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Clermont-Auvergne: A Curse Continues for Top 14 Teasers

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BERLIN, GERMANY – Clermont have a history of treating their fans in the same way humans tease kittens. Glory is dangled tantalizingly before thousands of expectant eyes, but just as the fans are ready to pounce, that glory is brutally yanked away. Clermont’s history of Top 14 final appearances reads: played 12, won 1. Add […]

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RWU’s Rugby World Cup Final Preview

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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – Well done, fans of afternoon kick-offs: you got your wish. Despite all evidence being against the claim that rugby in the daylight is somehow more exciting, the Rugby World Cup final will kick off at 4pm. Only problem is that’s 4pm London time. Which means the home audiences of the two […]

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Rugby World Cup: Semi-Final Recap and Bronze Final Preview

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NEW YORK, NY – Courtesy of of my new website, Americas Rugby News, a merger of talents between myself and other great writers, we present our recap of the semi-finals and prepare you for the RWC Bronze Medal Match. New Zealand were able to fight off a very determined South Africa team. Australia were relentless […]

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Aviva Premiership Semi-Final Recap

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NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – History was made this weekend when Northampton and Saracens advanced to the Aviva Premiership Final at Twickenham. For the first time in a decade, the Leicester Tigers‘  season ended at the semi-final stage, an extraordinary run that concluded in extraordinary fashion. Both semi-final clashes were brutal, fast-paced (though error-strewn) affairs, and simultaneously illuminated […]

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Top 14 Semi-Finals Review: Go on Then, Who Called That Right?

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CASTRES, FRANCE – Toulon and Castres will face off in Paris at the end of the month for the Brennus after a Top 14 semi-final weekend in Lille that began with a whimper and ended with a full-throated tension-releasing roar. The whimper came on Friday night. At the same time as Northampton were edging a […]

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Top 14 Play-Off Semi-Finals Preview: Who Dares Predict… Probably Loses

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CASTRES, FRANCE – That’s it… All Top 14-related bets are officially off. All season, wins on the road have been more rare than hen’s teeth. Then, last week’s two post-season play-offs both result in away wins. Recent history also dictates that at a side that played in the opening round of the play-offs will make […]

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