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Tri Nations 2020: Argentina v New Zealand

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Following the emphatic 15-15 draw between Argentina and Australia at Newcastle’s Tri Nations Leg last week Saturday, the Pumas will need to put up a stronger performance if they are to beat the All Blacks the second time in a row. Last week’s Tri Nations draw was a try-less affair, as both Argentina and Australia were unable to ground the ball past their opponents try line. On the other hand, New Zealand seeks to avenge their recent defeat from Argentina …

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Autumn Nations Cup: England v Ireland

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All attention draws to Twickenham this weekend, as England host Ireland in their inaugural Autumn Nations Cup fixture. Both Northern Hemisphere rugby nations are known for their classic encounters, and this Saturday will be no different as both sides seek to get one over their traditional rivals. The Northern Hemisphere rugby rivalry dates back to 1875, and a total of 136 test matches have been played between these two sides. England has been the far superior rugby side winning a …

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“Worst Maroons Team in 40 Years” Wins State of Origin

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The Queensland Maroons have defied the odds to defeat the New South Wales Blues 2-1 in the State of Origin series. After being dubbed the “worst” side in Origin history, the Maroons lifted the Shield in front of nearly 50,000 of their loyal fans in what is the most attended sporting event since the beginning of March. This series, which celebrated 40 years of the State of Origin concept in Australian rugby league, was held across three consecutive Wednesdays after …

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Queensland win their first Women’s State of Origin

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The Queensland Maroons have won their first Women’s State of Origin title against the New South Wales Blues with the young guns in their spine leading the charge. Fullback Tamika Upton kickstarted the Maroons’ 24-18 victory while Tarryn Aiken’s best-on-ground performance included a try and an assist. It was a night of firsts for women’s rugby league, with the game played at the Sunshine Coast Stadium in Queensland after the inaugural two State of Origin matches were held at North …

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Tri-Nations 2020: New Zealand vs Argentina

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There has been plenty of excitement leading into this weekend’s leg of the Tri-Nations 2020 clash between New Zealand and Argentina. The Rugby World awaits to see the Pumas return to international rugby, while New Zealand is looking to bounce back following a shock defeat they experienced last week against Dave Rennie’s, Wallabies. As the vulnerability of The All Blacks was exposed, Mario Ledesma’s, Pumas, will seek their first-ever victory over New Zealand this weekend. Will we witness history being …

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Tri-Nations Round 2: Australia v New Zealand

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In what was a record-breaking defeat the Wallabies suffered at the hands of New Zealand in The Tri-Nations opener, it would appear that the Australian side has hit an all-time low in recent years. Australia has only pride to play for the Bledisloe Cup this weekend, as it remains in New Zealand’s hands for the past 18 consecutive years. Wallaby Coach, Dave Rennie, needs to consider serious tactical changes to his on-field game plan as the newly appointed coach has …

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Six Nations Weekend Finale 2020

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In what will be a historic rugby Saturday, the world patiently waits to witness who will be crowned the kings of the Six Nations this year. Scotland makes a trip to Wales, where Italy is due to host World Cup runners-up, England, and France host the Irish; where four teams stand the chance to be awarded Six Nations Champions. Due to the global Covid pandemic, the Six Nations tournament has been postponed since March 2020.  In last year’s Six Nations, …

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NRL Grand Finals – Broncos Claim Three-Peat, Storm Hold On

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The 2020 NRL Grand Finals have made history. The Brisbane Broncos claimed a third straight NRLW Premiership before the Melbourne Storm survived a comeback to claim the men’s trophy after a hard year on the road. Here’s a quick recap of the big plays of the games. NRLW Grand Final While the sun was still out, the women’s game kicked off the big day with a showdown between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters. The Broncos struck early with …

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Super Rugby Unlocked 2020: Bulls Vs Sharks

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Every South African rugby fan will shift their attention to Loftus Versveld, Pretoria this Saturday at the Super Rugby Unlocked the latest game between the Blue Bulls and The Sharks; both with plenty of pride to play for in this South African rugby derby. Both Bulls and Sharks have a vast blend of youth and experience, as both teams are leading contenders to lift the South African Super Rugby Unlocked trophy this year. Previous Meetings: In many previous encounters, both …

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Maro Itoje: The Future Captain of England Rugby

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The name Oghenemaro Itoje does not sound too familiar to many rugby enthusiasts, yet, when it’s shortened to Maro Itoje, every England Rugby fan has words of praise for the latest English rugby superstar. The lock forward weighs in at a solid 115 KG, with his height being a whopping 1.95m. The presence of Itoje in The English forward’s has allowed it to find its backbone, where Itoje leads the pack. After a disappointing 2019 Rugby World Cup Final, England …

