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5 Quick Conclusions From Scotland’s 29-13 Win Over Wales

Scotland v Wales - RBS Six Nations

1. The Breakdown Battle If Wales were to have any chance of beating Scotland, they would have to prevent Scotland from getting the ball into the hands of Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour and Tim Visser in the wider channels. This they did during the first half and were rewarded with a steady stream of penalties as a result. However, Scotland changed their …

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Toulon Closing In On Powerful All Black Centre

Ireland v New Zealand - International Match

Mourad Boudjellal doesn’t appear to be wasting any time rebuilding his squad. After missing out on Sonny Bill Williams last summer, Mourad Boudjellal and Toulon have set their sights on Malakai Fekitoa ahead of next season. The 23 times capped All Black centre has become hot property since establishing himself in a New Zealand backline that didn’t seem to miss Conrad Smith, …

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GAA Fans In Shock After Congress Passes Super 8 Proposal

Despite opposition from the Gaelic Players Association and GAA fans as a whole, 76% of congress delegates voted in favour of the Super 8 proposal which will come into effect from 2018. fans and players have been quick to voice their concern on social media following the passing of the motion, bringing into being a revised Championship structure from 2018. I …

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Simon Zebo Has Revealed A Desire To Leave Munster

England v Ireland - International Match

Following the 2015 World Cup, there was a great deal speculation linking Simon Zebo with a move to Toulouse. Although it appeared at one stage that the Munster winger would move to the Top 14 club, in the end, Zebo signed a two deal with the province and the IRFU in February 2016. Nevertheless, the 26-year-old has maintained his desire to play …

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A Northern Hemisphere XV Perfectly Suited To Playing Super Rugby

Wales v England - RBS Six Nations

In a recent article published on Wales Online, Simon Thomas revealed Leigh Halfpenny holds ambitions of playing Super Rugby at some point in the future. Of course, the Welsh fullback wouldn’t be the first northern hemisphere player to make an impact south of the equator. In recent years, Huw Jones, Danny Cipriani, Jamie Hagan, James Haskell, Frédéric Michalak and Andy Goode …

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Watch: Quade Cooper Got Absolutely Smashed Just Four Minutes Into His Super Rugby Return

After his brief sojourn in the south of France with Toulon, Quade Cooper made his much-anticipated return to Super Rugby with the Queensland Reds this morning. However, Cooper’s second spell at the Reds hasn’t got off to the best start. In the opening moments of his comeback against the Sharks, a knock-on from the mercurial fly-half allowed Jean-Luc du Preez cross for …

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Paddy Butler Tells Us How France Have Evolved Their Game Under Guy Noves And Who Ireland Need To Target This Weekend

France v Scotland - RBS Six Nations

Despite playing two games so far in the Six Nations Championship, France remain somewhat of an unknown quantity. Although they suffered defeat in Twickenham on the opening weekend of the tournament, Guy Noves and his players will have taken a great deal of confidence from their performance against England. Nevertheless, while the French players celebrated their win over Scotland, the adventure …

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Ireland Put Pressure On Nigel Owens Ahead Of Showdown With France

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Referee Nigel Owens waches on during The Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and Argentina at Patersons Stadium on September 14, 2013 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Last season saw Ireland endure two very physical encounters with France in the 2015 Rugby World Cup and 2016 Six Nations. During their heated World Cup pool game in Cardiff, Joe Schmidt’s side lost Peter O’Mahony, Paul O’Connell and Johnny Sexton to injury, as the French seemed to target the Irish fly-half with their powerful ball carriers. Following the 2014 …

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