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British and Irish Lions 2017: Openside Flanker Options

Guinness november series Aviva Stadium Dublin 19/11/2016 Ireland’s Sean O'Brien

The sixth article in a series will analyse the options Warren Gatland has at openside flanker for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand, with two players proposed from each country and three chosen in the conclusion (as was the case in the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia). Ireland – Sean O’Brien, Josh van der …

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Hugely Positive Injury News For Ireland Ahead Of Six Nations Opener

Joe Schmidt 16/6/2016

Ireland and Joe Schmidt are entering the final four weeks of preparations ahead of the 2017 Six Nations championships and today, they received an extremely positive injury update. Connacht’s Ultain Dillane has been a major doubt for the start of the new campaign, a tricky trip to Muirfield to take on a resurgent Scotland, and it was expected that head …

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British and Irish Lions 2017: Blindside Flanker Options

Lions Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 19/11/2016 Ireland vs New Zealand Ireland's CJ Stander tackled by Malakai Fekitoa of New Zealand

The fifth article in a series will analyse the options Warren Gatland has at blindside flanker for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. With recent injuries to Dan Lydiate and Chris Robshaw, the number six jersey might be slightly less competitive than previously thought. However, it will be no easy task attaining a place in Gatland’s initial Lions squad in …

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Image: Former Leinster Out-Half Jimmy Gopperth Posts Graphic Image Of His Facial Injury

Wasps v Bath Rugby - Aviva Premiership

Former Leinster and current Wasps out-half Jimmy Gopperth picked up a souvenir from his side’s English Premiership clash with the Leicester Tigers on Sunday. Having left Irish shores in 2015 after failing to secure a contract extension with the Dublin-based province, 33-year-old Gopperth travelled across the Irish Sea to the open arms of Wasps where, in 45 games, he has …

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Opinion – New Tackle Laws: Smart, Safe Or Soft?

Saracens v Exeter Chiefs - Aviva Premiership

Watching Richard Barrington bring up his 100th cap for Saracens on Saturday reminded me of everything I love about rugby. At 27, Barrington will most likely never play for England. He’ll never join the likes of Phil Vickery, Jason Leonard and Jeff Probyn in the pantheon of great English props, but he is however a club centurion, a tag that …

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Predicting The Champions Cup Quarter Final Line Up

European Rugby Champions Cup Round 1, Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Paris, France 7/1/2017
Racing 92 vs Munster
Munster’s Jaco Taute celebrates after CJ Stander scored his sides second try 
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

With two pool games remaining in the European Rugby Champions Cup, the shortlist of potential quarter finalists has narrowed considerably. While the likes of Saracens already look to have one foot firmly planted in the next round, last season’s beaten finalists, Racing 92, are yet to win a game this campaign. Fellow Top 14 giants Toulon are also looking down the …

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British And Irish Lions 2017: Second Row Options

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28: George Kruis (R) of Saracens celebrates with team mate Maro Itoje after their victory during the Aviva Premiership final match between Saracens and Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham Stadium on May 28, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The fourth instalment in this series of articles will analyse the options Warren Gatland has at second row for the British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. Arguably the toughest position in the squad to select, there are several in-form locks with bags of international experience who many would argue deserve a place in the initial Lions squad. However, …

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