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Jamie Lyall

Seb Blake: From Chinnor to the European champions in one crazy year

Gloucester's English and Australian qualified hooker reflects on a blistering rise to the Kingsholm first team.

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Francisco Isaac

How agents have helped emerging nations talent triumph

Rugby agents have opened doors and fuelled big moves for talented athletes from diverse and less heralded international background…

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Gregor Paul

All Blacks sabbaticals ‘damage Super Rugby Pacific when it is fighting for survival’

Allowing stars to play elsewhere robs the competition of its biggest names and makes a mockery of NZR’s eligibility policy.

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Ross Harries

Cardiff Rugby's band of brothers unite for the promise of brighter times ahead

Matt Sherratt didn't expect to find himself as a head coach but his humility and humour have helped with a feel-good factor at the…

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Mark Orders

Glimmers of positivity but Welsh rugby not moving anywhere fast

The regions have battled manfully with ever reducing budgets but while Welsh rugby awaits another reboot other nations forge ahead

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Nick Bishop

How Leinster neutralised 'long-in-the-tooth' La Rochelle

The Irish province slew their great foe, prompting questions about the serial champions' age profile.

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Pat McCarry

Ryan Baird has unlocked raw power for Leinster and Ireland

In running Leinster's lineouts, the newly powered up, rangy back five forward has added another string to his bow

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Mick Cleary

Mick Cleary: 'There is no such thing as a run-of-the-mill, tepid, easy-as-it-goes East Midlands Derby'

For all the talk of exotic World Club Championships, it is affairs closer to home that stir the blood with the East Midlands derby…

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Owain Jones

Taine Plumtree: 'I couldn't blame them for saying 'Who the hell is this guy?'

The back-row had a rollercoaster start to life in Welsh rugby but is raring to prove his worth on his return from injury.

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Gavin Mortimer

France and All Blacks in tug of war over latest star from New Caledonia

Patrick Tuifua is being courted by France's Top 14 giants but is also eligible for New Zealand.

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Neil Squires

'If the South Africans are in, they need to be all in'

What is the point in having South African teams in the Champions Cup if they demean it when it comes to the showpiece games?

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Brett McKay

How are Australian sides faring in Super Rugby Pacific?

Who's trending up? Who's performing as expected? And who still has work to do?

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