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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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My Life in Rugby: Garath Archer – former Newcastle, Bristol and England lock

Despite the fact my dad played on the wing for Gosforth when they were in their hey-day in the 70s, I wasn’t keen on rugby when he took me to minis at Westoe RFC in South Shields. I was more interested in playing football, however, by the time I went to secondary school at ten […]

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Dream Team: Francis Saili – Harlequins centre

1. Tony Woodcock – He played in the Blues front row for so many years and then I was lucky to play with him in Super Rugby and even with the All Blacks. 2. Keven Mealamu – I was lucky to play with him when he was in his prime and what a hooker and […]

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Young Gun: Kaleem Barreto – Glasgow scrum-half

Kaleem Barreto is not sure which version of the game he will be playing this season just yet but one thing is for certain he wants it to lead him to a professional contract with Glasgow. The 18-year-old left Glenalmond College last summer and is now a stage-3 academy player at the Warriors training full-time […]

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Brendan Gallagher: Philadelphia is next stop on rugby’s world tour

Globalisation is one of the modern day buzzwords and although sometimes I’m not exactly sure what it means the fact that next Saturday Newcastle Falcons will be playing their ‘home’ Premiership game against Saracens in the Philadelphia suggests that in rugby terms something is afoot. On the very same day the European champions will be […]

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Jeff Probyn: New RFU boss has a big job – save our game!

The news that the RFU have appointed Steve Brown as CEO should bring a sigh of relief from the whole game because, for the first time in an age, they have chosen someone who actually follows rugby. Ian Ritchie has overseen some of the biggest changes in our game and even managed to make a […]

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Slater glad to be back among the heavy mob

Ed Slater insists he left Leicester on his own terms after agreeing to be part of the controversial swap deal that saw Gloucester wing Jonny May head to Welford Road. Slater reveals he could have dug-in at Tigers and seen out the final year of his contract. However, the opportunity to play regular rugby and […]

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Room 101: Phil Nilsen – Coventry hooker

1. Paperwork I’m currently applying for voluntary roles to strengthen my CV ahead of seeking a regular job outside of rugby and all the red tape and paperwork required is doing my head in. Form filling is definitely not my forte! TRP verdict: True to form, you’re off to a great start. 2. The big […]

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Leinster Statement following visa issues

Leinster have released the below statement on behalf of Guy Easterby, Head of Rugby Operations, who is in South Africa with the squad. It read: “As of 16 January 2017 a visa is required for New Zealand nationals entering South Africa. “Unfortunately this visa was not applied for by Leinster Rugby on behalf of Jamison […]

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CONFIRMED: Northampton sign Springbok back rower

Northampton Saints have confirmed the signing of Heinrich Brussow from January. As revealed in Blindside on September 3, the Springboks flanker will arrive at Franklin’s Gardens once his contract in Japan runs out. The 31-year-old burst into international rugby consciousness during the 2009 British and Irish Lions’ tour to South Africa and won 23 Test […]

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Shane Williams: Dan’s a big loss but Ospreys do have Sam

Dan Biggar is a colossal loss to Welsh rugby. It was no surprise to see his move to Northampton Saints confirmed this week – we all knew it was coming – but that doesn’t make the bitterest of pills any easier to swallow. When Dan was first linked with the Aviva Premiership, I wrote how […]

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