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Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes

Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes

Josh Morris of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs during a match against the Melbourne Storm

Josh Morris of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs during a match against the Melbourne Storm

Juan Imhoff of Argentina scores a try during the Rugby World Cup 2015

Juan Imhoff of Argentina scores a try during the Rugby World Cup 2015

Jonah Lomu of New Zealand evades England's Rob Andrew during the 1995 World Cup semi-final

Jonah Lomu of New Zealand evades England's Rob Andrew during the 1995 World Cup semi-final

Rob Kearne of Ireland and Joaquin Tuculet of Argentina during the 2015 Rugby World Cup

Rob Kearne of Ireland and Joaquin Tuculet of Argentina during the 2015 Rugby World Cup

Leinster rugby player Mike McCarthy takes possession in a line-out during a Pro12 match against Edinburgh

Leinster rugby player Mike McCarthy takes possession in a line-out during a Pro12 match against Edinburgh

The All Blacks' hooker Codie Taylor scores a try during the Rugby World Cup match between New Zealand and Namibia

The All Blacks' hooker Codie Taylor scores a try during the Rugby World Cup match between New Zealand and Namibia

Michael Morgan scores a try during the match between North Queensland Cowboys and Brisbane Broncos

Michael Morgan scores a try during the match between North Queensland Cowboys and Brisbane Broncos

England wing Sydney Gregson is tackled by two welsh players during the Women's 6 Nations

England wing Sydney Gregson is tackled by two welsh players during the Women's 6 Nations

Sam Burgess of the Rabbitohs is tackled during an NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the South Sydney Rabbitohs

Sam Burgess of the Rabbitohs is tackled during an NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the South Sydney Rabbitohs

Tom Wood claims a line-out above Rob Simmons during the last Test of 2014 between England and Australia

Tom Wood claims a line-out above Rob Simmons during the last Test of 2014 between England and Australia

TJ Perenara scores a try during the Super Rugby match between una Hurricanes and Blues

TJ Perenara scores a try during the Super Rugby match between una Hurricanes and Blues

France and Ireland during the 2014 6 Nations

France and Ireland during the 2014 6 Nations

Mike Brown of England scores a try against Italy during the 2014 6 Nations

Mike Brown of England scores a try against Italy during the 2014 6 Nations

Mike Brown of England during the 2014 6 Nations match against Ireland

Mike Brown of England during the 2014 6 Nations match against Ireland

Scotland's Jim Hamilton and Courtney Lawes of England during the 6 Nations 2014

Scotland's Jim Hamilton and Courtney Lawes of England during the 6 Nations 2014

Ireland's Rob Kearney celebrates his try against Scotland during the 6 Nations 2014

Ireland's Rob Kearney celebrates his try against Scotland during the 6 Nations 2014

Wales' Alex Cuthbert scores the opening try despite Angelo Esposito of Italy during the 6 Nations 2014

Wales' Alex Cuthbert scores the opening try despite Angelo Esposito of Italy during the 6 Nations 2014

Gaël Fickou of France scores a try against England during the 6 Nations 2014

Gaël Fickou of France scores a try against England during the 6 Nations 2014

A match between Italy and Wales during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup

A match between Italy and Wales during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup

Darren Boyd scores a try for Australia during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup match against England

Darren Boyd scores a try for Australia during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup match against England

A scrum during the Aviva Premiership 2013 match between London Wasps and Harlequins

A scrum during the Aviva Premiership 2013 match between London Wasps and Harlequins

Owen Farrell of Saracens fired ball through the posts during the Aviva Premiership 2013

Owen Farrell of Saracens fired ball through the posts during the Aviva Premiership 2013

Leigh Halfpenny during the third Test between British and Irish Lions and Australia

Leigh Halfpenny during the third Test between British and Irish Lions and Australia

Ben Youngs of British and Irish Lions scores a try against Melbourne Rebels

Ben Youngs of British and Irish Lions scores a try against Melbourne Rebels

Owen Farrell of the Lions scores a try during the Western Force vs British and Irish Lions rugby match

