The pinnacle of rugby. The rugby World cup is where every player wants to play and it's the one tournament every player wants to win.
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The Northern Hemisphere's premier international tournament. Until recently (1999) it was known as the Five Nations but with the inclusion of Italy the Six Nations began.
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The Southern Hemisphere's premier international tournament. It began in 1996 and ten years it was expanded to a format when the teams play each other three times a year except in a World Cup year. Argentina could join in 2012.
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The seven man version of rugby union. 7 players and 7 minutes. A much faster version of rugby union and is played by all the major rugby playing nations in mini tournaments held in various locations around the world. The most popular venue continues to be Hong Kong.
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The Southern Hemisphere's premier provincial tournament. The Super 14 (Was Super12) is a provincialbased tournament where 14 teams play each other once (alternating venues annually) for league/table points. Once the scheduled matches are completed the semi final teams are the top four teams. The top two host semis.
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The next evolution in the Southern Hemisphere's premier provincial tournament starting in 2011. The Super 14 (Was Super14) is a provincial based tournament where 15 teams play most other teams twice (alternating venues annually) for league/table points. Once the scheduled matches are completed the semi final teams are the top four teams. The top two host semis.
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Europe's premier provincial tournament. Teams from all over Europe compete in venues around Europe in a bid to become European Champions
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The Home of English Rugby. England's top teams take each other on in 19 rounds of Rugby to finally become Premiership Champions.
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The World's oldest rugby tournament. South African rugby teams battle it out around South Africa in order to become Currie Cup Champions.
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Also known as the NPC which stands for National Provincial Championship. A tournament very close to New Zealand hearts.
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The French domestic tournament which is similar to South Africa's Currie Cup and New Zealand's NPC tournament. Expect this tournament's profile to grow and grow as the clubs sign higher and higer profile players from to rugby playing nations around the world.
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The Celtic League, currently known as the Magners League for sponsorship reasons, is an annual rugby union competition involving regional sides from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It is one of the three major leagues in Europe, along with the English Guinness Premiership and the French Top 14.
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The British & Irish Lions are made up of England,Scotland,Ireland & Wales top rugby players and tour every four years. In 2001 they went to Australia, 2005 to New Zealand and in 2009 they went to South Africa. In 2013 they will go to Australia. They are commonly referred to as the Lions.
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