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2018/19 - HSBC - World Rugby - Sevens Series:

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(Results / Highlights)

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Fiji crowned champions at HSBC Cape Town Sevens

https://www.world.rugby/sevens-series/news/387197

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A pair of tries from Kalione Nasoko and Vilimoni Botitu helped Fiji beat USA 29-15 in the Cup final in Cape Town and secure their first HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series victory in South Africa since 2005.

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Medals / Top 3 Placings

Fiji- Gold

USA - Silver

South Africa - Bronze 

https://www.world.rugby/sevens-series/standings/mens

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(Highlights)

 

(Mens - 2nd Leg - Cape Town - South Africa)

 

 

 

 

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2018/19 - Rugby Union: Tier 1/2 - European Cup Competitions:

 

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2018/19 - Heineken Champions Cup (Tier 1) / European Challenge Cup (Tier 2) -  Results - Rounds 3/4:

 

 

 

Heineken Champions Cup - Results:

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https://www.epcrugby.com/champions-cup/matches/fixtures-and-results/

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European Challenge Cup - RND 4 - Match Postponement / Results:

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https://www.epcrugby.com/challenge-cup/matches/fixtures-and-results/

 

 

 

 

 

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Nicolas Chauvin: Stade Francais teenager dies after tackle in game at Bordeaux

https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/46550462

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Nicolas Chauvin, who was 18, suffered a broken neck after a tackle early in a youth match at Bordeaux on Sunday.

The injury led to the back-row suffering a cardiac arrest and brain damage due to a lack of oxygen.

 

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Nicolas Chauvin: Clubs to hold minute's silence for dead Stade Francais player

https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/46575485

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Professional clubs across Europe will hold a minute's silence this weekend in tribute to Stade Francais youth player Nicolas Chauvin, who died aged 18 after being injured in a match.

 

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Calls for rugby to be made safer after the deaths of three young players in France

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/international/109405614/calls-for-rugby-to-be-made-safer-after-the-deaths-of-three-young-players-in-france

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A former French rugby professional has joined France's Sports Minister in pleading for rugby to be made safer after the recent deaths of three young players.

A moment's silence was held before all matches in European rugby tournaments last weekend in memory of Stade Francais Paris academy player Nicolas Chauvin, 19, who died last week after breaking his neck in a youth match.

He was the third young French player to die in 2018.  A 17-year-old player was found dead in bed a day after injuring himself while making a tackle in an amateur game in Billom last May.

Former France under-20 international Louis Fajfrowski collapsed and died in the dressing room after he was accidentally hit in the chest during a collision in a pre-season friendly for his ProD2 club Stade Aurillac in August.

 

 

 

 

 

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Continued Reaction / Fallout from the Nicolas Chauvin Death...

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French rugby authorities call for lower tackle height after players’ deaths

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/dec/21/rugby-union-french-lower-tackle-height-players-deaths

 

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French rugby authorities have called for a major change to reduce tackles to waist height after the death of the Stade Francais academy player Nicolas Chauvin this month.

Chauvin, 19, died after breaking his neck in a match in Bordeaux and his funeral was held in Paris this week. He was the third young player in France to die after a rugby game in the past five months, which has led to a national debate about player safety.

In response the French Rugby Federation and Ligue National de Rugby called World Rugby to an emergency player welfare summit in Paris on Thursday in which they proposed banning two-player tackles and tackling head-to-head as well as reducing the tackle height to be level with the waist.

The FFR president, Bernard Laporte, said in a subsequent statement: “Rugby must become a game of movement where avoidance overrides the impact. For this, it is important to change attitudes and change the rules, especially on tackling.

