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Ireland Complete RWC2023 Bid As O’Driscoll Dismisses French Idea Of All Teams Staying To The End

Ireland have put forward their bid presentation to the World Rugby Council to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup in London. An inclusive bid incorporating the north and south of Ireland, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was part of the delegation present in London alongside IRFU Chief Executive David Sterling and also including Niamh Briggs and bid ambassador Brian O’Driscoll. Their …

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Mako Vunipola Says Wounded Lions Have Point To Prove

Mako Vunipola has spoken about the Lions’ wounded pride after the first test and how the motivation to put things right is spurring Gatland’s men on as they aim to level the series. After the final whistle in Auckland, Warren Gatland spoke about how the Lions forwards needed to up the ante in terms of their physical commitment at set …

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Zinzan Brooke Picks Taulupe Faletau To Start In His Lions XV For First Test

Former All Black Zinzan Brooke recently described the Wales and British & Irish Lions number eight Taulupe Faletau as not having enough “mongrel” to take on New Zealand.  However, speaking exclusively to Pundit Arena, the Kiwi legend has clarified his opinion and admitted that he has changed his view. Brooke said, “I did question Faletau’s selection because I was picking a Test team, Billy …

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England Women’s 28-Player Squad Named For New Zealand Tour

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 19: Simon Middleton, Head Coach of England Women during the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England Women and New Zealand Women at Twickenham Stoop on November 19, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images for Harlequins)

Simon Middleton has named his 28-player squad to tour New Zealand where the Red Roses will play a series of games against Australia, Canada and New Zealand. There’s a welcome return for Emily Braund and Abbie Scott who are back in the fold for the first time since the 2016 Six Nations but there’s unfortunate news for Laura Keates.  The World …

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Jimmy Gopperth Named Aviva Premiership Player of the Season

Wasps v Exeter Chiefs - Aviva Premiership

Wasps’ Jimmy Gopperth has completed an incredible hat-trick of rugby awards as he was named Aviva Premiership Player of the Season at the annual awards in London. Gopperth had already won his club’s Player of the Season title before lifting the Rugby Players’ Association gong prior to this evening. The Kiwi born fly-half helped Wasps climb to first place in …

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