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Inside this week’s edition of TRP – 5th July

Another busy week in the world of rugby, another brilliant issue of The Rugby Paper! TRP will have all the action and reaction from the U20s in Italy and the climax to the Top 14 as well as the usual news and views, features, exclusives and star-studded columns! Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect in Sunday’s […]

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Zach Mercer – England U18s and Bath No.8

Zach Mercer has been a sensation at school level this year but he is about to take on his greatest challenge yet when he tours South Africa with England U18s in August. The Merchiston Castle No.8, who will turn 18 next Sunday, started the year by being named Player of the Tournament at the prestigious […]

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Premiership fixtures REVEALED

Saracens will open the defence of their Premiership title at home to Sale on Saturday October 17 as the 2015-16 fixtures were announced today. The opening round the season, which will take place on the same weekend as the World Cup quarter-finals, will kick-off on the Friday with Wasps travelling to Harlequins, newly-promoted Worcester taking […]

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Nick Cain gets out his crystal ball and the form book to pick his 2017 Lions

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Two years from now the Lions will be in the midst of a three Test series against a New Zealand side that has usually proved to be their nemesis.  On their last tour in 2005 – which, remarkably, is their only expedition to the ‘land of the long white cloud’ in the professional era – […]

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Nick Cain’s column: Time for Lions to show claws over intinerary

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The 2017 Lions itinerary, which was due to be announced in May but is now expected later this summer according to the New Zealand RFU, has to come with important provisos. There are long-standing issues dating back to 2013, and beyond, which need urgent attention, and this time the Lions chief executive, John Feehan, has […]

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Jeff Probyn: Heading off to the hills on another mission from God

Training camps and altitude training in far-flung foreign fields do make you wonder what the game is coming to. As big as the World Cup is, the idea that teams have to go first to a training camp and then off into the mountains to prepare for a series of games in England seems, to […]

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Tom Youngs backed to become the best hooker in world

England man now rivals Bismarck du Plessis as the world’s best hooker according to Lee Mears.

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Room 101: Will Chudley – Exeter scrum-half

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1. Supermarket till etiquette I’m always conscious not to keep people behind me in the supermarket queue waiting for any longer than they have to, and as such I feel under pressure to pay up and move away as quick as possible – a task made impossible when the cashier hands you back your change […]

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Giteau, Mitchell and Mumm called up by Australia

Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell and Dean Mumm have all been included in Australia’s 40-man training squad for the Rugby Championship. The Toulon pair, who have not played for the Test rugby for more than three years, are eligible again after a change in selection policy while Mumm has rejoined the Waratahs this summer to push […]

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Phil Vickery’s World Cup watch: outside centre

10. JJ Engelbrecht (South Africa) The youngster is an important cog in the new-look Springboks backline. The one that looks to run around you rather than through you, making it a lot more difficult to defend against. Engelbrecht is still a strong player but with the speed and eye for the gap to match. 9. […]

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