famous green and gold jersey, but what significance do the badges of some rugby’s other national sides have? Wales The Wales side has always embraced the ‘Prince of Wales’s feathers’, a symbol of royal heraldy that is …

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England Attempt To Poach Talented Welsh Flanker From Under Warren Gatland’s Nose

England v Wales - Group A: Rugby World Cup 2015

England have made two attempts to land the inform Welsh flanker. In the aftermath of Wasps’ victory over Exeter last weekend, fans and commentators alike lavished praise on flanker, Thomas Young. Indeed, such has been the form of Dai Young’s son this season, according to Wales Online, England have made two separate enquires about the availability of the openside. However, despite …

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Eddie Jones Is Already Engaging In Mind Games Ahead Of Australian Tour

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Eddie Jones, the England head coach, faces the media during the media session held at Pennyhill Park on February 22, 2016 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Eddie Jones has declared he will bring an ‘arrogant’ England to Australia. Throughout the Six Nations, we very quickly learned how Eddie Jones likes to get one over on his opponents before the battle on the pitch gets underway. The England coach engaged in psychological games ahead of every fixture, whether it was labelling Scotland as favourites before England’s first …

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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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How World Cup Failure Led To England’s Club Revival

Although the season began with the worst World Cup campaign in the nation’s history, made worse by being the host nation, it appears an early exit from the globe’s most prestigious tournament has helped the Premiership clubs to flourish once again. After some stunning games of rugby, including Wasps’ last-gap win over Exeter, Leicester’s demolition of French giants Stade Francais, …

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Five Ideas To Improve The Pro 12

Glasgow Warriors v Munster - Guinness Pro 12 Final

The Pro 12 will be without any representatives in the Champions Cup Quarter Finals. The Pro 12 has come in for a great deal of criticism this season, with commentators pointing to the low attendances, questioning the quality of rugby on display, and criticising the fact that many of the league’s star players are withheld by national unions. However those who criticise …

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Is English Rugby Still Elitist?

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 09: Statues are pictured outside Twickenham stadium during an England squad announcement at Twickenham stadium on January 9, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

For much of English rugby’s history the game has been regarded by many as one dominated by the middle and upper classes, while football was generally the preserve of the working class. However, has professionalism helped to change rugby’s appeal and is it now a more open game? To look at this issue, it’s important to analyse the educational make-up …

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The Pro 12 Is Once Again Thrown Into Turmoil

Glasgow Warriors v Munster - Guinness Pro 12 Final

The Pro 12 could be without a broadcaster next season. Earlier today The Guardian’s Paul Rees wrote an article detailing just how far the Pro 12 has fallen behind the Premiership and Top 14. Although Rees made some good points, he largely covered old ground, describing how the English and French clubs changed the landscape of European Rugby. In the …

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Six Nations Chiefs Defend Their Handling Of The Joe Marler Case

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)

Six Nations organisers have been put onto defensive. When news of Joe Marler’s two match ban and £20,000 fine broke last night, very few fans were surprised. However, the real talking point to emerge from last night’s disciplinary hearing was the fact that World Rugby overruled the Six Nations own judicial findings. As a result, Six Nations organisers have been …

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