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Marc MacGyver


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super Rugby - 2017 - Results (Week 6-10):



Week 6:


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Week 7:


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Week 8:


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Week 9:


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Week 10:


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(Results / Match Reports - Can be found in the link below)
http://www.sanzarrugby.com/superrugby/fixtures/2017-super-rugby/


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Update:



SANZAAR confirm three teams to be axed

http://www.espn.com.au/rugby/story/_/id/19116217/sanzaar-confirm-three-super-rugby-teams-axed

Quote:
Australia will lose one of its five teams while South Africa loses two of its six teams and New Zealand's dominant group of five foundation teams remains unchanged.

Under pressure due to financial losses and fan discontent over the confusing and unbalanced competition, SANZAAR has opted to slash it from 18 teams to 15 and from four conferences to three - the numbers that existed in 2015.


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Force or Rebels: ARU to confirm cull within 72 hours

http://www.espn.com.au/rugby/story/_/id/19120971/force-rebels-aru-confirm-cull-72-hours

Quote:
Western Force or Melbourne Rebels will be cut from Super Rugby when the competition reverts to a 15-team, three-conference format in 2018, with Australian Rugby Union chairman Cameron Clyne confirming the decision will be made within 48-72 hours after consultation with the franchises.

Clyne said the ARU had made its decision to cut the Force or the Rebels because "Super Rugby has placed an increasingly heavy burden on the ARU business in recent years and the acceleration of revenue declines in our Super Rugby businesses has placed the game under extreme financial pressure".


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ESPN - Scrum5 - Podcast / (Regarding the current state of Australian Rugby:

http://www.espn.com/espnradio/play?id=19079455

(Podcast produced prior to Sanzaar decision)

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SA Rugby responds to decision to cut 2 SA Super Rugby teams

http://www.sport24.co.za/Rugby/SuperRugby/sa-rugby-responds-to-decision-to-cut-2-sa-super-rugby-teams-20170409

Quote:
From a South African rugby high performance perspective we’ve had to acknowledge that the dilution of talent and resources across six franchises - at a time when rand weakness has led to more departures to Europe and Japan - has seriously affected our ability to compete across the board.

SA Rugby will now begin internal consultations to identify its four entrants to the 2018 competition.

SANZAAR is delighted that its major broadcast partners have after due consideration agreed to the restructured format within the existing broadcast agreements. Our broadcaster partners are an important stakeholder and their vision for Super Rugby moving forward is the same as ours.

This decision has not been an easy one and we recognise the difficulty associated with reducing the number of teams in Australia and South Africa. Naturally we understand that there will be some very disappointed franchises but the tournament’s long-term future and the economic reality of the business at present is something that had to be addressed.

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2018 tournament format:

• 120 match regular season plus seven finals

• 15 teams

• Three conferences

• 18 rounds (16 matches per team, two bye weeks)

• Each team will play eight matches within its conference (four home and four away)

• Each team will play eight cross-conference matches – against four of the five teams from the other two conferences (four at home and four away)

• Each team will have played 12 of the other teams within the season (85% which is up from 70% in 2016).

• Eight team Finals Series: Three Conference winners and five wild card places – the next best performing teams after the Conference winners regardless of Conference.

• Conference winners and fourth-placed team on competition points will host quarter-finals.


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It's official.


The new teams from Argentina & Japan are safe.

Two South African & one Australian team will be cut.

The Brumbies won't be cut from the Australian conference.

Either the Force, or Rebels will be cut within 48-72 hours from the Australian conference. (Effective 2018)

New Zealand had no interest in a reduced trans-Tasman tournament with Australia, that would exclude teams from South Africa, Japan & Argentina.

The driving factor behind the reduction to 15 teams, is believed to be financial sustainability.

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Western Force take legal action against ARU over Super Rugby cutback

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/10/western-force-aru-super-rugby-melbourne-rebels

Quote:
Western Force are taking legal action against the Australia Rugby Union ahead of a decision on whether they or the Melbourne Rebels will be cut from Super Rugby next season.


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ARU give Western Force and Melbourne Rebels time to mount Super Rugby survival case

http://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/australian-rugby-union-give-western-force-and-melbourne-rebels-time-to-build-case/news-story/4a26b5922883039a217b751c88c6962b
Quote:

The SANZAAR saga is set to drag on through Easter — and possibly beyond — after the ARU offered the Melbourne Rebels and Western Force more time to state their case for Super Rugby survival beyond 2017.

ARU chairman Cameron Clyne says the governing body’s initial plan to decide which franchise will be cut from the competition by Thursday had been scrapped.

Given it’s then Good Friday and a public holiday long weekend, players, staff, their families and fans of the Rebels and Force are almost certain to be left on tenterhooks until at least next Tuesday before the ARU hands down its decision.


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Nathan Sharpe: Shutting down Western Force like ‘dropping atom bomb’ on rugby in WA

http://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/nathan-sharpe-shutting-down-western-force-like-dropping-atom-bomb-on-rugby-in-wa/news-story/8badb9a8b74ba464285ed4a457728377

Quote:
FOUNDATION captain Nathan Sharpe says shutting down Western Force would be like “dropping an atom bomb” on rugby in Western Australia and will push families to the AFL.


