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IRFU To Hand Each Irish Province €1 Million To Allow Them Compete With European Super Clubs

Heineken Cup Final: Munster v Biarritz Olympique

The Irish provinces could be competing for some of the game’s biggest names. When it became apparent that none of Ireland’s provinces would be competing in the knock out phase of this season’s European Rugby Champions Cup, some commentator’s wondered whether they would be able to challenge the likes of Toulon and Saracens again. Indeed, at times throughout this season, it …

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The ‘Globetrotters’ XV: A Team Of Well-Travelled Rugby Players

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Ma'a Nonu of the New Zealand All Blacks goes to ground after a tackle during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Eddie Jones recently talked of English coaches needing to work abroad to gain experience in other environments, but what about players? Here are a team of the individuals who took rugby globetrotting to a new level. _____ 1. Soane Tongaʻuiha As is the case with Tonga’uiha on the rugby pitch, he cannot stand still. In his career so far he has …

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What’s In A Badge? The Significance Of Rugby’s Emblems

<> at Stadio Olimpico on February 14, 2016 in Rome, Italy.

South Africa’s diminishing Springbok logo is once again threatened with extinction as an ANC politician has called for its permanent removal from the famous green and gold jersey, but what significance do the badges of some rugby’s other national sides have? Wales The Wales side has always embraced the ‘Prince of Wales’s feathers’, a symbol of royal heraldy that is …

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IRUPA Player Of The Year Award Nominees Announced

Ireland v Wales - RBS Six Nations

Each of the four provinces are represented among the nominees. The Irish Rugby Union Players’ Association have this afternoon announced that Rory Best, Robbie Henshaw, Jack McGrath and CJ Stander have been nominated for the Zurich IRUPA Players’ Player of the Year Award. Voted for by their by their professional teammates, the four nominees were selected following their form throughout the Pro …

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Munster Linked With Six Foot Five Inch Grenoble Centre

Munster will be looking to rebuild under a new director of rugby. French regional newspaper, Le Dauphine, have reported that Munster are interested in signing Chris Farrell from Grenoble at the conclusion of his contract with the Top 14 club in 2017. The article reporting the news states that while 6ft 5in Farrell has been offered a contract extension by Bernard …

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Irish Rugby Hits Back At Exeter Chiefs For Ignoring Connacht’s European Achievments

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20 : Connacht Rugby head coach Pat Lam during the European Rugby Challenge Cup pool 1 match between Newcastle Falcons and Connacht Rugby on December 20, 2015 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup take place this weekend, and unusually, there is no Irish involvement in the final eight. However, Connacht are flying the flag for the country in the Challenge Cup. Munster, Leinster and Ulster all failed to emerge from their pools, and therefore the only Irish representatives left in the Champions Cup are Exeter Chiefs pair …

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Five Ideas To Improve The Pro 12

Glasgow Warriors v Munster - Guinness Pro 12 Final

The Pro 12 will be without any representatives in the Champions Cup Quarter Finals. The Pro 12 has come in for a great deal of criticism this season, with commentators pointing to the low attendances, questioning the quality of rugby on display, and criticising the fact that many of the league’s star players are withheld by national unions. However those who criticise …

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Pro 12 To Be Split Into Conferences

Glasgow Warriors v Munster - Guinness Pro 12 Final

Pro 12 chiefs are proposing a radical shake up of the league’s structure. The Pro 12 could be about to undergo a massive overhaul according to Wales Online, who have reported that competition organisers are contemplating expanding the league and splitting it into conferences. Such a move would ensure that that there would be no league fixture scheduled during international windows, …

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Opinion: Is The Spirit Of Rugby Slipping Away?

Rugby LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Mike Brown of England talks with Dan Biggar of Wales after the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The headlines in the media over the past week have been dominated by ‘Marler-gate’ and whether what has transpired in the aftermath of the incident is at odds with the ‘spirit’ of the game. So is that ethereal notion at threat or is the very esoteric character of rugby alive and well? Many fans were angered with what Joe Marler …

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