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American Sports Media Giant Bumbles Rugby Coverage

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – In September, ESPN posted an article about rugby. While I am always happy when rugby gets attention, it’s disappointing to see some of the quality of the attention. Based on the upcoming November 1 match in Chicago between Team USA and New Zealand, it was predictable that there would be some “regular” […]

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Aviva Premiership Talking Points: Injuries, Upsets, Domination and Surprises

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NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – Four rounds in, the Aviva Premiership is producing all the drama that we’ve come to expect from England’s domestic competition. Some teams, including Exeter, look set to make a challenge for an unexpected playoff position, while stalwarts such as Leicester are wobbling. This week and every week, Rugby Wrap Up has you […]

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Ref Zone: Allowing for a Captain’s Challenge for Reviews?

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GREEN BAY, WI – Recently one of my fellow RWU staff members told me of the latest law change rumor making the rounds:  adding a Captain’s Challenge to a ref’s decision. After much debate with the whole RWU staff, there seems to be only one conclusion; leave it as it is. The argument included the fact […]

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Global Rugby Recap: Player Moves, USA Rugby News, Aviva, Pro12, Currie, ITM, NRC, TRC, Top14

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NEW YORK, NY – ” We will cover every match until our eyes bleed!” That was the directive from our fearless leader, Johnathan Wicklow Barberie. And we came pretty close to that happening! Anyway, on the international front there was the 5th round of The Rugby Championship and the first leg of the RWC2015 repechage […]

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Top 14 Recap: Five of the Worst for Toulouse

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CASTRES, FRANCE – You’d have got long odds at the beginning of the Top 14 season if you’d bet that Toulouse and Castres would be in the relegation places after seven matches. But that’s what the Top 14 has woken up to at the end of the latest round of fixtures. Toulouse’s under-pressure manager Guy […]

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The Rugby Championship Round 5 Review

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AUCKLAND, NZ – Ladies and gentlemen, the All Blacks are your 2014 Rugby Championship winners. Their third title in a row was sealed by a four-try win over Los Pumas in Buenos Aires, giving them the necessary bonus point needed to lift them six points clear of the Springboks in second. This means next week’s […]

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