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20 Questions: Kane Thompson – Newcastle lock

What do you make of Newcastle’s season? It’s been disappointing. We haven’t been able to close out a few games we could have won. But in time the team will gel and we’ll improve on that. We’re a better team than our position in the table suggests. Do you know where it went wrong? We […]

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London Irish sign Fijian International

As revealed by Neale Harvey in The Rugby Paper on April 26, London Irish have secured the signing of Asaeli Tikoirotuma. The Fijian international, 28, who can play both at centre and on the wing, will move to Sunbury after only one season at Harlequins where he struggled to get regular game time. He said: […]

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Five years? That’s a prison term argue Championship bosses

Championship clubs react furiously to suggestions of a five-year moratorium on promotion and relegation in Premiership.

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Danny Cipriani’s advice helps Cooper Vuna get up to speed 

Worcester wing sensation Cooper Vuna says advice from former Melbourne Rebels teammate Danny Cipriani has helped him settle into English rugby in double-quick time. Vuna arrived from Japanese outfit Toshiba Brave Lupus only last month but the former Aussie Test star has become an instant hit at Sixways, his first two matches coinciding with a […]

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Kevin Sinfield can’t wait to kick off challenge at Yorkshire Carnegie

Leeds outfit the best chance possible of being a success in Rugby Union.

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Nathan Hines to join Scotland coaching team

Former Scotland and British & Irish Lions lock Nathan Hines has been recruited to the national coaching team on a two-year contract following his decision to retire from playing the game. The 77-times capped 38-year-old will join his former coach at Clermont Vern Cotter next month as a resource coach. On a technical level Hines’ […]

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Darryl Marfo to join London Welsh

Darryl Marfo will leave Harlequins at the end of the season to join London Welsh. Since joining Harlequins aged 14 and developing through the EPDG and Academy set ups, the 24 year-old loosehead has made 32 senior appearances for the club. Harlequins Director of Rugby, Conor O’Shea said: “Everyone at Harlequins is delighted that Darryl […]

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Nick Cain talks to Wasps No.8 Nathan Hughes about his international choices

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Nathan Hughes is a wanted man. Wanted by England as well as Fiji, the land of his father, and where he was born and raised. The blockbusting Wasps No.8 is also qualified for Samoa through his mother, and has been on the wish-list of New Zealand, whose Sevens’ guru Sir Gordon Tietjiens persistently offered him […]

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Jeremy Guscott: Stuart Lancaster must not bow to PRL double-standards

Stuart Lancaster should bring Steffon Armitage into the World Cup training squad he will announce later this month using the ‘exceptional circumstances’ ruling. If he is one of the 45 best English players then he has to feature in the squad, simple as that. The main selection yardstick is that if everyone in England back-row […]

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Brendan Gallagher’s verdict on Toulon’s Champions Cup win: The old Sea Wolves are simply majestic

I ceased caring about how many millions Toulon allegedly spend on their squad a long time ago. In fact the more people enviously criticise them the more I enjoy their bloody minded world class professionalism in ramming those comments down a multitude of oesophaguses. And I absolutely love some of the glorious rugby they produce. […]

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