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‘Battle of the Hemispheres’ back on agenda

BRAGGING RIGHTS: An annual fixture between the Super 14 and Heineken Cup winners is back on the agenda.

WHO IS the best club team in the world?

That question could soon be answered, with an annual match between the winners of the Super 14 and Heineken Cup back on the agenda.

According to website RugbyHeaven, England’s premier clubs are backing the concept of a  “battle of the hemispheres”, meaning the long-mooted game looks set to become a reality.

CLICK HERE to read more.

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King Carlos to make Super Rugby comeback

FORMER All Black first five Carlos Spencer will play in the Super 14 this season – but not for his beloved Blues.

Website Supersport.com reports the 34-year-old (left), who played 34 tests for the men in black between 1997 and 2004, has signed with South African outfit the Lions.

He replaces former Springbok pivot Andre Pretorious, who will turnout for the Western Force this season.

Spencer represented the Blues between 1996 and 2005, playing a key role in Auckland-based franchise’s three championship victories.

He has been plying his trade with Gloucester in the Guinness Premiership after a stint with Northampton. CLICK HERE to read more.

Macqueen to coach Melbourne Rebels?

SPECULATION is mounting that former World Cup-winning Australian mentor Rod Macqueen is in line to become coach of the Melbourne Super 15 team.

Macqueen, who lifted the William Webb Ellis trophy with the Wallabies in 1999 and supported the city’s bid for inclusion in the expanded competition, is believed to be considering a position as a coaching director or head coach, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

But Melbourne Rebels franchise head Harold Mitchell is remaining tight-lipped on the subject. CLICK HERE to read more.

Melbourne Super 15 dramas sorted

MELBOURNE’S Super 15 franchise can begin recruiting players, coaches and administrators after the Australian Rugby Union and investors reached an agreement surrounding the team’s license.

The deal between the ARU and the Melbourne Rebels consortium ends months of dramas surrounding the venture, which came under threat after potential investors pulled out following financial and ownership disputes.

Under the agreement, the franchise will receive some loan funding from the ARU and be allowed to recruit up to 10 foreign players in its formative years, according to the Australian Associated Press.

Melbourne – which will be Australia’s first privately run team – will play its home matches at Rectangular Stadium when they join the expanded Super rugby competition next year. CLICK HERE to read more.

Parks confirms Cardiff move

FORMER Scotland first five Dan Parks will swap the blue jersey of Glasgow for that of Cardiff, according to the BBC.

Parks – who became the first player in the Magners League to score 1000 points – confirmed he will end his seven-year stint at the Warriors and link with the Welsh giants at the end of the season.

The announcement ends months of speculation about the 31-year-old’s playing future. CLICK HERE to read more.

Fiji Rugby Union restore cibi

THE FIJI rugby team will again be able to perform the cibi before its matches, according to news website stuff.co.nz.

The Fiji Rugby Union agreed to restore the island nation’s version of the haka at a meeting in Suva yesterday.

Their decision comes after under-fire coach Samu Domoni banned the team from performaning the war dance on their disastrous European Tour – which resulted in a number of heavy defeats and saw players raise concerns in a letter about Domoni’s behaviour – as he believed it was throwback to heathen days of cannibalism. CLICK HERE to read more.

RFU unveils new Guinness Premiership drug policy

GUINNESS Premiership players caught taking drugs will escape with a fine and be given anonymity from next year.

But they will be disciplined and have their names made public if they fail two tests within 18 months, according to the Daily Mail.

The Rugby Football Union is introducing the measures as part of a crackdown on the use of illegal substances in England’s domestic competition.

It follows a drug scandal at Bath led to four players being suspended and another – former Australian international Justin Harrison – being given his marching orders. CLICK HERE to read more.