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4 Young Irish Players To Watch In This Season’s Pro 12

uropean Rugby Champions Cup Round 1, Stade Charles Mathon, Oyonnax, France 10/1/2016 Oyonnax vs Ulster Ulster's Kyle McCall is tackled by Oyonnax's Pierrick Gunther Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Presseye/Darren Kidd

With the Pro 12 set to recommence in just three weeks’ time, Jonathan Fitzpatrick profiles four young Irish players to watch out for throughout the 2016/17 season.  ______ 1. Cian Kelleher (Connacht) The manner in which Leinster expressed their disappointment at losing the services of the young fullback in February speaks volumes about his potential. Rejecting the province’s proposed two-year …

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New Zealand Rugby Union Threatens World Rugby Exit Come 2020

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 25: NZRU CEO Steve Tew speaks to media while All Blacks coach Steve Hansen looks on during a New Zealand Rugby press conference at NZ Rugby House on July 25, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Much debate has been held as of late regarding the potential incorporation of a global season and the legitimate need and likelihood of such an undertaking. A global season would see a harmonisation of the playing schedules of both the northern and southern hemispheres in an attempt to create a more transparent, dynamic and fluid playing calender. While the connotations of such …

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Wales Set To Abandon Law Changes

A number of law variations were being trialed in the Welsh Principality Premiership. At the beginning of last season, the Welsh Rugby Union agreed to trail an alternative scoring system which saw teams awarded six points for a try and the value of penalties and drop goals reduced to two. By introducing such a scoring system, World Rugby hoped to foster …

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Opinion: Changing The Penalty Kick Would Encourage More Attacking Rugby

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)

With the ability of goal kickers progressing and three points becoming increasingly important in matches, is this something World Rugby need to address? Firstly credit must go where credit’s due – to the players who have developed their own goal kicking skills and made a penalty inside the opposition half an (almost) guaranteed three points. This doesn’t come without putting …

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Brett Gosper’s Latest Comments On Rugby’s Residency Rules Offer Little Hope For Change

England 2015 & IRB Media Briefing: Rugby World Cup 2015 Ticketing and Kick-Off Times

Brett Gosper has issued a downbeat assessment on proposed changes to rugby’s residency rules and the creation of a global calendar. In an interview published on kiwi news site, Stuff, World Rugby CEO, Brett Gosper warned that there was no ‘silver bullet’ to solve the game’s scheduling dilemma. With the All Blacks in particular demanding the implementation of a standardised global …

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The Curse of Simulation: Rugby Needs To Learn From Football’s Failures

Football is known all over the globe as the world’s game and, more often than not, it can break down boundaries and barriers before any other sport. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s the fans that literally break down boundaries and barriers but nevertheless, commercially, they’re always going to enter new waters first. Football was the first major sport to have a World Cup, it was the …

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The Seven New Law Changes That Will Come Into Effect Tommorrow

Some of rugby’s most recent law changes come into effect next month. Rugby is an ever evolving sport. At the beginning of each World Cup cycle, World Rugby address some of the issues affecting the game by altering it’s laws. Although rugby’s governing body sometimes make changes in order to foster a free flowing more entertaining game, they also endeavour to produce a safer sport. The law changes …

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World Rugby Set To Review International Residency Rules

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 20: (Back L-R) Bill Pulver (ARU CEO), Greg Peters (SANZAR CEO), Agustin Pichot (World Rugby Council Member for Argentina), Steve Tew, (NZ Rugby CEO), Jurie Roux (SARU CEO) and (front L-R) Michael Hawker AM (ARU Chairman), Mark Alexander (SARU & SANZAR Chairman), Carlos Araujo (UAR President), Brent Impey (NZ Rugby Chairman) and Tatsuzo Yabe (JRFU Chairman) pose for photographs during the SANZAR media event on November 20, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

World Rugby vice chairman Agustin Pichot is to lead an inquest into the make-up and design of the the international eligibility protocols which allows players to represent a country other than that of their birth. The inquest is seen as a defensive measure to protect the health of the game in countries who perennially suffer from the permutations of such …

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Watch: The Best Tries From The U20 Championship

As the Junior World Championship continues in Manchester, there have been some surprising results but some even more spectacular tries scored throughout the two match days so far. Check out the best scores from day one. Watch the beautiful running lines from Japan, the brute force of France’s scrum, some simply amazing counter-attacking skills from Wales, some astounding handling skills …

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Holiday Paradise Looking To Take On Europe’s Rugby Goliaths

Malta is one of the smallest but most colourful, diverse and unique places in Europe. Because of its patchwork quilt history, it is a mishmash of architectural, social, political and cultural styles. Now rugby is the latest European arrival to its shores. So young is the sport in the country that the island’s first official test match was against Moldova …

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Rugby World Cup 2019: Japan Aims To Create Lasting Legacy

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Japan players celebrate after the win over South Africa during the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool B match between South Africa and Japan at Brighton Community Centre on September 19, 2015 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

In order to take advantage of Japan hosting the first ever World Cup in Asia, the JRFU has been adopting World Rugby’s ‘Get Into Rugby’ campaign with the aim of encouraging as many school children to take part in the sport before 2019 as it can. There are 22,000 elementary schools in the country and rugby has been part of …

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A True Fairy Tale: The Story Of South Africa’s Barry Heatlie

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 21: The South African supporters wave their flags during the 2010 Tri-Nations match between the South African Springboks and the New Zealand All Blacks at the FNB Stadium on August 21, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Regardless of what emblem South Africa wear on their jersey in future, they will always play in green and gold. But the man responsible for the country’s rugby colours is often unheard of outside of the country’s rugby circles. His name was Barry ‘Fairy’ Heatlie, and his story is one that is both equally wonderful and tragic. Born in the …

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World Rugby Announce Seven New Law Changes That Will Come Into Effect On July 1

Some of rugby’s most recent law changes come into effect next month. Rugby is an ever evolving sport. At the beginning of each World Cup cycle, World Rugby address some of the issues affecting the game by altering it’s laws. Although rugby’s governing body sometimes make changes in order to create a fast flowing more entertaining game, they also endeavour to produce a safer sport. The …

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Breaking Through In The Land Of Ice and Snow: Icelandic Rugby On The Rise

One when thinks of Iceland, one might conjure up images of beautiful scenery, of volcanoes bursting through these landscapes, with the accompanying soundtrack of wonderful music that the nation produces, but one rarely associates it with rugby. However, interest in rugby is increasing across one of Europe’s most sparsely populated countries. Kristinn Thor Sigurjonsson, President of Rugby Iceland, the country’s …

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