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Six Questions Ahead Of The 2017 Six Nations

Port Elizabeth , South Africa - 23 June 2016; Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt during the team announcement press conference at the Boardwalk Hotel, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

With the 2017 Six Nations set to kick off on the 4th of February, we take a look at some of the major talking points surrounding the teams taking part in this year’s tournament. Do Ireland deserve the ‘favourites’ tag? After beating New Zealand for the first time in their history, Irish rugby has sought to maintain the feel-good factor …

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Six Nations Team-By-Team Previews: 5th Place – Wales

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Bradley Davies, Alun Wyn Jones and Jonathan Davies of Wales sing the national anthem prior to kickoff during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and France at the Principality Stadium on February 26, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Cast your mind back less than four years ago. Wales have almost single-handedly won the deciding Lions test in Australia with ten players. They were the Six Nations champions, having won the 2012 with a grand slam also. They had reason to be optimistic.   If you’d have told a Welsh fan what has happened since then they wouldn’t be …

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The Pro12’s Communications Manager Talks To Us About The Future Of The League, Conferences, Italian Participation And TV Deals

Despite the criticism directed towards the Guinness PRO12 in recent years, the league has hit back at its detractors this season by showcasing innovative and attacking rugby that has shaken up the European Rugby Champions Cup. This season alone 385 tries have been scored in the league, a record for the PRO12 at this point in any campaign. Furthermore, during …

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3 Biggest Talking Points From Liam Williams’ Move To Saracens

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 26: Springboks player Faf de Klerk puts in a big tackle on Ross Moriarty of Wales during the International match between Wales and South Africa at Principality Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Saracens completed the signing of Scarlets and Wales fullback Liam Williams yesterday in a move that sparks numerous questions. Here, Pundit Arena examines the three biggest. ________ What Does Liam Williams’ Arrival Mean For Alex Goode? The 2015-16 Premiership Player of the Year is Saracens’ fullback Alex Goode. Goode, who grew up playing at fly-half, has proven himself to be the …

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Welsh Rugby Legend Blasts Inexperienced Referees Over Their Handling Of The New High Tackle Laws

Rugby union is currently undergoing a process of recalibration following a rule change by World Rugby in relation to high tackles in the sport. As players and officials struggle with the new definition, the game has suffered. This past weekend, with the new laws getting their first real test in the Pro 12, Champions Cup and the English Premiership, numerous …

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British And Irish Lions 2017: Hooking Options

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 26/11/2016 Ireland vs Australia Ireland's Rory Best during the warm up Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

The second in a series looking at the best options from each country for each position, this article analyses the options Warren Gatland and his coaching team have at hooker for the upcoming British and Irish Lions 2017 tour of New Zealand. It is assumed that three hookers will initially be chosen in the preliminary Lions squad, as was the …

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A Lions XV Made Up Of Players Under The Age Of 25

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Maro Itoje of England scrummages during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Allianz Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Here’s a Lions XV made up of players who are under the age of 25 on June 24, 2016, the day of the first test in New Zealand. Ellis Genge, England (22) A dynamic ball-carrier to threaten the All Blacks in the loose. Luke Cowan-Dickie, England (24) Another front-row dynamo with improving set-piece skills. Tadhg Furlong, Ireland (24) Forget his age, the …

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George North Given Troubling Advice From Expert Brain Doctor

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 26: George North of Wales during the International Match between Wales and South Africa at the Principality Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Dr. Barry O’Driscoll, former IRB chief medical advisor and world renowned expert on rugby safety, has implored George North to end his rugby career. Dr. O’Driscoll  has previously walked away from his position at World Rugby so inadequate did he feel their efforts to make the game safer, and so has ample credibility when it comes to concussions and their long-term …

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A Lions XV Of Players Each Born In A Different Nation

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 26: Jamie Heaslip of Ireland makes his way off the field following his side's victory during the international match between Ireland and Australia at the Aviva Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The Lions already brings together a diverse set of players. But what would the team look like if the head coach could only select one player born in each nation? The answer is that it is still quite strong. The front and back rows in particular are Lions XV class. And because of the options at No. 8, we resisted …

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