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Monday, February 02, 2015

Jason Eaton and Julien Bonnaire fight as La Rochelle claims famous win

La Rochelle upset Clermont 16-12  in the Top 14 on Saturday thanks to a late try by Mali Hingano. Earlier in the game there was a bit of an ugly incident however, with Kiwi Jason Eaton unleashing on French international Julien Bonnaire.

After a dour first half that featured penalty exchanges by Peter Grant and Brock James, things heated up early in the second, as Eaton and Bonnaire came to blows.

Both players were sin-binned, however it looked as though former All Black Eaton certainly got the better of the exchange, landing a few shots to the face of Bonnaire, who must have done something that wasn't quite visible from the camera angles.

Bonnaire was furious with the loss, but said post match that the Six Nations break will be good for his side, who are still joint top of the table with Toulon and Stade Francais.

Regarding the incident with Eaton, he said he was unsure what started it, but will watch the footage.

"He (Eaton) said it was me who started it.. I'll have to see the video, but I don't think I caused much," Bonnaire said. He also mentioned that he has three stitches above his right eyebrow, but wasn't too bothered, adding that it is simply an occupational hazard.

The win gave La Rochelle much needed points as they fight the relegation battle. 

View the dramatic finish to the match, including a slippery Peter Grant conversion, on page two

credit: Boucherie Ovalie

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Sunday, February 01, 2015

Slade and Wade score as England Saxons defeat Irish Wolfhounds in Cork

Henry Slade and Christian Wade scored tries as the England Saxons beat the Irish Wolfhounds 18-9 in Cork on Friday night. Slade, Henry Thomas and Sam Burgess have since been called up the senior England squad ahead of the Six Nations.

Flyhalf Slade scored 13 points in what was a stop-start affair that featured a lowkey international debut for former League star Burgess. Slade kicked 8 points and scored the first try, while Leinster number ten Ian Madigan kicked three penalties for the hosts.

It was tight late in the game, with the Saxons leading just 11-9 before winger Wade crossed in the last minute to seal victory.

Following the match Slade, prop Thomas and centre Burgess have been promoted to train with the senior England squad this week. Slade will provide cover for inured Bath centre Kyle Eastmond, while Thomas will cover club teammate David Wilson.

Sam Burgess will join the squad to help with his transition into top flight rugby union.

"Sam will just come into camp for two days to further his rugby experience before returning to Bath on Monday evening to get more game time with the club over the next few weeks," said England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

"He is still learning the game and this is an opportunity to help his development."

Below is a quick look at the two tries that were scored on the night. On page two you can view a post match chat with top points scorer Slade.

credit: sky sports

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Six Nations 2015 : The Journalists' Preview

In the build up to the Six Nations, today we look at an insightful piece that catches up with some of the top UK and Ireland rugby writers at this week's tournament launch. They go through their predictions for the Championship, and what excites them most.

If you've ever read their articles or followed their thoughts and opinions on twitter, now you'll be able to put a face to the name and get their first hand knowledge ahead of the tournament, and the much anticipated first match next Friday night.

Speaking here are Rob Kitson, Alex Spink, Owen Slot, Tom Hamilton, Alex Lowe, Murray Kinsella and Chris Jones. Thanks again to Nick from @rugbymedia

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Six Of The Best Tries from the 2014 Six Nations Championship

With the Six Nations just around the corner, as part of the build up we'll be sharing clips from previous years, as well as highlights and videos during once the tournament itself kicks off. This one above looks at six of the best tries scored in last year's Championship.

Unfortunately there is no commentary, due to rights restrictions, but some of the scores are excellent and it's enjoyable nonetheless. Tryscorers in order are Andrew Trimble, Michele Campagnaro, Jamie Roberts, George North, Danny Care and Hugo Bonneval

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Jamie Roberts excellent pick up off his toes in top Racing Metro performance

Jamie Roberts was named Man of the Match in Racing Metro's 32-8 victory over Northampton Saints at the weekend. Roberts carried well and showed superb handling skills, particularly on this occasion when he got down low to pick up a low pass.

Racing Metro's deep pockets have meant that they can call on players of the calibre of Roberts to play their part in Europe, as they strive to challenge the likes of Toulon at the top.

"We have a big squad with a lot of depth and we want to make an impact in the league and in Europe. We have a home draw and no one will be looking forward to coming to Paris," said Roberts.

He hasn't had a whole lot of game time but certainly took his chance on this occasion.

"It was only the third game I have played since the November internationals. The squad is so big that you sometimes find you do not play for a couple of weeks. It is frustrating but when you have the opportunity in a big match you have to deliver and I am glad I did."

Wales fans will be pleased to see the form he's in, just ahead of their crunch Six Nations opener with England. Roberts was up against Luther Burrell, who he might see next in England colours.

"Luther plays in a similar mould to me. He is very physical and very direct and he is a dangerous player. England have an embarrassment of riches in the midfield with Luther, Brad Barritt, Billy Twelvetrees, Kyle Eastmond and Jonathan Joseph. It will be a huge match-up whoever they pick.

"The game against England promises to be an epic battle: it is World Cup year and they are in our pool. It was a special day when we played them two years ago and the ingredients are there next month to better that. It is a game that as a player you want to be part of and it will be good to go into camp on Monday."

Below is a look at his outstanding pick up, and on page two you can view a quick highlights reel featuring all his best moments from the match.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

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We've teamed up with the good people at Akuma to bring you an awesome, first ever official Rugbydump supporters jersey. We're only giving away 3 of them, so if you'd like to get thrown into the hat and take part in the draw, enter below. You can also enter via twitter and facebook.

Winners will be drawn at random. Entries close midnight 11 February 2015

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Yoann Huget gets official warning for faking injury against Bath

With Oscar season just around the corner, Yoann Huget has made his best effort to scoop the coveted statuette with a best actor in a leading role performance that simply cannot be beaten. Sense has since prevailed, as he received an official warning.

Toulouse wing Huget's big role took place in their heavy defeat at the hands of Bath on Sunday.

The French winger took a tumble after making the slightest contact with what looked like his shoulder. He rolled around on the floor as if he'd been hit by a sniper, which the BT Sport commentators took exception to, Ben Kay in particular.

"That is pathetic. Personally I think that the powers that be, the disciplinary committee, should look at that and they should act on it because we do not want to see players taking dives. Just a little push in the chest and he grabs his face.. That is pathetic," said Kay.

European Professional Club Rugby agreed with the general media and fan sentiment. They issued a formal warning to Huget this week. EPCR said that the warning followed an "act contrary to good sportsmanship in that he (Huget) deliberately feigned an injury in contravention of Law 10.4(m)."

Players who accumulate three citing warnings or three yellow card offfences for foul play - or a combination of both - during the Champions Cup and European Challenge Cup competitions will be required to attend a disciplinary hearing.

Last year we saw the likes of Bryan Habana, Richard Hibbard and a few others feigning injury or appealing for foul play, when clearly it wasn't the case. This official warning sets a good precedent, and will hopefully remind all rugby players that acting should be saved for the movies.

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