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Munster v Saracens: Pedigree is there for a classic Euro showdown

It’s 18 years since Saracens first met Munster in Europe in a double header that still ranks alongside any clash in the competition’s..

April 21, 2017 with 0 Comments

Jeff Probyn: Stars past their sell-by dates weren’t going to save Bristol

With just three games left to play, the desperation of the clubs at the bottom of the Premiership can hardly be imagined. The odds are that..

April 21, 2017 with 0 Comments

Nick Cain: Sonny Bill is still king – of double standards!

Sonny Bill Williams has a habit of cornering the headlines when it comes to Antipodean rugby – whether Union or League – and this week..

April 20, 2017 with 0 Comments

Shane Williams: Anscombe excellence left Sam in the shade

Judgement Day was a chance for some of Wales’ best players to book their place on summer tours and while some did exactly that, others..

April 20, 2017 with 0 Comments

Peter Jackson: Dylan must hope Lions history isn’t repeated

The Lions leave the England captain at home, pick his Irish counterpart instead for the series in New Zealand and end up being whitewashed..

April 19, 2017 with 0 Comments

Take 45 players to New Zealand, you’re going to need all of them!

The 2017 Lions must go to New Zealand mob-handed – and only heavy hitting hard nuts need apply. That is the message from Dick Best, the..

April 18, 2017 with 0 Comments

Lions watch: back rows

New Zealand have been kings of the contest for the ball in the loose for as long as anyone can remember, and even though techniques and..

April 18, 2017 with 0 Comments

Jeremy Guscott: Alun-Wyn will be Lions leader…or maybe Conor!

Who should Warren Gatland pick as captain? It is one of the most difficult   selections the 2017 Lions head coach will make, and it is..

April 18, 2017 with 0 Comments

Dream Team: Nic Groom – Northampton scrum-half

1. Steven Kitshoff – We started at the same time at the Stormers and he’s got a great work rate. He’s very tough but he’s also got..

April 17, 2017 with 0 Comments

Young Gun: Aaron Hinkley – England U18s flanker

Aaron Hinkley is fully aware making it at senior level will not be a walk in the park but he reckons being part of the very competitive..

April 14, 2017 with 0 Comments