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Young Gun: Simon Hammersley – Newcastle full-back

Simon Hammersley was supposed to be one of Dean Richards’ long-term projects yet, ten games into the season, the young full-back has already made seven competitive appearances for the Falcons. Joining from National League Two North Hull Ionians over the summer, Hammersley, 21, planned to use the first few months of his professional career getting […]

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TRP Fantasy Rugby update

Welcome to this week’s update of Fantasy Rugby. Today’s update covers the period between Sunday 2nd November 2014 through to Sunday 9th November 2014. Firstly this week I have decided to change the format of the updates. Because most if not all of the games are played over the weekends, Friday, Saturday and Sunday I […]

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Autumn internationals teams

England v Samoa England: Mike Brown; Anthony Watson, Brad Barritt, Owen Farrell, Jonny May; George Ford, Ben Youngs; Joe Marler, Rob Webber, David Wilson; Dave Attwood, Courtney Lawes; James Haskell, Chris Robshaw (Capt.), Ben Morgan. Replacements: Dylan Hartley, Matt Mullan, Kieran Brookes, George Kruis, Tom Wood, Richard Wigglesworth, Billy Twelvetrees, Marland Yarde. Samoa: Ken Pisi; […]

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London Welsh sign Rugby League wing Elliot Kear

London Welsh today confirmed the signing of Wales Rugby League international wing Elliot Kear. Kear, 25, from Bradford Bulls where he spent the last three seasons scoring 17 tries in 55 games. He said: “I’ve always wanted to play Rugby Union and to have signed for London Welsh and to play at the highest level […]

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Brendan Gallagher: Trench Blacks charmed Paris during respite from carnage

The inspirational deeds of many Rugby players on the Western Front have been well documented in recent years in a number of books and will be commemorated you suspect for much of the next four years. Rugby players clearly tended to make exemplary officers. What is perhaps less well known is a series of high-profile […]

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Jeff Probyn: Player welfare is all about how coaches want to play

The Autumn Internationals may be up and running but for the clubs its business as usual with the LV cup holding the fort. While the LV may not be the most glamorous of competitions taking place as it does when most of the big names are away on international duty, it gives a chance to […]

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Domestic leagues teams

A full list of November internationals will be played this weekend but it does not mean clubs in the home unions can rest with matches in the Aviva Premiership, Greene King IPA Championship and Guinness Pro12 also being played. For the full Aviva Premiership fixtures and team lists, click here. For the full Greene King IPA Championship fixtures and team […]

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Plymouth Albion demand review of concussion protocols

Championship club demand a review of concussion protocols after B&I Cup incident.

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Room 101: Nick Easter – Harlequins No.8

1.Golf Etiquette There are still too many stuffy golf clubs whose committee men worry more about what people wear than their conduct out on the course, which has a much bigger effect on everyone. I’d rather be playing behind someone who repaired their pitch marks and was aware of the need to avoid slow play […]

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Best returns for Ireland

Rory Best will win his 78th Test cap for Ireland when he lines out against Australia this Saturday in Dublin. Head coach Joe Schmidt has made three changes to the starting XV who beat South Africa a fortnight ago with Robbie Henshaw given the chance to impress at outside centre with Jared Payne out injured. […]

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