European Rugby

Stander’s a standout performer

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CJ Stander became the first non-Irishman to win Munster’s Player of the Year award and qualifies to play for Ireland after the World Cup. GERRY THORNLEY reports. The list of Munster’s overseas players is fairly impressive. From John Langford to…

Steyn fires in France

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SARugbymag.co.za looks back at the past weekend’s English Premiership, Celtic Pro12 and French Top 14 matches, which involved South African players. ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP (final) – Saracens, led by former Sharks lock Alistair Hargreaves, were crowned English Premiership champions after defeating Bath…

Jennings captain of Barbarians

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Leinster back-row Shane Jennings will captain the Barbarians against Ireland at Thomond Park on Thursday. Jennings retires from the professional game in the coming weeks after a distinguished career in which he has won 13 caps for Ireland, PRO12 and…

Preview: Premiership, semifinals

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Northampton Saints and Bath have the best home records in the Premiership this season, and will fittingly host the semifinals. By: Rugby365 The defending champion Saints lost just one match at Franklin’s Gardens this season, while Bath’s only defeat at…

Preview: Pro12, Semifinals

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After 22 Rounds of Pro12 action, four teams remain in the competition for the play-offs all hungry to lift the trophy. By: Rugby365 Glasgow Warriors take on Ulster at Scotstoun on Friday in the first of the two games, in…

Toulon make European history

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Toulon made European history with a rollercoaster 24-18 triumph over Clermont at Twickenham for their third-straight European title. Brilliant individual tries from first Nick Abendanon and then Drew Mitchell made this one of the great European finals. But once again…

Preview: Champions Cup Final

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An historic treble or a long-awaited first title – whatever happens on Saturday history will be made in the first Champions Cup Final. For the second time in three seasons, Clermont take on Toulon in Europe’s biggest game, with the…

Breaking salary cap is like doping

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The Rugby Players’ Association has demanded clarity over reports that investigations into salary cap breaches have been dropped reports Planet Rugby The Times reported on Wednesday that England’s leading clubs voted in February to suspend investigations into possible salary cap…

Time for a Quickie

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The European season is heading towards and end with the European Championship getting into the play-off stages. France Toulon will be without two World Cup winners in Bryan Habana and Juan Smith for Sunday’s Champions Cup clash with Wasps. The…

A European Quickie…

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  Dragons duo re-sign The Dragons have announced that flankers Lewis Evans and Nic Cudd have committed their futures to the Welsh region for another two seasons. Evans came up through the Dragons age grades and went on to play…

Preview RBS Six Nations Round 2

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England versus Italy (“Live” on SS6 at 16:20) Fresh from surprising many in Cardiff, but not themselves, England will look to keep their foot on the gas against Italy this Saturday. Stuart Lancaster has the luxury of being able to select…

LV= Cup Wrap: Blues edge thriller

Cardiff Blues, Saracens, Exeter Chiefs and Newcastle Falcons were all winners in the latest round of LV= Cup action. By: Planet Rugby Results: Wasps 42-45 Cardiff Blues London Welsh 15-20 Saracens Newport Gwent Dragons 30-37 Exeter Chiefs Newcastle Falcons 39-19…