Champions Cup changes to be made next season

The proposed changes to the Champions Cup qualifying stage are due to be made next season. The current selection from the Guinness Pro12 sees the top 7 teams (one side from each of; Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Italy) go through to the tournament. Whereas, at the end of next season, any seven sides can qualify from the Pro12 regardless of …

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Charles Piutau for Ulster Rugby 2017

Piutau has undergone ankle surgery

  Ulster man Charles Piutau underwent ankle surgery yesterday, and is set to return for his sides fixture against the Barbarians on the 1st of June. Piutau will certainly be welcomed in his return to the pitch. Feel Free to Share

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Six Nations teams stood by the trophy

2018 and 2019 Six Nations fixtures

  Since this years Six Nations tournament brought more talk of changing the tournaments teams, it looks like it will stay the same for the coming two tournaments. This is after the Six Nations have released the fixtures for the 2018 and 19 seasons. This years tournament brought talks of a relegation system being implemented, after Italy finished last for yet …

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All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen

Hansen adds pressure on the Lions

    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has began to add the pressure on the British and Irish Lions ahead of next months tour. Hansen has stated to the Daily Telegraph that; “The Lions would be foolish to think that there’s not an expectation there for them to do well..”, which is true considering the quality of the home nations in …

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British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland

Gatland not releasing standby list

Lions boss Warren Gatland has stated that he will not be releasing the Lions standby list. This comes after England man Mike Brown expressed his concerns about not being notified about why he missed out on Gatland’s 41 man squad, and why he wasn’t told about the standby list. Although Brown’s concerns are understandable, so is Gatland’s reasoning for not …

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Stephen Jones Scarlets Coach

Jones misses out on Summer tour

  Stephen Jones will miss out on coaching Wales’ backs in their two game summer tour down to club duties. Instead of joining Wales’ temporary head coach Robin Mcbryde in Wales trip to Tonga and Samoa; Jones has chosen to stay with his club side Scarlets who finished 3rd in the Pro12, meaning that they face Leinster in the semi-final of …

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Warren Gatland Lions coach

Williams backs Gatland to be the man for Wales

Former Wales man Martyn Williams has backed Warren Gatland to be the perfect man for Wales’ 2019 World Cup trip to Japan. The Kiwi is currently setting up for the much anticipated Lions tour of New Zealand next month, but this hasn’t stopped talks about what shall happen between then and his return to the Wales scene. The Chiefs have …

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Rugby World Cup bid 2023

South Africa bid for the 2023 World Cup

  The South African government have backed the SARU in their bid for the 2023 World Cup. This comes just after South Africa’s new sports minister lifted the ban on the country’s rugby union hosting major events, which could bring around the resurrection of what seems to be a dying South African Rugby Union scene. SARU president Mark Alexander has said; “We can …

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