• NRFF CMB South-West Rugby League resumes today 

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    Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) has revealed that the second round of matches of the CMB Building Maintenance & Investment Company Limited sponsored South West League will begin today at the National Stadium’s NIS pitch, Lagos.
    The newly appointed NRFF Technical Director, Ntiense Williams assured that the last three remaining sets of matches promise to be explosive based on a lot of technical and tactical improvements in the just concluded r
  • Eddie Jones: England coach sorry for Argentina outburst

    Eddie Jones has apologised for a foul-mouthed outburst during England's 21-8 victory over Argentina at Twickenham last weekend. Eddie Jones has apologised for a foul-mouthed outburst during England's 21-8 victory over Argentina at Twickenham last weekend.The England coach vented his frustration during the second half, with television cameras showing him slamming down a notebook in the coaches' box in the second half and mouthing two successive expletives."I'd like to apologise for swear
  • Mathieu Bastareaud: Coach back as France pick four uncapped players for New Zealand

    Mathieu Bastareaud returned to the starting XV after a two year absence as France coach Guy Noves picked four uncapped players on Thursday to face New Zealand in Paris on Saturday. Mathieu Bastareaud returned to the starting XV after a two year absence as France coach Guy Noves picked four uncapped players on Thursday to face New Zealand in Paris on Saturday.
    Fly-half Anthony Belleau, 21, will make his debut alongside scrum-half Antoine Dupont, 20 and with just three caps and none of those from
  • Bernard Foley, Will Genia: Rugby stars set to return for Wallabies against Wales

    Half-backs Bernard Foley and Will Genia have been recalled into the Australia side to play Wales in Cardiff on Saturday. Half-backs Bernard Foley and Will Genia have been recalled into the Australia side to play Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.The experienced duo missed last week's 63-30 thrashing of Japan in Yokohama, with fly-half Foley sidelined through illness and scrum-half Genia ruled out with a calf problem.They are both fit for the match at the Principality Stadium.Reece Hodge moves back to
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  • Rugby World Cup: Ireland complain over bid ratings

    Ireland have complained to world rugby chiefs over the selection process for the 2023 World Cup after a controversial technical report gave South Africa the best rating. Ireland have complained to world rugby chiefs over the selection process for the 2023 World Cup after a controversial technical report gave South Africa the best rating.The Rugby World Cup Board last week recommended the World Rugby Council award the tournament to South Africa, which the report placed ahead of France and Ireland
  • 2023 World Cup: Report 'leaves door open to drug abuse' - French rugby chief

    French rugby chief Bernard Laporte raised the stakes in a bitter war of words over the destiny of the 2023 World Cup on Tuesday by saying the sport risks being seen as weak over doping. French rugby chief Bernard Laporte raised the stakes in a bitter war of words over the destiny of the 2023 World Cup on Tuesday by saying the sport risks being seen as weak over doping.Last week, the Rugby World Cup Board recommended the World Rugby Council award the tournament to South Africa after a technical r
  • Rugby World Cup: French chief contests South Africa's 2023 World Cup rating

    French rugby chief Bernard Laporte told AFP Friday that he wants the report recommending South Africa as 2023 World Cup hosts to be modified, believing that France's credentials are more impressive. French rugby chief Bernard Laporte told AFP Friday that he wants the report recommending South Africa as 2023 World Cup hosts to be modified, believing that France's credentials are more impressive.South Africa moved into pole position ahead of France and Ireland when the Rugby World Cup Boa
  • Aaron Smith: All Blacks' scrum-half escapes with warning over toilet tryst evidence

    All Blacks scrum-half Aaron Smith has escaped with a formal warning for "inconsistencies" in his claims about what happened during his highly publicised airport toilet tryst. All Blacks scrum-half Aaron Smith has escaped with a formal warning for "inconsistencies" in his claims about what happened during his highly publicised airport toilet tryst, New Zealand Rugby bosses said Saturday.It is the second warning Smith has received since he was caught emerging with a woman from a
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  • New Zealand: Barrett goes beyond dreams to captain All Blacks

