Nick Cain

Articles from RugbyPaper columnist Nick Cain.

Nick Cain: Lions should have taken 45 players in first place

Replacement strategies are becoming the bane of Lions tours, as the furore around the ‘Geography Six’ – the late call-ups to this..

July 7, 2017

Nick Cain: Farrell has become Mr VIP for the Lions

Owen Farrell is the embodiment of the ‘all for one, one for all’ ethos that is the foundation for winning Lions tours, and also for..

June 14, 2017

Nick Cain: Of course Billy’s a loss, but others will step in

The wailing and gnashing of teeth over Billy Vunipola’s withdrawal from the Lions tour party to New Zealand due to a shoulder injury has..

June 1, 2017

Nick Cain’s Premiership of the Year

Saracens’ exceptional European Cup double explains why they have almost half the starting line-up in my 2016-17 Team of the Season. The..

May 25, 2017

Nick Cain: Ritchie gets even richer thanks to RFU pay

Ian Ritchie’s sudden announcement that he is leaving his £700,000 a year post as the RFU’s chief executive this summer after five..

May 24, 2017

Nick Cain: Jack can be the lad to help swing it for the Lions

You underestimate Jack Nowell at your peril, as many international defence coaches will readily concede. The nuggety Cornishman is not the..

May 18, 2017

Nick Cain: World Cups need more pools of death

Here are the cold hard facts. There is only one “pool of death” in the 2019 World Cup draw made in Kyoto last week, and England are in..

May 17, 2017

Nick Cain: The good, the lads and the ugly, by Burger

Schalk Burger has scaled most of the high peaks in the game, including reaching the summit as part of South Africa’s 2007 World..

May 11, 2017

Nick Cain: Don’t bleed for All Blacks, they don’t care about us

The growing list of New Zealand injuries is starting to worry Steve Hansen. The All Black coach usually does a passable impression of a..

May 10, 2017

Nathan Earle speaks out after his surprise England call-up

Nathan Earle says he is glad he was horizontal in bed when he got the news of his selection for the England tour party to Argentina,..

May 4, 2017