Owen Farrell of the Lions scores a try during the Western Force vs British and Irish Lions rugby match

Francois Louw launches himself over the line to score during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Leicester Tigers

Francois Louw launches himself over the line to score during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Leicester Tigers

Graham Kitchener rises through the snow to win the lineout during a friendly between England Saxons and Scotland A

Graham Kitchener rises through the snow to win the lineout during a friendly between England Saxons and Scotland A

Alex Cuthbert of Wales scores his team's second try during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England

Alex Cuthbert of Wales scores his team's second try during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England

Italy beat Ireland for the first time in Six Nations history

Italy beat Ireland for the first time in Six Nations history

Ben Botica of Harlequins is tackled by Anthony Perenise of Bath during their LV=Cup semi-final

Ben Botica of Harlequins is tackled by Anthony Perenise of Bath during their LV=Cup semi-final

Billy Twelvetrees goes on a charge opposed by Matt Scott during a math of 2013 6 Nations

Billy Twelvetrees goes on a charge opposed by Matt Scott during a math of 2013 6 Nations

Italy's Sergio Parisse scores a try during the 6 Nations 2013 match against France

Italy's Sergio Parisse scores a try during the 6 Nations 2013 match against France

The panoramic photo shows the rugby match between Italy and New Zealand All Blacks

The panoramic photo shows the rugby match between Italy and New Zealand All Blacks

Charlie Sharples dives over for the first England try of the match between England and Fiji

Charlie Sharples dives over for the first England try of the match between England and Fiji

Scrum-half Henry Pyrgos sets up an attack during the Heineken Cup match between Glasgow Warriors and Ulster

Scrum-half Henry Pyrgos sets up an attack during the Heineken Cup match between Glasgow Warriors and Ulster

Wales have won the 2012 6 Nations

Wales have won the 2012 6 Nations

Italy condemn Scotland to 2012 Six Nations wooden spoon

Italy condemn Scotland to 2012 Six Nations wooden spoon

Davies picks up a flat pass from Priestland and gains ground on the left touchline

Jonathan Davies picks up a flat pass from Priestland and gains ground on the left touchline

A bit of a high tackle by Australia's Keith Galloway as he grabs England's Chris Heighington round the throat

A bit of a high tackle by Australia's Keith Galloway as he grabs England's Chris Heighington round the throat during their Four Nations rugby league clash

Mouritz Botha flings himself at a kick from Julien Dupuy

Mouritz Botha flings himself at a kick from Julien Dupuy

George North during 6 Nations

George North makes a clean break early in the game between England and Wales

England and Wales at Twickenham

England and Wales at Twickenham during the Six Nations

Alessandro Zanni and Cian Healy

Alessandro Zanni and Cian Healy during the RBS 6 Nations 2012

English and Italy packs push in a scrum the Six Nations

English and Italy packs push in a scrum during England's 19-15 victory in the Six Nations

A try for Italy against England

A try for Italy against England

Jonathan Davies of Wales dives over the line to score a try

Jonathan Davies of Wales dives over the line to score a try

Brad Barritt uses his muscle get England going

Brad Barritt uses his muscle get England going

Tommaso Benvenuti tackles Aurelien Rougerie

Italy's Tommaso Benvenuti tackles French center Aurelien Rougerie during the Six Nations

Italy's Andrea Masi fights for the ball with France's Julien Bonnaire

Italy's Andrea Masi fights for the ball with France's Julien Bonnaire

Gloucester's Mike Tindall

Gloucester's Mike Tindall takes a tumble as the Exeter Chiefs block his progress at Sandy Park

Italy fly-half Andrea Masi breaks in midfield

Italy fly-half Andrea Masi breaks in midfield

Lee Byrne is tackled by Manu Tuilagi

Clermont's Lee Byrne is tackled by the Leicester Tigers' Manu Tuilagi