Saracens set to compete in Champions Cup semi-finals v Racing 92

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In a tumultuous season to date, Saracens are now set to compete in another Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals match-up versus Racing 92 on Saturday, September 26. They secured their place with victory over Guinness PRO14 champions Leinster. Winning 25-17, it makes the 2020 season much improved for Mark McCall, as he can feel satisfied that […] READ MORE


Leinster vs Munster: how slow can you go?

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The Leinster vs Munster Pro 14 semi-final should have been a feast of rugby. It is the Irish derby and should have been a spectacle of a contest. Instead, it was a contest of who could play the slowest. Yes, the weather was atrocious. But from both sides it was an appalling battle of attrition, […] READ MORE


The Leinster XV plying their trade outside the province 

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Leinster boast an embarrassment of riches in virtually all positions at present so it is no surprise that many promising players have left the province to find valuable game time elsewhere. Enda Fahy selects an alternative Leinster XV plying their trade outside Leinster, all of whom came through the Leinster sub-academy/academy (with the exception of […] READ MORE


Irish provinces finalising squads ahead of next season

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While the Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on all major rugby competitions across the globe, each of the four Irish provinces has been busy finalising their squads ahead of next season. Leinster have yet to confirm any new signings but head coach Leo Cullen recently suggested that the province will instead promote players from […] READ MORE


Last Word on Rugby Team of the Decade

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As the end of the decade approaches it is a prime moment to look back and reflect on a scintillating 10 years of rugby. Years of quality football from both hemispheres, where a singular Team of the Decade conversation is a recognition of the sport, and of the game. Our senior writers and management have […] READ MORE


Champions Cup 2019/20: time for a new champion

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Following Saracens’ fine and points deduction in the Gallagher Premiership, the London club are unlikely to be able to compete on both domestic and European fronts this season. They will most likely to also not feature in the Champions Cup next season. Therefore, it is time for a new winner in the Champions Cup 2019/20 […] READ MORE


Premiership Grounds focus: the Bath Recreation Ground

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The Bath Recreation Ground is an instantly recognisable stadium and an ever-present of top-flight English Rugby. Sitting in the heart of the city of Bath alongside the river Avon, it has hosted rugby matches since 1884. Embed from Getty Images Last Word on Rugby looks back at the history of the Bath Recreation Ground, some […] READ MORE


Saracens Rugby (please hold my Trophies)

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The modern saying is ‘hold my beer’ when you have full control over your accomplishments. Yet for Saracens Rugby, a more fitting statement would be ‘please hold my Trophies’ as they continue to dominate the sport. The video highlights package above is more evidence of their place in the game of rugby union. It shows […] READ MORE


How did the 2019 European Cup Finals compare to the best?

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This weekend the 2019 European Cup finals weekend made it’s way to Newcastle, England in the week the city mourned the loss of Premiership Rugby. But it was still a party atmosphere with England, Ireland and France all represented across the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals. Thankfully, the matches themselves did not disappoint. Clermont […] READ MORE


Guinness PRO14 sides confirm their places in Playoffs

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After a long, 21-round regular season, the leading Guinness PRO14 sides confirm their places in the Playoffs for the 2018/19 Celtic League title. Consisting of two Conference groups, the top four out of each have shown their credentials across the season. Home and Away games, including inter-conference fixtures, have all led to six teams inking […] READ MORE