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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.

Mar 22, 2015

Analysis – Thrilling Six Nations finale augurs well for World Cup

LONDON (Reuters) – A Six Nations championship retained on points difference by Ireland left few clues as to which of the northern hemisphere’s leading lights are best equipped to mount a sustained World Cup challenge later this year.

Ireland, England and Wales all have reason to feel confident of a deep run in the global showpiece after a Six Nations that began with a laser show in the Millennium Stadium and ended with fireworks on the pitch in Rome, Twickenham and Murrayfield.

Mar 22, 2015

Rugby-Thrilling Six Nations finale augurs well for World Cup

LONDON, March 22 (Reuters) – A Six Nations championship retained on points difference by Ireland left few clues as to which of the northern hemisphere’s leading lights are best equipped to mount a sustained World Cup challenge later this year.

Ireland, England and Wales all have reason to feel confident of a deep run in the global showpiece after a Six Nations that began with a laser show in the Millennium Stadium and ended with fireworks on the pitch in Rome, Twickenham and Murrayfield.

Mar 14, 2015

Welsh win down to character and maturity – Gatland

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Wales “ran themselves into the ground” to hold off Ireland and stay in Six Nations title contention, coach Warren Gatland said after a 23-16 victory at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

The visitors, chasing the game after conceding an early 12 points, threw everything at Wales but their grand slam hopes were extinguished by a dogged red line of defence.

Mar 14, 2015

Rugby-Welsh win down to character and maturity – Gatland

CARDIFF, March 14 (Reuters) – Wales “ran themselves into the ground” to hold off Ireland and stay in Six Nations title contention, coach Warren Gatland said after a 23-16 victory at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

The visitors, chasing the game after conceding an early 12 points, threw everything at Wales but their grand slam hopes were extinguished by a dogged red line of defence.