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Top 14 Recap: No Nonu, but Manoa is a Go-Go for Toulon


CASTRES, FRANCE – Top 14 champions Toulon have once again dominated the sporting headlines in France. Even as Les Bleus were putting Fiji to the sword in Marseille on Saturday, the Var side’s transfer-market dealings were overtaking the rugby news agenda. It turned out it was something and nothing about Ma’a Nonu. French national pay-TV […]

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Top 14 Recap: Bordeaux Break Clermont


CASTRES, FRANCE – The capricious and contrary Top 14 went completely crazy this weekend. Forty-one tries were scored in seven games – 27 of them in three astonishing matches. Racing Metro v Brive featured 11 of them, while Clermont shipped six at Bordeaux, and Castres – who have found conceding tries easier than scoring them […]

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Top 14 Recap: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly


CASTRES, FRANCE – Montpellier, Clermont and Grenoble were good; Castres, Racing Metro and Toulouse were bad; and Toulon were ugly. Castres’ unbeaten run against Montpellier, which included May’s epic extra-time win in the end-of-season play-off semi-finals came to shuddering 43-10 halt on Friday evening. The game was as good as over after 11 minutes, when […]

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Super Rugby Season Wrap-Up


AUCKLAND, NZ – Well, this site is called Rugby Wrap Up, so it makes sense to have a wrap of Super Rugby 2014. There’s awards, team reviews and a look at what might happen next season. Firstly though, I’d like to say thanks to all the people out there who have read and fed back […]

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Super Rugby Final Review: Waratahs 33 Crusaders 32


AUCKLAND, NZ – Epic. That one word sums up the finale of possibly the best season of Super Rugby ever, both teams rewarding the record crowd and everyone watching around the world with an absorbing and heart-stopping match. For the Waratahs it was a triumphant end to their winless history while the Crusaders have to […]

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Super Rugby Final Preview: Waratahs vs. Crusaders


AUCKLAND, NZ – And now we enter…end game. It’s do or die for the two teams that have made it all the way to the final of Super Rugby 2014, the NSW Waratahs and the Crusaders. It’s probably the most exciting final match up in a while in Super Rugby, with opinions heavily divided on who’ll get […]

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