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International Rugby: Some Of The More Unusual Retirement Choices

In recent times former Scotland scrum-half Chris Cusiter announced he would retire from rugby in order to start up his own whisky business in Los Angeles, while Wasps hooker Edd Shervington has decided to pursue a West End acting and singing career. However, what other unusual retirement plans have players got themselves stuck into? Fran Cotton After a fantastic career …

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Opinion: Vakatawa’s New France Contract Could Be A Game-Changer For Sevens Rugby

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 13: Virimi Vakatawa of France ttys to evade Ross Ford of Scotland during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and France at Murrayfield Stadium on March 13, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

Currently centrally contracted to the FFR, it appears Virimi Vakatawa is likely to shun numerous offers from Top 14 clubs to re-sign with France’s national governing body, despite the chance to earn more money elsewhere. Vakatawa, a surprise inclusion in Guy Noves’s first squad for the Six Nations, established himself as a regular with the country’s sevens side before making the …

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South African Sides Set To Join Pro 12

Super Rugby Rd 17 - Stormers v Lions

The Pro 12 could be set to undergo a massive revamp. When Wales Online reported last April that Pro 12 organisers were looking into the possibility of splitting the league into the conferences and expanding the number of participating teams, supporters broadly welcomed the news. At the time, it was widely assumed that both London Welsh and London Scottish would be …

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Welsh International Second Row Joins Japanese Side Toyota Verblitz

Harlequins v Bath Rugby - Aviva Premiership

Having turned down a move to the Cardiff Blues, Dominic Day is off to Japan. Wales lock, Dominic Day, will join Japanese side, Toyota Verblitz, after turning down contract offers from the Cardiff Blues and Bath. The three times capped Welsh international will join the Top League side once his current contract with Bath expires next month. While his loss will …

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The Pro 12 Could Be About To Add A 13th Team

Glasgow Warriors v Munster - Guinness Pro 12 Final

The Pro 12 could be about to add another participant. For the past number of years various commentators have argued for the inclusion of both London Welsh and London Scottish to the Pro 12. Given that both are located in London and are competing outside of the Premiership, such a move would make sense for a number of reasons. Indeed, as …

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Wasps Target Lions Full Back As Kurtley Beale Transfer Flounders

England v Australia - Group A: Rugby World Cup 2015

Wasps look set to miss out on Kurtley Beale. When the Australian Daily Mail reported that Wasps were willing to make Kurtley Beale the highest paid player in the Premiership, fans were caught be surprise. Although Wasps were set to lose Charles Piutau at the end of the season, supporters and commentators alike were taken aback by the massive £1.5 million two …

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International Rugby: ‘Scoring Tries For Fun’ XV

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 22: The All Blacks practice the scrum during a New Zealand All Blacks training session at the Westmanstown Sport and Conference Centre on November 22, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Christian Wade and Thomas ‘The Tank’ Waldrom have been making all the headlines in English rugby recently for their try-scoring antics in the Aviva Premiership, but who are the players to have scored the most tries in an individual game for their country? Here we put together a team of players who have scored the most tries in Test history. …

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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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