Guinness Pro14: What’s left to play for

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As 2020 hobbles to a close and 2021 hints at a better year, we look at what’s left of a discarded leftover from a time that seems long ago: the Guinness Pro14. The Pro12-cum-Pro14-cum-Pro12 again, began the 2020/21 season in October but in March it will end early, and the Rainbow Cup will begin April […] READ MORE



New High Tackle Directive Takes Effect This Week

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This coming week, rugby union players and fans will see World Rugby’s new directive on high tackles come into force, stiffening up the penalties for any contact ‘with the head’ of an opponent. The directive is well intentioned, given the increasing focus on mitigating head trauma – particularly concussion. Last Word On Rugby resident Wellington […] READ MORE


Langilangi Haupeakui Set For Pro 12

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USA Rugby test cap, Langilangi Haupeakui is ready to make his European debut with the Glasgow Warriors. The United States began their first professional Rugby Union conference last year with Pro Rugby. The competition began well for the USA and Pro Rugby is exceeding all expectations. Pro Rugby is proving to be a valuable training […] READ MORE


Welsh Regions Round-Up

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Two weeks into the new Guinness Pro12 season, and it’s a mixed start for most teams. Here’s a Welsh regions round-up, to see where they are in the league and how they compare to their rivals. After the first two rounds of games, a good start means the Ospreys and the Cardiff Blues lie well […] READ MORE


Why Ruan Pienaar is Leaving Ulster

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Ruan Pienaar will leave Ulster at the end of the 2016/17 season after the province were blocked from extending his contract. Ulster are keen to keep the 88-cap Springbok but it would break IRFU rules. This has sparked fresh debate about Ireland‘s provincial structure. What are the IRFU rules? Since 2013, the three main Irish […] READ MORE


Reality of New Pro12 Rugby Nations

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PRO12 – THE SITUATION With the Guinness Pro12 in dire need of more income and a better product, the Board of the Pro12 League and representing unions have met to explore all possible scenario’s. The parties have been the looking into many options, which include possibly ‘bringing in the exiles’ of London Scottish and London […] READ MORE