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Toby Flood: Newcastle fly-half grateful for Leicester Tigers stint

Toby Flood: Newcastle Falcons playing style excites returning fly-half Former England fly-half Toby Flood says leaving the comfort of Newcastle Falcons for the challenge of Leicester Tigers earlier in his career helped mature him as a player. Flood, 31, returned to the Falcons this summer after nine years away, which included spells at Tigers and French giants Toulouse. He won three Premierships at Tigers and racked up 60 international caps. “There was an expectation to win at Tigers,” Flood told BBC Newcastle. “Whenever we went anywhere, it was their (the…

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Gavin Henson: Mike Ruddock says new signing can be Dragons leader

Gavin Henson enjoyed the most successful spell of his 33-cap Wales career under Mike Ruddock Mike Ruddock believes Gavin Henson can be a success at Newport Gwent Dragons. Henson was part of Wales’ 2005 Six Nations Grand Slam team coached by Ruddock, kicking a famous match-winning penalty against England. The back, 35, has returned to Wales for the first time since 2012 to play for the region Ruddock coached in 2003-04. “Hopefully he can play, but also become the leadership figure at the Dragons I am sure he is capable…

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Peter Stringer: Worcester Warriors sign veteran scrum-half on six-month contract

Peter Stringer made 39 appearances for Sale Sharks before being released at the end of the 2016-17 season Worcester Warriors have signed veteran scrum-half Peter Stringer on six-month contract before the 2017-18 season. Stringer, 39, joins the Warriors as cover for Francois Hougaard, who is on international duty with South Africa for the first half of the campaign. The former Ireland international left Sale Sharks at the end of last season after two years with the club. “I’m feeling as fit and ready as ever and am genuinely excited about…

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Ed Jackson: Former Dragons player walks as he recovers from broken neck

Former Dragons back-rower Ed Jackson has walked for the first time as he continues his recovery from a broken neck. A hundred days after he jumped into the shallow end of a pool and suffered the injury, Jackson has posted a video on his Facebook page of him walking with the help of his girlfriend Lois Rideout. After more than 11 weeks in hospital, Jackson returned to his father’s home in Bath and this footage show he is on the mend. Jackson wrote on Facebook: “There’s been some dark times…

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Southern Kings scrum-half Schroeder excited by Pro14 switch

Southern Kings scrum-half Ricky Schroeder is relishing the chance to play in the new Pro14 after a deal was agreed to add two South African sides to the league. The Kings and Cheetahs are joining the league next season after losing their Super Rugby status. The Pro14 will have two conferences of seven teams – each having one Scottish side, one South African side, one Italian side and two each from Wales and Ireland. Source link

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Pro12 agree deal to expand next season to include South African sides

The Cheetahs and the Kings will join the Pro14 for the beginning of the season in September A deal to expand the Pro12 to 14 teams from next season has been agreed, BBC Scotland understands. The South African sides Cheetahs and Southern Kings will join the league after losing their Super Rugby status. The six-year deal is likely to benefit the league to the tune of an extra £6m per season from the South African Rugby Union and additional television income. All elements of the deal have been agreed and,…

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Pro12 rugby: Who are the Cheetahs and Southern Kings?

Cheetahs beat Southern Kings in the teams’ final Super Rugby game on 14 July The Cheetahs and the Southern Kings are set to be invited to join the Pro12 after it was announced they would leave Super Rugby which is cutting its number of teams from 18 to 15. The South African franchises, who played their final Super Rugby game on Friday with the Cheetahs defeating the Kings 21-20, would join 12 teams from Wales, Italy, Ireland and Scotland from September. Pro12 board members are set to meet in Dublin…

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Pro12: Cheetahs and Southern Kings’ entry to be confirmed next week

Pro12: South African teams would be ‘a positive’ – Kirchner Governing body Celtic Rugby is expected to confirm next week that South African teams Southern Kings and Cheetahs will be invited into the Pro12 competition. Board members are set to meet in Dublin on Tuesday, 18 July to discuss the tournament’s immediate future. The South African franchises, who play their final Super Rugby game on Friday, would join 12 teams from Wales, Italy, Ireland and Scotland from September. The revamp could see the league divided into two conferences of seven…

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