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ANALYSIS: What makes the perfect openside flank? OPINION: The latest in Alex Shaw's series looking at the make-up of the perfect rugby player shines a spotlight on the openside flank position. The openside flank is seemingly more glamorous of the two flank positions.

Bristol centre Hurrell retires following stroke Bristol Bears centre Will Hurrell has retired from the game on specialist medical advice. The 30-year-old left the field in the second half in the loss to the Tigers on January 4th with what looked to be a concussion. He did not feature for the Bears again before revealing that he had suffered a stroke in February.

Seamus Coleman donates €15,000 towards treatment for Laois boy Dan Funds are being raised to send the one-year-old for treatment in the US.

England's Japan tour could be moved to October, says RFU boss England could move their summer tour of Japan to October, according to RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney.

Rugby vs Football: Weight Loss Football is a genuinely demanding sport that requires a mix of speed, skill, and determination. If your kid is a football player, he needs specific nourishment every day to remain empowered and solid.

Will Hurrell: Bristol Bears centre retires after probable stroke in January Bristol Bears centre Will Hurrell retires from rugby union with immediate effect, after suffering a probable stroke in January.

Quiz: How many of these random 90s Premier League footballers can you identify? - Part III Another chance to put your memory to the test.

Euro feud over 'Club World Cup' proposal NEWS: European Professional Club Rugby chairman Simon Halliday has expressed annoyance at being blindsided by Bernard Laporte's idea to set up a Club World Cup.

Heineken Champions Cup Rewind - All you need to know Who played in the Miracle Match? The teams were as follows: Munster: Staunton; Kelly, Mullins, Holland, Lawlor; O'Gara, Stringer; Horan, Sheahan, Hayes, O'Callaghan, O'Driscoll, Williams, Quinlan, Foley. Gloucester: Paul ; Simpson-Daniel, Fanolua, Todd, Delport; Mercier, Gomarsall; Roncero, Azam, Vickery, Fidler Cornwell, Buxton, Boer, Paramore.

TRP's 2019-20 Premiership Team of the Season… so far The Rugby Paper's chief writer Nick Cain picks a Premiership Team of the Season for 2019-20, featuring eight Englishmen and seven overseas players.

CONFIRMED: Wasps reveal Young's replacement NEWS: Wasps confirmed that current interim Head Coach, Lee Blackett, has been appointed as the club's full-time Head Coach. Blackett stepped up from his role as Attack and Backs Coach to take the first-team reins in mid-February following Dai Young's resignation as the Director of Rugby.

Schools Rugby 2019/20 Dream Team With plenty of time to be filled at present and very little rugby with which to fill it, we thought it was high time to reflect on the schools rugby season and those that have starred in it. Over the coming weeks we'll have plenty of articles coming out to that effect, beginning with this - the Schools Rugby 2019/20 Dream Team.

Building the perfect rugby player: Openside flanker Moving on from our focus on the prototype blindside flanker, our series looking at building the perfect rugby player has arrived at the openside flanker, the seemingly more glamorous of the two flank positions.

Pro players and fans are in awe of Quade Cooper's latest trick pass Quade Cooper has produced another miraculous trick shot with an American football, this time coming up with something most of us probably haven't seen before. The former Wallabies playmaker was training with Brisbane Broncos Rugby League player Tevita Pangai Jr.

English rugby's top players will need 'four weeks' Phil Morrow, Saracens' highly rated Performance Director, has revealed English rugby's top players will need four weeks to be ready for the resumption of the Gallagher Premiership season.

Dana White belatedly postpones UFC 249 Originally slated for New York, white was pushing for the18 April event to go ahead in California.

Rugby quiz: How good is your World Cup knowledge? Rugby365com's oracle Paul Dobson has dug into the World archives to make it 'easier' for the readers. Can you get a full-house from this one? You will see your score at the end of the quiz and can challenge your friends and rivals. We will provide the answers to this quiz in the next one, so you can see what the correct answers were.

European boss hits out at Laporte's threatened Champions Cup hijack The French rugby chief, who will become World Rugby vice-president if current chairman Bill Beaumont is re-elected next month, revealed his plan last Sunday for an annual 20-team tournament that would spell the end for the current Heineken Champions Cup.

Rene Ranger's MLR side have announced their withdrawal from the league Following the cancellation of the Major League Rugby season in the United States due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Colorado Raptors have announced that they have withdrawn from the competition.

SA Players rally together in 'cost-saving' talks NEWS: South African Rugby Players Organisation unanimously voted to collectively pursue further negotiations with other stakeholders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

MLR to stage NFL style draft, as Raptors walk out on the league The MLR is preparing for major changes as they look ahead to their fourth professional season - the fledgling competition recently announced the creation of their inaugural collegiate draft set to take place in June. The draft will commence over a two day period, on June 13 and 14.

Club owner lays bare crippling toll of running a Premiership team at an annual £4million loss It's a dramatic pause that London Irish owner Mick Crossan now hopes will be invaluable in helping the financially crippled Premiership come up with a better business plan rather than continuing to have the majority of its clubs lose money on a year-on-year basis.

Roberts: Everyone has a role to play in Covid-19 fight Wales legend Jamie Roberts believes everyone has a massive role to play in defeating Covid-19 after issuing a message of support to all those fighting on.

Sun Tzu's art of coaching warfare RUGBY FROM THE BUNKERS: Former two-time Junior World Cup-winning coach and Director of Elite Sport Mentorship Eugene Eloff is back with another jim-dandy column for @rugby365com's readers. I am pretty sure that most of us had to adapt and make changes to adhere to the regulations and laws during this multi-national lockdown.

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