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Watch: Honey Badger Hilariously Seeks The Help Of Wallabies Stars In Promoting Brisbane 10s

The Brisbane Global Rugby 10s is taking place in February at the Suncorp Stadium and it promises to be one hell of a spectacle.  The ten-a-side tournament will feature 300 stars from all the Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby sides, including top players from Fiji, Samoa, Japan’s Panasonic Wild Knights and Top 14 side Pau. All Blacks stars Julian …

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4 Talking Points From An Exciting Weekend Of Premiership Rugby

Before the Premiership began at the beginning of the month, many were predicting that it will one of the closest fought leagues we have seen in many seasons, mainly due to the off-the-field business done by many of the clubs in the competition.  After just four rounds, there are no undefeated sides in the league with just two points separating …

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Throwback Tuesday: Wales Dramatically Defeat England At Twickenham At 2015 RWC

It’s hard to believe that it has been two years since the 2015 World Cup in England. It was a tournament filled with incredible excitement, drama and unexpected results.  Who would forget Japan’s miraculous victory over South Africa in the pool stages or Scotland’s controversial loss to Australia in the quarter-finals? However, what is arguably one of the most memorable games …

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Experts Call On Tackling To Be Banned In Youths Rugby

Amongst the backdrop of heightening player welfare awareness which has seen some of England’s top players like Billy Vunipola and Joe Marler speak out, a new study from Newcastle University has been published which presents new evidence that banning tackling would reduce concussion, head and neck injuries in youths rugby.  The UK’s Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) are being urged by …

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5 Talking Points From The Weekend’s PRO14 Action

Round 4 of the PRO14 certainly threw up some shock and unexpected results. The weekend’s action provided a much-needed boost to the competition after the initial rounds resulted in expected outcomes. The performance of the newly-joined South African sides had been poor and already, the merit of their inclusion was beginning to be questioned.  Here we take a look at …

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Bob Geldof Recites W.B Yeats In Spine-Tingling Video For Ireland’s Rugby World Cup Bid

It’s a huge day for the Ireland, South Africa and France as all three countries give their presentations to World Rugby today in the hope of securing those precious votes ahead of the decision in November to decide which country hosts the Rugby World Cup in 2023.  France were the first to give their presentation and their delegation included FFR President Bernard …

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Six Nations Are Struggling To Secure A Sponsor For This Season

We are currently less than five months away from the beginning of the 2018 Six Nations and currently, no flagship sponsor has been secured for the tournament.  The Royal Bank Of Scotland (RBS) ended its backing of the tournament which had seen the bank associate itself with rugby’s premier northern hemisphere competition for the last 14 years. According to a …

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British and Irish Lions Will Play Fewer Games At 2021 South Africa Tour

Talks are currently underway between Lions officials and representatives from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand to confirm the organisation of the next three Lions tours – South Africa 2021, Australia 2025 and New Zealand 2029.  With regards to the upcoming tour in South Africa, Paul Rees of The Guardian is reporting that the number of matches to be played …

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