Tag: Jamie Roberts

My B&I Lions Starting XV Selection

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Northern hemisphere rugby needs a momentum-shifting victory more than ever, and it really can’t come soon enough. If the Rugby Championship-themed World Cup semifinals were wake up calls to the northern hemisphere’s rugby powers, England were the only ones who answered the call, humbling Michael Chekka’s Australia over the summer.   But, there’s hope…The 2017 […]

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Top 14 Play-Off Recap: Toulouse and Stade Francais Book Semi-Final Places

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PARIS, FRANCE – Nineteen-time French champions Toulouse came from behind to beat Oyonnax 20-19 and book their place in next weekend’s Top 14 semi finals in Bordeaux. The cheers ringing round at the end of what has turned out to be coach Guy Noves final match at Stade Ernest Wallon were edged with relief. Oyonnax, […]

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Top 14 Preview: Who has upper hand as the second half kicks off?

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Halftime is over in the Top 14. The players are back on the pitch, oranges eaten; special sports hydration drinks drunk; minor injuries, bruises and little knocks treated; and rousing mid-match speeches ringing in their ears. When the season kicked off back in August, Jonny Wilkinson scrambled a barely deserved 22-22 draw […]

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Heineken Cup Review: Ulster have last perfect record standing

CASTRES, FRANCE – Two dramatic last-gasp away wins, three cases of sweet revenge, a brace of predicted thumpings, the promise of a great escape, and a huge favour coupled with one big surprise victory on the road. The fourth round of Heineken Cup matches had them all. Former champions Munster and Leicester both fought back […]

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Heineken Cup Preview: Are there any fourth-round shocks in store?

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat. And, before last weekend’s third round of Heineken Cup matches, everybody knew that Toulouse would beat Connacht at Stade Ernest Wallon. Imagine what we’ll know by the end […]

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Ireland Rugby Woes Deepen Following Debenture Disaster

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DUBLIN, IRELAND – On the surface, 2013 has been a decent year for Irish rugby. Though the national side struggled during the Six Nations, they did record a notable victory over Wales  in Cardiff. The British and Irish Lions had a strong Irish contingent, led by Johnny Sexton, who started all three Tests, and Brian […]

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