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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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Should All Blacks Be Worried?

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NEW YORK, NY –  The Rugby World Cup kicks off in September and there appears to be some concern coming out of New Zealand about the health of some key All Blacks. So, should they really be worried? Undoubtedly, the world’s premier player and possibly the greatest ever, Sir Richie McCaw (OK a tad premature […]

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Toulon Are Simply The Best – Live With It

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CASTRES, FRANCE – It is very easy to dislike Top 14 giants Toulon. Especially if you are a rugby fan and live in any part of Europe – or, indeed, the world –  that is not the relatively small Var department on the south of France’s sun-soaked Cote d’Azur where the blue-collar port can be […]

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Show Me the Rugby Money: All Blacks Jersey Losing Value?

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Once upon a time, European rugby was regarded as a well-earned big-money pension plan for All Blacks whose international careers were all-but behind them. No more. Now younger players want a slice of the northern hemisphere’s big-money action, too and they appear to be saying that if it means giving up on […]

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Top 14 Preview: Jake White Faces Baptism Of Toulonnais Fire

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CASTRES, FRANCE – The 15th round of the Top 14 season features two bottom-of-the-table dogfights – one of which is a battle between west-coast neighbours; a Mediterranean and an Alpine derby; a new coach’s baptism of fire; and a clash of the titans. And it opens with a match that, a couple of weeks ago, […]

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Global Rugby Recap: Armitage, Sir Jonny, Player Moves, USA Rugby, Pro 12

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NEW YORK, NY –  Somehow, someway, we survived the Boxing Day weekend of fixtures. For the uninitiated, Boxing Day is the day after Christmas and for the historical information on it, you can click on the hyperlink in the opening sentence. In modern terms, it means big money and big audiences for sports clubs – […]

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