 

 

 

 

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2018/19 - Gallagher Premiership - Best Tries - RND 10 [+] Pro14 - Best Tries - RND 11:

 

 

 

(Gallagher Premiership)

(Holmes, Try - Voted Best of Week 10)

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(Pro14)

https://www.pro14rugby.org/2018/12/24/guinness-pro14-round-11-tries-of-the-week/

 

 

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2018/19 - Gallagher Premiership - Best Tries - RND 11 [+] Pro14 - Best Tries - RND 12:

 

 

 

(Gallagher Premiership)

(Francis, Try - Voted Best of Week 11)

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(Pro14)

https://www.pro14rugby.org/2018/12/31/guinness-pro14-round-12-top-tries-of-the-week/

 

 

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Christian Wade leaves Wasps to pursue NFL career:

https://www.skysports.com/rugby-union/news/12551/11529293/christian-wade-leaves-wasps-to-pursue-nfl-career
 

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England winger Christian Wade has quit Wasps to seek a career in the NFL.

Wade is third in the list of all-time try scorers in the Premiership with 82 tries but has only earned one cap for England, back in 2013, and that is believed to be a big factor in his decision to leave rugby union.

 

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Christian Wade joined by six others in NFL International Player Pathway:

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001002116/article/christian-wade-joined-by-six-others-in-nfl-international-player-pathway

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Seven athletes from five countries will compete for a spot in the 2019 International Player Pathway Program, the NFL announced today.

Instituted in 2017, the program aims to provide elite international athletes the opportunity to compete at the NFL level, improve their skills, and ultimately earn a spot on an NFL roster.

The league has identified seven top athletes from five countries that will compete for a place in the 2019 program. Given the program's success to date, the NFL widened its search for international talent, with players from Brazil and Mexico participating for the first time. Athletes from Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom will again be represented, including two professional Rugby players, Valentine Holmes and Christian Wade, who are attempting to cross over to the NFL.

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CHRISTIAN WADE, Running Back/Kick Returner, (England), Age: 27

Represented the English National Rugby Team at the U16, U18 and U20 levels. Was selected to the British and Irish Lions squad, the highest honor as a rugby player. His 82 Premiership Rugby tries (touchdowns) ranks third on the league's all-time list.  A projected running back, he has high athletic ability and a versatile skill set.

 

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Side Note: Christian Wade is a pro (Rugby Union) player. Valentine Holmes is a pro (Rugby League) player. They're similar, but different sports.  

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Extra Thought: Good luck to all involved, especially Wade. 

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(Footage: Christian Wade - NFL Short / Football Drills)

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/0ap3000001002140/Rugby-star-Christian-Wade-switches-to-the-NFL

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2018/19 - Heineken Champions Cup (Tier 1) / European Challenge Cup (Tier 2) -  Results - Rounds 5/6:

Heineken Champions Cup - Results:

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https://www.epcrugby.com/champions-cup/matches/fixtures-and-results/

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European Challenge Cup - Results:

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https://www.epcrugby.com/challenge-cup/matches/fixtures-and-results/

 

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2018/19 - Heineken Champions Cup (Tier 1) - Quarter Finals - Fixtures:

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https://www.epcrugby.com/champions-cup/matches/fixtures-and-results/

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2018/19 - European Challenge Cup (Tier 2) - Quarter Finals - Fixtures:

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https://www.epcrugby.com/challenge-cup/matches/fixtures-and-results/

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(Check Local Listings)

 

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2019 - International Rugby Union - Guinness Six Nations - Teams / Fixtures:

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(Six Nations - Official Site)

 https://www.sixnationsrugby.com/

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Ireland

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World Ranking - (2) (Points - 91.17)

2019 - Six Nations Odds - (4/5)

2018 - Six Nations Placing - (1st) (Champions)

Home Ground - (Aviva Stadium) 

http://www.irishrugby.ie/home.php

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Wales

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World Ranking - (3) (Points - 87.24)

2019 - Six Nations Odds - (9/2)

2018 - Six Nations Placing - (2nd) (Runner-up)

Home Ground - (Principality Stadium) 

http://www.wru.co.uk/eng/home.php

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England

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World Ranking - (4) (Points - 86.22)

2019 - Six Nations Odds - (10/3)