    Beauden Barrett has said being appointed captain of New Zealand for the world champions' tour opener against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Saturday was "beyond my wildest imagination". Beauden Barrett has said being appointed captain of New Zealand for the world champions' tour opener against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Saturday was "beyond my wildest imagination".This weekend's clash, in front of an expected crowd of more than 60,000, will, remarkably, represent
  • Rugby Championship: All Blacks happy with praise from England coach Jones

    New Zealand have no qualms accepting "compliments" from England coach Eddie Jones, the world champions said Thursday. New Zealand have no qualms accepting "compliments" from England coach Eddie Jones, the world champions said Thursday.Jones's men, who are not due to play the All Blacks again until November next year, are set to be one of the main challengers when New Zealand bid for a third successive global title at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.The England coach recently spoke
  • Rob Baxter: Chiefs boss hopes title is not journey's end

    That is a tough task given there have been five different winners of English rugby's premier prize in the last six years. Rob Baxter prays the remarkable fairytale which has seen his Exeter Chiefs progress from the second tier to being crowned English champions will continue in the fast approaching 2017/18 campaign.The 46-year-old -- an Exeter institution having also played for them for 14 years -- said he hoped the players had put beind them the epic win over Wasps in the Premiership f
  • Danielle Waterman: England player to miss women's World Cup final

    Waterman was taken off during the first half of England's semi-final victory over France on Tuesday. England full-back Danielle Waterman will miss the Women's Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand after suffering a concussion.Waterman was taken off during the first half of England's semi-final victory over France on Tuesday.The 32-year-old has been unable to recover in time for the final at Belfast's Kingspan Stadium.Waterman, who has won 74 caps, could be replaced by Emily Scarratt
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  • World Cup: England to face New Zealand in women's Rugby final

    Prop Sarah Bern and substitute back Megan Jones scored the decisive second-half tries for England at Kingspan Stadium. England will face New Zealand in the women's Rugby World Cup final after the holders cruised to a 20-3 victory against France in Belfast on Tuesday.Prop Sarah Bern and substitute back Megan Jones scored the decisive second-half tries for England at Kingspan Stadium.Emily Scarratt was the star when England defeated Canada to win the title three years ago and once again the centre
  • Martin Raftery: Head injury assessment set at 10 minutes, say rugby chiefs

    Their research had indicated the average assessment as to whether the player is concussed had taken marginally over seven minutes. Players who leave the field of play during a rugby match for a Head Injury Assessment (HIA) must stay off the pitch for 10 minutes, the sport's governing body announced on Thursday.World Rugby said that the new ruling, which will be enforced globally from August 26, would help to "further promote a calm and clinical environment" for the head assessment to take place.
  • We want to build an all-inclusive rugby culture, says Mbagwu

    Newly elected Nigeria Rugby Football Federation President (NRFF), Kenechukwu Mbagwu has restated his commitment to the development of the sport, promising that his board will take the game to all corners of the country. Speaking in Lagos yesterday at a media parley to usher in the programme of his board, the CMB Building Maintenance and Investment Managing Director, whose company has been sponsoring the Nigeria Rugby League and national team to major events for over 10 years, said the new b
  • Stephen Moore: Wallaby skipper calls an end to international career

    The veteran hooker, who has played for Australia 120 times, is the tenth most-capped international of all-time. Wallabies captain Stephen Moore announced his retirement Thursday from international rugby at the end of this year, but he will play one more season for the Queensland Reds.The veteran hooker, who has played for Australia 120 times, is the tenth most-capped international of all-time and second only to George Gregan (139) as the most-capped Australian.Moore, 34, will play for the Wallab
  • Wallabies: Cooper left out as Cheika calls up new faces

    Cheika selected 38 players from the Queensland Reds, Western Force, NSW Waratahs and Melbourne Rebels, with the Super Rugby... A host of new faces were called up by Wallabies coach Michael Cheika on Wednesday for a training squad ahead of their clash with New Zealand, but Quade Cooper and Scott Higginbotham were left out.Cheika selected 38 players from the Queensland Reds, Western Force, NSW Waratahs and Melbourne Rebels, with the Super Rugby finals-bound ACT Brumbies excluded.They included firs
  • Lock Maro Itoje: English player goes from baby-face to assassin

