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I want that No15 shirt back for World Cup, Ben Foden warns Mike Brown

Northampton star has set his sights on becoming England’s first choice full-back once again.

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Andy Powell’s fighting for his last chance with Wales

Revitalised No.8 wants to stake a claim for a place in the Wales squad at next year’s Rugby World Cup.

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Young Gun: Tom Bliss – Wasps and USA scrum-half

Tom Bliss is expected to make his Wasps debut today against London Welsh in a pre-season friendly at Adams Park. Joining the club’s academy this summer from Loughborough University, the 21-year-old scrum-half is hoping to back up his impressive performance in the Premiership 7s Series and earn a regular spot in Dai Young’s team. Bliss […]

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Jeff Probyn: Delaying EPS selection is big step in right direction

It has taken time but at last there has been some common sense from the Premiership in their relationship with the England squad. The news that Stuart Lancaster will be able to wait until October before having to pick his first EPS for the England and Saxons teams instead of the usual pre-season selection, will […]

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Peter Jackson: Wales pay price for the pursuit of money

Gareth Edwards achieved many famous things, not least playing 53 consecutive matches for Wales. From start to finish, it took him fully 11 years. The global schedule is now so over-played that had he been around today, Rugby’s player of the 20th century would have slogged his way through almost 150 internationals, assuming that he […]

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Moment in Time: the 2006 Challenge Cup final

Cup finals are often tight, tense affairs decided by a mistake or controversial penalty. But not on this particular occasion as two sides packed with current and latent international talent defied sodden conditions at a packed Twickenham Stoop to produce a seven-try thriller that was decided deep in extra-time by a remarkably energetic kick and […]

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Manu Tuilagi’s mission to take centre stage

Manu Tuilagi wants it known that he is a centre and he intends to put the worst season of his career behind him to prove that he is one of the world’s best. Forced to watch the rise of Luther Burrell from the sidelines after suffering a pectoral muscle injury last September, Tuilagi returned in […]

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‘Angry-man’ Owen Farrell can fire World Cup success

All Black legend Earle Kirton backs England to go all the way behind their “angry young man”

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The Welsh war is OVER – Statement

A £60 million Rugby Services Agreement which provides a new and positive contractual relationship between the WRU and its four Regions for the next six years has been agreed. It marks a new era for the professional game in Wales with National Dual Contracts for key players on offer for the first time. The WRU […]

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Room 101: Tom Barrett – Rotherham fly-half

1. Fast Food Playing at Rotherham and living in Bingley (north of Bradford) means a lot of my day is spent driving. Sometimes after I finish training all I want is something to eat, which presents something of a problem when you’re on the road. Of course one can bring food in preparation, but being […]

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