2018 - Six Nations Placing - (5th)

Home Ground - (Twickenham Stadium) 

https://www.englandrugby.com/

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Scotland

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World Ranking - (7) (Points - 81.84)

2019 - Six Nations Odds - (14)

2018 - Six Nations Placing - (3rd)

Home Ground - (Murrayfield Stadium) 

http://www.scottishrugby.org/

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France

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World Ranking - (9) (Points - 77.33)

2019 - Six Nations Odds - (14)

2018 - Six Nations Placing - (4th)

Home Ground - (Stade de France) 

https://www.ffr.fr/Equipes-de-France/Rugby-a-XV/XV-France

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Italy

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World Ranking - (15) (Points - 72.75)

2019 - Six Nations Odds - (1000)

2018 - Six Nations Placing - (6th)

Home Ground - (Stadio Olimpico) 

https://www.federugby.it/index.php

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(Fixtures / Check Local Guides)

 

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2019 - International Rugby Union - Guinness Six Nations - Squads:

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Ireland

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Six Nations 2019: Uncapped Connacht trio in Ireland squad:

https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/46891982

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Ireland 2019 Six Nations squad

Forwards:

Hookers: Rory Best (Ulster, capt), Sean Cronin (Leinster), Niall Scannell (Munster). Props: Tadhg Furlong (Leinster), Cian Healy (Leinster), Dave Kilcoyne (Munster), Jack McGrath (Leinster), Andrew Porter (Leinster), John Ryan (Munster). Locks: Tadgh Beirne (Munster), Ultan Dillane (Connacht), Iain Henderson (Ulster), James Ryan (Leinster), Devin Toner (Leinster). Back row: Jack Conan (Leinster), Jordi Murphy (Ulster), Sean O'Brien (Leinster), Peter O'Mahony (Munster), Rhys Ruddock (Leinster), CJ Stander (Munster), Josh van der Flier (Leinster).

Backs:

Back three: Will Addison (Ulster), Andrew Conway (Munster), Keith Earls (Munster), Rob Kearney (Leinster), Jordan Larmour (Leinster), Jacob Stockdale (Ulster). Centres: Bundee Aki (Connacht), Chris Farrell (Munster), Tom Farrell (Connacht), Robbie Henshaw (Leinster), Garry Ringrose (Leinster). Fly-halves: Joey Carbery (Munster), Jack Carty (Connacht), Johnny Sexton (Leinster). Scrum-halves: Caolin Blade (Connacht), John Cooney (Ulster), Conor Murray (Munster).

 

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Wales

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Six Nations 2019: Injured pair Halfpenny and Moriarty included in Wales squad

https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/46877296

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Wales squad

Forwards: Rob Evans (Scarlets), Wyn Jones (Scarlets), Nicky Smith (Ospreys), Elliot Dee (Dragons), Ryan Elias (Scarlets), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Leon Brown (Dragons), Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Dillon Lewis (Cardiff Blues), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Adam Beard (Ospreys), Seb Davies (Cardiff Blues), Cory Hill (Dragons), Alun Wyn Jones (captain, Ospreys) Ross Moriarty (Dragons), Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Josh Turnbull (Cardiff Blues), Aaron Wainwright (Dragons), Thomas Young (Wasps)

Backs: Aled Davies (Ospreys), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Tomos Williams (Cardiff Blues), Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues), Dan Biggar (Northampton), Jarrod Evans (Cardiff Blues), Rhys Patchell (Scarlets), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets), Owen Watkin (Ospreys), Scott Williams (Ospreys), Josh Adams (Worcester), Hallam Amos (Dragons), Steffan Evans (Scarlets), Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets), Jonah Holmes (Leicester), George North (Ospreys), Liam Williams (Saracens)

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England

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England Six Nations 2019 squad announcement: Eddie Jones names his 2019 team:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/england-six-nations-2019-live-13868386

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England's Six Nations squad in full

Here is England’s SIx Nations squad in full. In the absence of Hartley, Owen Farrell will captain the squad.

