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Aviva PremiershipHarlequins and Gloucester shared 10 tries in an epic 39 / 39 Premiership draw at Twickenham.

The lead exchanged hands on several occasions before Harlequins flyhalf Nick Evans missed a last-minute drop-goal to win the game for the hosts.

A crowd of more than 70 000 enjoyed a feast of points and 4 tries before halftime as Gloucester led 17 / 15.

Quins’ Ross Chisholm and Gloucester’s Harry Trinder both scored twice, while Rob Cook grabbed the pick of the tries.

Both sides go away with a bonus point but neither were able to get the decisive score on a day which saw England captain Chris Robshaw return to Twickenham for the first time since his team’s disappointing World Cup campaign came to a premature end.

In a side-plot to the main event, England winger Jonny May limped off for Gloucester in the second half with an apparent knee injury.

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FranceItalyThere will be a Six Nations re-match as France and Italy do battle at Twickenham in the fifth match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup on Saturday night. The teams are in Pool D, alongside Ireland, Canada and Romania, and the match kicks off at 20:00 UK Time (21:00 SA Time).

Italy, who have made four changes since their last test, will set a new World Cup record for the most experienced front row as their starting trio boast a total of 227 test caps. The current record was set in 2011 when a front row with 215 caps between them took the field for the Springboks against Namibia.

Martin Castogiavanni will become Italy’s most capped player as he makes his 114th appearance for his country. He will reach this landmark as Sergio Parisse misses out due to injury. Leonarodo Ghiraldini will captain Italy for the 10th time in the absence of Parisse.

France’s coach Phillipe Saint-Andre has named a team that contains two South African born players – starting Fullback Scott Spedding and Loose forward Bernard le Roux who is on the bench. Rory Kockott misses out on selection for this match altogether. France will be captained by Thierry Dussatoir.

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FijiFiji coach John McKee has named his team to play England in the Rugby World Cup opening match at Twickeham Stadium, London on Friday.

Fiji have been able to include Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo who missed the Pacific Nations Cup which Fiji were crowned champions.

McKee’s backline will be controlled by former Waratah and Super Rugby winner Ben Volavola.

“I am very pleased to be able to announce a very strong line-up for the opening match of RWC2015,” said McKee.  “We have come through a very good preparation phase and are ready to move into the competition.

“All our players are fit and available for selection,” McKee added.

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Barbarians RugbyJoe Launchbury and Ed Slater will resume their international careers by lining up for an England XV against the Barbarians today (Sunday).

The lock pairing will feature in a side captained by scrum-half Lee Dickson, and with Mathew Tait at fullback.

The squad features 10 players from Stuart Lancaster’s initial World Cup squad, including Danny Cipriani at No 10.

New Zealand’s World Cup-winning forward Brad Thorn skippers an experienced BaaBaas side at Twickenham.

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BarbariansArgentinaThe Barbarians will round off their 125th anniversary year by tackling Argentina at Twickenham in November 2015, organisers announced on Tuesday.

After a chastening 2013, the invitational side proved themselves credible opponents for the world’s elite teams this year, going down 49-39 to a youthful England team in June and narrowly losing 40-36 to Australia last month.

They are scheduled to play Ireland in Limerick on 8 May and will play England three days later before finishing the year against Argentina.

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World Club 7'sJoaquin Paz sparked a second-half comeback as unbeaten Buenos Aires clinched the World Club 7’s title at Twickenham over Auckland, who lost out at the final hurdle for the second year running.

Auckland were in the ascendancy after Mitch Karpik’s double but the Argentinians’ resolve throughout the weekend was also present in the final, with the deadly Paz crossing twice to secure a 26-22 victory.

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World Club 7'sWestern Province have their fair share of exciting young talent but manager Bobby Joubert is looking to Earl Rose for that added quality at the World Club 7’s.

Rose is the experienced head among Joubert’s charges, who head to Twickenham this weekend seeking to improve on their showing at the 2013 tournament.

