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Two “supporters” banned from Twickenham for homophobic abuse

Two individuals have been banned from all matches at Twickenham for a period of two years after being found guilty of homophobic abuse towards referee Nigel Owens. The incident occurred on November 8 when England took on New Zealand at HQ. In addition, the two persons will pay £1,000 each to a charity of Nigel […]

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Young Gun: Piers O’Conor – Wasps full-back

Making an LV=Cup appearance for Wasps was the primary target of Piers O’Conor at the start of the season. But two months in and the 19-year-old full-back has been forced to find a new goal after starting for the Black and Gold in the opening two rounds of the Anglo-Welsh competition. He made his debut […]

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Brendan Gallagher: Those gallant Dragons who refused to be slain

It was the day that Bleddyn Williams led Wales to victory over the All Blacks and the afternoon Olympic sprinter Ken Jones pinned back his ears to chase Clem Thomas’ outrageous cross-field kick and score the winning try. It was also the moment Cardiff flanker Sid Judd, a late replacement on the morning of the […]

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Peter Jackson: All Blacks aftermath put Delme Thomas in dark place

More than 40 years have come and gone since the day the pubs ran dry in Llanelli and Delme Thomas still stands alone, a defiant figure in the lop-sided history of Wales and New Zealand. Four decades on, he is still the last captain of a winning Welsh team against the All Blacks which makes […]

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Aviva Premiership round 9 teams

Bath v Harlequins Bath: Gavin Henson; Semesa Rokoduguni, Jonathan Joseph, Kyle Eastmond, Matt Banahan; Ollie Devoto, Chris Cook; Nick Auterac, Ross Batty, Henry Thomas; Stuart Hooper (Capt.), Dominic Day; Matt Garvey, David Sisi, Leroy Houston. Replacements: Tom Dunn, Paul James, Kane Palma-Newport, Charlie Ewels, Carl Fearns, Peter Stringer, Sam Burgess, Horacio Agulla. Harlequins: Ross Chisholm; […]

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England v Australia preview

As widely expected, Billy Twelvetrees will start at inside centre for England on Saturday as they take on Australia at Twickenham. The Gloucester centre gets the nod over Owen Farrell who drops to the bench as George Ford is retained at fly-half. Up front, Northampton Saints pair Tom Wood and Dylan Hartley take over from […]

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Wales v South Africa preview

Liam Williams will start on the left wing for Wales against South Africa on Saturday after George North failed to recover from concussion. The Northampton star suffered the injury in Wales’ 34-16 loss to New Zealand last weekend and, after undertaking the necessary protocols, Warren Gatland has opted to leave him out of the final […]

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Guinness Pro12 round 9 teams

Cardiff Blues v Treviso Cardiff Blues: Joaquin Tuculet; Richard Smith, Adam Thomas, Gavin Evans, Geraint Walsh; Gareth Anscombe, Lloyd Williams; Sam Hobbs, Kristian Dacey, Adam Jones (Capt.); Filo Paulo, Josh Turnbull; Macauley Cook, Ellis Jenkins, Josh Navidi. Replacements: Rhys Williams, Thomas Davies, Craig Mitchell, Miles Normandale, Rory Watts-Jones, Tavis Knoyle, Gareth Davies, Tom Isaacs. Treviso: […]

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Room 101: Jonathan Thomas – Worcester No.8

1.Tax I know paying tax is essential to pay for services that help us all in our daily lives, but I think, without getting too political, the vast majority pay too high a percentage and a minority pay too little. The really well-off can afford to pay accountants to exploit certain loopholes while the rest […]

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Burgess to make Bath debut

Convert superstar named on the bench as centre cover.

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