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English kids can end Gavin Henson’s Wales dream

Gavin Henson hopes a fresh contract and new found stability at Bath can pave the way for a Wales recall before the 2015 World Cup.

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Bristol’s big guns ‘will fire them to promotion’

Bristol’s experience on and off the field will carry them across the Championship promotion line to the Aviva Premiership, according to Cornish Pirates boss Ian Davies.

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Season and Gloucester career over for Tavis Knoyle

Tavis Knoyle’s season is over after the Gloucester scrum-half was banned for for four weeks for punching Bath No.8 Leroy Houston. The Welshman was sent off by referee Tim Wigglesworth at the end an ill-tempered West Country and the suspension also means his career at Kingsholm is over. After struggling to establish himself with the […]

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20 Questions: Dave Ward – Harlequins hooker

Is this your best season? Think so. I played some pretty good stuff at Cornish Pirates but playing regularly for Quins has been great. Getting a Saxons chance was icing on the cake. Ambitions beyond the Saxons? Every player has and I was honoured to get that opportunity with the Saxons. But I’m concentrating on […]

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Newcastle bolster front row options

American international prop Eric Fry has signed for Newcastle Falcons ahead of next season. The 26-year-old, who has spent two seasons with London Scottish, will join from the capital at the end of the current campaign. Standing at 6’3” tall and weighing in at just over 18 stone, the 23-times capped American will bring power […]

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Mike Brown wins Gatorade Game Changer award

Harlequins and England full-back Mike Brown has added another award to his growing list of recent achievements winning the Gatorade Game Changer Award for March following his starring performance against London Irish. The Game Changer rewards the player responsible for the most effective single performance each month, according to Opta statistics. Brown touched down for a […]

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Brendan Gallagher: John Bull agenda is robbing England of some top talent

There is much to admire about Stuart Lancaster’s England but I remain unconvinced by this “Little England” attitude which bars prospective England players plying their trade abroad – which effectively means the Top14 in France – unless there are “exceptional circumstances”. It’s that caveat which irritates me most because it speaks of confusion, compromise and […]

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Jeremy Guscott: Gavin Henson’s coming back to best – and it’s great to see

Gavin Henson proved the other week against Brive what we have all known throughout his career: the guy can really play. He still has that magnificent skillset to compete comfortably at this level and I have been thoroughly impressed by him this season. Whether it has been in the Amlin, the A-League or his cameos […]

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Now the Turks want to get slice of new European Cup

The new European Rugby Champions’ Cup is preparing for take-off with the airline who signed Lionel Messi during their sponsorship of FC Barcelona and Manchester United.

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Harry Mallinder strikes to send England U18s to European final

A late Harry Mallinder penalty put England U18s into their fourth successive European Championship final as they beat Wales 11-9 in Pobiedziska, Poland today. Prop Jack Stanley’s early try – his second in as many games – had given England a 5-0 lead, but Wales hit back with three penalties to make it 9-5 before […]

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