1. Preview: South Africa V New Zealand

    Not for the first time this season, the All Blacks enter a test match under pressure. They face a World Champion Springbok team that has local media and fans gushing rapture over a Bokke that appears to be destined for greatness...

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  2. The Modern Rugby Dilemma: Quantity Over Quality

    As most of the world’s domestic competitions begin to commence, as lovers of the sport we can look forward to a feast of rugby...

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  3. Wales Have The Cash, But Can They Sort Out Their Backyard?

    As the urban war between the Welsh Rugby Union and the four regions continues, it has been revealed that the Red Dragons could earn a 28,000 pound cash bonus if they produce a clean sweep in their four test matches at the end of the year...

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  4. Brumbies and Waratahs To Monopolise Australian Rugby

    With the double signings of both Berrick Barnes and Drew Mitchell today by New South Wales, it has become obvious that the Australian Super 14 hopes will be a two horse race in 2010...

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  5. No Fairy Tale for Michael Schumacher

    Despite rumours to the contrary, the seven-time World Champion, and man who many regard as the greatest Formula One driver in history, will not make a surprise return to Ferrari...

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  6. A Preview of the Third Ashes Test of 2009

    After recording their maiden first-class win of this tour with a solid victory over Northamptonshire, the tourists probably raised more questions for themselves than the match answered. The biggest problem for Australia is their pace battery...

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  7. All Blacks must heed lessons of past defeats

    And again the inquisitions begin! As Graham Henry suffered just his tenth defeat as coach of New Zealand, the team that had just defied their critics again will have the hounds baying at their door...

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  8. Springbok's formula looks sound enough to take Tri Nations

    In what was one of the better displays from the World Champions, Peter De Villiers men put the squeeze on the All Blacks early, before withstanding the New Zealander’s now trademark second half blitzkrieg...

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  9. Springboks vs. All Blacks Preview: Second Tri Nations Test

    It is a two-test series between the two best sides in the world. On one side, we have the Lions-conquerors and World Champions, South Africa. On the other, we have the defending Tri Nations champions and the IRB's No...

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  10. How To Lose an Ashes Series – by England

    You would think that with just one Ashes triumph since 1989, England would have approached the first test on red alert, at DEFCON 1, and all other affiliated battle station analogies...

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  11. All Blacks' Conundrum at 10 Could Be a Blessing

    Coach Graham Henry has delayed the naming of his test side as both Luke McAlister and Stephen Donald have run freely at training today...

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  12. The Top 14, Part Three: The Fixtures

    The final look at the Top 14 preview, as we look at the fixtures for the season. The French Top 14 season is played on a return fixture format, which means that in Round One through ...

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  13. Can Australia Win The Tri Nations?

    If one was to believe the talk coming from sections of their local media and the former playing ranks of Australian test players, then we are witnessing the birth of a new golden age for the Wallabies...

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  14. The Top 14, Part Two: A Look at the Clubs

    We continue our look at the Top 14, looking at the clubs involved. SCA Albi Home ground: Stadium Municipal d'Albi (capacity 12,000) Last year: Third in the Pro D2 The club; founded ...

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  15. The Top 14, Part One: An Overview

    First played in 1892, the French domestic championship begins in a little over a month, in a format where the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (the French National Rugby League) has made key changes to the competition that take effect from 2010/11 onwards...

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  16. All Blacks' Close Results Could Be Blessings in Disguise

    As Italy marches onto Christchurch, a New Zealand team that is under a surprising amount of pressure, it will look for their final hit out...

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  17. Will Robbie Dean's Bubble Burst As First Real Test Looms?

    The Wallabies have named what appears to be their full strength team for the first big assessment of the season, facing only the fifth team to win in New Zealand since 2000...

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  18. British Lions Must Overcome Springbok Forwards To Square Series

    The British and Irish Lions were given a harsh lesson in what is required to defeat a full strength South Africa, and the 26-21 score line didn’t reflect on how dominant the World Champions were up front...

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  19. All Blacks Defeat France 14-10

    Perhaps it is the sight of black garbed men opposite them, but if Les Bleus committed these sorts of performances every test match, they would be a mighty world power. But, it is the lack of consistency that is the marque de fabrique of the Tri colours.

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  20. All Blacks Looking for Revenge Against France

    Les Bleus will be looking to become just sixth team to win a test series on New Zealand soil, and the first in the professional era, when a confident Tri Colours march on Wellington...

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  21. Australia To Attempt a Grand Slam

    The Australian Rugby Union and Rugby Football Union have agreed to terms for a test match November 7 at Twickenham, which will now be the first match of a rare Grand Slam series against the Home Nations...

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  22. Springbok Team Named To Face British and Irish Lions

    Peter De Villiers has named his first South African test team of the year, a team of potential Lion tamers that will look to avenge the series loss in 1997...

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  23. All Blacks Suffer From Harshest Expectations

    The All Blacks have the cliché, “you’re only as good as your last game” applied to them more than any team in world rugby, which puts into perspective the pressure that the players and coaching staff face...

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  24. All Blacks Lose, and French Celebrate

    Despite being without nearly 400 test matches worth of experience, a tenacious and aggressive France beat the All Blacks 27-22 at Carisbrook. This loss was the fifth New Zealand has suffered at the fabled House of Pain...

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  25. IRB Rankings Shift After Hectic Weekend

    After a few months of relative inactivity, the IRB world rankings will see varied movement, as most notably the No. 1 ranked team, the All Blacks, see their place under threat...

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