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What if Premiership rugby teams were NFL franchises?

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Every sports league has its heroes and villains – the teams the neutrals love and the ones that everybody loves to hate. (more…)

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10 Things Viewers Should Know About Olympic Rugby

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After a 96-year absence, rugby is returning to the Olympic program. With most fans not even born when rugby was last included and a different version featured in Rio, World Rugby Shop highlights 10 things viewers should know about Olympic rugby. (more…)

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USA men's Olympic 7's roster (courtesy @usasevensrugby)

USA Rugby Announce Men’s and Women’s Olympic Rosters

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USA Rugby announced the 12-player rosters for the men’s and women’s rugby team to represent Team USA in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Monday.  The rosters the diversity with athletes represented from across the country. (more…)

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Best 11 Ways Pro Rugby Players are Spending their Offseason

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by Josh Gardner – After a long, hard 2015/16 season, the pro rugby players of the Northern Hemisphere are finally getting a few weeks of rest and relaxation.

Whether they’re on holiday, indulging in some unusual hobbies, or just getting odd jobs around the house, here are the Top 11 ways your favorite pro rugby players have been up to on their summer breaks…

 

@willgenia- Paris > Mallorca > Mauritius > Mykonos Now back to Paris for a week before getting back into it 😎

@willgenia- Paris > Mallorca > Mauritius > Mykonos Now back to Paris for a week before getting back into it 😎

 

11) Many players of course took advantage of their time off to get away from it all to have some fun in the sun. Case in point is Australia and Stade Francais scrum-half Will Genia, who’s certainly not taking it easy in Míkonos.

 

@adamcoopy

@adamcoopy

 

10) Meanwhile his former Wallaby teammate and current Bordeaux centre Adam Ashley-Cooper was also enjoying his time in Croatia – someone should probably tell him that’s not how you go snorkeling, mind…

 

@eastmond_k - Feels sooo good to be home.

@eastmond_k – Feels sooo good to be home.

 

9) Not every rugby star has been taking it easy by ocean this offseason, however – some rugby stars have been getting out on the water in a more active way. Sale and England centre Kyle Eastmond has been showing off both his guns and his jet ski skills in Barbados…

 

@Scott_spedding - Helicopter flip over the outback 🚁🇦🇺👌🏽 #Australia #mate

@Scott_spedding – Helicopter flip over the outback 🚁🇦🇺👌🏽 #Australia #mate

 

8) It’s not all about the water however – some rugby stars are more comfortable in the skies. Monster Clermont and France full-back Scott Spedding has been enjoying the Australian outback in a helicopter that, let’s be honest… is WAY too small for him.

 

@victormatfield - Amazing animal

@victormatfield – Amazing animal

 

7) Holidays aren’t just about seeing the sights chilling by the sea however, one rugby legend has been getting close to nature… real close! Recently retired 127-cap Springbok lock Victor Matfield has been making friends with a rhino, and he’s not the only one walking on the wild side…

 

@jonathanjoseph0 - Oooby doo.. I wanna be like youu u u 🙊🙊

@jonathanjoseph0 – Oooby doo.. I wanna be like youu u u 🙊🙊

 

6) Hot off the back of a victorious England summer tour, Jonathan Joseph has been channeling his inner Mowgli and making friends with the monkeys on holiday in Bali.

 

@chrisrobshawrugby - #wimbledon #murray @niketraining

@chrisrobshawrugby – #wimbledon #murray @niketraining

 

5) Unsurprisingly, many rugby stars have been taking advantage of their offseason breaks to indulge their passions for other sports, such as England flanker Chris Robshaw, who’s been enjoying the sunshine in Wimbledon.

 

@SimonPeach - #WAL No.8 Taulupe Faletau among those in Lille cheering on the football team against #BEL

@SimonPeach – #WAL No.8 Taulupe Faletau among those in Lille cheering on the football team against #BEL

 

4) Fresh off the back of a hard tour of New Zealand, Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau has wasted no time getting into the Euro 2016 spirit, heading straight over to Lille with fellow Wales teammate Hallam Amos, mixing with the fans ahead of Gareth Bale and company’s historic quarter-final clash with Belgium.

 

@alexcorbs - Garden shift ✅ with @olliecorbs back at Corbisiero HQ

@alexcorbs – Garden shift ✅ with @olliecorbs back at Corbisiero HQ

 

3) Not everyone has been spending their offseason off in exotic locales however – some rugby players have been spending their time in more productive ways, such as England, Lions and former Saints prop Alex Corbisiero, who’s been simultaneously hard at work in the garden and making the rest of us feel very inadequate.

 

@robwebber2 - If you want a BBQ, first you need a BBQ! Thursday nights job is an assembly one! #Summer #BBQ #CookingWithGas

@robwebber2 – If you want a BBQ, first you need a BBQ! Thursday nights job is an assembly one! #Summer #BBQ #CookingWithGas

 

2) Just because you’re an elite athlete doesn’t mean you can avoid the boring DIY jobs either, just ask England and Bath prop Rob Webber, who looks like he’s got a long afternoon ahead of him before he’ll be flipping burgers…

 

@Paul_James1 - Good to catch up with my brother @TomJ_11 #dubai

@Paul_James1 – Good to catch up with my brother @TomJ_11 #dubai

 

1) Finally, while the days of players boozing long into the night after a game are long gone, it’s nice to see that Wales teammates Paul James and Tom James can still have a few cold ones together on holiday in Dubai.

They might find many varied ways to enjoy it, but with the rigors of preseason training just around the corner, these rugby stars certainly deserve their time off…

Josh Gardner is a freelance journalist from the UK. A proud Welshman and a lifelong rugby fanatic, he’s the editor of Rugby Shirt Watch and co-host of the Blood & Mud Podcast.

