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Dan Cole and Joe Launchbury facing fight for World Cup spots

Joe Launchbury and Dan Cole face a weekend of tension before England’s World Cup squad is named on Monday — knowing their experience offers no …

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Rush defence to dominate Rugby World Cup, Rassie Erasmus says

Rush defence will be grim reality in the biggest games at the Rugby World Cup, according to Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus, who predicts tries will …

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Peter O’Mahony: Munster can’t copy what Saracens did to Leinster

A watching brief for the biggest weekend of the club season was not what any of the Munster players wanted, but seeing Saracens batter Leinster into …

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All Blacks great Dan Carter laughs off World Cup talk

Two-time World Cup winner Dan Carter has laughed off suggestions he could make a surprise return to the All Blacks squad for this year’s tournament …

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/apr/18/the-breakdown-champions-cup-semi-finals-10s-rugby-union

The Breakdown

An outside-half who poses an attacking threat is once more a premium product and the Champions Cup semis will provide a fascinating contrast in styles It has been a season when No 10s have come back in from the outside. This weekend’s European Champions Cup semi-finals will, if Joey Carbery recovers …

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The Breakdown

Leicester’s rapid turnover of coaches has left the players and club with an identity crisis as they battle Premiership relegation for the first time When Leicester sacked Dean Richards at the beginning of 2004, the reaction was seismic. Not only had 23 years at the club as a player and the director …

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