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Top 14 Team-by-Team Guide: Hopes, Fears, and the Rugby World Cup

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PARIS, FRANCE –  The new season of French rugby’s Top 14 kicked off on August 22 – with September’s Rugby World Cup adding more potency to the usual heady mix of hope and fear that greets the start of the longest, richest and most competitive club rugby tournament in the world. The Rugby World Cup […]

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Weekend Rugby Preview: World 7s Update, Conrad Smith, British Lions in USA, Player Moves, 6N, ENC

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NEW YORK, NY – This is the weekend that most people in Europe have been thinking about since the calendar turned 2015 years young. There will be the 6 Nations, the Women’s 6 Nations, the U-20 6 Nations and 6 Nations “B” (European Nations Cup) this weekend. In addition to that there is also the World […]

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All Blacks Torch Wales In Final 20

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AUCKLAND, NZ – With about 20 minutes to go in this game I was starting to think of ways to apologize to the readership for predicting a 20-point All Blacks victory. Up until that point Wales had ripped into the visitors and led by three points. But, as the Irish found out last year at […]

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All Blacks vs. Wales Preview

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AUCKLAND, NZ – The last test of the year for the All Blacks sees them travel to Cardiff, scene of one of their most infamous defeats in recent times. Of course, as we all know, this wasn’t to the home side but to France in the 2007 World Cup quarter-finals. To find the last time […]

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All Blacks Win at Twickenham Rain, Brit and Kiwi Opine

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LONDON, ENGLAND/AUCKLAND, NZ – While it wasn’t the deluge of points some pundits predicted, it was a deluge of a different kind in at Twickenham, where the All Blacks ground out a solid win over an understrength England side. England, buoyed on by a crowd of over 82,000, defied predictions to score early but it […]

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England vs. All Blacks Preview

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LONDON, ENGLAND/AUCKLAND, NZ – With all due respect to our American hosts, the All Black’s northern hemisphere of 2014 faces it’s real test this weekend at Twickenham against England. Due the magnitude of this match, Rugby Wrap Up will again curl up both fists and hit you with double coverage from both nations: European expert Nicholas Hall will […]

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