Date Set For New Zealand's North vs South Island Battle

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For the first time since the mid 1980's, New Zealand is set to reintroduce the famous North vs South Island match on August 29th, pitting players from each of the two parts of New Zealand against one another to settle where the best rugby players in the country truly come from. 

For reference, the Chiefs, the Hurricanes, and the Blues are the three Super Rugby franchises on the North Island, while the Crusaders and the Highlanders make up the South Island. However, eligibility for the competition is a point of much debate. Do you choose players based on where they were born? Where they went to school? Where they currently play? The answer at the moment, according to All Blacks head coach Ian Foster, is that players will represent the Island where they played their first provincial rugby. 

Of course, there are some issues with this, as there are many players like Damian McKenzie who grew up on one island (Invercargill in the South in his case) but played their first provincial rugby on a different island (Waikato in the North.) As a southerner, does it makes sense for guys like McKenzie to be forced to play for the opposite island? Or should they at least be given the option?



As for the coaches, All Blacks assistant coach Brad Mooar will team up with Greg Feek to coach the South, while John Plumtree and Mason McLeod will take the reins for the North side. 

Eden Park in Auckland (North Island) is the site selected for the occasion, but neither team has chosen players. Both sets of coaches will have a lot of work ahead to choose their best 23. 

Wales & France Ready For Six Nations, Autumn Nations Cup

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With international rugby coming back into full swing, two teams are looking for redemption and itching to make a statement on Saturday, as Wales takes on France. 

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Georgia & Scotland Set For Autumn Nations Cup Warm-up

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Georgia and Scotland are set to face off on Friday in a tune-up match for both teams ahead of a jam-packed autumn calendar. 

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England's Wild Past 2 Years Ahead Of The Autumn Nations Cup

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What a topsy-turvy two years of rugby it’s been for England. 

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Autumn Nations Cup Is Rugby's Biggest Event In 2020

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To say Covid-19 flipped the world upside-down is to beat an already-dead horse, but we can acknowledge once more how it’s made sizable waves across the rugby universe. 

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Everything You Need To Know About Autumn Nations Cup

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In March, the 2020 Six Nations was cut short with two rounds to play. But at long last, Wales, England, France, Ireland, Scotland, and Italy will finish up the competition this fall. 

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How to Watch Autumn Nations Cup Warm Up: Scotland vs Georgia

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Round 4: Super Rugby Aotearoa/AU Team of the Week

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With the Australian Super Rugby teams entering the fold this week, the Super Rugby Team of the Week selection just got a whole lot tougher. There were plenty of great performances over the weekend, and a few names on the sheet that continue to show up week in and week out. 

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MLR Nationality Breakdown By Position: New England Freejacks

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The other day I was thinking about fly-halves in the MLR -- since that is my position -- and I got to thinking how few American players there are playing fly-half in Major League Rugby. The only ones I could think of off the top of my head were Ben Cima (SEA), Scott Dean (SEA), Tadgh Leader (NE) and Zinzan Elan-Puttick (AUS) -- and it's worth noting that both Leader and Elan-Puttick grew up playing rugby in Ireland and South Africa respectively. 

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