Forwards: Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Ben Earl (Saracens) *, Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs), Brad Shields (Wasps), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Jack Singleton (Worcester Warriors) *, Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs), Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)

Backs: Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Ollie Devoto (Exeter Chiefs), Owen Farrell (Saracens) captain, George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Dan Robson (Wasps) *, Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby) *, Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

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Scotland

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Six Nations 2019: Scotland call up Crosbie, Smith, Dunbar & Harley as Watson drops out:

https://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/46945265

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Scotland squad:

Forwards:

Props: Alex Allan (Glasgow Warriors), Allan Dell (Edinburgh), Jamie Bhatti (Glasgow Warriors); Simon Berghan (Edinburgh), Willem Nel (Edinburgh), D'Arcy Rae (Glasgow Warriors). Hookers: Dave Cherry (Edinburgh), Jake Kerr (Leicester Tigers), Stuart McInally (Edinburgh), Grant Stewart (Glasgow Warriors). Locks: Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh), Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors) Rob Harley (Glasgow Warriors), Sam Skinner (Exeter Chiefs), Tim Swinson (Glasgow Warriors), Ben Toolis (Edinburgh). Back row: Adam Ashe (Glasgow Warriors), Luke Crosbie (Edinburgh), Gary Graham (Newcastle), John Hardie (Newcastle), Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh), Matt Smith (Glasgow Warriors), Josh Strauss (Sale Sharks), Ryan Wilson (Glasgow Warriors).

Backs:

Back three: Darcy Graham (Edinburgh), Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors), Lee Jones (Glasgow Warriors), Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh), Sean Maitland (Saracens), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow Warriors). Centres: Chris Dean (Edinburgh), Alex Dunbar (Glasgow Warriors), Nick Grigg (Glasgow Warriors), Chris Harris (Newcastle Falcons), Peter Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors), Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors). Fly-halves: Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors), Finn Russell (Racing 92). Scrum-halves: George Horne (Glasgow Warriors), Greig Laidlaw (Clermont Auvergne - captain), Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors).

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France Six Nations Squad 2019:

https://www.rugbyworld.com/countries/france-countries/france-six-nations-squad-88063

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France Six Nations Squad 2019

Forwards (17): Dorian Aldegheri, Gregory Alldritt, Uini Atonio, Demba Bamba, Pierre Bourgarit, Yacouba Camara, Guilhem Guirado (capt), Arthur Iturria, Felix Lambey, Wenceslas Lauret, Bernard Le Roux, Julien Marchand, Louis Picamoles, Jefferson Poirot, Dany Priso, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Paul Willemse

Backs (14): Mathieu Bastareaud, Anthony Belleau, Geoffrey Doumayrou, Antoine Dupont, Gael Fickou, Wesley Fofana, Yoann Huget, Camille Lopez, Maxime Medard, Romain Ntamack, Morgan Parra, Damian Penaud, Thomas Ramos, Baptiste Serin

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Italy Six Nations Squad 2019:

https://www.rugbyworld.com/countries/italy/italy-six-nations-squad-88206

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Italy Six Nations Squad 2019

Forwards: Simone Ferrari, Andrea Lovotti, Tiziano Pasquali, Cherif Traore, Giosuè Zilocchi, Luca Bigi, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Dean Budd, Federico Ruzza, David Sisi, Alessandro Zanni, Marco Barbini, Maxime Mbanda, Sebastian Negri, Sergio Parisse (c), Abraham Jurgens Steyn, Jimmy Tuivaiti

Backs: Guglielmo Palazzani, Tito Tebaldi, Tommaso Allan, Carlo Canna, Ian McKinley, Giulio Bisegni, Michele Campagnaro, Tommaso Castello, Luca Morisi, Tommaso Benvenuti, Angelo Esposito, Jayden Hayward, Edoardo Padovani, Luca Sperandio

 

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