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Fire starter: Will James Hook be able to kickstart a Gloucester resurgence?

Start of season talking points

Gloucester to pack a punch Gloucester simply weren’t at the races last season, with a porous defence leaking 60 tries and finishing a lowly ninth. It served to be the…

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Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

The Saints Gutsy Garces The moment Jared Payne sent an airborne Alex Goode crashing to the turf during the fourth minute of Saturday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final clash between Ulster and…

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Goode ready for European test

GIVEN THE intelligent, unfussy rugby instincts that characterise his game, it comes as no surprise that Alex Goode also possesses a pretty precise memory. Describing a short sequence an hour…

Blue rinse: the wing scored eight tries for Scotland – two coming against Romania at RWC 2011

Journey through rugby – Simon Danielli

SCOTLAND WINGER Simon Danielli retired last month, a back injury forcing him to hang up his boots. He won 32 caps for his country and represented Bath, Bristol, Borders and…

Heineken Cup Pool draw kind to Quins

Heineken Cup Pool draw kind to Quins

REIGNING HEINEKEN Cup champions, Leinster, have been drawn in Pool 5 of the 2012/13 tournament and will face ASM Clermont Auvergne, Scarlets and newcomers, Exeter Chiefs, as they attempt to…

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Heineken Cup Final: Leinster 42-14 Ulster

LEINSTER WON the Heineken Cup for the third time in four years, beating Ulster 42-14 at Twickenham. The Northern Irishmen started the game well, enjoying the majority of the possession…