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Peter Jackson: George North and Alex Cuthbert are giants, but Fiji have a monster

Nemani Nadolo has been a rock for the Crusaders.

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Kyran Bracken: I’m happy with our half-backs, it’s our centres that worry me

The tour to New Zealand would have done England a lot of good despite the nature of that third Test defeat. But it’s time now for the coaches and management to decide on their best partnerships in key areas and stick with them. While there were a few windows of opportunity to have won the […]

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Cardiff Blues to sign Gareth Anscombe

Cardiff Blues have signed Gareth Anscombe on a ‘long-term deal’. The Chiefs’ back qualifies for Wales through his mother and can play at fly-half or full back. The 23 year-old will leave for Cardiff after completing the upcoming ITM Cup with Auckland, which round-stage is scheduled to finish on the 12th October. Anscombe has scored […]

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Room 101: Rob Cook – Gloucester full-back

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1. Smoking: I’ve never been a fan of smoking and I can honestly say I have never tried it! Smoking in itself is bad enough – the health dangers, the smell, the cost…I could go on, but you also get ignorant smokers who are not considerate to the fact that the people around them do […]

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Wales team in turmoil as Regions crank it up

Wales are in danger of being left without a team to play South Africa in November because of their Union’s escalating conflict with their four regional teams. The dispute threatens to leave Wales captain Sam Warburton caught in the political crossfire as the Union’s solitary centrally-contracted player with nobody to play for when the new […]

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London Scottish dual-register Quins quintet

London Scottish have announced an agreement with Harlequins to dual-register five of their players. Lock Sam Twomey extends his stay in Richmond having already made 12 appearances on a dual-registered basis and will be joined by fellow lineout partner at ‘Quins – George Merrick. Junior World Cup winners Harry Sloan, 20, and James Chisholm, 18, […]

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Glasgow agree deal for Cheetahs’ tighthead

Glasgow Warriors have agreed a deal to sign prop Roussouw de Klerk, subject to a medical and visa clearance. The Cheetahs tighthead made seven appearances in this year’s Super Rugby competition and began his career with the Bulls. On making the move from Bloemfontein to Glasgow, de Klerk said, “”I’m delighted to have signed for […]

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Brendan Gallagher: Agony of 2010 can spur us to title in WRWC

A hard core of determined World Cup veterans may lay at the heart of England’s World Cup squad but equally it will need fearless younger players like Amber Reed to fully blossom if they are to win their first World crown for 20 years when they contest the World Cup in Paris next month. Maggie […]

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Nick Cain: Nothing small about Justin, especially his ambitions

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Justin Burnell would be hard to beat if there was a prize for the greatest comeback of last season. There is nothing undersized about the London Welsh head coach, including his capacity for canny decision-making, and the way he masterminded the club’s immediate return to the Premiership after their relegation last summer has ensured he […]

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London Welsh announce 24th summer signing

London Welsh have signed Cardiff Blues second row James Down. Of the 24 signings the exiles have now made, Down will be a familiar face sticking out of the crowd having worked with head coach Justin Burnell in the Blues’ academy system. Burnell said of the 26 year-old Welshman, “I always thought James had a […]

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