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Watch: Leinster Denied Try By Football-Style Sliding Tackle

European Rugby Champions Round 6, Stade Pierre Antoine, Castres, France 20/1/2017 Castres Olympique vs Leinster Leinster's Rory O’Loughlin scores a try that was later disallowed Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Dickson

On Friday night Leinster played out an enthralling draw with Castres that left both sides battered and bruised. A game-winning try was crucially denied by the TMO after a football-style sliding tackle from Pierre Bérard. During a rumbustious first half Johnny Sexton yet again confirmed to his critics that he lacks the ability to stay injury-free as he was unable to …

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Watch: Josua Tuisova Bombs Sure Try With Untouched Knock On

Toulon have got off to a fantastic start against reigning Champions Cup winners Saracens, with the three-time champions dominating the opening ten minutes against Mark McCall’s side. Toulon winger Bryan Habana looked to have crossed the Saracens line early only to be held up just inches short, while on the opposite wing Josua Tuisova did cross the Sarries line to open …

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Watch: Clermont Score Stunning 75m Team Try

Clermont were at their scintillating and stunning best on Saturday as the Top 14 leaders trounced the Exeter Chiefs at the Stade Marcel-Michelin. First half tries from Benjamin Kayser, Noa Nakaitaci, Wesley Fofana and Nick Abendanon set up a comfortable 34-0 lead at halftime, before Perceli Yato extended the host’s advantage with a searing run through the middle of the …

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Watch: Wesley Fofana’s Six Nations In Doubt With Suspected Achilles Injury

Wesley Fofana’s Six Nations could be in doubt after the Clermont and France centre went down during the first half of Clermont’s one-sided mauling of the Exeter Chiefs at the Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin. With Clermont pressing a 13-man Exeter side, thanks to consecutive yellow cards to centre Ollie Devoto and wing Olly Woodburn, Fofana grimaced as he entered contact in …

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Robbie Henshaw Dazzles While Antoine Dupont Makes French Selectors Take Notice

Leinster were the first team to wrap up qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions Cup when they obliterated Montpellier 57-3 at the RDS last Friday. The three-time European champions demolished Jake White’s side to secure qualification, and assert themselves as a genuine contender in the process, but against a Castres side with nothing to play for, the Irish …

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Toulon’s Best XV Of The Mourad Boudjellal Era

Toulon v Saracens - Heineken Cup Final

When it comes to paying outlandish salaries to southern hemisphere stars whose careers are coming toward a close, nobody does it with as much gusto than Toulon. Take Ma’a Nonu for example, a player who dominated in midfield for the All Blacks, but didn’t reach those heights consistently while playing with either the Hurricanes, Blues or Highlanders. This though didn’t put …

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Six Nations Team-By-Team Previews: 6th Place – Italy

LYON, FRANCE - MAY 13: Harlequins Director of Rugby, Conor O'Shea looks on as his team warms up prior to kickoff during the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final match between Harlequins and Montpellier at the Grand Stade de Lyon on May 13, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for Harlequins)

Off the back of Italy’s worst ever Six Nations campaign, they have three home games to try and end their losing run in the competition.  Italy have lost their last seven Six Nations games, and are reeling from a tournament that saw them concede 224 points, a Championship record. Their domestic sides are having disastrous seasons as well. The two …

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Four All Black Stars Yet To Commit Future To New Zealand

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 25: Sam Whitelock and Kieran Read during the New Zealand All Blacks training session at Westpac Stadium on August 25, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mark Tantrum/Getty Images)

Four of the All Blacks’ top class players have yet to be tied down by New Zealand beyond the end of this season, as reported by the NZ Herald. The eagerness of New Zealand rugby authorities to sign them will only have been exacerbated by the news on Tuesday that Aaron Cruden has chosen to depart New Zealand for Montpellier. Despite not necessarily being …

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