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Tigers win on the road at Exeter

Leicester Tigers came from behind to defeat Exeter Chiefs 24-20 at Sandy Park, England scrum-half Ben Youngs scoring the winner.

The Chiefs dominated for large parts, but the Tigers kept their cool to record their second victory of the season. 445 more words

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Fearless Wallaby Taf uses his smarts

Kamikaze hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau was a schoolboy academic who excelled in chess before becoming the Wallabies’ Mr Wreckless.

Now, after nine seasons and countless serious injuries, the Tongan powerhouse believes he can produce his best, and remain on the field, by finally allowing his head to rule his big heart. 436 more words


Leicester cruise past Newcastle

Vereniki Goneva’s hat-trick set Leicester on their way to a comfortable 36-17 win over Newcastle.

The Tigers were looking to lay down an early marker following last year’s semi-final disappointment, while the Falcons were out to prove they can be more than relegation-strugglers. 379 more words


An Ode to the Pacific Update Conference

Fair warning, this is not a lyrical poem as the title suggests.

I wasn’t in Canberra to attend the Pacific Update conference hosted by ANU this past June. 438 more words


Waterboy Weepu a key leader

London Welsh’s star signing Piri Weepu got off to an understated start with his new club, on waterboy duties against Pontypridd.

Welsh were comfortable 40-12 winners in Weepu’s first involvement with the club since landing in London on Thursday. 132 more words

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Castres recruit medical joker

Western Force back Chris Tuatara-Morrison has joined Castres on a short-term deal to cover for the injured Sitiveni Sivivatu.

Sivivatu was a star signing for Castres for this season from Clermont, but the former All Black is facing… 100 more words

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Tuilagi charged in alleged assault

Samoa and Newcastle Falcons winger Alesana Tuilagi has been charged in connection with an alleged assault, according to reports.

Tuilagi will appear in court on October 21 in relation to an incident on Dublin’s Harcourt Street in 2011, according to… 55 more words