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Braced for impact: Tomasso Allan will see a lot of action for Perpignan next season in ProD2

Tommaso Allan to fight through ProD2

Hands up those who this time last year had heard of ‘Tommy’ Tommaso Allan? The odd aficionado of age-group rugby, perhaps, who had seen the young fly-half play for Western…

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Marcus Watson is ready for the Commonwealth Games

Rugby World: How’s England’s Commonwealth Games prep been going so far?   Marcus Watson: It’s been good! We’ve done a few long days in training, to try and do the same…

Takingtime to chill: Piri Weepu will have his work cut out for him soon enough with London Welsh

Expect Piri Weepu to become a cult hero

As a team rising again, hoping to have a better time of it than their last Aviva Premiership adventure in 2012/13, London Welsh could do with converting as many fans…

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Conor Murray on his team-mates

Rugby World: Who’s the best and worst dressed? Conor Murray: The best has got to be Dave Kearney. I’d say it’s widely known that he’s one of the more stylish lads…

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Bernard Jackman revives Grenoble

The former Ireland hooker is hoping to propel Grenoble up the Top 14 table with a fresh approach and a few new signings

Back in black: Jerome Kaino has returned to the All Blacks' starting team after a stint playing in Japan

Japan, Jerome Kaino and the fountain of youth

What’s going on in Japan? While players are heading over there for short stints, some cash and some rugby the Brave Blossoms are improving on the international stage. There are…

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Top 14 clubs cut down on foreign imports

Fewer foreign recruits are making their way to French clubs for the coming season – but is this a temporary trend or a long-term change in policy?

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Five of rugby’s biggest borefests

So much for Aussie innovation and French flair. Last weekend’s second Test in Melbourne was one of the biggest borefests in modern memory. A scoreless first half followed by a…