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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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Richards: RFU must bring in Championship age cap

London Scottish head coach Peter Richards reckons the Championship is failing English player development and says squad age limits are the answer. Richards, who is moving on at the end of the season as part of a restructure at Scottish, insists experienced forward packs have become too dominant in a league that he believes needs […]

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TEAMS: European cups semi-finals

Champions Cup Munster v Saracens Munster: Simon Zebo; Andrew Conway, Jaco Taute, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Tyler Bleyendaal, Duncan Williams; Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan, Donnacha Ryan, Billy Holland, Peter O’Mahony (c), Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander Replacements: Rhys Marshall, James Cronin, Stephen Archer, Dave O’Callaghan, Jean Deysel, Ian Keatley, Francis Saili, Darren Sweetnam Saracens: […]

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Munster v Saracens: Pedigree is there for a classic Euro showdown

It’s 18 years since Saracens first met Munster in Europe in a double header that still ranks alongside any clash in the competition’s illustrious history. In two matches either side of Christmas Munster won 35-34 with the last kick of the game at Vicarage Road and 31-30 – again with the last kick of the […]

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Jeff Probyn: Stars past their sell-by dates weren’t going to save Bristol

With just three games left to play, the desperation of the clubs at the bottom of the Premiership can hardly be imagined. The odds are that Bristol will face the big drop although there is a mathematical chance that Worcester could, if they fail to win any of the remaining games and Bristol wins all […]

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Wigglesworth staying on for more trophy success

Influential Sarries scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth has revealed his devotion to winning persuaded him to turn down big money offers from France. Wigglesworth, capped 27 times by England but surplus to requirements under Eddie Jones, enters the Aviva Stadium against emotionally charged Munster in Dublin this Saturday as holders Saracens bid to reach back-to-back Champions Cup […]

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Nick Cain: Sonny Bill is still king – of double standards!

Sonny Bill Williams has a habit of cornering the headlines when it comes to Antipodean rugby – whether Union or League – and this week was no different as he made the news for covering up a bank sponsor’s logo on his Auckland Blues shirt before his opening match for the Super franchise. The charismatic […]

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Shane Williams: Anscombe excellence left Sam in the shade

Judgement Day was a chance for some of Wales’ best players to book their place on summer tours and while some did exactly that, others flopped on the big occasion and I’m sure the coaches would have looked at the action on the field and made their minds up about who, will and won’t be […]

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Hartley to captain England in Argentina

Dylan Hartley will captain England for their tour to Argentina after being left out of the Lions squad. The Northampton hooker, who saw his understudy Jamie George being picked as one of the three hooker options by Warren Gatland yesterday, will lead the 31-man squad named by Eddie Jones today. The squad includes 15 uncapped […]

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All-rounder Farrell reminds McCaw of legend Carter

Richie McCaw believes Owen Farrell is turning into a Northern Hemisphere version of Dan Carter. McCaw, a double World Cup-winning captain, was on the wrong end of Farrell’s boot when the All Blacks went down 38-21 to England at Twickenham in December 2012. Farrell was only winning his 12th cap that day, as he scored […]

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Sam Warburton “humbled and proud” to be Lions captain again

Sam Warburton has been confirmed as the British & Irish Lions captain for the second Tour in a row. Warburton will lead the tourists to New Zealand next month as they look to become the first Lions party to claim a Test series win over the All Blacks in 46 years. Warburton joins Martin Johnson […]

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