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Continued...




Rebels slam ARU in strongly-worded statement after Super Rugby cull

http://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/rebels-slam-aru-in-stronglyworded-statement-after-super-rugby-cull/news-story/de8000fd783d58eed1a00264e7941882

Quote:
THE fired-up Rebels are seeking compensation and have slammed the Australian Rugby Union in a strongly worded statement following their attempts to cut an Aussie Super Rugby team.

The ARU announced on Monday that either the Melbourne-based Rebels or the Perth-based Force would be cut from next year’s reduced 15-team competition, stating that the current five-team Australian model was unsustainable both financially and in terms of on-field performance.

But the already messy situation now appears almost certain to be decided by lawyers, with the Force lodging a writ with the Western Australian Supreme Court, and the Rebels reserving all legal rights and seeking compensation.

Adding to the complicated scenario, the Force are currently being run by the ARU while the Rebels are privately owned.


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Super Rugby cull is not enough, says South African Rugby CEO Jurie Roux

http://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/super-rugby-cull-is-not-enough-says-south-african-rugby-ceo-jurie-roux/news-story/3071759db829d5083aba4f246f94e1f8

Quote:
SOUTH AFRICAN Rugby CEO Jurie Roux believes SANZAAR’s decision to cull three Super Rugby had to happen, but it may still not be enough to revive the competition to its former glory.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

2017 - British & Irish Lions / Team Announcement: ~ [Tour of New Zealand / June 3 - July 8]



British and Irish Lions 2017:

http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/39639299

Quote:
Wales back row Sam Warburton will captain the British and Irish Lions on their tour of New Zealand this summer, but England skipper Dylan Hartley has not been selected in the 41-man squad.


(Full Squad)


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Notes:

- Very strong squad. Powerful forwards & talented backs, plenty of skill & ability in the side.

- I love the inclusion of Jonathan Joseph, particularly after talks he might miss out. On current form that would've been a crime.

- Hogg must be first choice fullback.

- I'd love to see the Lions take the game to New Zealand & not hold back. I want to see them play fearless & bold rugby (Similar to the way England, Ireland, & Scotland have played recently.) And by fearless, I don't mean reckless / mindless.

- Overcoming the heavy playing schedule, injuries, & limited time together will be the Lions toughest challenge. However, they have the players to push this New Zealand team. Hopefully they have the belief.

- Overall, I'm looking forward to the tour. I'd still rather see New Zealand & England go toe to toe, but this will have to do. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Launchbury's the big omission. A lot of people's player of the 6 nations and would get into a lot of people's world XVs, Robshaw left out again is sad. Very Happy the 3 Bath boys are going after JJ was rumoured to be left out. Shame about the lack of Scots, I'd have brought Hamish Watson, Huw Jones and Fraser Brown. Hamish Watson just gets it done. I hate the Halfpenny and JDavies picks though.

The Lions will lose 3-0, Gatland's coaching is backwards and they barely beat one of the worst Australian teams ever assembled 4 years ago. But I'll hope to enjoy it and maybe we sneak it somehow.
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BathBengal wrote:
Launchbury's the big omission. A lot of people's player of the 6 nations and would get into a lot of people's world XVs, Robshaw left out again is sad. Very Happy the 3 Bath boys are going after JJ was rumoured to be left out. Shame about the lack of Scots, I'd have brought Hamish Watson, Huw Jones and Fraser Brown. Hamish Watson just gets it done. I hate the Halfpenny and JDavies picks though.

The Lions will lose 3-0, Gatland's coaching is backwards and they barely beat one of the worst Australian teams ever assembled 4 years ago. But I'll hope to enjoy it and maybe we sneak it somehow.


Agreed, the exclusion of Launchbury is disappointing, & the Scots have every right to feel aggrieved.

The Welsh on current form just didn't deserve their sizeable representation in the squad, in either the forwards, or the backs. But, you knew with Gatland involved they would force them in.

I'd hate to see Halfpenny get a start as well, he's behind Hogg, Payne & even Watson for the fullback role imo.

I too, have doubts that Gatland is the man for the job. Hopefully he proves me wrong & we get a highly competitive series.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2016/17 - European Rugby Champions Cup (Tier 1) / European Rugby Challenge Cup (Tier 2) - Semi Finals - Results:





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SF 1 - Match Report:
http://www.epcrugby.com/matchcentre/35655.php

SF 2 - Match Report:
http://www.epcrugby.com/matchcentre/35635.php


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SF 1 - Match Report:
http://www.epcrugby.com/matchcentre/35650.php

SF 2 - Match Report:
http://www.epcrugby.com/matchcentre/35644.php


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2016/17 - European Rugby Champions Cup (Tier 1) / European Rugby Challenge Cup (Tier 2) - Finals - Fixtures:


http://www.epcrugby.com/matchcentre/match_centre_champions_cup.php?section=overview&fixid=220628

