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My Life in Rugby- Former Waterloo, Saints, and Rotherham centre Andy Northey

People tend to view me as Rugby League man, but I actually only played for St Helens for two-and-a-half years, the rest of my playing days were in Rugby Union. At Waterloo I was fortunate to play in the same backline as Will Greenwood, Austin Healey and Paul Grayson and Ireland’s Christian Saverimutto. Even the […]

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Premiership Rugby Sevens is Back and Better Than Ever!

 PPAUK By Lucy Lomax The Premiership Rugby Sevens is back for its fourth year and is shaping up to be better than ever. For the first time in its history the four Welsh regions have their own group, joining the 12 Aviva Premiership teams in their fight to qualify for the final. The tournament is […]

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Dream Team: Neil Black – England World Cup winning openside pens an illustrious team

1. Graham Rowntree – He didn’t make the England 2003 World Cup squad but his performances in Australia and New Zealand the summer before that played a huge part in our success. 2. Keith Wood – I first faced him in my second Test in 1994. Was like a back-rower-wannabe-centre but with the skills to […]

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The Big Interview: A Q&A with Conor O’Shea

Neale Harvey sits down with the Harlequins boss and discusses preparation for the new season.

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Tom Mitchell: The heat is on – we must get it right or go home

The England 7s Captain gives the inside story from the athletes' village.

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Waratahs v Brumbies semi-final preview

This Super Rugby season will be guaranteed an Australian finalist as table toppers NSW Waratahs welcome the Brumbies to Sydney. The Waratahs have never won the championship but finished the round-stage seven points clear of the Crusaders and boast an unbeaten home record (8 out of 8). The Brumbies will be looking to reach their […]

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Crusaders v Sharks semi-final preview

The Crusaders hope to continue their 100% record on home soil in Super Rugby semi-finals as they host the Sharks in Christchurch. Richie McCaw returns to a back row consisting of Kieran Read and Matt Todd, and will start on the blindside. The All Blacks captain last pulled on the red jersey on the 29th […]

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Nick Cain: Pennell breaks Tier Two Test taboo

Chris Pennell can be selected in the next England elite squad (EPS), despite playing in the Championship for Worcester. Stuart Lancaster’s decision to be flexible, and cut through the red tape restricting him to Premiership players only, is potentially good news not only for the admirable Warriors full-back but for every talented player in England’s […]

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Brendan Gallagher: Vermeulen and Namibia, a tale of defiance and pure maths

If Namibia coach Danie Vermeulen could jump for joy he would have been in orbit last Sunday, instead he stayed very earthbound in his wheelchair as his team clinched the most mathematically unlikely World Cup qualification in Antananarivo. Back in 2000, Vermeulen was going to be the next big thing in Namibian rugby, a powerful […]

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Young Gun: Jordan Onojaife – Saints Academy lock

When Jordan Onojaife sat down at home to watch England’s opening game at the Junior World Championship last month, little did he know he would be lifting the trophy in New Zealand three weeks later. A European champion with the U18s last year, the Northampton lock, who  turns 19 next month, did not feature in […]

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