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Jack O'Toole
22-year-old journalism student who writes about sports from time to time. Follow Jack on Twitter at @jackjotoole

Five Outside Contenders For The Lions Captaincy

British & Irish Lions v Barbarians

The British and Irish Lions captaincy is one of the more hotly debated topics in northern hemisphere rugby. In the build-up to every Lions tour rugby fans from across Britain and Ireland debate who should lead the Lions, and why. The captaincy generally goes to one of the current captains of the home nations, but as seen with Martin Johnson and Paul …

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Farrell Backs Best To Lead British & Irish Lions

Andy Farrell Warren Gatland

Ireland assistant coach Andy Farrell has backed Ireland captain Rory Best to skipper the British and Irish Lions on next year’s tour of New Zealand. Farrell joined Ireland as a defence coach in January but insists that Best’s performances for Ireland should put him in contention to captain the 2017 Lions tour of New Zealand. “There’s no doubt that he’s a contender …

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New Zealand Referees Boss Backs World Rugby Clampdown On Dangerous Play

Media conference to introduce new World Rugby Chairman and Vice-Chairman

New Zealand Rugby High Performance referee manager Rod Hill has backed World Rugby’s recent crackdown on high tackles and foul play, with Hill supporting the governing body’s hard line stance on hits to the head. Under World Rugby’s revision of Regulation 17, which will come into effect on the 3rd of January 2017, players cited for dangerous tackles which make contact with …

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World Rugby To Issue Tougher Sanctions On Foul Play And Hits To The Head

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World Rugby is set to announce a stricter set of regulations regarding foul play and high tackles with a particular emphasis on tougher sanctions for tackles that make contact with an opponent’s head. Under the new regulations, which will come into effect on the 3rd of January 2017, players cited for dangerous tackles which make contact with the head face a …

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The 100 Club – Rory Best’s Journey To A Century Of Test Caps

Rory Best celebrates winning 5/11/2016

Ireland captain Rory Best will make his 100th international appearance on Saturday when he takes to the field to face a Wallabies side that will be gunning for their first grand slam of the northern hemisphere since 1984. Best will become just the fifth Irish player in international rugby history to reach the century mark of test matches following in the …

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Adriaan Strauss: ‘We Are Playing For More Than Allister Coetzee’s Job’

Allister Coetzee

Outgoing South African captain Adriaan Strauss has dismissed suggestions that the Springboks are playing this weekend to save Allister Coetzee’s job; ahead of the Springboks’ final November international on Saturday against Wales at the Principality Stadium. South Africa have lost six of their last nine games under Coetzee and have won just four test matches since the 53-year-old took over from Heyneke Meyer …

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‘Springboks Are A Laughing Stock’ – Joel Stransky

Visa Rugby Legends Press Conference

Former South African fly-half Joel Stransky has said that the Springboks have become the ‘laughingstock’ of the rugby world after a 20-18 defeat to Italy last weekend. The loss marks South Africa’s second consecutive defeat following a 37-21 loss to England a fortnight ago, and it’s also their sixth defeat from their last nine matches. Stransky says that the Boks’ poor run of …

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Jenkins: ‘Ridiculously Good’ Faletau In Line For Wales Return

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 11: Taulupe Faletau of Wales kicks ahead under pressure from TJ Perenara of the All Blacks during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Wales at Eden Park on June 11, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Wales assistant coach Neil Jenkins has said that Bath number eight Toby Faletau is in line to make his Wales return this weekend after sitting out the last 10 weeks with a knee injury. Faletau suffered the injury on his Bath debut in early September and the Welsh backrower only made his return to rugby last Friday against Bristol, playing 55 …

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Ian McKinley On Conor O’Shea: ‘Italy Will Be A Force Again Under His Guidance, That’s Guaranteed’

Conor O'Shea

Italian Rugby is a relatively small world by professional rugby standards. There are just two full-time professional clubs in Benetton Treviso and Zebre, 54 professional players playing in Italy, and just seven overseas based players in the Italian national team. Among the players and coaches that ply their trade domestically, there are seven South Africans, six New Zealanders and three Argentinians. The Irish contingent? two – …

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