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Warren Gatland Offers A Ray Of Hope To Crestfallen James Haskell

For all the joy and jubilation which comes with being selected for the Lions, on the opposite side of the coin, missing out brings despair and bitter disappointment – just ask James Haskell. For the 41 players who were named in Warren Gatland’s squad last month, they can look forward to what will be an unforgettable experience, one which will …

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Wasps dominate the RPA Players’ Player of the Year shortlist

The shortlist for the RPA Players’ Player of the Year has been announced and there is some serious quality on display.  Unsurprisingly, four of the five players who make up the list are from arguably the two best teams in the Aviva Premiership – Wasps and Saracens. Though saying that, it’s actually a bit of a surprise that no player from …

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Maro Itoje Thought He Had Missed Out On Lions Selection And His Teammates Are To Blame

It was definitely an exciting atmosphere at Saracens HQ on Lions squad announcement day as six players from the club were named by Warren Gatland – the largest representation from any club.  The high level of participation serves to illustrate the incredible level of success which Saracens have experienced in recent times. The club is on course to achieve an …

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Irish Players’ Player Of The Year Nominees Are Out And It’s Impossible To Pick A Winner

It’s certainly been a rollercoaster year for many Irish players. At international level, there has been some success with a win over the All Blacks in November followed by a disappointing Six Nations showing which yielded losses against Scotland and Wales.  On the club front, players involved with Munster and Leinster have thrived – reaching the last four of the …

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All Blacks Legend Doesn’t Get The Hype Over Taulupe Faletau

The race for the starting back-row positions for the first Test against the All Blacks is likely to be the most competitive of the whole team.  And it’s not hard to see why with the like of Taulupe Faletau, CJ Stander, Billy Vunipola, Sam Warburton, Iain Henderson, Maro Itoje, Ross Moriarty, Sean O’Brien, Peter O’Mahony and Justin Tipuric all capable …

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Leinster Coach Heavily Linked With A Move To France

Leinster are enjoying an incredibly good season. One which has seen them reach the semi-finals of the Champions Cup (and they will feel they should have reached the final) and a guaranteed home semi-final in the PRO 12.  Their season has been characterised by the emergence of a huge number of young players at the club who have impressively stepped up …

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