1. Australia vs. France: 6 Bold Predictions for Brisbane Test

    France meet Australia on Saturday with Les Bleus in a similar predicament to England. The Top 14 domestic final also took place last weekend, ruling out anyone involved from the first Test of their summer tour...

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  2. New Zealand v England: Key Battles That Will Shape Auckland Test

    England’s heavily depleted side goes in against an All Blacks side almost at full strength for the first Test on Saturday. As well as missing a gaggle of first-choice players, England also have the weight of history against them...

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  3. World Rugby's Team of the Weekend: Finals Fever Hits Europe

    The domestic season in Europe came to a thrilling end while the Super 15 signed off for a break while the international window takes centre stage...

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  4. Toulon V Castres: Score and Lessons Learned from Top 14 Final

    Toulon 18–10 Castres Toulon avenged last season’s Top 14 final defeat to complete a European and domestic double against Castres ...

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  5. Toulon vs. Castres: Key Battles That Will Shape Top 14 Final

    Jonny Wilkinson will go in search of the perfect end to his career on Saturday when Toulon look to add the French Top 14 title to their Heineken Cup success . The men from the Med face Castres in a replica of last season’s final...

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  6. 6 Most Famous Barbarians Matches of All Time

    England take on the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday in a game that rugby’s purists always hope will sign the season off with a flourish...

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  7. Jonny Wilkinson and 5 Other Rugby Icons Who Deserve Their Shirt Number Retired

    The retirement of players’ shirt numbers is commonplace in American sports and world football. Sporting greats like Michael Jordan, Dan Marino and Wayne Gretzky have had their ...

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  8. World Rugby's Team of the Weekend: Toulon Titans Show Their Class

    The weekend saw Europe's top silverware settled and several domestic dust-ups in the Super XV. There were plenty of big game performances from big names in Toulon's win over Saracens ...

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  9. Saracens v Toulon: Breaking Down How Toulon Won the Heineken Cup

    Toulon made it back-to-back European Cups in Cardiff on Saturday as they claimed the last ever Heineken Cup. Tries from Matt Giteau and Juan Smith, along with 13 points from that man Jonny Wilkinson, made it a thoroughly one-sided 23-6 victory...

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  10. Northampton vs. Bath: Breaking Down How Northampton Won the Amlin Challenge Cup

    Northampton have a piece of silverware on the sideboard. The Amlin Challenge Cup will find its final resting place at Franklin’s Gardens after a second-half comeback from the Saints, defeating Bath 30-16...

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  11. Selecting England's Squad for New Zealand and Predicting 1st Test XV

    England travel to New Zealand for a tour that will greatly inform Stuart Lancaster's thinking ahead of next year's World Cup. It is the toughest examination his players will face between now and when the tournament kicks off...

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  12. Power Ranking the Atmosphere at IRB Sevens' Venues

    The IRB Sevens World Series concludes this weekend at Twickenham. This global tour began in October last year in Australia and has taken in stops from Scotland to Sin City...

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  13. 8 Insane Jonny Wilkinson Stats No One Talks About

    Jonny Wilkinson is likely to play his last game of competitive rugby in this season’s Heineken Cup final, in which Toulon take on Saracens...

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  14. 500 Days to the World Cup: 10 Reasons Why 2015 Will Be Best Tournament Ever

    With 500 days to go before the eighth Rugby World Cup gets under way, tickets will soon be on general sale and qualifying is reaching its climax for the lower tier nations still scrapping it out for a place in the tournament...

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  15. 6 Bold Predictions for Super Rugby Round 12

    The plates are shifting in the Super Rugby universe, and there could be more seismic movement this weekend...

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  16. Power Ranking the Six-Man Shortlist for Aviva Premiership Player of the Season

    The six contenders have been revealed for this year's Aviva Premiership Player of the Year. The gong will be handed out on May 15, with three backs and three forwards on the list ...

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  17. Heineken Cup Team of the Season, Using Only One Player from Each Club

    Team of the tournament selections usually revolve around the hubs of two or three successful sides in that competition. You would expect to see certain clubs provide a clutch of players based on how well they performed as a unit...

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  18. 5 Things We Learned from Super Rugby Round 11

    The top of the table bunched up following Round 11 of Super Rugby, with leaders Sharks losing at home to the Highlanders and the chasing three sides all winning their respective fixtures...

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  19. Toulon vs. Munster: 5 Key Battles That Will Shape Heineken Cup Semi-Final

    Munster travel to Marseille to take on the champions in the last four of the Heineken Cup. The Irish giants have not gone beyond this stage since they last won the competition ...

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  20. Ranking the Top 25 Players in Heineken Cup History

    This will be the last season of Heineken Cup rugby in its current format. The tournament has lifted European club rugby to a whole new level since its inception in 1995 and has produced a catalogue of memorable moments...

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  21. 5 Things We Learned from Super Rugby Round 10

    Derbies across the board this weekend threw up some tight contests in each conference as the Sharks upheld their league lead with a win over the Cheetahs, while in Australia the Force fell to the Brumbies ...

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  22. Ranking the 10 Most Intimidating Stadiums in World Rugby

    Home advantage counts for a lot in sport, especially rugby. If you can turn your ground into a bear pit, it not only galvanizes the home players but will go a long way to unsettling the visiting side as well...

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  23. 6 Bold Predictions for Super Rugby Round 10

    There are some key derbies this weekend that can alter things in each of the Super Rugby conferences. In South Africa, the Sharks face a potential banana skin against the high-scoring ...

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  24. Ranking the Top 20 Nations in the History of the World Cup

    The 2015 Rugby World Cup will be the eighth instalment of a competition that began with 16 teams in New Zealand and Australia back in 1987...

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  25. 5 Things We Learned from Super Rugby Round 9

    The jostling for the playoff spots proceeds apace as the Sharks continue to lead the way. Behind them, the Chiefs and Brumbies won to maintain their positions in the automatic ...

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