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Tier Three Nations Have At It In 1st Emirates Airlines Cup of Nations

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This column was written by Rugby Spy, who can’t divulge their identity because of certain je ne sais quoi. Anway, they are  in Dubai covering Brazilian rugby. DUBAI — Playing away from the South American continent for the first time, Brazil ended its participation in the Emirates Airlines Cup of Nations with a 37-3 loss Friday […]

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Rugby Balls Are Flying In… BRAZIL!

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“Media also started to pick up on the curious phenomenon of rugby players leaving the field without drama once a yellow or red card is shown by the referee.“ DUBAI — If God is Brazilian, as the proverb goes in the South American country of Brazil, he seems to take kindly to the game played […]

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Stars Back To Work In Japan: Clever, Fourie, Holani, Ives, Smith, du Preez, Rossouw

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Zilia Zara-Papp is from Hungary but lives in Tokyo and covers rugby. She’s our rugby spy! TOKYO, JAPAN – Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground was back to business after a month-long postponement of the season due to the Rugby World Cup. Japan’s 9th Top League season kicked-off in Tokyo; Shizuoka and Osaka on Saturday with […]

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New Zealand Overcomes A Proud France, Wins RWC

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AUCKLAND, NZ – The All Blacks broke a 24-year-old spell on Sunday night, beating France 8-7 in the Rugby World Cup Final in full capacity Eden Park in front of a 61,079 strong audience. France showed early on that they meant business this time, forming a threatening V shape opposing the All Blacks haka before […]

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Thoughts of Fallen Brazil Rugby Eduardo Guedes Pinto Turn To France

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by Rouget Maia (Reporter for ESPN Brazil, Rouget played 17 years for the Brazilian National Rugby Team) [Additional reporting Zilia Zara-Papp] AUCKLAND, NZ – Playing rugby is overcoming challenges. The challenge that France is facing is enormous: the best team favored to win the World Cup playing at home with the support of the fans. […]

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Australia Wales Bronze Final

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AUCKLAND, NZ – In an ironic twist of fate, it was the difference of a drop-goal that earned Australia the Bronze medal at the Rugby World Cup in front of 53,013 spectators at Eden Park on Friday, as the Wallabies beat Wales 21-18 for the title. In the inaugural 1987 World Cup, also on New […]

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