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Springboks To Play Wales In USA As Warm-Up To England Tests [Report]

This summer’s international Test series will be an important one for coaches around the world as it provides one of the final opportunities to experiment with players before the World Cup in 2019.  When you consider the Six Nations and the Rugby Championship will likely involve first-team starting XVs, the upcoming summer Tests will be one of few remaining chances for fringe …

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Marcus Smith Has Committed His Long-Term Future To Harlequins

Marcus Smith is undoubtedly one of the brightest talents in English rugby at the moment.  The 18-year-old out-half made his senior debut for Harlequins this season against London Irish back in September. Two weeks later, Smith produced a man-of-the-match performance in his side’s win over Wasps to end a 22-match winning streak for Dai Young’s side at the Ricoh Arena. …

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Martin O’Neill Set For Stoke City Talks Tonight [Report]

Martin O’Neill is expected to meet with Stoke City officials tonight as the possibility of the Irish manager and his assistant, Roy Keane, taking up the reigns at the bet365 stadium becoming more of a reality. The Derryman has been linked with the move this week which would have come as worrying news to Republic of Ireland supporters but unfortunately for …

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Munster Announce Key Contract Extensions And Addition Of Academy South African Duo

As Munster prepare for their crucial Champions Cup fixture against Racing 92 in Paris on Sunday, the southern province has announced a number of contract extensions ahead of that Round 5 tie.  Billy Holland, Stephen Archer, and Kevin O’Byrne have all signed two-year deals to secure their future to Johann van Graan’s side for the foreseeable future. All players have …

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It’s All Or Nothing In The Champions Cup This Weekend

We’re entering the final two rounds of the Champions Cup and for some clubs, it’s all or nothing this weekend as many need to secure a victory to keep their hopes of progressing through to the knockout stages alive.  Here we take a look at each pool and the current state of play within. Pool 1 – La Rochelle, Ulster, …

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“…Timed His Reign Splendidly” – Stephen Jones Takes Aim At Eddie Jones And Dylan Hartley

With the Six Nations just a few weeks away, attention is being drawn to whether England can successfully retain their crown and win a third successive championship in the process.  Inevitably, squad selection and starting XV permutations are the fore and as a result, Dylan Hartley’s position in the team comes in question from many corners. We have already seen …

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