Weekend Rugby Preview: Autumn Internationals, Dubai 7s, Top 14, Aviva, Pro 12, USA Rugby

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Wales_V_AustraliaNEW YORK, NY: The Autumn Internationals, Dubai 7s, Aviva Premiership,  Top 14 and Rabodirect Pro 12 are all on our radar with some ferocious action, so let’s get into the Weekend Rugby Preview.

Tier 1 & 2: The final autumn international of the year between tier 1 nations will be played this weekend. Wales have been whisker length close to defeating Australia in the last few years but somehow, some way, the Wallabies managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. This Saturday the sides face once more in the Millennium stadium in Cardiff and it will be interesting to see if Wales can pull it off. Meanwhile in Twickenham, rugby royalty, the Barbarians featuring 8 South Africans this year will take on a travel weary Fiji. Considering the scratch that the Barbarians is the definition of the Barbarians combined with a travelled weary but dangerous Fiji, this is going to be and exciting match.

Here is this weekend’s schedule:
Sat – 30 NOV 2013
Barbarians – Fiji
Wales – Australia

Dubai 7s: We have a special preview, where we go in-depth into the Dubai 7s with a pool by pool breakdown and predictions on who will finish where and walk away with which piece of hardware and points. Check out our Dubai Preview.

Top 14 Just a reminder that your source for all things is James Harrington. This week he takes a look at the midway point in the season. CLICK HERE.

Aviva Premiership: Nick Hall, our East Midlands Machiavellian rugger  has you covered. CLICK HERE.

Peter O'Mahony scores a try 29/12/2012Rabodirect Pro 12The Pro 12 is also heading to the halfway point and they playoff pack is emerging. Ospreys welcome Glasgow, while the might men of Munster travel to Newport to face the Dragons. Connacht take their act on the road to Edinburgh. Ulster make the sojourn to Italy to face Zebre, as do Cardiff who face Treviso and the blue magic of Leinster welcome Scarlets.

Here is this weekend’s schedule:
Fri – 29th Nov 13
Ospreys – Glasgow
Newport Gwent Dragons – Munster
Edinburgh – Connacht
Sat – 30th Nov 13
Zebre – Ulster
Benetton Treviso – Cardiff Blues
Leinster – Scarlets

Tier 3 Action: We have only one match this week. Controversial side Cyprus will welcome Austria in a game that has the potential to go either way. However Cyprus are favorites to keep their streak alive.

Here is this weekend’s schedule:
Sat – 30 NOV 2013
Cyprus – Austria

serevi-announcement-article_ca59fe030feb6911f8ebbf8ff0463f0bConversion Kick:
Heineken Cup Saga: The future of the Premiership Rugby Limited (association of Aviva Premiership clubs) led split from the Heineken Cup and creation of the Rugby Champions Cup is in great peril. On Thursday, Ligue de National Rugby (Association of Top 14 and French Pro 2 division clubs) sided with the Federation de French Rugby and back the existing Heineken Cup. So now, we all await the move by PRL and broadcasters British Telecom.

USA Rugby, Serevi Rugby Partnership: Early this week, USA Rugby and Serevi Rugby “announced a multi-year partnership aimed at growing the game of rugby in America…Serevi will launch a national network of high performance Training Camps under the umbrella of the USA Rugby Academy – powered by Serevi.”

That’s it for now… feel free to comment below, look for and “Like” our Facebook Rugby Wrap Up Page and follow us on Twitter @RugbyWrapUpJunoir BlaberDJ EberleNick HallJames HarringtonCody Kuxmann, Jaime Loyd and Declan Yeats, respectively.

And until the next time… stay low and keep pumping those legs.

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Born in Osu, Accra, Ghana, West Africa, Junoir Blaber is a rare commodity; while most Ghanians eat, sleep and dream Soccer (football), Junoir is all about Rugby. A self-proclaimed Rugbyologist, he has been involved in Rugby as a ref, coach, administrator and player since Columbus discovered Ohio. His useful/trivial rugby knowledge qualify Blaber as RWU's Senior Correspondent & known in rugby circles as The Rugby Rain Man. He can also be found moonlighting for our American partners at MeetTheMatts.com.