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Toulon complete hat-trick of Southern Hempshere singings

French giants have now signed a Kiwi, Saffer and an Aussie in less than a week.

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Queensland Red’s young playmaker Duncan Paia’aua is the latest Southern Hemisphere name to confirm they will be leaving for European shores come the conclusion of the 2019 season according to reports from rugbycomau

Paia’aua who is only 23 was on Wallabies coach Michael Chieka’s radar having featured in the Australia v Barbarians fixture last year where he managed to get across the try line (video below) Disappointing he hasn’t featured in squads since with Foley, Toomua, Beale & Hodge have all pulled on the 10 jersey since.

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Australia rugby will be sad to lose such an exciting prospect at such a young age. New Zealand born Duncan represented Australian u20 at the IRB Championships but then had a brief spell in Rugby League with the Brisbane Broncos before making a return to Union in 2014 where he lined up with the Queensland Red’s where he has been playing his rugby since.

Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal described Paia’aua as having a “Matt Giteau” profile about him. The Top 14 outfit has struggled to find a playmaking 12 since Giteau’s departure and while the comparisons might seem a little far fetched it’s a shrewd bit of business from Toulon who have nabbed a skilled playmaking 10 or 12 at a very young age.

Toulon are having a tough season following the loss of a lot of big names over the last couple of seasons have recruited well ahead of the 2019 season with Eben Eztebeth and Nehe Milner-Skudder set to arrive post RWC2019.

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New Zealand Rugby Sides Facing Pay Cuts

New Zealand Rugby are preparing for the possibility of having to cut wages following the outbreak of the coronavirus

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New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association chief executive Rob Nichol has admitted that there is a possibility of pay cuts among Super Rugby sides with the league in lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Over the weekend it was confirmed that Super Rugby would be suspended due to the coronavirus and there is a fear that the competition may not be completed this year. 

Speaking on the situation, Nichol told Stuff that New Zealand’s five Super Rugby side are preparing for the worst. 

“As it stands right now, things are kind of status quo. But we are not naive. We know there is going to be a commercial impact, we know we will have to sit around the table and work with the other stakeholders and be a part of the solution. And get things on an even keel once we understand what we are really dealing with,” he said. 

There are a number of options over the remainder of the season being put forward, with only “derby matches” being played one of the possibilities. 

That would mean a number of matches not being played and a loss in matchday revenue for the respective teams, but Nichol is ready for whatever happens as long as the people are looked after. 

“Whatever we decide to do, it will be that kind of team approach. We know there is going to be commercial ramifications but first of all we will be doing what is right for the people,” he added. 

There is no certainty over what is going to happen in the coming weeks and months, but the ramifications could be huge and Nichol finished by stating that however this ends all sides will work their hardest to make the most of a bad situation with clubs heading into the unknown at this moment in time.

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Wallabies Ace Set for Stint on Sidelines

One of the Wallabies star players is set to be out of action for the next while due to an injury he picked up playing for the Brumbies last weekend

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Wallabies prop Allan Alaalatoa is set to be out of action for the next few weeks after breaking his arm playing for the Brumbies last weekend the Super Rugby franchise have confirmed.

The 26-year-old Brumbies captain left the field of play before half-time in the Brumbies 47-13 win over the Waratahs and returned to the sidelines with his arm in a sling. 

It has now been announced that he broke his arm during the game and is expected to miss around six weeks due to the injury with the club hoping to see their star man out on the pitch again soon. 

“The Brumbies can confirm that captain Allan Alaalatoa suffered a broken arm in the match against the Waratahs. Get well soon skip!,” the Brumbies tweeted. 

However, despite the injury it is unknown how many matches Alaalatoa will actually miss, if any at all with Super Rugby currently suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak meaning no matches are being played for the foreseeable future. 

It could mean that he will be back in action along with his teammates whenever they return to play, whatever happens the hope is that the 37-cap Wallaby will be back to play as soon as possible.

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Second South African Team in Isolation

Following the news yesterday that the Bulls would go into self-isolation a second South African team has announced it will do the same

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Super Rugby side the Lions have confirmed that their squad will go into self-isolation following their return from New Zealand.

The team played the Blues over the weekend, losing out 43-10 and after arriving home they have confirmed that they will self-isolate in order to try and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

Speaking on the decision CEO of the side Rudolf Straeuli admitted that it is hard to do, but that health comes before all else in a situation like this. 

“It is difficult circumstances, but people’s health come first. SANZAAR is in ongoing discussions with broadcasters and have been keeping everyone informed of the decisions. The situation will be reviewed on an on-going basis,” he said. 

The Lions become the second South African side to self-isolate after the Bulls confirmed that their squad would be doing the same when they arrive back on home soil today. 

Both franchise’s decisions follow the news that this year’s Super Rugby season will be suspended for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus, which is causing major issues for all sporting calendars as it continues to spread worldwide.

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