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Ben Coles

Ben Coles
Ben is a journalist currently based in London, previously Cape Town, who works for Planet Rugby, The Times and other publications.

Opinion: Ignore Blackadder’s Record, He Is The Leader That Bath Need

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 16: Head Coach Todd Blackadder of the Crusaders looks on following the round 17 Super Rugby match between the Crusaders and the Hurricanes at AMI Stadium on July 16, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Back after the departure of Mike Ford in May, I suggested that Todd Blackadder was the best candidate out there for Bath in their search for a new head coach. Landing him, however, has been more of a struggle than expected. Blackadder was heavily linked with the vacant position with the Queensland Reds, as was Stuart Lancaster, before the Queensland Rugby …

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The Rising Star Of Melani Nanai Continues To Soar

The Blues thrashing of the Brumbies on Friday certainly raised a few eyebrows – after all this was the side with the worst record in the New Zealand Conference humbling the best Australian Conference outfit – but Melani Nanai offered another reminder of what a special talent he appears to be as his breakout season continues. We first got a …

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Champions Cup: The Four Standout Ties Not To Miss This Season

CLERMONT-FERRAND, FRANCE - DECEMBER 14: Simon Zebo of Munster looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup pool one match between ASM Clermont Auvergne and Munster at Stade Marcel Michelin on December 14, 2014 in Clermont-Ferrand, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The remoulding of Europe’s premier competition didn’t exactly go down well on its introduction three years ago, but there’s little doubting now that establishing the Champions Cup has created a competition in which one mistake could prove to be lethal and every single group offers up some mouthwatering clashes. Following on from Wednesday’s draw in Neuchatel, Switzerland, here are four ties that you …

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Opinion: Springboks’ Form A Massive Concern Ahead Of Rugby Championship

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 18: Lionel Mapoe of the Springboks and coach Allister Coetzee celebrate after the 2nd Castle Lager Incoming Series Test match between South Africa and Ireland at Emirates Airline Park on June 18, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Allister Coetzee is only a few weeks into his new role as head coach of the Springboks but he’ll be wishing for more hours in the days ahead to allow him get South Africa up to speed for the Rugby Championship, following his team’s unconvincing series win over Ireland this month. Speaking frankly, Ireland’s injury list prior to their tour was catastrophic and therefore any …

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