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USA Eagles 7's qualify for Rio 2016 rugby competition to defend gold medals from 1920 and 1924 Olympics (@usasevensrugby & @usarugby)

2016 Olympic Rugby Team Profile: United States

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The United States are the 2-time defending Olympic Gold Medalist having won the 1920 Antwerp and 1924 Paris Olympics in the 15’s version of the game.  The Eagles face long-odds to repeat in the 7’s version debuting at Rio 2016 but recent form does not count them out. (more…)

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New Zealand headed to Rio 2016 (courtesy @nz7s_)

2016 Olympic Rugby Team Profile: New Zealand

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New Zealand qualified for Rio 2016 with their 3rd place finish in the HSBC Sevens Series 2014/15 standings.  The All Black Sevens will be playing to continue the recent run of form of New Zealand rugby with the men’s 15’s side winning the Rugby World Cup in 2011 and 2015. (more…)

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Fiji are the top seed headed to Rio 2016 (courtesy @fijirugbyunion)

2016 Olympic Rugby Team Profile: Fiji

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Fiji head to Brazil as the overall #1 seed in the rugby 7’s competition after winning the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens Series, the qualifying tournament with the top 4 teams earning a place in Rio.  (more…)

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Team Great Britain will take a select team to Rio 2016 (courtesy @teamgb)

2016 Olympic Rugby Team Profile: Great Britain

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The Great Britain national rugby sevens team is a select team composed of players from England, Wales, and Scotland although the team qualified for Rio 2016 by virtue of England’s 4th place finish in the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens Series.   (more…)

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South Africa will play for gold in Rio 2016 (courtesy @Blitzboks)

2016 Olympic Rugby Team Profile: South Africa

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South Africa qualified for Rio 2016 by virtue of their 2nd place finish in the 2014/15 HSBC World Sevens Series standings.  The Blitzboks could have a 15’s flair with Rugby World Cup winner Bryan Habana 1 of four 15’s players in the initial Olympic roster. (more…)

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Australia rugby players in team Australia's Olympic look (Courtesy @wallabies)

2016 Olympic Rugby Team Profile: Australia

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Australia qualified for Rio 2016 as the winner of the 2015 Oceania Sevens Championship. They were the 5th overall seed in the draw. (more…)

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Argentina qualify for 2016 Olympic rugby (courtesy of @unionargentina)

2016 Olympic Rugby Team Profile: Argentina

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Argentina qualified for Rio 2016 by winning the 2015 CONSUR Men’s Sevens Championship, the annual South American championship. The team finished the 2015/16 HSBC World Sevens Series in 5th place. (more…)

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Brazil to host 2016 Olympic rugby competition (courtesy @brasilrugby)

2016 Olympic Rugby Team Profile: Brazil

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Brazil’s national 7’s rugby team is the least experienced side in this summer’s field, qualifying as the host nation.  Brazil only competed in 3 of the HSBC Sevens Series events, Vancouver, Paris, and London failing to win a game and taking the minimum 3 total points. (more…)

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France qualify for Rio 2016 (courtesy @ffrugby)

2016 Olympic Rugby Team Profile: France

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France qualified for Rio 2016 as the champion of the 2015 Rugby Europe Men’s Sevens Championship.  France finished in 11th place in the 2015/16 HSBC World Sevens Series. (more…)

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Japan 7's qualify for Rio 2016 (courtesy of JRFU, Photo by Kenji Demura)

2016 Olympic Rugby Team Profile: Japan

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Japan qualified for Rio 2016 as the champions of the 2015 ARFU Men’s Sevens Championships.  Japan finished in 15th place on the 2015/16 HSBC World Sevens Series but only played in 5 events.  Their best finish came at the Las Vegas Sevens when the lost to New Zealand in the Plate Final. (more…)

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Kenya qualify for Rio 2016 Olympic rugby competition (@kenyasevens)

2016 Olympic Rugby Team Profile: Kenya

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Kenya qualified for Rio 2016 by winning the 2015 Rugby Africa Men’s Championship.  They finished the 2015/16 HSBC World Sevens Series in 7th up from 13th the previous year. (more…)

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Spain was the final rugby team to qualify for Rio 2016 (Courtesy @Spain7s)

2016 Olympic Rugby Team Profile: Spain

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Spain was the final team to qualify for Rio 2016 and earned their berth by virtue of winning the 2016 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament. (more…)

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Rio 2016 Olympic rugby groups announced

Rugby 7’s Groups Announced for Rio 2016

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Rugby returns to the Olympic program this summer after a 92-year absence and the 12 men’s and women’s teams know their path to gold after the groups were announced today in Rio de Janeiro. (more…)

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Top 10 2016 Super Rugby Jerseys

Top 10 Super Rugby Jerseys Of 2016

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By Josh Gardner – With the June international break nearly over, the Super Rugby will soon return, and with it will return some of the nicest, most eye-catching jerseys in the game. (more…)

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Rugby 7's debuts at Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

7 Reasons To Get Excited About The Rio Olympic Sevens

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This summer’s Olympic Games will see the inclusion of rugby sevens for the first time. If you’re not that familiar with the short form of the game, or unsure why you should really care about it being on the slate in Rio 2016, here are 7 reasons to get you excited… (more…)

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NBC & NBCSN to Air Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship

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The collegiate rugby sevens season concludes this weekend with the playing of the 7th Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship from Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia.  NBC and NBCSN announced they will live coverage of select games on June 4 and 5. (more…)

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