Rugby

  • Brendan Gallagher picks out the young guns who have starred at this year’s Junior World Cup 21st June 2018
    Except for a brief break last August we seem locked into a never ending season which has been trundling along for the best part of two years, so it takes something a bit special to get the pulse racing again at present. The first Test between South Africa and England certainly ticked that box one […]
  • Drowning Eddie needs a life raft 21st June 2018
    By Nick Cain England are in danger of drowning and their one time saviour, Eddie Jones, is starting to look like a lifeguard who can’t swim. The Armageddon scenario of five consecutive Test losses, capped off by a series defeat in South Africa, is now reality, and at this rate there is every chance of […]
  • Shane Williams Column: Edwards is a must for whoever takes over 21st June 2018
    While Wales narrow down their search for a successor to Warren Gatland, I think they’re missing a trick when it comes to planning for life after 2019. My memo to the Welsh Rugby Union is this: sign Shaun Edwards to a new deal and do it quickly or risk losing the best defence coach in […]
  • Gatland’s right, we will be contenders 21st June 2018
    By Alex Bywater Martyn Williams is certain that Wales’ summer tour has rubber stamped Warren Gatland’s claim his team are genuine contenders for next year’s World Cup and puts them ahead of both England and Ireland. The legendary flanker, who won 100 caps for his country, points to Wales’ embarrassment of back row riches – […]
  • Ford’s been caught short so Cipriani must start 21st June 2018
    By Jeremy Guscott Danny Cipriani simply has to start the final Test in Cape Town next Saturday. George Ford was asked the question last week if he had the wherewithal to bring a side back into contention at Test level when things aren’t going your way and the crowd is getting on top of you […]
  • Steve Boden banking on that Yorkshire grit 14th June 2018
    “There are a lot of teams out there spending a lot of money and, for one of the first times in many years, we are not one of them," says the Carnegie head coach
  • Graham Rowntree leaves Harlequins after two seasons 14th June 2018
    The British & Irish Lions coach is stepping down due to personal reasons, Harlequins confirm
  • De Klerk puts mighty spring into the new South Africa 14th June 2018
    By Brendan Gallagher I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that Sale’s Faf De Klerk could well have been the Premiership player of the season and for those not yet convinced by the diminutive scrum-half, last Saturday’s virtuoso performance will surely have alerted you to his special qualities. The great thing about De Klerk is […]
  • All Blacks star set for big move to Toulon 14th June 2018
    Mourad Boudjellal busy in recruitment again...
  • Jackson column: Surely Bok reserves don’t merit cap status 14th June 2018
    By Peter Jackson Charlie Faulkner will never forget his international debut, how he stood toe-to-toe against the All Blacks and slugged it out for the full 80 minutes. The Newport steelworker had taken time off from the blast furnace to make the Wednesday afternoon appointment and the Welsh Rugby Union showed their appreciation by ensuring […]