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http://www.epcrugby.com/matchcentre/match_centre_challenge_cup.php?section=overview&fixid=220561
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super Rugby - 2017 - Results (Week 11-16 / Super Rugby Break / International Test Window):



Week 11:


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Week 12:


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Week 13:


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Week 14:


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Week 15:



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Week 16:



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(Results / Match Reports - Can be found in the link below)
http://www.sanzarrugby.com/superrugby/fixtures/2017-super-rugby/


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2016/17 - Aviva Premiership / Final Round Results / Final Standings (Regular Season):



Results - Final Round (Regular Season):



http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/english-premiership/results

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Final Standings (Regular Season):



http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/english-premiership/table

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NOTE:

(Bristol Relegated)

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2016/17 - Aviva Premiership / Play-Offs (Semi Finals):




http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/english-premiership/fixtures


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2016/17 - Top 14 / Final Round Results / Final Standings (Regular Season):




Results - Final Round (Regular Season):



http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/top-14/results

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Final Standings (Regular Season):



http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/top-14/table

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NOTE:

(Bayonne Relegated)

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2016/17 - Top 14 / Play-Offs (Quarter Finals):




http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/top-14/fixtures
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2016/17 - Guinness Pro12 / Final Round Results / Final Standings (Regular Season):




Results - Final Round (Regular Season):



http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/pro12/results

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Final Standings (Regular Season):



http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/pro12/table

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2016/17 - Guinness Pro12 / Play-Offs (Semi Finals):




http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/pro12/fixtures
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2017 - British & Irish Lions / News:



British and Irish Lions 2017: Ben Youngs withdraws from squad for family reasons

http://www.bbc.com/sport/rugby-union/39832093

Quote:
England scrum-half Ben Youngs has withdrawn from the Lions tour to New Zealand after the wife of his brother Tom learned that she is terminally ill.

Ben, 27, is a team-mate of hooker and captain Tom, 30, at Leicester Tigers and the pair will play in the remainder of the Premiership season for the club.

Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw replaces Ben Youngs on the Lions tour.

"We are a very close family and, as I am sure everyone can respect, time is now precious together," said Ben.
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Japan 2019 - Rugby World Cup Draw / Announcement:



Automatic Qualifiers Announced (8 Places Available - Pending Qualification Results):


http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/pooldraw

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NEWS:




World Rugby announces historic eligibility regulation reform

http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/news/245382

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An historic programme of reform of rugby’s international eligibility regulation has been approved by the World Rugby Council today at its special meeting in Kyoto, Japan.

*Regulation 8 change follows detailed review and union consultation and is designed to create a framework that protects the integrity and credibility of international rugby

*Residency period extended from 36 consecutive months to 60 consecutive months

*Council approves expanded voting rights for Argentina and Japan

*Bernard Laporte elected onto the World Rugby Executive Committee

Designed to promote and protect the integrity and sanctity of international rugby in the modern elite environment, reform of Regulation 8 follows a root-and-branch review with Council members unanimously approving the recommended increase in the required residency period to be eligible for international rugby from 36 to 60 months.

The reformed Regulation 8 ensures that a player has a genuine, close, credible and established link with the nation of representation, and the key amendments are:


*The 36-month residency requirement is increased to 60 months with effect from 31 December, 2020 (unanimously approved)

*The addition of a residency criteria which permits players who have 10 years of cumulative residency to be eligible (effective May 10, 2017) (unanimously approved)

*Unions may no longer nominate their U20s team as their next senior national representative team (effective 1 January, 2018) (majority)

*Sevens players will only be captured for the purposes of Regulation 8 where the player has represented either of (i) the senior national representative sevens team of a union where the player has reached the age of 20 on or before the date of participation; or (ii) the national representative sevens team of a union in the Olympic Games or Rugby World Cup Sevens, having reached the age of majority on or before the date of participation in such tournament (effective 1 July, 2017) (majority)


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http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/05/09/cal-rugby-player-paralyzed-after-injury-during-championship-win/

Some sad news here with this kid from Cal.
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48 1/2ers wrote:
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/05/09/cal-rugby-player-paralyzed-after-injury-during-championship-win/

Some sad news here with this kid from Cal.


Tragic Sad

I wish him well, & the best quality of life possible.
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2016/17 - European Rugby Champions Cup (Tier 1) - Final / Result:





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Champions Cup / Final - Match Report:
http://www.epcrugby.com/matchcentre/35868.php

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2016/17 - European Rugby Challenge Cup (Tier 2) - Final / Result:





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Challenge Cup / Final - Match Report:
http://www.epcrugby.com/matchcentre/35845.php

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Final Thoughts:


The Champions Cup Final - A terrific match from start to finish. A real pleasure to watch.

Congratulations to Saracens. Winning back to back titles is no easy feat. Billy Vunipola was thoroughly deserving of MOM honours. Tbf the whole Sarries forward pack were outstanding.

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The Challenge Cup Final
- Fast-paced, but lacklustre encounter. There were far too many errors committed throughout the match by both sides. This resulted in a poor quality contest overall.

Congratulations to Stade Francais. They were comfortably the better side on the day.
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