French Top14 ready as September return date reached

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It seemed an extreme timeline yet, French Top14 rugby has met and passed the September return date. Now rugby fans can rejoice, players can again celebrate together, as the whistle blows ‘time on’. Sitting idle for nearly four months, after the French government ruled that all sport would be postponed during the Coronavirus pandemic, there […] READ MORE


Richie Gray reveals no Scotland contact, joins Fiji coaching staff

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Breakdown specialist Richie Gray is relishing the prospect of working with the world-class talents in the Fiji squad, after joining Vern Cotter’s backroom staff. Gray will work on a short-term basis, joining Cotter’s staff for the [to-be-confirmed] Northern Hemisphere eight-nations tournament, that pits the Flying Fijians against England, Wales and Ireland, as well as Japan. […] READ MORE


French Top 14 transfers for 2020/21

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Unlike the Gallagher Premiership and the Pro14, the French Top 14 has ended the 2019/20 domestic season. With no promotion or relegation, the existing teams are busy organising their squads ready for the restart in September. Here we have collated all the Top 14 transfers to have taken place. For obvious financial reasons, there won’t […] READ MORE


Northern Hemisphere Rugby Cities: Union and League representation

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The Northern Hemisphere has a few cities that have both rugby union and league. These cities have one rugby code in the first-tier and a second-tier in another code. Furthermore, all three of these cities could very easily have a tier-one team in both codes of rugby. Two of them had first-tier teams in both […] READ MORE


France; the most ill-disciplined World Rugby country in 2019/20

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France top the list as most ill-disciplined World Rugby country in 2019-20, rattling up 10 red cards across the four major professional league’s, international tests, and the World Cup. Rugby’s clampdown on how the laws of the game are now refereed and interpreted have meant a spate of cards this year, including 51 red cards […] READ MORE


BUMPER rugby union quiz (with picture round)

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Bored of no rugby action? Then settle down with friends or family and have a go at our BUMPER rugby union quiz. From the north to the south, past and present this quiz covers it all. 50 questions (with picture round) of the best rugby questions going. So, get those pads and pens ready, it’s […] READ MORE


Rugby could use Duckworth-Lewis-Stern system to finish season

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With the rugby season up in the air it could do with looking at cricket’s Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in order to decide future fixtures – if they can’t be played due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In order to finalize the tables, and ensure fair and proper qualification for the subsequent European competitions a year later, this […] READ MORE


Postponed, Suspended or Canceled; Covid-19 risk just too high

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With most domestic competitions either Postponed, Suspended or Canceled, the Covid-19 risk is just too high for stakeholders fight the Pandemic outbreak. Sport comes second, when player welfare is on the line. So even if the NRL 2020 Telstra Premiership and a small group of competitions defy the mainstream logic to play in front of […] READ MORE


Best-placed French Top14 teams prior to Six Nations window

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Looking at the French Top14 team’s classment, prior to the 2020 Six Nations beginning on February 1, may indicate which teams could ultimately be best placed for a run towards the 2019/20 title. As the season was placed ‘on hold’ for the European Professional Rugby club competitions; Champions Cup/Challenge Cup, with Round 14 about to […] READ MORE


Spare a thought for Rugby World Cup Losing Teams

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There are winners and losers; that is the harsh reality of sport. But do spare a thought for RWC Losing Teams this year, as the high demands of professionalism and national pride go hand in hand. Feeling the consequences of defeat is learned from a young age. In team sports, it is an outcome reliant […] READ MORE