    After a cameo off the bench in the first Test, Itoje seized his chance to start in the second, notching a game-high 15 tackles... Lock Maro Itoje has transformed in New Zealand from the baby of the British and Irish Lions camp into a cult hero who fans believe can inspire a historic Test series win over the All Blacks.The second rower goes into the series decider in Auckland with his ears still ringing from the chants of travelling supporters bellowing his name as they urged the Lions to a famou
  • New Zealand: Lions sense historic win ahead of third Test against All Blacks

    Lions assistant coach Rob Howley, talking up the huge shift in momentum in the fortnight since they lost the first Test. The All Blacks and British and Irish Lions wrapped up preparations for Saturday's deciding third Test, with the visitors confident they are on the verge of an historic victory."You can see a glint in the players' eyes," said Lions assistant coach Rob Howley, talking up the huge shift in momentum in the fortnight since they lost the first Test."There's been a glint in their eye
  • Super Rugby: South Africa axe Cheetahs, Kings

    An announcement relating to new international opportunities for the dumped teams will be made in due course. South African teams Central Cheetahs and Southern Kings were ditched from Super Rugby Friday amid reports they will seek places in an expanded European Pro12 competition.An announcement relating to new international opportunities for the dumped teams will be made in due course, South African Rugby said in a statement.Pro12 currently consists of four Irish and Welsh teams and two from Ital
  • Rieko Ioane: Rugby star scores two as All Blacks maul British and Irish Lions

    The All Blacks outscored the Lions three tries to two to maintain their 24-year unbeaten record at Eden Park. Rieko Ioane scored two second-half tries as the world champion All Blacks stamped their authority with a 30-15 victory in the first Test against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday.
    Both tries were off the back of demolition work by a powerful New Zealand pack. The All Blacks outscored the Lions three tries to two to maintain their 24-year unbeaten record at Eden Park.
    After a fevere
  • Rugby: Ireland beat Japan 35-13 to complete tour whitewash

    Ireland overpowered Japan 35-13 on Saturday for their second straight win over their hosts to finish with a perfect record in their three-game summer tour. Ireland overpowered Japan 35-13 on Saturday for their second straight win over their hosts to finish with a perfect record in their three-game summer tour.Joe Schmidt's second-string side looked on course to rack up 50 points for the third successive match -- the first of which was against the USA -- as they ran in four first-half tries in To
  • Rugby World Under-20: New Zealand crush England to win title

    New Zealand reclaimed the rugby union world under-20 title on Sunday with a crushing 64-17 victory over England in Tbilisi. New Zealand reclaimed the rugby union world under-20 title on Sunday with a crushing 64-17 victory over England in Tbilisi.The Baby Blacks ran in 10 tries with hooker Asafo Aumua claiming a hat-trick.They led 40-7 at half-time as they built a base for their seventh success in 10 editions of the world event.New Zealand scored an average 62 points in each of their five matche
  • Rugby Union: Scotland upset Wallabies in cliff-hanger Test

    The teams scored three tries each but Scotland were 17-12 ahead at half-time and after regaining the lead midway through the second period. Scotland dug deep to pull off a 24-19 victory and end a run of close defeats against Australia in a gripping rugby union international in Sydney on Saturday.The teams scored three tries each but Scotland were 17-12 ahead at half-time and after regaining the lead midway through the second period, they held on gamely for the win.It meant Scotland finally taste
  • Ross Moriarty: Wales flanker out as British and Irish Lions call up reinforcements

    Moriarty, who played in the tour opener against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians, becomes the Lions' second loss to injury after fullback Stuart Hogg departed. Wales flanker Ross Moriarty was ruled out of the British and Irish Lions tour with a nerve injury on Saturday as coach Warren Gatland called up his first batch of reinforcements.Moriarty, who played in the tour opener against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians, becomes the Lions' second loss to injury after fullback Stuar
  • Ben Volavola: Rugby star gives Fiji victory over Italy in Suva Test

