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Rugby World Cup: Pool D Preview

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LONDON, ENGLAND –  Three Six Nations rivals line up in Pool D of the Rugby World Cup. History dictates that France and Ireland will qualify ahead of Italy – with the big question on most people’s lips being who will go on to lose to pre-tournament champions-elect New Zealand in the quarter-finals. That does Canada […]

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Rugby World Cup: Pool C Preview

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LONDON, ENGLAND – Of all the pools in the Rugby World Cup, Pool C is by far the easiest to predict. Everyone who is anyone in rugby punditry says New Zealand will win their four group-stage matches with varying degrees of insouciant ease, leaving Argentina (ranked ninth in the world) and Tonga (11th) to fight […]

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Rugby World Cup: Pool B Preview

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LONDON, ENGLAND – If Pool A at the 2015 Rugby World Cup is the ominous ‘Pool of Death’, Pool B is the much more promising-sounding ‘Pool of Opportunity’. After South Africa, you could perm any one from the remaining four sides to reach the quarter finals. And that makes it more difficult to call than […]

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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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Top 14 Recap: Mola Era at Toulouse Kicks Off with Win

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CASTRES, FRANCE – The 2015/16 Top 14 season kicked off with a surprise home defeat for 2014 champions Toulon, an early warning from Clermont that they’re out to right more than a few perceived wrongs, and evidence that Guy Noves isn’t being missed too much at Toulouse. But there was also a strong hint or […]

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Top 14 Preview: Welcome to a Nerve-Shredding Final Fortnight

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CASTRES, FRANCE: There are just two rounds to go in the regular Top 14 season but make no mistake, there are no dead rubber matches. Play-off and relegation matters are still to be decided – and every team still has much more than pride to play for. It is at this time of the season […]

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