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Toulon Closing In On Powerful All Black Centre

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Mourad Boudjellal doesn’t appear to be wasting any time rebuilding his squad. After missing out on Sonny Bill Williams last summer, Mourad Boudjellal and Toulon have set their sights on Malakai Fekitoa ahead of next season. The 23 times capped All Black centre has become hot property since establishing himself in a New Zealand backline that didn’t seem to miss Conrad Smith, …

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Top 14 Players Ali Williams And James O’Connor Arrested Over Alleged Cocaine Possession

Top 14 side Racing 92, along with European giants Toulon, have become embroiled in yet another drugs controversy as former All Black Ali Williams and Australia international James O’Connor have reportedly been arrested in Paris for allegedly possessing cocaine. According to L’Equipe, plainclothes police officers arrested the pair outside a nightclub near the Arc de Triomphe in the early hours …

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A Hypothetical Rugby XV Made Up Of Premier League Footballers

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Peter Crouch of Stoke City (R) wins a header during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Manchester United at Bet365 Stadium on January 21, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

With the Six Nations well underway, here we take a look at some Premier League stars that would make admirable rugby players if they switched to the oval ball.  _________ 1. Loosehead Prop: Jonathan Walters A powerful, physical and terrifying opponent, Walters would be perfect for the front row. _________ 2. Hooker: Wayne Rooney The perfect build for hooker, Rooney’s vision …

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Georgia’s Hopes Of Entering Six Nations Dealt Major Blow

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Jonny Gray of Scotland tackles Vasil Lobzhanidze of Georgia during the Autumn Test Match between Scotland and Georgia at Rugby Park on November 26, 2016 in Kilmarnock, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Despite recent reports, Georgia’s hopes of being given the chance to earn a spot in the Six Nations have been shot down, after chief executive John Feehan insisted there are no vacancies in the competition. There have been calls from many, including Sir Clive Woodward, to introduce promotion and relegation. However, Feehan has ruled out any changes to the Six …

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Has Eddie Jones’ England Team Peaked Too Soon?

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 11: England line up during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at the Principality Stadium on February 11, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

If England beat Italy this weekend, they will go level with the great South African side of the late 1990s and New Zealand’s World Cup-winning heroes of 2015, who fell at the 18th hurdle as they put together stunning winning runs that ended in 1998 and 2014 respectively. England have won their last 16 matches and have won all 23 …

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Mohed Altrad Blocked From Becoming Gloucester Majority Shareholder

Montpellier's President Mohed Altrad (C) looks on prior to the European Rugby Union Cup match between Castres and Montpellier on December 18, 2016 at the Pierre-Antoine Stadium in Castres's southern France. / AFP / REMY GABALDA (Photo credit should read REMY GABALDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian-born billionaire Mohed Altrad will not become the majority shareholder at Gloucester Rugby, reports Gloucestershire Live. The current owner of Montpellier Herault in the Top 14 has been trying since November to acquire 54 per cent of the club’s shares, but has been told he cannot do this by the European Professional Club Rugby (EPRC) board. The rules state clearly that …

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Four England XVs Highlighting The Country’s Depth Of Talent

Eddie Jones’ England are now on an unprecedented run of victories for the country, and part of that run of unparalleled form has been down to the depth of talent the head coach can choose from. Even with regulars like Billy and Mako Vunipola, Chris Robshaw and George Kruis out of the team, the side has still defeated both France …

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Pro12 To Introduce Franchises From USA And Canada

Launch of the 2014/15 Guinness PRO12 Season 26/8/2014 General view of Guinness PRO12 trophy Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

The Guinness Pro12 has been working behind the scenes to include US and Canadian franchises in a new incarnation of the league. As reported in The Scotsman, the new league format would be called the ‘Guinness Atlantic Rugby Championship’ and is planned to begin in the 2018-19 season. Such a prospect is clearly very exciting for all those involved and …

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