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Ireland Legend Paul O’Connell Selects His Preferred Lions Lock Pairing

CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 19: Paul O'Connell of Ireland in action during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Ireland and Canada at the Millennium Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Ireland and Lions legend Paul O’Connell has revealed the lock pairing he thinks should start against the All Blacks next year. When asked in an interview with the Daily Mail who should start at lock, O’Connell, who played 108 times for Ireland, went on three Lions tours and played in four World Cups, said: “Itoje. He’s phenomenal. Absolutely phenomenal. He is the …

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The Most Gatland-Esque Lions XV Warren Gatland Can Select

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Warren Gatland is announced as the Head Coach of the British & Irish Lions for the 2017 Tour to New Zealand during the British and Irish Lions Press Conference at Standard Life House on September 7, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Lions and Wales coach Warren Gatland is known for his ‘Warrenball’ style of play: winning the collisions, getting over the gainline, defensive intensity, raw physicality and earning the right to go wide. Although Wales have sought to play a more expansive game recently, it will be interesting to see if Wales will persevere with this new approach if it doesn’t …

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Saracens Leading The Race To Sign Welsh Fullback

A number of top Premiership clubs are after Wales and Scarlets full-back Liam Williams, and a big money offer could be made to him when his Scarlets contract expires, according to Wales Online. One of the best full-backs in Europe, the classy 25 year-old is on the Ospreys radar with recent reports stating that the Swansea-based region were planning to …

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Saracens Winger Ashton Could Be Out For Months After Being Cited

BARNET, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Chris Ashton of Saracens runs with the ball during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Northampton Saints at Allianz Park on September 17, 2016 in Barnet, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Saracens and England winger Chris Ashton will appear before an RFU disciplinary panel on Tuesday in London having been charged with acts contrary to good sportsmanship (law 10.4 (m)), according to Premiership Rugby’s official website.  Ashton, who has scored 19 tries in 39 appearances for his country, has been cited for allegedly biting Northampton prop Alex Waller twice during his team’s …

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England Pair Cited For Foul Play

READING, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Owen Farrell of Saracens handles the ball during the European Rugby Champions Cup Semi Final between Saracens and Wasps at the Madejski Stadium on April 23, 2016 in Reading, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

It is bad news for England, but after the actions of some of their finest players it is hardly a surprise that citings have been handed down for foul play. Harlequins and England prop Joe Marler was seen kicking the Grenoble hooker in the head last weekend during the Quins’ Challenge Cup game. He got away with it during the match, …

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European Champions Cup: Saracens Are The New Munster

READING, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: Billy Vunipola (C) of Saracens, celebrates after his team are award a penalty try during the European Rugby Champions Cup semi final match between Saracens and Wasps at Madejski Stadium on April 23, 2016 in Reading, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

In Saturday’s European Champions Cup semi-final, Wasps played with reckless abandon at times and lit up the Madejski Stadium with some wonderful running rugby. However, it was Saracens’ ruthless efficiency and tactical awareness that won the game for them, not unlike the famous cup-winning Munster teams of old. Wasps’ potency is found within their back division: the sharp delivery of …

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A XV Selected From The Vast Abundance Of Foreign Talent Within The Premiership

BARNET, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14: Charles Piutau of Wasps scores a try during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Wasps at Allianz Park on February 14, in Barnet, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

The Aviva Premiership gains more and more world-class foreign players each season. For example, next season Saracens will benefit from having World Cup winner Schalk Burger in their pack. There is an attraction that the English top division has that other leagues apart from the Top 14 just cannot compete with. The atmosphere, players and the competitions are all reasons …

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The Premiership’s Cross-Atlantic Folly

HARRISON, NJ - MARCH 12: Sean Maitland #15 of London Irish carries the ball in the first half against Saracens during the Aviva Premiership match on March 12, 2016 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Last night Saracens defeated London Irish 26-16 in a half full Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. The match was a bid to grow rugby in the United States, but is it really worth the effort? The Americas is the ground where rugby can really grow still and the Premiership sides tried their best. But in a Six Nations weekend, they would …

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