My Life in Rugby

The My Life in Rugby column

My Life in Rugby: Former England and Wasps lock Tom Palmer

My 19-year, 450-game professional career began in 1998 with Leeds Tykes, who were then playing in the Allied Dunbar Premiership 2. I was..

May 5, 2018

My Life in Rugby: Neil Mason – former Moseley and Worcester flanker

As a competitive back-row forward, there is always going to be a thin line between being on the right or wrong side of the law. The..

September 26, 2017

My Life in Rugby: Garath Archer – former Newcastle, Bristol and England lock

Despite the fact my dad played on the wing for Gosforth when they were in their hey-day in the 70s, I wasn’t keen on rugby when he took..

September 19, 2017

My Life in Rugby: Jamie Noon – former England, Newcaslte and Brive centre

Scoring a hat-trick against Scotland in my first Six Nations campaign – I think I was the first England player to do so in a quarter of a..

September 12, 2017

My Life in Rugby: Gavin Cattle – Cornish Pirates legend

I always thought of myself as more of a game manager rather than a game changer, feeding off the good work of others around me and getting..

August 22, 2017

My Life in Rugby: Jan Webster – former England and Barbarians scrum-half

After all these years, I’d like to put the record straight – I did not decline to play over in Ireland at the height of the..

August 15, 2017

My Life in Rugby: Andy Saull – former Saracens, Newcastle and Yorkshire Carnegie flanker

Running out first in front of an 80,000-plus world record crowd at Wembley to mark my 100th appearance for Saracens was a moment in my..

August 8, 2017

My Life in Rugby: Kurt Johnson – former Coventry and Orrell wing

With my hair dyed pink and the No.14 shaved into the back of my head, people might have wrongly assumed I was full of bravado before I..

August 1, 2017

My Life in Rugby: Ben Gotting – former Wasps and Worcester hooker

To play in the 2004 Premiership final and make a significant contribution to our 10-6 win over Bath was undoubtedly a career highlight. I..

July 11, 2017

My Life in Rugby: Tom Johnson – former England and Exeter flanker

I was a bag of nerves before my first Test against South Africa in 2012. Geoff Parling told me afterwards that he didn’t know how I got..

July 4, 2017

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