1. New Front Up range for the Lions

    To celebrate the imminent British and Irish Lions Tour, rugby fashion brand Front Up have launched a limited edition range of t shirts and there’s a special discount for readers of The Rugby Blog...

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  2. Lions team to face Royal XV

    Ian McGeechan has stuck with his 1997 tactics by picking an exciting blend of potential Test players and ‘bolters’ in the opening game of the tour against a Royal XV...

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  3. Quest begins to find Lions combinations

    On the face of it, Lions Tours are absurd. Six weeks to throw together players from four different countries and get them playing well enough to challenge the World Champions? It’ll never work...

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  4. The Rugby Blog at Bournemouth Sevens 2009

    The Rugby Blog 7s extravaganza hit the Bournemouth event again this year with serious ambitions both on and off the pitch...

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  5. Player Profile: Jamie Roberts

    As the first Lions game approaches, we continue our series of Player Profiles of key players that we believe will feature in South Africa...

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  6. Leinster's Victory Epitomises New Irish Self-Belief

    Leinster’s win over Leicester at the weekend won them the Heineken Cup for the first time, and epitomised the change of character for Irish teams this season...

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  7. England win IRB London Sevens

    After a thrilling final that went to sudden death extra time, England beat New Zealand to win the IRB London Sevens at Twickenham...

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  8. This week's Twitter updates

    Heineken Cup final showdown: Leinster v Leicester http://tinyurl.com/p6zma7 # #followfriday @nell_xo @bloodandmud @Matt_Gagger @superbru @ur7s @British_Lions - good rugby internet folk! # Interview with England Sevens star Rob Vickerman http://tinyurl..

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  9. This week's Twitter updates

    Heineken Cup final showdown: Leinster v Leicester http://tinyurl.com/p6zma7 # #followfriday @nell_xo @bloodandmud @Matt_Gagger @superbru @ur7s @British_Lions - good rugby internet folk! # Interview with England Sevens star Rob Vickerman http://tinyurl..

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  10. Heineken Cup final showdown: Leinster v Leicester

    Leinster and Leicester go head-to-head at Murrayfield this weekend to decide which team lifts the Heineken Cup...

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  11. Interview with England Sevens Star, Rob Vickerman

    This weekend sees the penultimate round of the IRB Sevens Series, and England star Rob Vickerman was good enough to talk to The Rugby Blog during his trip to London...

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  12. Lions Rugby: Tom Croft called up as Jerry Flannery ruled out

    As "tom" put it in a recent comment, the British and Irish Lions' "cast list is changing on a daily basis." We knew there would be injuries, but to see so many miss out before boarding the plane is disappointing...

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  13. The Rugby Blog Caption Competition V

    To celebrate the ‘MARS Balls Get Britain Playing’ campaign, Mars have been good enough to sponsor our latest Caption Competition...

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  14. Rugby Football: My British and Irish Lions, Text XV

    It has been a while since we selected a starting XV for the first Lions Test. And since one or two injuries and suspensions, there are some new names in the frame. 1. Gethin Jenkins2. Jerry Flannery3...

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  15. New Grassroots Rugby Microsite: The Rugby Blog

    We are pleased to announce the launch of a new microsite dedicated to Grassroots rugby: www.therugbyblog.co.uk/GrassRoots...

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  16. Leicester Lift Guinness Premiership Trophy

    Leicester Tigers defeated London Irish at Twickenham on Saturday to clinch another Guinness Premiership title, but the standard of the game left a little to be desired...

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  17. This week's Twitter updates

    Three out of three in the Super14 predictions this week. Some big games still to come. # Guinness Premiership reaches climax at Twickenham http://tinyurl...

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  18. Guinness Premiership Reaches Climax at Twickenham

    Nine months of sweat and blood, hard graft week-in week-out, comes down to 80 minutes at Twickenham tomorrow in the Guinness Premiership final...

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  19. Super 14 Predictions: Round 14

    The Super 14 competition enters the final round this weekend, and the semi-final places will not be decided until the last game of the regular season...

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  20. Who will replace Alan Quinlan?

    With the news that Alan Quinlan’s ban means he will not travel with the Lions, the hunt is on for his replacement...

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  21. Japan, England, South Africa and Italy in Rugby World Cup bid

    The race for the 2015 and 2019 rugby world cups has begun now that the deadline for bids has past, and the hosts of both tournaments will be announced on the 28th of July...

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  22. Guinness Premiership semi-final report

    Two scintillating matches were played on Saturday, both ending as comprehensive victories, concealing the stories that had unfolded on the pitch...

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  23. Player Profile: Rob Kearney

    There are a few players in the current Ireland crop that are creating headlines, a few are also capturing imaginations—Rob Kearney is doing both, and at the age of 23, it’s likely that he’ll be doing both for some time to come...

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  24. Guinness Premiership Finalists Deserve Their Places

    Nobody can argue that Leicester Tigers and London Irish have not earned their places in this year’s Guinness Premiership final...

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  25. This week's Twitter updates

    Leicester beat Bath to reach Guinness Premiership final http://tinyurl.com/ql2c3w # How is it still 0-0!? Exciting stuff. # One way traffic so far at the walkers stadium...

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