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The leading two competitions in Europe begin this month, with the start of the European Rugby Champions Cup and the European Rugby Challenge Cup. All the usual teams are there, spread among the two competitions and there is a new team from Russia as well.
The Rugby Championship, the leading international rugby competition in the southern hemisphere, starts in this month. South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina battle it out for supremacy in 2017.
The domestic rugby competitions in the southern hemisphere countries are starting this month and next. In South Africa, the Currie Cup has started already, in New Zealand the Mitre 10 Cup and the Heartland Championship start in a couple of weeks and in Australia the National Rugby Championship begins in the first week of September.
All the results will be here at globalrugbyresults.com. The pages for the competitions are all set up, waiting for the start of the competitions.
The British & Irish Lions have drawn the last test match against New Zealand 15-15 to share the series 1-1 with 1 drawn.
In a close match that no team could get a decisive lead established, the end result was a draw that meant the series was tied. The match did however end in controversy.
The French referee awarded a penalty to New Zealand for offside in a handy position to the posts. He was then persuaded to take another look at the incident and then was persuaded to change to just a scrum. Debate raged on after the final whistle as to why he would do that.
The match had been a close affair for most of the 80 minutes, with NZ scoring 2 tries to none but never getting away from the Lions.
It is a shame that these big games are still being decided by the referees and not the players on the field. There continues to be too many poor or controversial decisions being made that effect the outcome of matches.
New Zealand supporters may feel a little aggrieved at the final results of the series as the NZ team was only ever behind on the scoreboard for 3 minutes in the whole series. They just couldn't finish off things as the Lions superb defensive efforts kept the last 2 matches very close.
Northampton Saints have beaten Stade Francais, who two weeks ago won the European Rugby Challenge Cup, by 23-22 and qualify for the European Rugby Champions Cup for the next season.
Stade Francais led 22-9 at half time scoring three tries to take a comfortable lead. Northampton scored two 2nd half tries, despite being down to 13 men for a period, to take the win and a place in the Champions Cup.
The two main European Rugby competitions have come to an end with the Champions and Challenge Cup finals being played in Edinburgh over the weekend.
Saracens continued their success in European rugby by retaining the Champions Cup they won last year, becoming one of a select group to have done so.
They beat Clermont Auvergne 28-17 in a final where they scored 3 tries to 1 after taking an early 10-0 lead. Clermont then played their way back into the game to trail by one point, 17-18 with 20 minutes to play. Saracens finished the strongest though, scoring their third try and then a penalty to seal the victory.
In the Challenge Cup Stade Francais finally won an European trophy after 4 previous attempts, when they won 25-17 over Gloucester.
After falling 10-0 down to an early intercept try and a penalty, Stade levelled the scores by half time with their own try and penalty. They dominated the second half to score two more tries before a consolation try to Gloucester closed up the final score line.
The final of the Anglo-Welsh Cup has been played and the Leicester Tigers have beaten the Exeter Chiefs 16 - 12 in a close match in London. It is the 3rd time Leicester have won the title, the first team to have done so.
Exeter scored 2 tries to 1 but had a difficult day with kicking while Leicester kicker Freddie Burns was accurate with his shots at goal.
With a 16-5 lead at half time, it was tenacious defence that allowed Leicester to win the game. The Exeter team dominated the 2nd half but could only manage a late try to ensure a tense finish but the Leicester defence held out.