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Match Analysis: All Blacks v Lions - First Test

Match Analysis: All Blacks v Lions - First Test

British & Irish Lions · Match Analysis

The first round of the three test series falls in New Zealand’s favour after a dominant performance from the All Blacks pack allows them to control the game and finish comfortable winners. Join us as we analyse the key areas of a game that portrayed rugby at its finest.

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The 99 call for equality

The 99 call for equality

Spirit Of The Game

Rugby is building towards a brighter, more inclusive future, but it still has a long way to go. Join our senior writer Peter Randall as he discusses equality in rugby.

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Match Analysis: Chiefs v Lions

Match Analysis: Chiefs v Lions

British & Irish Lions · Match Analysis

The Lions continued to build towards the first test of their tour with a strong win over the Chiefs. Join us as we analyse the key areas that defined the game, and gave the Lions their win.

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Match Analysis: Maori All Blacks v Lions

Match Analysis: Maori All Blacks v Lions

British & Irish Lions · Match Analysis

The Lions registered their greatest ever victory over the New Zealand Māori, beating them by 32 points to 10. Join us as we analyse the key aspects of the sodden match in Rotorua.

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Match Analysis: Highlanders v Lions

Match Analysis: Highlanders v Lions

British & Irish Lions · Match Analysis

The Lions fell to their second defeat of their tour against a high tempo and determined Highlanders side, who managed to overturn a deficit of nine points to win the game by twenty-three points to twenty-two.

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Match Analysis: Crusaders v Lions

Match Analysis: Crusaders v Lions

British & Irish Lions · Match Analysis

Off the back of a defeat against the Blues, and against a side who have been scoring tries for fun this year, the Lions put in an incredible defensive display to come through and beat the Crusaders by twelve points to three.

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The Day New Zealand Lost Twice

The Day New Zealand Lost Twice

Historical Series

It seems unimaginable in the professional era that a nation would play test matches on the same day. However, in 1949 New Zealand did just that, and in doing so set a record that is unlikely to be emulated.

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Match Analysis: Blues v Lions

Match Analysis: Blues v Lions

British & Irish Lions · Match Analysis

After a laboured opening victory, the Lions would be hoping to set their mark on this second game of their tour with an improved performance. Having had time on the ground, and the opportunity to work alongside each other in earnest, fans could certainly expect a good game of rugby, with the hope of another Lions victory.

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Match Analysis: Wasps v Exeter Chiefs

Match Analysis: Wasps v Exeter Chiefs

Aviva Premiership · Match Analysis · Tactics Handbook

Having finished the regular season tied on points at the top of the table, Wasps and Exeter delivered one of the most exhilarating finals that the tournament has ever seen. Join us as we take a look at the highs and lows of the game and its climatic finish.

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Aviva Premiership 2017 Team of the Season

Aviva Premiership 2017 Team of the Season

Aviva Premiership

The regular season of the 2016/17 Aviva Premiership has reached its conclusion, and we take a look at the standout players of the season, as well as those who deserve an honourable mention.

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The Anomalous 1973 Five Nations

The Anomalous 1973 Five Nations

Six Nations · Historical Series

The 1973 incarnation of the then Five Nations competition is different. Something happened that is very unlikely, indeed virtually impossible, to ever happen again. Join us as we take a look at how the tournament unfolded and it's unexpected climax.

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1871: The First International

1871: The First International

Six Nations · Historical Series

Scotland and England have provided some memorable fixtures over the years, but both teams contested the first rugby football international in 1871, shortly after the founding of the Rugby Football Union earlier in the year. Join us as we take a look at the game, and the impact it had on the growing sport.

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Match Analysis: England v Italy

Match Analysis: England v Italy

Six Nations · Match Analysis

Connor O'Shea pulled a tactical masterstroke that kept Italy in this game for over 60 minutes, and proved everyone who thought England would walk all over Italy wrong.

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Saving Rugby

Saving Rugby

Six Nations · Rugby Championship · Spirit Of The Game

Rugby is a game steeped in tradition and romance. However it is the same sentiment that holds it back from what it could become. In order to save itself, we argue that rugby needs to take a step back in order to move forward.

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When Wales fought back against Scotland in 1988

When Wales fought back against Scotland in 1988

Six Nations · Historical Series

The Six Nations continues to provide some of the most scintillating rugby we have ever seen, but back when it was still the Five Nations, Wales scored two memorable tries in a fightback that claimed victory over Scotland in 1988.

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The Birth of the English Champion

The Birth of the English Champion

Aviva Premiership · Historical Series

Before 1987, there was no true national league system in English rugby. The inaugural season of the Courage League National Division 1 would see the very first national English champion crowned - the prize for which Premiership clubs now fight.

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Match Analysis: Scotland v Ireland

Match Analysis: Scotland v Ireland

Six Nations · Match Analysis · Tactics Handbook

A great display of defensive resilience and counter-attacking rugby brought Scotland their first opening day victory in the competition for over 10 years. Capitalising on their strengths and Ireland's weaknesses, they were able to deliver a win that many in Scotland will feel has been a long time coming.

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Josef Schmidt: Ireland's Mastermind

Josef Schmidt: Ireland's Mastermind

Six Nations · Tactics Handbook

Josef Schmidt is one of the great thinkers of the game, and his tactical acumen has guided Ireland to one of, if not their greatest period of history. Two Six Nations championships and their first ever victory over the All Blacks has surely cemented his place as the greatest coach Ireland have ever had.

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Jean Prat: The First to 50

Jean Prat: The First to 50

Six Nations · Legend Series

The first player to reach 50 caps, as well as earning himself the nickname 'Monsieur Rugby', Jean Prat is arguably one of the greatest players of all time. His arrival onto the international scene was a large part of France's rise from a second rate side to one of the commanding nations on the international stage in the 1950s.

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The Kings Who Missed Their Coronation

The Kings Who Missed Their Coronation

Aviva Premiership · Historical Series

Ten years after rugby had gone professional, one club had risen to the top of the domestic game, but with the introduction of playoffs to decide a winner, Gloucester would never see themselves crowned champions.

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Carwyn James: The Greatest Coach Wales Never Had

Carwyn James: The Greatest Coach Wales Never Had

British & Irish Lions · Legend Series

Carwyn James was a brilliant polymath; he was an activist, poet and visionary rugby coach, whose brand of creative, attacking rugby marked him out as one of the greatest coaches of all time.

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When The Romans Ruled

When The Romans Ruled

Aviva Premiership · Historical Series

During the fledgling years of the English Premier Championship, one club stood head and shoulders above their rivals. Four championships in a row, and six wins in nine seasons saw Bath assert their dominance over English club rugby.

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Alexander Obolensky: England’s Flying Prince

Alexander Obolensky: England’s Flying Prince

Legend Series

Today, there is an ongoing debate over national eligibility, with foreign players seemingly choosing their nationality by the country that adopts them. However, the story is not a new one; this story is about a Russian Prince that gave everything for England.

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David Gallaher: The Detached Wing Forward

David Gallaher: The Detached Wing Forward

Legend Series

In 1905, the All Black legend came into being. At its head was the taciturn David Gallaher, captain and detached wing forward.

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