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My Life in Rugby: Derek Jelley – former Leicester and Rotherham prop

Over ten years on from leaving Leicester I still get goose bumps walking into the ground on match day. I spent a decade at the Tigers as a player and I’m now involved in the corporate side of things. Of my former team-mates only Louis Deacon is still hanging in there, so I must be […]

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Rokoduguni, Kruis and Clark in line for England Test debut

Bath winger Semesa Rokoduguni is among three uncapped players named in England’s squad for the 2014 Internationals against New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia. The 33-man group also features Saracens lock George Kruis and Northampton Saints flanker Calum Clark and will meet up at Pennyhill Park on Sunday to prepare for the opening clash […]

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London Welsh v Bordeaux-Bègles teams

London Welsh: Seb Jewell; Rhys Crane, James Lewis, Olly Barkley, Nick Scott; Gordon Ross, Paul Rowley; Shane Cahill, Mathew Dobson, Taione Vea; Mat Corker (Capt.), Dean Schofield; Benjamin West, Richard Thorpe, Peter Browne. Replacements: Koree Britton, Ricky Reeves, Jack Gilding, Daniel Browne, Ben Pienaar, Rob Lewis, Tristan Roberts, Chris Elder. Bordeaux-Bègles: Darly Domvo; Metuisela Talebula, […]

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Jeff Probyn: Richard Cockerill may ruffle feathers but it’s no reason to sack him

The trials and tribulations of being a rugby fan is a rollercoaster ride full of elation and deflation that must make even the most dedicated fan wonder, why do we do it? Leicester’s woeful start to the season – improved on Friday by the defeat of Quins – has a ring of déjà vu about […]

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Jeremy Guscott: Saracens have the pedigree to top their pool of death

There’s a bit of rough justice about Saracens finishing top of the Premiership and getting to the final of the Heineken Cup, and then finding that they haven’t got a favourable draw in the new European Rugby Champions Cup. Getting a pool with Clermont and Munster in it is scant reward. However, this is what […]

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Cheika takes up Wallabies coaching job

Michael Cheika has been appointed Australia head coach on a three-year deal today. The news was confirmed following several days of negotiations since Ewen McKenzie resigned after Saturday’s defeat to New Zealand in Brisbane. Cheika will also remain in charge of the Waratahs for the 2015 Super Rugby season. “I am going to have to […]

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Kvesic signs on with Gloucester

Matt Kvesic has signed a contract extension with the Gloucester. The England flanker, who is in his second season at Kingsholm after a move from Worcester in 2013, is the first member of the current squad to agree a new deal with the Cherry and Whites. He said: “I’m really happy to have things sorted […]

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Dream Team: Charlie Hayter – England Sevens and former Wasps and Moseley centre

1. Matt Mullan - He has one of the best work rates in the game and would not be out of place even in many back rows. 2. James Hayter - It was great to be able to watch my brother playing at Harlequins while growing up. He taught me a lot about work ethic […]

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Tom Wood: We’ve got plenty of world class stars

Flanker wants England to bin ‘plucky losers’ tag and adopt ruthless winning mentality.

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England U20s squad named

England U20s have named their squad for the upcoming season with coaches Jon Callard, Ian Peel and Simon Hardy set to lead the side into the new campaign. The 32-man group will compete in the U20s Six Nations next year – kicking off against Wales – before heading to Italy to defend their IRB Junior […]

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