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Two Coaches Appointed To Kieran Keane’s New Setup At Connacht

Kieran Keane Appointed New Connacht Head Coach 20/2/2017 ITM Cup, Lansdowne Park, Blenheim, New Zealand 4/9/2015 Otago vs Tasman Tasman head coach Kieran Keane

Connacht have found life difficult as reigning Pro12 champions. Subsequent to their maiden champions, injuries have plagued this season. Pat Lam’s decision to leave for Bristol next season was an even worse blow, however. With Connacht sitting 7th in the Pro12 standings, facing a daunting run-in, they needed some good news. That news came in the announcement on Monday with two …

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World Rugby Announce Huge Changes To Global Calendar

World Rugby, the sport’s global body, have announced signifcant changes to the long-term global calendar. The new 2020-32 schedule now prioritises rest periods, as well as supporting the sport’s tier two nations further, and brings further accord to the relationship between the international and domestic games. “Agreement on an optimised global calendar that provides certainty and sustainability over the decade …

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Super Rugby Set For Dramatic Shake-Up

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 02: The Super Rugby trophy sits on display during the Super Rugby Grand Final match between the Waratahs and the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium on August 2, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s shock news from Paris, SANZAAR are proving they’re not ones to be out-done. News today from the New Zealand Herald reports that Australia and South Africa are both set to lose one franchise each. This would reduce Super Rugby from 18 to 16 teams. According to the report, those in line for elimination are …

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Five All Blacks In Danger Of Missing The Lions Tour Due To Injury

LIONS WEYBRIDGE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Nehe Milner-Skudder of the All Blacks speaks during a New Zealand All Blacks media session at Oatlands Park on October 26, 2015 in Bagshot, United Kingdom. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The Lions tour is approaching rapidly with now just less than three months until the Tourists line out for the first time. The first test match takes place a few weeks later in Auckland’s Eden Park on June 24th with the imperious All Blacks lying in wait for Warren Gatland’s side, heavy favourites with both bookmakers and pundits alike. However, …

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Kurtley Beale Set To Leave Wasps At The End Of The Season

Wasps v Leicester Tigers - Aviva Premiership

Wasps have this afternoon confirmed that Kurtley Beale will leave the club at the end of the season and return to Australia. Despite only joining the Premiership club last summer, there has been constant speculation hanging over his future, with Fox Sports hinting at his departure as early as last September. In February, ESPN then reported that Michael Cheika was preparing the ground …

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Five New Zealand Rugby Stars Whose Stock Rose in Super Rugby Round 2

‘The Hurricanes look fat, slow and unfit.’ These scathing words of ex-Wallaby turned commentator Phil Kearns a year ago certainly could not be applied to the 2017 Hurricanes, who stormed to the top of the Super 18 leaderboard after racking up consecutive 70+ point thrashings. The four other New Zealand teams were involved in high-impact, high skill local derbies. So …

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Watch: 130kg Charlie Faumuina Effortlessly Dummies And Sidesteps A Winger Before Scoring A Try

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Blues prop Charlie Faumuina showed composure beyond his considerable frame to score a try against Chiefs on Friday. The 30-year-old All Black was in action with his side and although he ended up on the losing side of the Super Rugby clash, Faumuina produced a moment of magic near the end. Faumuina, a second half replacement for Sione Mafileo, received the …

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