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Steve Meehan tips English clubs to challenge French giants

Toulon’s new backs coach Steve Meehan believes the financial disparity between English and French clubs is closing and sees no reason why a Premiership side cannot lift this season’s European Champions Cup. Wasps were the last English side to capture Europe’s premier club trophy, beating Leicester in 2007 – since when Irish and French teams […]

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Young Gun: Owain James – Wasps full-back

Owain James is still coming to terms with mixing it up alongside his idols at training, but next week he will have to do it on the big stage in the Premiership Sevens at the Ricoh Arena. The senior academy full-back, 18, who left Harrow School only a few weeks ago, is one of two […]

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Brendan Gallagher recalls the biggest World Cup upsets in history

Shock results – upsets – are not a common occurrence at World Cups where generally thing go very much to form. Indeed only five teams have ever reached a World Cup Final – New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, England and France. Just occasionally, though, things don’t go quite to script and the result is always a […]

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Gary Gold’s column: French flair has to be fused with structure

The French rugby team is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. From a playing perspective they tick every box, yet their volatility coupled with constant shenanigans and unfathomable chopping and changing in terms of team selection has let them down at the last hurdle. As far as World Cups are concerned – […]

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Phil Greening’s column: Stars of 15s crucial for Team GB’s gold run

Team GB Sevens head coach Simon Amor and his assistant Gareth Williams have their work cut-out to build a squad which is capable of winning gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics. The key thing for me is getting access to the 15-a-side players, particularly in England, and it’s all about brokering a deal with Premiership […]

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Ashley Johnson is hooking up to a whole new ball game

Barnstorming South African will not settle for the No.16 shirt.

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Room 101: Chris Walker – Yorkshire Carnegie flanker

1. Man buns Man buns’ otherwise known as ‘top knots’ are horrendous and have no place in society. I’m not the king of fashion by any means but how can anyone justify a look that’s so unfinished? Our prop Lee Imiolek tried one once but it lasted barely seconds before he shaved it off as […]

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Stuart Lancaster name England’s World Cup squad

Former Rugby League star Sam Burgess included in 31-man party.

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Scotland ring the changes for round 2 against Italy

Vern Cotter has made 14 changes to his Scotland team ahead of the their clash against Italy on Saturday at Murrayfield. Wing Sean Lamont is the only survivor from the 16-12 win over the Azzurri in Turin last weekend while Gloucester’s Greig Laidlaw will captain the Scots from scrum-half. Cotter said: “It’s a good indication […]

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George North to return to action against Ireland

George North will make his long awaited return to action against Ireland on Saturday after being named on the wing by Wales head coach Warren Gatland. The Northampton star, who will win his 50th Wales Test cap in Dublin, has not played since March 27 after suffering concussion. Alun Wyn Jones will captain the side […]

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