    Ben Volavola's kick gave Fiji the edge in a contest in which the home team excelled during broken play but were dominated in the set piece. Fiji conjured a dramatic drop goal after the full-time siren to defeat Italy 22-19 in a one-off Test in Suva on Saturday, extending the Azzurri's losing streak to eight games.Ben Volavola's kick gave Fiji the edge in a contest in which the home team excelled during broken play but were dominated in the set piece.It was a heartbreaking loss for Itali
  • Stephen Moore: Wallabies overlook captain for Scotland Test

    Veteran Moore only made the bench in Australia's 37-14 win against Fiji last weekend and may not get that far in on Saturday. Wallabies captain Stephen Moore was overlooked for the second Test in a row on Thursday, as Eto Nabuli was handed his debut against a Scottish team making eight changes after last week's thumping win against Italy.Veteran Moore only made the bench in Australia's 37-14 win against Fiji last weekend and may not get that far in Sydney on Saturday, with coach Michael
  • Read, Cruden: Rugby stars confirmed for Lions, out for Samoa

    Injured All Blacks' captain Kieran Read and fly-half Aaron Cruden have been ruled out of New Zealand's Test against Samoa. Injured All Blacks' captain Kieran Read and fly-half Aaron Cruden have been ruled out of New Zealand's Test against Samoa but will be fit to face the British and Irish Lions, coach Steve Hansen said Sunday.However, hooker Dane Coles -- who is battling concussion problems -- would not be considered, Hansen said, as the All Blacks assembled in Auckland before
  • South Africa beat France to regain some pride

    South Africa scored a season-opening 37-14 Test triumph over France in Pretoria Saturday to regain some pride after a disastrous previous campaign. South Africa scored a season-opening 37-14 Test triumph over France in Pretoria Saturday to regain some pride after a disastrous previous campaign.The Springboks lost eight of 12 Tests last year and there has been media speculation that a series loss to France over three Tests would see coach Allister Coetzee sacked.But after France trailed just 16-1
  • Israel Folau, Henry Speight: Rugby stars try doubles as Australia beat Fiji in Melbourne Test

    Israel Folau and Henry Speight scored try doubles as Australia launched their international season with a 37-14 win over Fiji in Melbourne on Saturday. Israel Folau and Henry Speight scored try doubles as Australia launched their international season with a 37-14 win over Fiji in Melbourne on Saturday.Fullback Folau was outstanding in attack, running over 150 metres for the match, and Fijian-born winger Speight finished well as the Wallabies outscored Fiji five tries to two after leading 18-0 at
  • Allister Coetzee: South Africa coach seeks redemption with Lion-hearted Boks

    The Springboks face France Saturday at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria in the first of three Tests. South Africa coach Allister Coetzee is banking on a lot of Lion-hearted stars as he plots the first step toward redemption after a catastrophic maiden season in charge.The Springboks face France Saturday at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria in the first of three Tests with a line-up that acknowledges the prowess of the Golden Lions.Lions were Super Rugby runners-up last year and, as the only
  • Ma'a Nonu: Rugby star back but Giteau a sub for Toulon in Clermont final

    Wallaby great Giteau will play his final match for Toulon before heading to Japan but will have to be content with a place on the replacement's bench. Former New Zealand international Ma'a Nonu returns to start at inside centre for Toulon in the Top 14 final against Clermont on Sunday but Matt Giteau is only on the bench.Wallaby great Giteau will play his final match for Toulon before heading to Japan but will have to be content with a place on the replacement's bench.But two other depa
  • British and Irish Lions: Frustrated Rugby team says 'plenty to work on'

    Coach Warren Gatland described the performance as "not quite accurate in some really critical moments". The British and Irish Lions admitted to having "plenty to work on" after a scrappy New Zealand tour opener where they struggled to a 13-7 win over a New Zealand Provincial Barbarians side on Saturday.Coach Warren Gatland described the performance as "not quite accurate in some really critical moments".Before a sellout crowd of 20,000 at Toll Stadium in Whangarei, it was the B
  • Rugby: Lacroix rings the changes at fallen Toulouse

    The 47-year-old former Toulouse player replaces 71-year-old Jean-René Bouscatel who leaves after nearly 25 years with the southwestern club. Businessman Didier Lacroix was on Tuesday appointed president of fallen French rugby giants Toulouse as the club look to rebuild financially and on the pitch after a disastrous season.The 47-year-old former Toulouse player replaces 71-year-old Jean-René Bouscatel who leaves after nearly 25 years with the southwestern club.After emblematic mana
  • Nonu: Toulon counting on Rugby star for Top 14 final

