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“Step down won’t stop me getting to the top,” insists Worcester Warrior Sam Smith

Winger believes his England ambitions will be helped rather than hindered by playing in the Championship.

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Young Gun: George Wacokecoke – Bath wing

As the biggest player on the field, it was hard to understand why rugby was not just about running through people and scoring tries but that is something George Wacokecoke has had to learn. Born in Fiji, Wacokecoke moved, at teh age of six,  to Ipswich where his dad, a member of the British Army, […]

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RFU and Premiership Rugby reach agreement over World Cup row

THE Rugby Football Union and Premiership Rugby have agreed a range of measures to address the demands of the Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2015 on the club season. Working together with the RFU, the clubs now have greater short term financial certainty during RWC 2015 when the start of the club season will be delayed. […]

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Brendan Gallagher: When rugby passed its screen test

Gareth Thomas is launching his new updated biography Proud on Thursday – which is probably why that amiable old Hollywood slugger Mickey Rourke was on the Jimmy Kimmel Live talk show recently, pitching hard again to play the former Wales captain in a much-mooted biopic. Let’s see. Unfit, gnarly 62-year-old prop-like Irish American bruiser with […]

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Aviva Premiership round 3 teams

Bath v Leicester Bath: Luke Arscott; Semesa Rokoduguni, Jonathan Joseph, Kyle Eastmond, Matt Banahan; George Ford, Chris Cook; Paul James, Rob Webber, David Wilson; Stuart Hooper (Capt.), Dave Attwood; Carl Fearns, Guy Mercer, Leroy Houston. Replacements: Tom Dunn, Nick Auterac, Henry Thomas, Dominic Day, Alafoti Fa’osiliva, Peter Stringer, Ollie Devoto, Olly Woodburn. Leicester: Mathew Tait; […]

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Greene King IPA Championship round 3 teams

Bristol v Cornish Pirates Bristol: Auguy Slowik; Ryan Edwards, Gareth Maule, Ben Mosses, Andy Short; Matthew Morgan, Craig Hampson; James Hall, Max Crumpton, Anthony Perenise; Ben Glynn, Mark Sorenson (Capt.); Marco Mama, Ross Rennie, Mitch Eadie. Replacements: Rhys Lawrence, Jack O’Connell, Glen Townson, Ben Skirving, Luke Baldwin, Adrian Jarvis, Jack Tovey. Cornish Pirates: Kyle Moyle; […]

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Guinness Pro12 round 3 teams

Cardiff Blues v Ulster Cardiff Blues: Rhys Patchell; Alex Cuthbert, Adam Thomas, Gavin Evans, Richard Smith; Gareth Davies, Lewis Jones; Sam Hobbs, Matthew Rees (c), Adam Jones, Jarrad Hoeata, Filo Paulo, Josh Turnbull, Josh Navidi, Manoa Vosawai Replacements: Rhys Williams, Taufa’ao Filise, Scott Andrews, Macauley Cook, Ellis Jenkins, Lloyd Williams, Cory Allen, Geraint Walsh Ulster: […]

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Will Skinner: Joe Marler’s the right man to captain Harlequins

Former Stoop skipper hails “an outstanding decision by Conor O’Shea”.

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Room 101: Topsy Ojo – London Irish wing

1. Crème brûlée I’m quite a fussy eater – I know what I like and I like to stick to it. Every now and again though someone will persuade me to try something new, and nine times out of 10 I’ll regret it – the most recent example being crème brûlée. Crème brûlée is effectively […]

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Nick Cain talks to Exeter’s Henry Slade about his outside hopes for the World Cup

How could Henry Slade give up on the dream of winning the 2015 World Cup final for England when the last one was won by Stephen Donald? It has not by-passed the 21-year-old Exeter Chief’s fly-half that New Zealand’s winning penalty in the 2011 final at Eden Park was kicked by the hitherto discarded and […]

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