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The Week’s Five Hottest Rugby Stories

We’re reaching the end of the summer internationals and this has brought plenty of talking points as the northern hemisphere season reaches its climax.  Here, we take a look at some of the biggest rugby stories from the past week. 1. More Controversy In New Zealand After the first Test between the All Blacks and France, we thought we had out …

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England To Move Away From Twickenham For Summer Test Next Year

It is being reported today that England will play a Test match next summer away from their Twickenham home in south-west London.  As part of England’s World Cup warm-up schedule, Eddie Jones’ side will take on Italy at St James’ Park in Newcastle. The Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford were both considered in Manchester but it has been decided that Newcastle …

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Eddie Jones Is “Absolutely Loving” The Pressure He Finds Himself Under

England head into Saturday’s dead-rubber clash with the Springboks with nothing but pride on the line as they aim to avoid a series whitewash against Rassie Erasmus’ new-look team.  It’s been a difficult year for England. A second from bottom finish in the Six Nations which began their current five-Test match losing streak has left supporters severely concerned to where this …

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Nucifora Doesn’t Rule Out Jackson And Olding Ireland Return

IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora has not ruled out Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding returning to Ireland in the future.  The former Ulster Rugby duo had their contracts revoked in April due to the content of text messages exchanged in a WhatsApp group became public during the high-profile trial where both men were cleared on charges of raping a woman …

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Winners & Losers From A Dramatic Weekend Of Sport

A brilliant weekend of sport which saw the last round of the Munster championship, The US Open at Shinnecock Hills and plenty of World Cup action, let’s take a look at the biggest winners and losers from the last couple of days: Winners: Clare Hurlers Another huge victory for Clare hurlers, this time against a much-fancied Limerick, which saw them …

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Hurricanes’ Julian Savea Finally Confirms Move To Toulon

Former All Blacks wing Julian Savea confirmed Monday he was joining the French Top 14 club Toulon at the end of the Super Rugby season.  Speculation that the blockbusting Savea, known as “The Bus”, had signed a lucrative contract to move north has been swirling for some time but the wing and rugby officials refused to comment. However, New Zealand …

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Jake Gordon Joins Wallabies Squad For Irish Series Decider

NSW Waratahs scrum-half Jake Gordon has joined the Wallabies squad for the final Test against Ireland after Will Genia had surgery on a fractured arm, team officials said Monday. Gordon returned from Japan on Monday after playing for the Waratahs in an exhibition game against NEC Green Rockets in Tokyo at the weekend. The 24-year-old is yet to earn his first Test …

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17-Year-Old Jordan Joseph Inspires France To Maiden U20 Title

Teenager Jordan Joseph inspired France to a 23-14 victory over three-time champions England on Sunday to claim a maiden World Rugby under-20 Championship title. Joseph, just 17 and recently signed with Top 14 giants Racing 92, was part of a French pack that outplayed their English counterparts, France’s Toulon fly-half Louis Carbonel kicking 23 points in an exceptional display with …

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French Full Back Benjamin Fall Has Red Card Rescinded

French fullback Benjamin Fall’s red card from the second Test against the All Blacks was cancelled Monday in a rare move hailed by France coach Jacques Brunel. “Wisdom has prevailed,” Brunel said after a World Rugby judicial panel ruled Fall’s mid-air collision with All Blacks fly-half Beauden Barrett was accidental and said he was free to play in next weekend’s …

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Joe Marler Set To Start For England In Cape Town

England loosehead prop Joe Marler is set to start in the dead-rubber final Test against South Africa this Saturday after first-choice Mako Vunipola returned home. An England Rugby statement said Vunipola, who started in the first two Tests, had quit the tour for “family reasons’ as agreed before the team flew to South Africa. Marler came off the bench as …

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