    "We won't say what he has but Ma'a Nonu trained today (Monday). We're counting on him for the final," said Boudjellal. Toulon are counting on Ma'a Nonu for this weekend's Top 14 final against Clermont after the New Zealand centre missed the semi-finals for personal reasons, club president Mourad Boudjellal said Monday."We won't say what he has but Ma'a Nonu trained today (Monday). We're counting on him for the final," said Boudjellal.Toulon are target
  • George Ford: England fly-half wants England to match Pumas' passion

    England fly-half George Ford has warned the Six Nations champions to prepare for a "hostile" atmosphere when they travel to Argentina for a two-Test series next month. England fly-half George Ford has warned the Six Nations champions to prepare for a "hostile" atmosphere when they travel to Argentina for a two-Test series next month.Ford, along with several other players in the England squad, may have been overlooked for the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand but he in
  • Dean Mumm: Wallaby forward to retire at end of rugby season

    A veteran of 57 Tests, the blindside flanker said he wanted to focus on philanthropic interests and his family. Wallabies and NSW Waratahs forward Dean Mumm on Wednesday announced he will retire from rugby at the end of the 2017 season.A veteran of 57 Tests, the blindside flanker said he wanted to focus on philanthropic interests and his family.Mumm will hike to the North Pole next year in a quest to raise funds for Borne, a premature birth research charity."I've had a great career in rugby and
  • Kieran Read: All Blacks captain signs deal through to 2019 World Cup

    No 8 Read, a double Rugby World Cup champion and 2013 World Player of the Year, has played 97 Tests for the All Blacks since making his debut in 2008, 22 as captain. All Blacks captain Kieran Read has signed a deal to stay in New Zealand rugby through to the 2019 World Cup in Japan.No 8 Read, a double Rugby World Cup champion and 2013 World Player of the Year, has played 97 Tests for the All Blacks since making his debut in 2008, 22 as captain."I love playing for the All Blacks and Crusaders, lo
  • Racing 92: Rugby club ordered to pay 750,000 euros in back taxes

    The Paris club had been subject of an initial probe by customs officials in January 2012 on its four previous seasons. French champions Racing 92 have been ordered to pay more than 750,000 euros in unpaid taxes on match revenues dating between 2008-13, a Versailles appeal court ruled Tuesday.The Paris club had been subject of an initial probe by customs officials in January 2012 on its four previous seasons.That investigation found that Racing had avoided paying taxes under a local law dating ba
  • Sam Warburton: Rugby star fighting fit for All Blacks challenge

    The 28-year-old Welsh backrow forward said he had fully recovered from a knee injury that laid him low in early April. Sam Warburton boosted the British and Irish Lions on Monday declaring himself fit and ready to captain them on June's daunting tour of New Zealand which includes a three-Test series with the world champions.The 28-year-old Welsh backrow forward -- who coach Warren Gatland named as skipper after his successful captaincy in the series win over Australia four years ago -- said he h
  • Dylan Hartley: Ken Owens injury could pave way for England captain's Lions call

    If Owens is ruled out of the 10-match tour, Hartley would seem to be an obvious replacement. England captain Dylan Hartley moved a step closer to a possible late British and Irish Lions call-up on Thursday after a fitness scare involving Ken Owens.Wales hooker Owens will miss the Scarlets' Celtic League play-off clash against Leinster in Dublin on Friday because of an ankle injury.Owens was one of three hookers named in the 41-man squad for the Lions tour of Hartley's native New Zealand, alongsi
  • Wayne Smith: Assistant coach to leave All Blacks

    The widely respected Smith said he would step down at the end of the Rugby Championship in September. All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith announced Friday he was leaving the world champions, saying he needed to "take a break" from the game.The widely respected Smith, part of the brains trust that helped guide New Zealand to back-to-back World Cups, said he would step down at the end of the Rugby Championship in September.The 60-year-old said he had been involved in the All Blacks' coaching se
  • Richard Cockerill: 'Direct' coach happy with Toulon 'mercenaries'

