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Watch: Warren Gatland’s Son, Bryn, Stars In North Harbour’s Mitre 10 Cup Victory

Warren Gatland’s son, Bryn Gatland, is certainly a talented flyhalf. The 22-year-old was instrumental in causing the British and Irish Lions all sorts of problems in the opening game of the tour when the Lions scraped a 13-7 victory against the Provincial Barbarians at the beginning of June.  On that day, Gatland showed an excellent variety in his kicking game …

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Steve Hansen: Australia – New Zealand Rivalry “Is A Big Brother – Little Brother Backyard Game.”

Steve Hansen and Michael Cheika will go head to head on Saturday in the first Bledisloe Cup clash of this year’s Rugby Championship.  The Wallabies have home advantage with the game taking place in Sydney’s ANZ Stadium but many believe that won’t be enough for Australia to pull off an unlikely victory. Australia, of course, is in a state of …

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Opportunities And Challenges For Irish Provinces Ahead Of New Season

It was a mixed season for the Irish provinces last year in the PRO12 and Europe. Munster were the most successful side as they reached a PRO12 final and Champions Cup semi-final. They also finished top of the PRO12 after the regular season. Leinster reached the semi-finals of both competitions but came up short against Scarlets and Clermont Auvergne. For …

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World Rugby Have Brought In A New Law For Head Injury Assessments

World Rugby has made a much-welcomed change to how Head Injury Assessments (HIA) will now be conducted. This amendment applies to all elite level adult rugby competitions and will come into effect on August 26 but it will also apply to the start of the Rugby Championship, which kicks off this weekend.  The new amendment states that a player who …

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New Zealand Rugby To Reopen Investigation Into Aaron Smith Scandal

New Zealand Rugby are to reopen the investigation into the Aaron Smith scandal which led to the scrum-half being suspended by the All Blacks last October.  Smith was seen to enter a toilet cubicle at Christchurch airport last year with a woman who was not his partner which led to an emotional Smith apologising “for a huge error of judgement”. Smith …

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All Blacks Name Side To Face The Wallabies On Saturday

The Rugby Championship gets underway on Saturday with South Africa hosting Argentina in Port Elizabeth after the Wallabies welcome the All Blacks to Sydney in the earlier clash.  The All Blacks are the first team to show their cards as they have just announced their matchday 23 to take on Michael Cheika’s men at ANZ Stadium. Joe Moody, Codie Taylor …

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