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Dream Team: James Horwill – Harlequins lock

1. James Slipper – My old Reds and Wallabies mate is a prop who used to be a fly-half. And in case that wasn’t enough to..

January 16, 2017 with 0 Comments

Young Gun: Declan Sinclair – Tonbridge School lock

Given he was barely a year old when John Eales won his second World Cup, it is no surprise Declan Sinclair had to google the former..

January 13, 2017 with 0 Comments

Jeff Probyn: New tackle laws could help bring attacking rugby back

The start of a new year always brings anticipation for what lies ahead but also the chance to take a look back. For me, with the Lions at..

January 13, 2017 with 0 Comments

Peter Jackson: The day Big Bad Jim forgot his old pals act

The years keep rolling by but when it comes to dispensing their own brand of rough justice, a pair of Welsh internationals will still reign..

January 13, 2017 with 0 Comments

Room 101: Sam Harrison – Leicester scrum-half

1. Sports Personality of the Year By this, I’m specifically referring to Andy Murray winning it for a third time when, quite clearly, he..

January 12, 2017 with 0 Comments

Shane Williams: Halfpenny should go to Scarlets, not Blues!

Leigh Halfpenny has a big decision to make on his future – but I believe it’s time for him to come back to Wales and a move to the..

January 12, 2017 with 0 Comments

Brendan Gallagher previews the last two rounds of the Champions Cup

The European Champions Cup – which will forever remain the ‘Heineken’ for those of a certain age – can sparkle at any time of the..

January 12, 2017 with 0 Comments

20 Questions: Rhys Oakley – Hartpury College

How about that for a start to the season? It’s been very good. There’s a great bunch of players at Hartpury and everything has gone..

January 11, 2017 with 0 Comments

Nick Cain: Johnno and Tigers are made for each other

When it comes to filling the managerial vacuum at Leicester left by the sacking of a larger-than-life character like Richard Cockerill,..

January 11, 2017 with 0 Comments

Jeremy Guscott: It’s a tough job but refs can be their own worst enemy

The game is never short of talking points, and refereeing is facing some serious challenges going into 2017. After my 43 years of..

January 11, 2017 with 0 Comments