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The nicknames of 35 rugby players, pundits and coaches : PlanetRugby

The Six Nations returns, and we go through some of the nicknames you will likely hear during rugby’s greatest championship. From the brilliantly funny to the painfully straightforward and unimaginative, we run through an extensive list, including players, coaches and pundits revealing their nicknames and why/how they earned them. Jonathan Davies-Jiffy A dual-code great, Davies’ …

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Maverick Finn Russell critical of Scotland’s attack : PlanetRugby

The 2023 Six Nations begins this weekend, and fans can expect another blockbuster Championship filled with sensational rugby, team tries and moments of individual brilliance. In anticipation of the start of Rugby’s Greatest Championship, Planet Rugby has a closer look at key players from each team, next up Scotland’s Finn Russell. background Russell was born …

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2023 fixtures confirmed, mapping the route to World Cup Final : PlanetRugby

SA Rugby confirms the Springboks fixture list for 2023, mapping South Africa’s route to the World Cup Final with their opening test against Eddie Jones’ Australia in Pretoria in July. The defending champions have confirmed that they will play six fixtures before their World Cup opener against Scotland on September 10 in Marseille. Wallabies first …

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Eben Etzebeth finally named SA Rugby Player of the Year : PlanetRugby

Springbok great Eben Etzebeth has been named SA Rugby’s Player of the Year following a stellar season in 2022. Etzebeth became the youngest Test centurion for the Springboks when he ran out against Wales last year and put together some fantastic performances throughout. The second-row won the award after finishing runner-up to Siya Kolisi last …

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Wallabies coach Eddie Jones sets sights on 2023 World Cup : PlanetRugby

New Australia head coach Eddie Jones said he should not be treated as the messiah but believes the Wallabies should be regarded as contenders at this year’s Rugby World Cup in France. Speaking at his alma mater, Matraville Sports High School in Sydney, where he returned to on Tuesday along with Australia’s famous Ella brothers …

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Holders France to fall just short in title defense : PlanetRugby

Finally in our set of previews ahead of the Six Nations we examine the prospects of last year’s winners, Fabien Galthie’s Grand Slammers, France. This year’s edition of rugby’s greatest championship comes with the added weight of the 2023 Rugby World Cup looming in the minds of players and coaches alike. France’s 2022 was a …

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Ref coach for Boks, Wales exodus and more : PlanetRugby

Planet Rugby recaptures some of the biggest transfer news, rumors and movements in the world of rugby union over the past week. From Premiership signings and re-signings to potential retirements in France to South Africa hiring a referee coach and everything in between, here is our full rundown of the rumors and transfers. Leicester Tigers …

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Juggling Finn Russell, Burns farewell and Wallabies tennis : PlanetRugby

It’s time for Planet Rugby’s Sunday Social, your quirky recap of the serious and not so serious talking points from the past week’s action. Goodbye, Freddie. It was an emotional week at Welford Road as the Leicester Tigers bid farewell to their 2021/22 Premiership final hero Freddie Burns, who will be joining the Highlanders for …

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Saints claim derby spoils, fringe Springboks star : PlanetRugby

It’s time for our Monday wrap of who has their name in lights and who is making the headlines for all the wrong reasons after the weekend. THEY’RE ON FIRE! Northampton claim thunderous East Midlands derby: The Tigers have only lost once at home in the Premiership this season and Northampton have struggled recently, especially …

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Leinster make it 13 straight wins while Sharks edge Edinburgh : PlanetRugby

Leinster eased past Cardiff in a 38-14 victory at the RDS to make it 13 successive wins in the United Rugby Championship this season. Tries from Max Deegan, Luke McGrath (2), Brian Deeny, Max O’Reilly and Liam Turner were added to by conversions from Harry Byrne and Charlie Tector. Rory Thornton and Kristian Dacey crossed …

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