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Watch: Dan Norton Scores Insane Try As England Crush Fiji And Offer Hope For The Olympics

Simon Amor’s England Sevens team humiliated World Series title-holders Fiji in London and made a mockery of Jarryd Hayne’s first tournament for his adopted country in the process. England scored five tries, including two from winger Dan Norton, to claim an impressive 31 – 10 victory over the World Series leaders Fiji at Twickenham. Although England are having a somewhat …

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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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In Defence Of Rugby’s Current Residency Rules

Residency rules DUBLIN, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 07: CJ Stander of Ireland charges upfield during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

After Jake Heenan declared to play for Ireland, Agustin Pichot spoke out against the current residency rules have to be changed. But perhaps there is more to say in favour of the current way of doing things rather than changing it. A lot of top class players get no chance to play proper test rugby with their own country. It …

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New World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont Proposes Radical Shake Up Of Six Nations

The Six Nations could be played in the summer. With no test matches scheduled to take place after the 2019 World Cup, and the New Zealand Rugby Union threatening to negotiate individual tests for the All Blacks beyond 2020, rugby appears to be sleep walking toward crisis. Although numerous commentators have previously argued for the implementation of a global calender as a means …

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Video: The Law Changes That Could Change Rugby Forever

New Zealand v Australia - Final: Rugby World Cup 2015

World Rugby could be about to change the way rugby is played. When World Rugby announced they would be trialling a series of law variations in a number of tournaments around the globe this year, supports greeted the news with both interest and despair. While most fans agree that some intervention is necessary in order to save the game from the …

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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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Opinion: The Rugby World Cup That Never Was

2007 RWC Final - England v South Africa

Back in 2002, the RFU’s CEO Francis Baron launched an ambitious plan to radically alter the make-up of the sport’s showpiece event, the Rugby World Cup. Yet instead of voting for change, the member nations of the IRB showed themselves to be staunchly conservative. But what might have been had the 2007 edition of the tournament been held in England …

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Watch: Best Tries From World Rugby’s U-20s Trophy

World Rugby u20 Trophy

The World Rugby U-20s Trophy showcases the best talent from eight emerging nations’ player bases. Here, we have a look at some of the best tries so far from the 2016 edition of the tournament being held in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe sizzler Is this the best try you’ve seen all year? Wonderful skill from @zimbabwerugby at #WorldRugbyU20s Trophyhttps://t.co/47XNoPtDUQ — World Rugby …

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Canada Plan Is The Blueprint For Rugby’s Tier 2 Nations

Ireland v Canada - Group D: Rugby World Cup 2015

A Canadian rugby league side is to join the third tier of UK rugby league’s domestic competition – a left-field idea so simple that it might just actually work. If it’s successful then it might just be the future for union’s tier 2 nations as well. RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood heralded the move and boldly proclaimed (via Sky Sports): …

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Opinion: Owen Farrell’s Ban Comes With A Silver Lining

READING, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Owen Farrell of Saracens runs with the ball during the European Rugby Champions Cup semi final match between Saracens and Wasps at Madejski Stadium on April 23, 2016 in Reading, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Prick your ears on Wednesday and you could hear Mark McCall and Eddie Jones breathing sighs of relief. Citings have become such a roulette wheel in recent times that Owen Farrell’s two-week suspension could have been worse. If he should have been suspended at all. Dan Robson certainly copped a fair chunk of head in Farrell’s dangerous tackle and a yellow …

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World Rugby’s 6-Point Try Trial Not A Success

Samoa v Japan - Group B: Rugby World Cup 2015

World Rugby have been trailing an alternative scoring system.  Since the establishment of the International Rugby Football Board in 1885, formerly the IRB and now World Rugby, the number of points awarded for a try, penalty, drop goal and conversion has changed on numerous occasions. Prior to the founding of the IRFB, the game was decided by the number of goals …

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Springboks Logo Under Renewed Threat

during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and USA at the Olympic Stadium on October 7, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.

It already happened a few years ago, when we all reckoned the problem had been put to bed, but now the discussion about the Springbok logo has reared its head again. Once again, the SARU has been asked to ditch the Springboks logo. Planet Rugby reported earlier this week that ANC MP Strike Ralegoma asked for the logo to be removed from the …

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Exclusive Interview With Phil Davies, Namibia Head Coach

EXETER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Phil Davies, Head Coach of Namibia looks on during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Tonga and Namibia at Sandy Park on September 29, 2015 in Exeter, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

As a nation Namibia is still relatively young, only gaining its independence from South Africa in 1990. Yet, as a rugby-playing entity, the sport has existed in Namibia since the early 1900s. Unlike many tier two nations, Namibia have qualified for the last five World Cups and did the country proud in last year’s edition of the tournament. Pundit Arena’s …

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International Rugby: The ‘One-Club Man’ XV

CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 19: Sean O'Brien of Ireland breaks through the tackle of Matt Evans of Canada during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Ireland and Canada at the Millennium Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

With all the talk around professional rugby seemingly focused on the transfer market and with hundreds of players moving between clubs, countries and hemispheres it seemed a pertinent time to pay homage to those who aren’t so nomadic, who are devoted to the team that developed them and the town, city or region they call home. To qualify for this …

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Rugby, Concussion & Dementia: What Do We Do Next?

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 13: Jonathan Sexton of Ireland leaves the pitch due to injury during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Ireland at the Stade de France on February 13, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Concussion and head trauma is not a case of scare mongering, witch hunting or trying to turn fans and players away from a game; it’s a real threat with genuine consequences. The University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research revealed in 2009 that former NFL players were 19 times more likely to suffer from early onset of Alzheimer’s than the general public, and that there …

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