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Hefin Jones
Hefin is a sports anorak with a love for cricket, boxing and football but a particular penchant for rugby. English teacher, Journalism student and Scarlets fan. Attempt to tweet trilingually @hefrhys.

No New Caps For The All Blacks As Hansen Confirms His Starting XV

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has opted against handing out any new debuts in naming his team for Saturday’s first Test against Wales.  In their first Test since winning last year’s World Cup, the All Blacks coach has made six changes in all to the team that started the final. There are no new caps, with Aaron Cruden beating off the …

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Gatland Opts For Experience As He Names His Selection For First Test

Wales coach Warren Gatland has named a battle-hardened team for the first test against New Zealand on Saturday. In a team packed with plenty of caps, the New Zealander has also sprang a couple of surprises: Gethin Jenkins, Wales’ most capped player, comes in at loosehead in place of Rob Evans, while Scarlets skipper Ken Owens replaces Scott Baldwin at hooker. …

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Watch: Lima Sopoaga’s Amazing Piece Of Overhead Skill

Highlander’s Outside-half Liam Sopoaga’s audacious ‘over the head’ kick during his team’s 27-20 defeat to the Hurricanes last weekend was a truly amazing piece of skill. After winning off the top ball on their 10m line, scrum-half Aaron Smith whipped the ball out to Sopoaga who on receiving the ball turned his back and kicked the ball over his head …

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Springboks Name Skipper For Ireland Series

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Frans Malherbe , Adriaan Strauss and Trevor Nyakane of South Africa during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on October 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The experienced Adriaan Strauss has been named as captain for South Africa’s upcoming three-Test series against Ireland, which starts on the 11th of June in Cape Town, according to Sport24. A product of Bloemfontein’s famous Grey College, the 30-year-old Blue Bulls hooker has made 54 appearances for the Springboks since making his debut against Australia in 2008. Tipping the scales …

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The XV Wales Coach Warren Gatland Should Pick To Face England

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Warren Gatland, head coach of Wales looks on prior to the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Wales coach Warren Gatland will today name his XV for his team’s clash against England on Sunday. Both teams will use the match as preparation for their respective summer tours to New Zealand and Australia next month. Here’s the XV I feel Gatland should pick for Sunday’s game: 15. Liam Williams Williams has suffered an injury-interrupted season but has impressed …

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Senatore Given 10 Week Ban For Biting

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Leonardo Senatore (l) and Nicolas Sanchez (r) of Argentina stand dejected during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match between Argentina and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 25, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Jaguares and Argentina No8 Leonardo Senatore has received a 10 week ban after being found guilty of biting Keegan Daniel during the Jaguares clash with the Sharks on Saturday. The ex-Toulon and Worcester Warriors N08 cum Flanker bit Daniel as the two grappled in a ruck towards the end of his team’s narrow 22-25 defeat to the South African franchise. …

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A XV Made Up Of World Rugby’s Greatest Utility Players

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 19: Jack Nowell of England looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between France and England at the Stade de France on March 19, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

These are the guys every team needs. Multi-talented, they are able to cover more than one position – the perfect remedy when an injury crises hits. Here’s our XV composed of players of who have made their mark in more than one position. _____ 15. Israel Folau The 27-year-old Wallaby has racked up an outstanding 18 tries in 38 test appearances. After …

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French Clubs Sign Staggering 388 Million Euro TV deal

Already the richest clubs in Europe, France’s Top 14 clubs are set to become even wealthier after signing a massive new deal for coverage of the Top 14. The Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) has put pen to paper on a mammoth new 388 million euro four year contract with Canal+ for the rights to screen the top two tiers …

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Wales Name Experienced Squad For New Zealand Tour

Wales have named an experienced squad for their daunting three test tour to New Zealand next month. There are no uncapped players in coach Warren Gatland’s 35 man squad (via Wales Online) with Fullback Leigh Halfpenny’s non-inclusion and the selection of only one openside flanker the biggest suprises. Halfpenny has been out since September and is expected to return at the end …

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Three Of Rugby’s Biggest Breakthrough Stars

Northampton Saints v Glasgow Warriors - European Rugby Champions Cup

These youngsters have enjoyed breakthrough seasons this year and are set to stay at the top for a long time. I look at three breakthrough stars making a name for themselves: 1.Sam Underhill 19-year old Ospreys Openside, Sam Underhill, has had an outstanding season at the Liberty. The former England Under 18 skipper made two appearances for Gloucester last season, …

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