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Apr 16, 2015

Rugby-Toulon’s galacticos still the European benchmark

LONDON, April 17 (Reuters) – New tournament name, same target.. how do you knock the galacticos of Toulon off their perch at the top of the European rugby tree?

The star-studded team from the French naval port stand on the threshold of establishing a rugby dynasty as they bid for an unprecedented third successive European crown.

Apr 16, 2015

Toulon showdown a ‘huge challenge’ for Leinster

LONDON (Reuters) – Leinster face a Toulon team who usurped them as the kings of Europe in a mouthwatering Champions Cup semi-final clash on Sunday that the Irish side’s head coach Matt O’Connor has billed as a “huge challenge”.

Big-spenders Toulon, the 2013 and 2014 European champions in the competition’s previous guise as the Heineken Cup, take on three-times winners Leinster at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille while Clermont Auvernge play Saracens 24 hours earlier in the other semi at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in St Etienne.

Apr 16, 2015

Rugby-Toulon showdown a ‘huge challenge’ for Leinster

LONDON, April 16 (Reuters) – Leinster face a Toulon team who usurped them as the kings of Europe in a mouthwatering Champions Cup semi-final clash on Sunday that the Irish side’s head coach Matt O’Connor has billed as a “huge challenge”.

Big-spenders Toulon, the 2013 and 2014 European champions in the competition’s previous guise as the Heineken Cup, take on three-times winners Leinster at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille while Clermont Auvernge play Saracens 24 hours earlier in the other semi at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in St Etienne.

Apr 16, 2015

Get in Toulon’s faces to ruffle holders, say Tigers

LONDON (Reuters) – Leicester Tigers, the only team to beat Toulon in Europe this season, have advised Sunday’s Champions Cup semi-final opponents Leinster to “get in their faces” if they hope to overcome the holders.

Tigers edged the twice European champions at Welford Road in the pool stage in early December, the hosts withstanding a strong fightback from the expensively-assembled French side to hold on for a 25-21 victory.

Apr 16, 2015

Rugby-Get in Toulon’s faces to ruffle holders, say Tigers

LONDON, April 16 (Reuters) – Leicester Tigers, the only team to beat Toulon in Europe this season, have advised Sunday’s Champions Cup semi-final opponents Leinster to “get in their faces” if they hope to overcome the holders.

Tigers edged the twice European champions at Welford Road in the pool stage in early December, the hosts withstanding a strong fightback from the expensively-assembled French side to hold on for a 25-21 victory.

Mar 27, 2015

Concussions nothing new in rugby, says former referee

LONDON (Reuters) – As a coach, Premiership referee and now television match official, Sean Davey has seen his fair share of concussed players on a rugby pitch.

He “saw stars” himself several times as a player.

The sight of a player lying motionless after a blow to the head is nothing new, but the big question in the sport following recent high-profile incidents is: just how dangerous is rugby and are players now more at risk?

Mar 27, 2015

Concussion worries cast shadow in World Cup year

LONDON (Reuters) – Rugby officials, fans and television executives revelled in a thrilling Six Nations championship finale but concerns surrounding concussion and its long-term impact on players continue to cast a shadow over the game.

The sight of England fullback Mike Brown lying unconscious after a sickening blow to the head or the controversy that surrounded Wales winger George North being allowed to play on after appearing to be knocked out has re-ignited the concussion debate in a sport with bigger, faster players than ever before.

Mar 27, 2015

Saracens at forefront of on-field concussion research

LONDON (Reuters) – When Saracens took the field against Newcastle Falcons in the Aviva Premiership last month only the eagle-eyed in the 7,000-strong crowd would have noticed the small plaster behind the ears of their black-shirted heroes.

The white sticky tape holds in place a tiny impact sensor that the club hope will produce scientific evidence on the short-term and long-term effects of concussion on professional rugby players.

Mar 27, 2015

Rugby-Saracens at forefront of on-field concussion research

LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) – When Saracens took the field against Newcastle Falcons in the Aviva Premiership last month only the eagle-eyed in the 7,000-strong crowd would have noticed the small plaster behind the ears of their black-shirted heroes.

The white sticky tape holds in place a tiny impact sensor that the club hope will produce scientific evidence on the short-term and long-term effects of concussion on professional rugby players.

Mar 27, 2015

Rugby-Concussion worries cast shadow in World Cup year

LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) – Rugby officials, fans and television executives revelled in a thrilling Six Nations championship finale but concerns surrounding concussion and its long-term impact on players continue to cast a shadow over the game.

The sight of England fullback Mike Brown lying unconscious after a sickening blow to the head or the controversy that surrounded Wales winger George North being allowed to play on after appearing to be knocked out has re-ignited the concussion debate in a sport with bigger, faster players than ever before.