1. Ireland Purge Their French Rugby Ghosts

    Ireland got their 2009 Six Nations campaign off to the best possible start, beating their modern bete noire France, 30-21. A game is a long time in rugby, 18 months is even longer...

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  2. Italy Loses Due to Horror Selection, but What To Make of England?

    A 36-11 win to Martin Johnson’s troops halted a five-match test losing streak, but even such a score line spoke volumes of England’s woes as a “top ranked” rugby nation...

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  3. The 2009 Six Nations Preview: Round One

    Despite Wales being the obvious and deserved favourite for the title, the reality is that there is enough potential in all teams to win the oldest championship in world rugby...

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  4. Dan Carter Injured, Perpignan and New Zealand Lose, NZ First Five’s Win

    After making a return from an Achilles tendon strain, Dan Carter has suffered a partial rupture on the same injury and now faces up to six months out of the game...

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  5. New Zealand Rugby and Their Foes' Love Hate Relationship

    As the Southern Hemisphere season begins, New Zealand rugby fans are talking up their teams, while other fans like to point out to a possible fall from grace...

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  6. The Super 14: Key Men and the Key Roles

    As another enthralling season draws agonisingly closer, who will the eyes of the faithful be on this Super 14 season? Even more prudent, what positions will each country put under ...

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  7. The WWE and Wrestling: Lies and Insults to Loyal Fans

    In 1988, I remember vividly watching my first major wrestling event. Summer Slam. I was 11 years old, and my friends and I all dressed up as our favourite wrestlers. I came as the Ultimate Warrior, and boy, did I look ridiculous...

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  8. Which Welsh Rugby Side is Better: The '70s Magicians or Warren Gatland's Lads?

    With two Six Nations Grand Slams in four years, the current Welsh team will go down in the annals of history—but still are short of the glory days of Gareth Edwards illustrious team...

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  9. Does Anyone Miss Jonny Wilkinson?

    With the new boss settled and new blood coming through the ranks, will the game's metronome continue to figure in world rugby, or has Jonny Wilkinson’s expiry date been reached? Wilkinson ...

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  10. Tana, Toulon, and the Expectation of Rugby Success

    With Toulon struggling to be remotely competitive in the Top 14, the premier division of French rugby, it is likely that the former All Black captain Tana Umaga will fall on his sword...

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  11. New Zealand Rugby: What to Expect in 2009

    It is likely that we shall see the world number one ranked rugby nation continue where they left off in 2008, but what more to achieve? Super 14 With 10 wins from thirteen Super Rugby tournaments, statistically New Zealand teams are compelling...

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  12. Bear Witness to the Fall of Australian Rugby

    Cancelled international programs, lack a strong domestic rugby structure, reports of severe financial troubles—is this the beginning of the end for the Wallabies? In recent years, Australian rugby had no doubt made significant ground...

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  13. Scotland: Are They the Six Nations Sleeping Giant?

    Now in his fourth full season, for the first time Frank Hadden has the luxury of players who are in form on his squad...

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  14. Royal Rumble: Thrills, Spills and Over the Rope: History and Preview

    The countdown continues to the event that many believe is second only to Wrestlemania as the premiere wrestling event on the planet...

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  15. Why The Canterbury Crusaders May Win the 2009 Super Rugby Title

    Seven titles from thirteen attempts. A better than 50% competition winning strike rate —need we say much more? They have led the charge exhibited by New Zealand teams, who have won ten of the titles since the competition conception in 1996...

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  16. Anticipation as the 2009 Super 14 Pre-Season Preparation Continues

    The season has officially begun with the first result of 2009 being a Chiefs' 21-17 victory over the Blues in Pukekohe—with plenty of preseason matches scheduled over the next three weeks...

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  17. Preview of the South Africans for the Super 14

    With the finals squads of the five franchises still to be named—we can still surmise that there will be the usual formidable challenge from the sides With the emergence of the ...

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  18. Richard Hadlee: The Greatest Ever Bowling Performance

    Goosebumps—a tingling sensation, a shiver of cold. These feelings occur whenever I think of the greatest cricketer New Zealand has ever produced, Richard Hadlee, the strike bowler who inspired the Kiwis to be world beaters while he graced the team.

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  19. Can International Cricket and the IPL Complement Each Other?

    It is a true spectacle with packed, screaming stadia, scintillating action, and world-class players. It's already begun to change the face of one of the most traditional games in the world...

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  20. Monaco: The Kings Of Formula One and Racing

    The best motor racing circuit in the Formula 1 world is set in the streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine, wrapping around the harbour of the principality of Monaco—the playground of the rich and famous...

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  21. Senegal-France: The Greatest Football Upset of All Time

    France in April of 1998 were the 25th-ranked nation in world football and had not been a world power for some time. While they were the host nation, few gave them any hope of winning their maiden World Championship title...

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  22. 2009 and Cricket: A Look at the Few Months Ahead

    With a new world order evolving for the first time in over a decade, it will be a most intriguing collection of series to look forward to this year...

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  23. South African Tour Preview: British Lions Look to Re-Affirm Status in 2009

    Ian McGeechan—referred by some as the Alex Ferguson of rugby—will take the Lions back to basics on their upcoming tour of South Africa. It will be a restoration to the time-honoured ethos of the celebrated team...

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  24. Reflection on Modern Australian Test Cricket, Part 3: The New World Order

    The final chapter on the look of Australia’s dominance. Two test series against South Africa would be drawn, and would signal the end of an era as Allan Border retired from international cricket...

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  25. Reflection on Modern Australian Test Cricket, Pt. 2: Slow Climb to the Summit

    We continue to look at the rise of the Baggy Green toward the late Eighties. There was to be further pain for Border with the "South African rebel tours," as Prime Minister Bob Hawke labelled the 16 players who headed to the republic as traitors...

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