    Cockerill took the reins of the Top 14 club, ensuring a top-six finish to set up a play-off quarter-final against Castres on Friday. By anyone's reckoning, Richard Cockerill has enjoyed a whirlwind six months: sacked by Leicester, hired by a Toulon side he once dubbed "mercenaries" and named as Edinburgh coach for next season.The 46-year-old former England hooker was brought into Toulon by Mike Ford, just four days after being forced out of Leicester.When Ford himself was ousted by Toulon's pres
  • Scotland: Hughes and Tonks get tour calls

    Glasgow flyer Hughes has two Scotland caps, while London Irish full-back Tonks made the last of his six Test appearances in 2015. Rory Hughes and Greig Tonks were added Thursday to Scotland's tour squad after Saracens wing Sean Maitland withdrew because of injury.Maitland damaged ankle ligaments in an English Premiership defeat by Wasps two weeks ago and missed the London club's European Champions Cup final win over Clermont at Murrayfield last Saturday.He will also miss Scotland's upcoming tour
  • Super Rugby: Crusaders warned not to cross 'that line' against Chiefs

    It will be mate against mate but no holds barred when the Canterbury Crusaders look to defend their unbeaten record against close rivals Waikato Chiefs in Suva on Friday. It will be mate against mate but no holds barred when the Canterbury Crusaders look to defend their unbeaten record against close rivals Waikato Chiefs in Suva on Friday.The pressure is mounting as the Super Rugby competition draws closer to determining the top eight, while New Zealand teams have the added weight of preparing f
  • Super Rugby: Embattled Australian Rugby Union defends Super cull handling

    The Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) on Wednesday unanimously backed a Victorian Rugby Union call for an emergency meeting of the Australian Rugby Union (ARU). Australia's beleaguered rugby chiefs insist they have not botched their efforts to reduce the country's Super Rugby presence despite players calling the saga a "fiasco".The Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) on Wednesday unanimously backed a Victorian Rugby Union call for an emergency meeting of the Australian Rugby Union (ARU)
  • Ian Ritchie: English rugby supremo to retire

    Ian Ritchie, who as chief executive of English rugby's ruling body the Rugby Football Union (RFU) oversaw the hosting of the 2015 World Cup, said Wednesday he will retire. Ian Ritchie, who as chief executive of English rugby's ruling body the Rugby Football Union (RFU) oversaw the hosting of the 2015 World Cup, said Wednesday he will retire.The 63-year-old Englishman, who took the RFU job in 2012 after being chief executive of the All England Lawn Club responsible for organising Wimbled
  • Six Nations: England begin title defence against Italy

    Eddie Jones's men begin their 2018 campaign in Rome on February 4 against an Italy side who, although they finished bottom and without a win. England will start the defence of their Six Nations title away to Italy, it was announced Tuesday after organisers published the fixtures for both the 2018 and 2019 Championships.Eddie Jones's men begin their 2018 campaign in Rome on February 4 against an Italy side who, although they finished bottom and without a win, briefly caused England probl
  • Michael Leitch: Rugby captain to leave Waikato Chiefs to return to Japan - Report

    The planned move should help him and Japan build themselves up for the 2019 home World Cup, Leitch told nzcity.co.nz. Japan rugby captain Michael Leitch said he will leave New Zealand's Waikato Chiefs after this season with an eye toward joining Japanese side Sunwolves, according to an interview published on Tuesday.The planned move should help him and Japan build themselves up for the 2019 home World Cup, Leitch told nzcity.co.nz.Leitch was the skipper of the Japanese national team Brave Blosso
  • Super Rugby: Kings stars rewarded with Bok camp call-ups

    Springboks coach Allister Coetzee has rewarded Southern Kings' Super Rugby winning streak by naming four of their stars for a training camp before facing France in June. Springboks coach Allister Coetzee has rewarded Southern Kings' Super Rugby winning streak by naming four of their stars for a training camp before facing France in June.Kings skipper and fly-half Lionel Cronje, winger Makazole Mapimpi and loose forwards Chris Cloete and Andisa Ntsila got the nod for the May 21-23 Johann
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