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10 Players Already Nailed On For Lions Selection

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Warren Gatland is announced as the Head Coach of the British & Irish Lions for the 2017 Tour to New Zealand during the British and Irish Lions Press Conference at Standard Life House on September 7, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Lions selection is set to be its hardest for a generation, but these ten are nailed for the 2017 tour of New Zealand. Tadhg Furlong After a meteoric rise over the past 12 months, the rampaging tighthead has overtaken Dan Cole and probably WP Nel as the most likely starter against the All Blacks. His scrummaging technique is good, but …

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3 Biggest Talking Points From Liam Williams’ Move To Saracens

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 26: Springboks player Faf de Klerk puts in a big tackle on Ross Moriarty of Wales during the International match between Wales and South Africa at Principality Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Saracens completed the signing of Scarlets and Wales fullback Liam Williams yesterday in a move that sparks numerous questions. Here, Pundit Arena examines the three biggest. ________ What Does Liam Williams’ Arrival Mean For Alex Goode? The 2015-16 Premiership Player of the Year is Saracens’ fullback Alex Goode. Goode, who grew up playing at fly-half, has proven himself to be the …

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A Lions XV Made Up Of Players Over The Age of 30

A Lions XV of players over the age of 30 on June 24, 2016, the day of the first test in New Zealand. Alasdair Dickinson, Scotland (33) Scotland’s reliable prop wouldn’t worry the All Blacks in the loose, but would pose questions at the scrum. Rory Best, Ireland (34) Many people’s choice as Lions’ captain, Best is playing some of …

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A Lions XV Made Up Of Players Under The Age Of 25

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Maro Itoje of England scrummages during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Allianz Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Here’s a Lions XV made up of players who are under the age of 25 on June 24, 2016, the day of the first test in New Zealand. Ellis Genge, England (22) A dynamic ball-carrier to threaten the All Blacks in the loose. Luke Cowan-Dickie, England (24) Another front-row dynamo with improving set-piece skills. Tadhg Furlong, Ireland (24) Forget his age, the …

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A World XV Based On The Autumn Internationals

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 26/11/2016 Ireland vs Australia Ireland's Tadhg Furlong Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

The 2016 autumn internationals shook the world order. Ireland announced themselves as rugby royalty, England secured an unbeaten year and South Africa went into free fall. How do these developments shake up the world XV? To provide context, I have also named the players who would have made my XV before the autumn international season. _______ 1. Mako Vunipola The …

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A Mighty England XV That Didn’t Play In The Autumn

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Manu Tuilagi of England is tackled by Scott Williams of Wales during the RBS 6 Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on February 25, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England beat all comers this autumn with a severely depleted squad. To highlight the strength in depth of English rugby as we come to the end of a fine year, here is a XV of players who didn’t play for the Red Rose in the Old Mutual Wealth series. Matt Mullan: The Wasp is good enough to be on the …

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Ranking The Top 10 Rugby Nations In 2016

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Jonathan Joseph of England (R) celebrates scoring his sides fourth try during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on December 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

After one of the best sets of autumn internationals ever, Pundit Arena takes stock and ranks the top ten rugby nations from the whole of 2016. Some big names are near the bottom, but how high up are the resurgent Ireland and Scotland? Does England’s perfect year knock the All Blacks off top spot? _______ 10. Italy But for a …

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Opinion: Was Australia Win England’s Best Under Eddie Jones?

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Dylan Hartley of England (C) celebrates with his team mates after the game during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on December 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

England’s 37-21 win against Australia completed a perfect year for the Red Rose. But out of those 13 test victories, where does this home triumph against Australia rank? The conquest of the Wallabies was England’s best home performance since they dismantled New Zealand in 2012, but not quite their finest of 2016. That in itself is a hallmark of England’s …

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Eddie Jones Admits He’s Made A Few Bad Decisions With England

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Eddie Jones, the England head coach, faces the media during the England press conference held at Pennyhill Park on December 1, 2016 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England coach Eddie Jones has admitted to making selection errors during his first year as England coach. Last week, Eddie Jones made headlines for unnecessarily criticising New Zealand’s world player of the year, Beauden Barrett. This week, things have been predictably acrimonious ahead of England versus Australia. But despite a war of words with Michael Cheika over scrummaging, Jones also …

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