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Here’s All The Premiership And PRO14 Team News Ahead Of Friday Night Openers

This weekend sees the return of the Premiership and PRO14 after a painfully long summer absence. The Exeter Chiefs and the Scarlets both won their respective competitions and it will be a challenge if they are both to win back-to-back trophies with many teams eyeing the top prize themselves.  Friday night sees five fixtures taking place across both competitions and …

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Rob Simmons Leaves The Queensland Reds For Bitter Rivals

It’s not really a surprise that Rob Simmons has left the Queensland Reds after the culmination of this year’s Super Rugby season.  The Wallaby has fallen out of favour in Brisbane despite being an international regular. The 28-year-old put in an excellent performance for Australia in their heartbreaking 35-29 defeat to the All Blacks in Dunedin at the weekend. The …

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Harlequins’ George Lowe Retires From Rugby At 27

Harlequins have been hit with the news that talented centre George Lowe has been forced to retire from rugby on medical advice.  Lowe made 139 appearances for Quins, scoring 28 tries over six seasons. In his time with the Club, Lowe picked up three pieces of silverware and is the only player to feature in all four of the major …

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New Rugby Concussion Testing Method To Be Trialled This Season

Concussion is the proverbial elephant in the room when it comes to the sport of rugby union.  Over the past number of years, we have seen an increase in the number of players who have had prolonged periods out of the game as they recover from the symptoms and effects associated with suffering from a head injury. On a positive …

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Newcastle Considering Bid To Sell Their Star Striker

It’s no secret that Rafa Benitez is unhappy with how the summer transfer window has gone for Newcastle United.  At the end of their Championship winning season, owner Mike Ashley promised funds to strengthen the squad but what has transpired has been a littering of missed-targets as Benitez has watched on seeing players he wanted join other clubs. There have …

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Surprise Resignation Leads To Inevitable Speculation For Dublin’s Next Hurling Manager

There has yet to be an announcement regarding the new Dublin senior hurling manager since Ger Cunningham stepped down from the post after his side’s disappointing exit from this year’s championship.  The Dubs have been without success in the small ball code for the last number of seasons at senior inter-county level but there is cause for optimism. Cuala won …

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Owen Farrell Signs New Long-Term Contract With Saracens

Saracens have been boosted by the news the Owen Farrell has signed a new contract with the club.  The London based outfit kick off their Premiership campaign against the Northampton Saints on Saturday at Twickenham as part of a doubleheader which also sees London Irish face off against Harlequins. It’s sure to be a cracking day of rugby action at …

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We’ve Ranked Every Premiership Jersey Ahead Of The New Season

We’re just a few days out from the start of the 2017/2018 Premiership season and it looks set to be an exciting nine months ahead with all clubs confident they can lay down a marker amongst their rivals.  Confidence was high among players and coaches at last week’s Premiership launch at a sun-soaked Twickenham in London. It was clear from …

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Ulster Rugby Have Announced A New Captain For The Coming Season

It’s a season of change for Ulster.  Director of Rugby, Les Kiss, has brought in some new coaching staff to turn around the performances of a squad which underperformed last season. Most notably, the addition of Jono Gibbes as the province’s new head coach should add a steely edge to the Ulster pack, something which was considerably lacking last year. …

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