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How NRL Finals Week Three Went Down

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All eyes now turn to the Grand Finals of the NRL and the NRLW, following the latest weekend of games. Storm v Raiders The Melbourne Storm met the Canberra Raiders in Brisbane, playing for a Grand Final that meant everything to both of them. The night got off to an eventful start as a major outage caused disruptions at the ticket gate, leaving 20,000 fans locked out at kickoff. On the field, Storm hit the accelerator from the start with …

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The Bledisloe Cup 2020: Round 2

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In what would have been the perfect start to the Bledisloe Cup for Australia under coach Dave Rennie’s campaign, ended in an emphatic draw as both sides played to a 16 a-piece score. Many rugby enthusiasts saw Rennie’s Wallabies give a fighting chance against a fierce-looking New Zealand side, however, Australia surprised the world with a very convincing performance. The unfortunately missed penalty by Wallaby, Reece Hodge, was one of the factors that would have given Australia a memorable Bledisloe …

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How NRL Finals Week Two Went Down

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Only a quarter of teams in the NRL remain standing as the Premiership race heats up, while the NRLW Grand Finalists are locked in with a round to go. We are two weeks away from our winners. Roosters v Raiders Proceedings opened with a rematch of last year’s Grand Final at the SCG, as the Canberra Raiders chased revenge for the controversial way they lost that Premiership and the Sydney Roosters aimed to keep alive their hopes of a historic …

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Bledisloe Cup 2020 – The Return Of International Rugby

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All eyes draw to Wellington, New Zealand on Sunday where the traditional Bledisloe Cup resumes! New Zealand hosts their cross-Tasmanian rivals Australia in a fixture that first dates back to 1931. History proves The All Blacks have been the far superior side winning the Bledisloe Cup 47 times, with Australia only winning the trophy a total of 12 times. Based on the return of rugby and the history between the two sides, can Australia do the impossible and beat New …

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How NRL Finals Week One Went Down

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The NRL Finals are four games in, the NRLW two. The race for the coveted Provan-Summons trophy has narrowed down further. Panthers vs Roosters The blockbuster showdown between minor premiers the Penrith Panthers and twice-defending champions the Sydney Roosters on Friday night had just about everything, except golden point. The Roosters, keen to make up for a 60-8 drubbing from the Rabbitohs the week before, hit the gas early with tries in the first ten minutes from Josh Morris and …

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A Brand New PRO14 Season Begins

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As little as three weeks back, we saw the pride of Ireland’s Leinster, claim their 7th PRO14 title for the 2019/20 season. In what was a one-sided contested final, Leinster overcame fellow Irish rivals Ulster in a well-dominated 27-5 victory. With less than a calendar month to celebrate, this weekend we will see the start of a brand new 2020/21 PRO14 tournament. Zebre and Cardiff will open the new competition this weekend, followed by an array of fixtures from various …

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NRL Finals Loom as Regular Season Concludes

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The first fixtures of the National Rugby League’s finals series are locked in after the final round of the regular season came to an end today. The Competitors While Penrith Panthers had already secured the minor premiership and the top eight were determined two rounds ago, some key positions were still open and the race for those positions made for some entertaining footy. The Newcastle Knights failed to hold sixth place, going down on Friday to a Gold Coast outfit …

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The Green Light: The Rugby Championship 2020

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In what has been a challenging year for many rugby fans and mainly the players, the Southern Hemisphere’s Rugby Championship 2020 tournament has just been confirmed for the back end of the season. The Rugby Championship tournament – previously known as the Tri-Nations – was inaugurated in 1996 with the three rugby-rich countries; Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, all contesting for the converted trophy. In 2012, the tournament expanded to add the South American rugby giants, Argentina, to the …

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Super Fan Saturday – Rugby South Africa

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In what has been an extremely long-awaited return for the game, South Africa will host their very first rugby game: Super Fan Saturday, since the sport was postponed back in March 2020. While this year may have been challenging times for the majority of the world, a doubleheader action-packed Saturday will bring something to look forward to locally. and keep every South African rugby fan at the edge of their seats. One of the nation’s most iconic rugby venues, Loftus …

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Leinster VS Ulster: Pro 14 Champions Final 2020

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The annual Pro 14 tournament was wrapped up as the final whistle blew at The Aviva Stadium in Dublin this past weekend. Leinster reigned in as the Pro 14 Champions 2020 against an enthusiastic Ulster team, winning 27-5, to become the first side ever to win three consecutive Pro 14 titles. The Dublin side held their remarkable reputation as the most successful provincial Irish rugby sides following their victory on Saturday, and have once again been crowned the Pro 14 …

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