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Bath bring in Matawalu

As revealed by Neil Fissler in The Rugby Paper on December 14, Bath have signed Fijian scrum-half Nikola Matawalu ahead of next season. Matawalu, who has 21 Test caps, joins from Glasgow Warriors where he has scored 22 tries in 59 appearances. He said: ”I’m really happy to be joining Bath next season. They are […]

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Toulon sign Northampton duo Manoa and Ma’afu

Toulon confirmed the signing of Northampton star Samu Manoa on a four-year deal. The No.8 will be joined in the South of France by fellow Saint Salesi Ma’afu as well as All Black Ma’a Nonu and Clermont wing Napolioni Nalaga. Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal said: “Samu Manoa is the first four-year contract that I have […]

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Justin Tipuric pens new Ospreys deal

Justin Tipuric has turned down offers from France and England to instead put pen to paper on a new three-year deal with the Ospreys. The 25-year old made his 93rd appearance for the Ospreys at the weekend, five years after making his debut as a second half replacement in an LV= Cup game against Northampton […]

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Wasps have a Goode day in Coventry

Andy Goode scored a record 33 points to help Wasps beat London Irish 48-16 in the first match at their new Ricoh Arena home. Playing in front of a Premiership record crowd of 28,254, the Coventry born fly-half became the highest point scorer in a Premiership game with one try, two conversions and eight penalties. […]

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Young Gun: Adam Hastings – Millfeld and Scotland U18s fly-half

Adam Hastings already has one of the most famous names in rugby but if that was not enough pressure on his young shoulders, he decided to enrol at the most famous rugby school in the world, too. After successful years at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh, Hastings Jnr., son of former Lions captain Gavin, thought […]

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Jeff Probyn: Progress? Surely not if we are still relying on Manu Tuilagi

Hype, hope and more than a little desperation seems to be the recipe for English rugby as Stuart Lancaster plots the future course of his squad. Lancaster’s comments that he feels the team are on track for the World Cup following the win against Australia is hard to understand, let alone believe. If, as he […]

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Aviva Premiership round 10 teams

Harlequins v Newcastle Harlequins: Mike Brown; Marland Yarde, Matt Hopper, George Lowe, Aseli Tikoirotuma; Tim Swiel, Karl Dickson; Mark Lambert, Joe Gray, Kyle Sinckler; Charlie Matthews, George Robson (Capt.); Joe Trayfoot, Jack Clifford, James Chisholm. Replacements: Dave Ward, Darryl Marfo, Will Collier, Sam Twomey, George Merrick, Danny Care, Ross Chisholm, Ugo Monye. Newcastle: Simon Hammersley; […]

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Back row trio commit to Bath

Bath Rugby today announced that Matt Garvey, Leroy Houston and Guy Mercer have renewed their contracts with the club. Garvey and Houston arrived in the West Country at the start of the 2013/14 season, and both made huge impressions in their first year being named Supporters’ Player and Players’ Player of the Year respectively at […]

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Greene King IPA Championship round 9 teams

Jersey v Yorkshire Carnegie Jersey: Grant Pointer; Mark Foster, Drew Locke, Lewis Robling, Mark McCrea; Jonny Bentley, Ryan Glynn; Sam Lockwood, Martin Garcia-Veiga, Harry Williams; Nick Campbell, Pierce Phillips; Alex Rae (Capt.), Ryan Hodson, Paula Kaho. Replacements: Gareth Harris, Ignacio Lancuba, Danny Herriott, Dave Markham, Michael Noone, Joel Dudley, Ross Jones-Davies. Yorkshire Carnegie: Christian Georgiou; […]

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Guinness Pro12 round 10 teams

Cardiff Blues v Scarlets Cardiff Blues: Joaquin Tuculet; Alex Cuthbert, Cory Allen, Adam Thomas, Lucas Amorosino; Gareth Anscombe, Lewis Jones; Gethin Jenkins (Capt.), Kristian Dacey, Adam Jones; Filo Paulo, Lou Reed; Josh Turnbull, Sam Warburton, Josh Navidi. Replacements: Matthew Rees, Sam Hobbs, Taufa’ao Filise, Macauley Cook, Manoa Vosawai, Tavis Knoyle, Gareth Davies, Tom Isaacs. Scarlets: […]

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