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Four Players Ready To Set The London Double Header Alight

With the London Double Header taking place this Saturday, we take a look at four of the Aviva Premiership’s young stars, destined to make an impact at Twickenham. The wait is over. Friday night marked the start of the 2017/18 Premiership season and what a start it was. We saw two thrilling encounters with Gloucester putting an end to Exeter’s 17-match win streak …

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Two More South African Sides Want To Join European Rugby

Pictured today at the Guinness PRO14 South African Launch are Torsten van Jaarsveld (Toyota Cheetahs) and Lubabalo 'Giant' Mtyanda (Southern Kings) Mandatory Credi

The expanded Pro14 league has not even begun yet, and already two more South African sides might be looking to join the party. The Times are reporting that the Lions from Johannesburg and the Sharks from Durban, two sides currently competing in Super Rugby, have written to the South African Rugby Union to ascertain whether or not they would be …

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Watch: Chris Ashton Had A Debut To Remember For Toulon

RC Toulon's English winger Chris Ashton (C) is tackled by Pau's French flanker Pierrick Gunther (L) during the French Top 14 rugby union match RC Toulon vs Pau at The Mayol Stadium in Toulon, south-eastern France on August 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOIS (Photo credit should read BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Chris Ashton shone on his Toulon debut on Sunday as the French side dispatched of Pau 41-14 in their Top 14 opener. The (former) England international lined out with his new side in a competitive fixture for the first time, and the ex-Saracens wing was involved in the thick of the action on both ends of the pitch. That said, …

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Rugby Players Ireland Have Appointed A New CEO

Rugby Players Ireland have announced former Leinster and Harlequins player Simon Keogh as their new chief executive officer.   A panel consisting of current and former internationals chose the 2009 European Cup winner to lead the players’ union forward. Speaking straight after the announcement, current Ireland and Leinster full-back and chairman of Rugby Players Ireland Rob Kearney spoke of what Keogh …

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South Africa CEO: ‘PRO14 Could Mean Two Springboks Teams’

The rugby world has been brimming with excitement at the prospect of two South African former Super Rugby teams joining Europe’s PRO12 tournament, but it appears the change to the northern/southern hemisphere paradigm could have a significant impact on the Springboks as well. SARU chief executive Jurie Roux was discussing the introduction of both the Southern Kings and the Cheetahs …

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Opinion: Rugby Needs A Global Salary Cap

Since the dawn of professionalism in rugby it feels like there has been no real agreed plan on how the sport as a whole should progress. England and France have adopted approaches similar to those in football, with privately-owned and run clubs producing players for Test teams. However, most of the other major nations have come to operate some kind …

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Wayne Pivac Explains Exactly Why Leigh Halfpenny Opted For Scarlets

ROTORUA, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 17: Leigh Halfpenny of the Lions lines up a penalty during the match between the New Zealand Maori and the British & Irish Lions at Rotorua International Stadium on June 17, 2017 in Rotorua, New Zealand. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac has shared why Leigh Halfpenny opted to join the Welsh club, citing a desire to improve his attacking game as the main reason for his move to the Pro12 champions. The 28-year-old yesterday announced his return to Welsh rugby after joining the Scarlets on a three-year dual contract, which will see the WRU pay 60 per …

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Tyrrells Premier 15s Women’s League Launched

On Wednesday the Tyrrells Premier 15s was launched, which will be the new title given to the domestic women’s rugby competition in England.  A three-year partnership with crisp manufacturers Tyrells will add to the £2.4 million investment in women’s rugby being made by the RFU ahead of this new venture. The league format is pretty standard with each of the …

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Top Ten Transfers That Will Impact The Aviva Premiership Season

Saracens WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 18: Liam Williams of Wales looks on during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Wales at Westpac Stadium on June 18, 2016 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

As the 2017-2018 season looms and the Premiership sides start to build their squads, it’s time to see which changes will have the largest impact on the season. The Premiership is receiving some serious talent, with players such as Nic White, Francis Saili and Piers Francis all missing out on this list. Will these 10 transfers have the desired impact …

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