Author Archive for James Harrington

James Harrington... Before injury brought his rugby career to a timely end, journalist James was equally useless whether he packed down in the second row or at number 8, positions in which he represented his school and university with indistinction. The prolific one now lives in France with his journalist wife and three children and watches as much Top 14, European and international action he thinks he can get away with; justifying his obsession by claiming: "But it's all work, Honey!"

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Has Canada Lost Cudmore for Good as Oyonnax Beckons?

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Jamie Cudmore has left the door ajar for a future approach from Canada, despite turning his back on a coaching role with the Canucks to sign a four-year playing-and-coaching deal with French outfit Oyonnax. Cudmore said: “It’s been a few months of to-and-fro but we’ve finally got ink on paper. “Oyonnax have a hugely […]

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Don’t Cry for Me: Piri Weepu

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Former All Black Piri Weepu has put professional concerns on the backburner for the moment as he concentrates on finding a way to enjoy his rugby again. The 32-year-old half-back has yet to make his debut with amateur side Saint-Sulpice-sur-Tarn, who play in the sixth tier of French rugby. He arrived at the […]

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Sharks Head North To Toulouse

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TOULOUSE, FRANCE – South African Super Rugby franchise The Sharks will head to France next year for a second year in succession. They will play Top 14 side Toulouse at Stade Ernest Wallon on February 11, 2016, organisers revealed at a press conference this week. Toulouse will field a side likely to be missing a […]

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Rugby World Cup: Quarter-Final Recap

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Heartbreak, euphoria, humiliation, tension, disbelief and despair – the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals wore all their emotions on their sleeves in a weekend that had tournament organisers breathing more easily than at any time since England’s ignominious and drawn-out departure became apparent with a match of the group stages to play. New […]

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Rugby World Cup: New Zealand v France Preview

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AUCKLAND, NZ, AND CASTRES, FRANCE – One Rugby World Cup quarter-final* really caught our attention at Rugby Wrap Up Towers – New Zealand v France. So, we cuffed our Super Rugby expert Jamie Wall and our Top 14 writer James Harrington to their computers and let them fight it out over the interweb. Here’s what […]

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Rugby World Cup: The Pool Stage in Numbers

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RWU HQ – As the Pool stage of the 2015 Rugby World Cup fades into history, here’s a countdown of key numbers from the tournament so far, from when England kicked off the tournament against Fiji, way back on September 18, to the final whistle of the match between Japan and USA that was the […]

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