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Alan Drumm
Alan is Pundit Arena's weekend editor and lead rugby writer. You can contact him by emailing [email protected] or twitter via @alanjdrumm

France And Scotland Unveil Exciting Six Nations Squads

Scotland v France - RBS Six Nations

Vern Cotter has arguably named the strongest Scottish squad this decade ahead of the 2017 Six Nations. As expected, the Glasgow Warriors dominate Cotter’s selection, having had 16 players selected in the kiwi’s 37 man squad. Indeed, it is in midfield where Scotland are particularly strong, where Huw Jones is putting serious pressure on the likes of Mark Bennett, Alex Dunbar and Duncan Taylor following his …

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Where Does Aaron Cruden Sit On The List Of Rugby’s Highest Earners?

Super Rugby Rd 3 - Chiefs v Highlanders

Very few observers were shocked to learn that Aaron Cruden had taken the decision to leave New Zealand and join Montpellier on a three-year deal. After falling behind Beauden Barrett in the All Blacks’ pecking order, Cruden’s departure had been expected. Indeed, last December French rugby site, Rugby 365, had even reported that Montpellier had secured the services of the 47 …

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Irish Champions Cup Team Of The Weekend

European Rugby Champions Cup Round 5, RDS, Dublin 13/1/2017
Leinster vs Montpellier
Leinster's Jack Conan breaks free to score his sides second try
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

The Irish provinces enjoyed their best weekend since the formation of the European Rugby Champions Cup in 2014. Victories for Leinster and Munster ensured their passage into the quarter-finals, and home draws must surely await as the Irish powerhouses face the already knocked out Castres and Racing 92 respectively in the final round of pool games. Although Connacht sit at …

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Media Round On Munster Following Possible Conor Murray Concussion

Conor Murray

No sooner than Munster began celebrating their hard fought 14-12 win over the Glasgow Warriors, controversy began brewing in the background. As the physical encounter reached it’s climax,  Conor Murray was removed from the field of play so as to undergo a head injury assessment. The incident in question occurred in the 62nd minute when Glasgow’s Tim Swinson caught Murray’s …

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The Sunday Times Believe Highlanders Coach Is Leading Contender To Replace Pat Lam At Connacht

Wasps v Connacht Rugby - European Rugby Champions Cup

Connacht fans were taken aback when Pat Lam announced his decision to leave the province at the end of the season and join Premiership strugglers, Bristol. Lam had guided Connacht to an unlikely Pro12 title last season, and revolutionised the way in which the western province play the game. Not only that, but given the age profile of Connacht’s squad, …

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Eddie Jones Expected To Name Injured Trio In England’s Six Nations Squad

England v Australia - Old Mutual Wealth Series

Although England maybe the defending Grand Slam champions and are coming off the back of an undefeated year, Eddie Jones’ side maybe a little vulnerable coming into this season’s Six Nations. Jones will definitely be without Billy Vunipola and Chris Robshaw, while the participation of Mako Vunipola and Joe Marler in the early rounds of the Championship is in doubt. In …

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5 Quick Conclusions From Munster’s Intense 14-12 Win Over The Glasgow Warriors

Munster

1. The Contrasting Game Plans The contrasting styles employed by the Glasgow Warriors and Munster made this tussle so intriguing during the build up. Glasgow want to play at tempo by continually moving the ball and changing the point of contact, while Munster look to attack the fringes and utilise Conor Murray’s box kicks. Throughout the game, Glasgow attempted to add pace at …

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Joe Schmidt’s Fullback Conundrum: The Four Players Battling It Out For Ireland’s Number 15 Jersey

Rob Kearney

Has an Irish coach ever had such a depth of talent at his disposal. Apart from at scrum half where Conor Murray is head and shoulders above any of his rivals, there is competition for places in every position across the field. Against Australia last November, Joe Schmidt selected a bench that included, Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Finlay Bealham, Ultan …

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Watch: Delon Armitage Handed Two Week Ban For Hand Off During Top 14 Encounter

delon-armitage

Fans, referees, and players have yet to get fully acquainted with World Rugby’s latest tackle directives. The game between the Exeter Chiefs and Saracens last weekend saw Richard Barrington sent off for a high tackle on Geoff Parling, a red card that was subsequently rescinded, as Brad Barritt’s initial challenge sent the England lock falling in the direction of the prop’s …

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Saracens Set To Move For Northampton Saints Flanker

Northampton Saints v Benetton Treviso - European Rugby Champions Cup

Although the Northampton Saints have recorded three consecutive victories following their concession of 97 points in their back-to-back Champions Cup games against Leinster, the atmosphere surrounding the club has yet to improve. Questions continue to hang over their handling of the George North affair, reports emanating from Ireland suggest that JJ Hanrahan could be on his way back to Munster, and …

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