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THE OFFICIAL AVIVA PREMIERSHIP MAGAZINE

The Official Aviva Premiership rugby magazine captures all the excitement of the current Premiership Rugby season and profiles all of the key players, with exclusive access to sporting heroes past and present. Combined with in-depth team profiles, plus interviews and opinions from the world’s best known rugby personalities, the Magazine has detailed stats and facts, […]

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Tonga Qualifies for Rugby World Cup After Fiji Victory

Fiji braved the rain to see off Samoa and take home the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup 2017

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Neil de Kock Q&A: I only planned to stay two years, but the love shown by Saracens meant I stayed for 11!

Scrum-half Neil de Kock returns to South Africa later this summer after 11 years in England, safe in the knowledge that he has helped create a Saracens dynasty. He tells NEALE HARVEY of his future plans and explains why his legacy is in good hands. After a lifetime playing elite level rugby, have you come […]

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I was left out in 2015 and I’ll risk missing 2019 to prove my class in Europe, says Exeter signing White

Revved-up Aussie maestro Nic White has revealed why he rejected the chance to fight for a place at the 2019 World Cup in favour of spearheading Exeter’s trophy charge. Scrum-half White, 27, suffered the heartbreak of being left out of Australia’s World Cup squad two years ago – Will Genia and Nick Phipps were selected […]

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Wales must start planning for life after Gatland now

By Wales and Lions legend Shane Williams The Lions tour told us many things about Northern Hemisphere rugby. It showed our sides can compete with the best in the world, that we, too, can play vibrant attacking rugby and that we shouldn’t fear facing anyone on the biggest stage. After taking a week to contemplate […]

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Jacko column: Warburton an invaluable role model for all

By Peter Jackson No matter what happens from now on, nothing will stop Sam Warburton taking up permanent residence in that part of the pantheon reserved for leaders of the Lions. And to think that six months ago the fearless master of the turnover had been turned over by Wales, superseded as captain by Alun-Wyn […]

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Premiership season ticket prices: Leicester freeze to launch O’Connor revolution

Leicester Tigers have backed Matt O’Connor’s on-field revolution by freezing season ticket prices at Welford Road in a bid to pack their stadium throughout the 2017-18 campaign. Tigers’ decision follows a season of turmoil which saw long-serving rugby director Richard Cockerill and head coach Aaron Mauger sacked, but ended on a high note with the […]

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Myler: I’m relishing challenge from Piers Francis at Saints

Evergreen Stephen Myler insists he has no interest in personal accolades as he prepares to face down the latest challenger to his coveted No.10 Northampton jersey. With recently-capped England fly-half Piers Francis eager to stake a claim at Franklin’s Gardens once he arrives from his stint with the Auckland Blues, Myler is in familiar territory […]

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Maro Itoje to become the Premiership’s first £1m player after 2019

MARO ITOJE will become the Premiership’s first million pound a season player after returning from the Lions tour with an enhanced reputation. Itoje, who is still only 22, is under contract with Saracens until 2019 after signing a new long term deal at the end of last season. He has played a key role in […]

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Leicester Tigers move for Damian McKenzie and a flanker show signs of gathering pace

LEICESTER TIGERS are believed to in advanced talks with All Blacks full- back Damian McKenzie about a move to Welford Road. Blindside sources say that McKenzie, below, is considering his future after coming into the All Black’s squad for the Lions series only after Ben Smith’s first Test concussion. The Chiefs ace, 22, has been […]

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Scots can have no complaints over Lions selection says Sean Maitland

Warren Gatland named only two Scottish players – Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour – in his initial squad announcement

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