The 30-year-old is a veteran of Currie Cup and Super Rugby and was selected in the Springboks squad for the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 2009.

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Twickenham will play host to its fifth European final.

The final of the inaugural 2014-15 European Rugby Champions Cup will be played at Twickenham.

Had the Heineken Cup still been in existence, that final would have taken place in Milan but the new tournament organisers European Professional Club Rugby, who replace European Rugby Cup Ltd, have opted to take the match to Twickenham on 2 May.

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Aviva Premiership LogoNorthampton SaintsAlex Waller’s try in the last minute of extra time won Northampton their first Premiership title with a dramatic victory over Saracens.

Saints led 7-6 at the break through Ben Foden’s converted try, with Owen Farrell replying with two penalties.

Farrell added a further penalty before George Pisi crossed for Northampton’s second converted try.

Marcelo Bosch’s try levelled the scores but Charlie Hodgson’s kick hit the post to send the game into extra time.

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Aviva PremiershipNorthampton Saints have named captain Dylan Hartley among their replacements for Saturday’s Premiership final against Saracens at Twickenham.

But the hooker’s England team-mate Mako Vunipola is missing for Sarries having had surgery on a dislocated patella.

Saints are aiming for their first-ever Premiership title, after losing to rivals Leicester in last year’s final.

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barbariansDean RyanWorcester director of rugby Dean Ryan says that he is “honoured” to have been asked to coach the Barbarians against England at Twickenham on 1 June.

England are likely to name a weakened side – just a week before Test matches on successive weekends in New Zealand.

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EnglandNew ZealandEngland (16) 22 / 30 (20) All Blacks (Final Score)

England and the New Zealand All Blacks did battle in the End Of Year Tours at

Twickenham, London at 16:30 SA Time (14:30 GMT, 03:30 Sunday NZ Time).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1, SHD & CSN on TV in SA.


Meanwhile, other Internationals were in progress at the same time, here are the scores:

Italy (20) 37 / 24 (5) Fiji (Final Score)

Wales (23) 40 / 6 (3) Argentina (Final Score)


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EnglandArgentinaEngland (24) 31 / 12 (6) Pumas (Final Score)

England and the Argentinian Pumas did battle in the End Of Year Tours at

Twickenham, London at 16:30 SA Time (14:30 GMT).

This was the live match discussion Article.

The match was broadcast LIVE on SuperSport 1, SHD & CSN on TV in SA.


Meanwhile, other Internationals in progress at the same time, here are the scores:

Italy (10) 20 / 50 (19) Wallabies (Final Score)

Scotland (11) 42 / 17 (3) Japan (Final Score)


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End Of Year Tours - 2013Round 1 of the End Of Year Tours of 2013 is upon us and it is that time of the year where we see the teams from the South migrate to the North to go do battle with those from Europe and beyond.

The Test rugby games of the End Of Year Tours or November Internationals are always a nice spectacle to see. Some teams use this as an experimental base, whilst other teams use this competition to prepare for other competitions like the 6 Nations. The big thing here is that the 3 Southern Hemisphere giant teams are ranked No 1 to 3 in the world. So, every team wants to beat these sides for bragging rights and to also get an indication of where they stand in preparation of the next Rugby World Cup.

So let the battles begin!

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worldclub7sDHL Western Province and the Vodacom Blue Bulls are scheduled to face each other today at Twickenham on day two of the World Club 7s tournament.  Both teams will be looking forward to improve on what was a disappointing first day for them at the inaugural tournament.  Western Province lost all three of their games while the Blue Bulls lost two and drew one game.

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England1Barbarians RugbyRob Webber will captain England for the first time in Sunday’s game against the Barbarians at Twickenham.  The Bath hooker leads a youthful side which has nine players aged 24 or under in the starting XV and sees Matt Kvesic and Marland Yarde make their debuts.

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