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7 Takeaways From A Superb Opening Weekend Of Super Rugby Action

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 26: Martin Landajo of the Jaguares during the 2016 Super Rugby match between Toyota Cheetahs and Jaguares at Toyota Stadium on February 26, 2016 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Another great weekend of Super Rugby is just around the corner. However, reminiscing about last weekend’s events certainly won’t do any harm. Here are  seven of the best bits from last weekend’s action. _____ 1. First Day Of Super Rugby It would be all too easy to highlight the entire first round of Super Rugby action so we thought it would …

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Five Players To Watch Out For In This Year’s Super Rugby

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With the new Super Rugby season headed our way soon, the excitement is palpable. There will be a lot of talent on show this year, and we have picked out five players to keep an eye on this season. These guys could set the competition alight. _____ Akira Ioane If his devastating performances on the world sevens circuit were anything to …

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The Top Five Contenders For The All Blacks Number 13 Jersey

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 24: Ryan Crotty of Canterbury runs away to score a try during the ITM Cup Premiership Final between Canterbury and Auckland at AMI Stadium on October 24, 2015 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

The Super Rugby season is fast approaching and with it will come some huge opportunities for a host of players, and one interesting subplot of the coming season is the All Blacks midfield. The centre positions are now up for grabs after what seems like an eternity of the Ma’a Nonu-Conrad Smith combination (we’re not complaining about that partnership’s longevity by …

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Analysing New Zealand’s Super Rugby Sides’ Pre-Seasons So Far

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 02: Head coach Tana Umaga of the Blues looks on during a Blues super rugby training session at Alexander Park on February 2, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

There’s only a matter of days left until the world’s most entertaining club rugby competition kicks off. Confusing format aside, this season is set to be the best yet with three new teams entering the fray (The Sunwolves, Jaguares and Southern Kings). Prepare yourselves for highlight reels filled with sublime skills, sensational tries and big hits. The New Zealand franchises are …

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France vs Ireland: The Battle Of The Back Rows

CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 11: Jamie Heaslip of Ireland is closed down by Damien Chouly and Thierry Dusautoir of France during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between France and Ireland at Millennium Stadium on October 11, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

This weekend’s game between Ireland and France is going to be a tantalizing affair, with a France team looking to try and rebuild after Philippe Saint-Andre’s time as head coach, coming up against an Ireland side in relative transition and chasing a third Six Nations title in five years. There are going to be many crucial battles fought in Paris this weekend but …

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The Long Awaited Return Of Jon Jones Is Officially Set

A rematch between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier will headline UFC 197, it was announced on Saturday during UFC Fight Night 82. On April 23 at UFC 197 the wait will finally be over. Jon “Bones” Jones will be looking to reclaim his UFC light-heavyweight title against Daniel Cormier and we are positively giddy with excitement. This will easily be …

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