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Pundit Arena’s Rugby Wishlist For 2017

With 2016 quickly coming to a close and after a fantastic 12 months of international rugby, we look back at the year in full and make five wishes for 2017. 5) A return to rugby’s traditional values The sport has always prided itself on its moral compass, treasuring such values as honesty and integrity. However, in recent years professionalism has …

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A Lions XV Made Up Of Players Under The Age Of 25

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Maro Itoje of England scrummages during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Allianz Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Here’s a Lions XV made up of players who are under the age of 25 on June 24, 2016, the day of the first test in New Zealand. Ellis Genge, England (22) A dynamic ball-carrier to threaten the All Blacks in the loose. Luke Cowan-Dickie, England (24) Another front-row dynamo with improving set-piece skills. Tadhg Furlong, Ireland (24) Forget his age, the …

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Could The All Blacks Be Playing Your Favourite Club Next Year?

New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew has said the All Blacks will look to play a fourth test or game on their end-of-year in 2017, according to reports, with the possibility of facing a club side rather than an international team. In a press conference held after the NZRU’s final board meeting of the year, Tew said (via …

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Munster Half-Back Reportedly Headed For France’s Top 14

Munster Rugby is enjoying a stunning return to form this season and as a result clubs from around Europe have been keen to poach some of the province’s stars. Key to the Limerick-based club’s success has been the blossoming partnership between half-backs Conor Murray and Tyler Bleyendaal. The 26-year-old New Zealand native joined Munster back in 2015 and despite having …

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Do ‘Weakened’ Teams Damage The European Champions Cup?

With Northampton Saints facing the possibility of an EPCR investigation into the team they fielded against Leinster on Saturday evening, the issue of selecting perceived ‘weaker’ sides in Champions Cup fixtures has reared its head again, but is it right that teams should be forced to select their ‘best’ players? On the one hand for many outfits in the Champions …

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EPCR Statement Declares Connacht’s Late Try Against Wasps Shouldn’t Have Stood

Connacht Wasps

Connacht dug deep to record a remarkable victory over Wasps in the Sportsground yesterday. Naulia Dawai crossed the line after a well-worked maul to deny the Premiership giants at the death. However, controversy surrounded the late score as time had elapsed when the Irish side were allowed to kick the ball to touch for a line-out, from which they manufactured their …

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Opinion: Why We All Love The Romance Of Connacht

Despite possessing limited financial fire power in comparison to most of the major teams in European rugby, Connacht’s latest win over Wasps shows sometimes heart and soul can mean so much more than money. The Pro 12 champions continue to inspire fans right across the global rugby community with their intelligence and forethought, but most importantly their determination. These were …

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The Reaction As Late Late Leicester Show Breaks Munster Hearts

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17: Ed Slater of Leicester celebrates their victory during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Leicester Tigers and Munster at Welford Road on December 17, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Two giants of European rugby played out a tense and nail-biting battle this evening in Welford Road, as Leicester Tigers denied Munster a famous victory at the death. Despite going down 38-0 at Thomond Park last week, the English side dug deep to secure a memorable win over the two-time European champions. In a game that didn’t quite spring to life …

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