Archive for: 2016

Munster end year on top

Munster moved five points clear at the PRO12 summit as they got the better of Irish rivals Connacht 16-9 at the Sportsground on Saturday. Neither side could establish itself fully in a first-half which was made difficult for players and officials by Galway’s customary swirling wind and rain. Two kicks from Ian Keatley sent Munster…

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Exeter late show stuns Bath

Exeter Chiefs came from 11-0 down to beat play-off rivals Bath 17-11 in their Premiership clash at the Recreation Ground on Saturday. Two late tries from James Short ended Bath’s nine-month unbeaten home record. Semesa Rokodoguni had put his side in front with a breathtaking score, but they were left settling for a losing bonus…

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Leinster ease past Ulster

Leinster moved up to second position in the PRO12 standings after they outclassed Ulster at the RDS, winning 22-7 on Saturday. First-half tries from Rory O’Loughlin and Luke McGrath sent Leinster into a dominant early lead, both tries coming off the back of well-worked set-plays. After the interval, O’Loughlin completed his brace to secure the…

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Clegg the hero as Warriors win

A late Rory Clegg try sealed a hard-fought 35-28 victory for Glasgow Warriors over Treviso at Stadio Monigo on Saturday. More to follow… The scorers: For Treviso: Tries: Sperandio, Budd 2 Cons: Allan, McKinley Pens: Allan 2, McKinley For Glasgow: Tries: Hogg, Seymour, Ashe, Grigg, Clegg Cons: Hogg 5 Treviso: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Angelo…

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England name EPS and squad for Brighton

Eddie Jones has announced a revised 45-man elite player squad (EPS) and the 33 players who will attend a two-day training camp in Brighton. The 33 players will assemble in Brighton from 2-3 January ahead of the opening game of the Six Nations against France at Twickenham on Saturday 4 February (4.50pm). Loosehead prop Nathan…

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Top 14 Wrap: Pau stun Montpellier, Toulouse beat Clermont

Pau claimed an impressive 32-27 victory over Top 14 hopefuls Montpellier on Saturday as Round 15 continued at Stade du Hameau. Results/Fixtures Friday Lyon 19-16 Bordeaux-Bègles Saturday Pau 32-27 Montpellier Castres v Bayonne Stade Français v Brive Toulouse v Clermont Sunday La Rochelle v Grenoble Toulon v Racing 92 Pau 32-27 Montpellier Stade du Hameau,…

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Edinburgh edge Zebre

Duncan Weir kicked four penalties and a conversion as Edinburgh beat Zebre 24-19 at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi on Saturday. With Edinburgh heading into this match without a point on the road and Zebre yet to win at home this season, something had to give. And it was the Scottish side who opened the scoring, with…

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End-of-year features collection

Missed any of our round-ups of the year over the last month? You can find all of them listed below right here. From all our team, a very Happy New Year! The 2016 Planet Rugby Awards Your PR Readers’ Team of the Year Team of the Year Newbies of the Year Quiz of the Year…

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Ten predictions for 2017

Our writers sit down to make ten predictions for the year to come, from the Lions series to relegation. 1) New Zealand franchises to dominate Super Rugby: Despite having to play their countrymen more than usual due to 2016’s format, four of New Zealand’s five sides made the top eight overall as, barring perhaps the…

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Young praises Wasps after vital win

Character and commitment was at the heart of Wasps comeback win over Newcastle on Friday night, says Director of Rugby Dai Young. The 34-30 victory took Wasps to the top of the Premiership standings. The visitors trailed 12-0 after conceding two tries, but a fightback saw them score four of their own to not only…

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