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Criminal for Saints to fail – Wood

Posted on Apr 16, 2014

Northampton Saints flanker Tom Wood believes it would be disastrous for his team to not capitalise on their hard work this season. Northampton have lost their last three games in the Aviva Premiership to Sale, Leicester and Saracens in a tough run of matches, closing the gap for second place between themselves and the Tigers Read More ...

Australia to play twice at Twickenham

Posted on Apr 16, 2014

The ARU has announced the dates for the Wallabies 2014 November Tour, including facing Six Nations champions Ireland and next year’s Rugby World Cup hosts England once again on the itinerary. The tour will also include matches against the Barbarians (for the first time since 2011), Wales at the cauldron that is the Millennium Stadium Read More ...

Saints must step up – Burrell

Posted on Apr 15, 2014

England and Northampton Saints centre Luther Burrell says the Premiership title contenders must step up for their final fixtures. The Saints remain in second place after their defeat at high-flying Saracens on Sunday, but with rivals Leicester Tigers breathing down their necks, Burrell knows the pressure is on. “We are title contenders and we’ve got Read More ...

Chuter hangs up his boots

Posted on Apr 14, 2014

Leicester Tigers hooker George Chuter has announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect. The first man to make 250 appearances in Premiership Rugby action and a Rugby World Cup Finalist with England in 2007, Chuter has played 292 first-team games in 13 seasons with the Tigers. He has played in seven Premiership Finals Read More ...

Bath fume over Knoyle ‘assault’

Posted on Apr 13, 2014

Bath boss Mike Ford slammed Tavis Knoyle for assaulting Leroy Houston at the end of a mad West Country derby, with seven cards issued. Referee Tim Wigglesworth sin-binned five players and sent off two, with both red cards issued to Gloucester replacements. Sila Puafisi was sent off for a high tackle on Nick Abendanon, with Read More ...

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Mealamu one of seven changes

Posted on Apr 16, 2014

Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan has made seven changes to the starting XV for Friday night’s crunch match with the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium. Fresh off the bye, the Blues welcome back a number of key players from injury including veteran hooker Keven Mealamu who forms an all-All Blacks front row alongside Tony Woodcock Read More ...

Goodes comes in for ‘Canes

Posted on Apr 16, 2014

A largely unchanged Hurricanes’ starting line-up has been named to face the Blues at Westpac Stadium on Friday. The only change from the team that faced the Bulls in Napier a fortnight ago, is the inclusion of Reggie Goodes, who comes in at prop for Ben Franks. Franks has been ruled out with a groin Read More ...

Deysel on his way to Japan

Posted on Apr 16, 2014

Sharks back-row Jean Deysel will leave the franchise at the end of the Super Rugby season to join Japanese top league club, Toyota Verblitz on a two-year deal. Having made his debut in 2007, Deysel has played 117 times for The Sharks and is an integral part of a team that he has played in Read More ...

O’Brien debated Toulon move

Posted on Apr 16, 2014

Ireland and Leinster flanker Sean O’Brien admits the prospect of a potential move to Toulon tempted him, before staying in Ireland. The 27-year-old received an appealing offer to join the French giants earlier this year after a great 2013 with Ireland and the British and Irish Lions. But after some consideration O’Brien opted to stay Read More ...

Tameifuna waits for Chiefs to click

Posted on Apr 16, 2014

Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna admits the double champions are not quite firing on all cylinders so far in this year’s Super Rugby tournament. The Chiefs are top of the New Zealand Conference but have only won four of their opening seven matches, drawing twice. Looking to become the first side to complete a hat-trick of Read More ...

Time to ditch South Africa – Mehrtens

Posted on Apr 15, 2014

All Blacks legend Andrew Mehrtens has suggested New Zealand and Australian teams should ditch their South African Super Rugby counterparts. In his column with Stuff.co.nz, the former fly-half argued that the future of Super Rugby and provincial tournaments lie in a more “localised” format. “I can’t help thinking we might have lost a little interest Read More ...
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Flats predictions – Round 4 Six Nations

Posted on Mar 7, 2014

With the penultimate round of Six Nations matches being played on Saturday and Sunday, Flats casts his eye over the three games … Ireland v Italy Italy have some class players, but they’re simply not good enough to beat a team as strong as Ireland away from home.  Ireland will be smarting from the Twickenham Read More ...

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