Alan Pearey

SO, here we go again. Three weeks and a day after the teams were left kicking their heels in Siberian Paris, France and Ireland meet to decide who will chase…

Great Britain wheelchair rugby mean business!

Wheelchair rugby isn’t so much a contact sport as a collision sport – and the bigger the hit, the broader the smiles! Channel 4, official broadcaster of the 2012 Paralympics,…

James Gaskell’s childhood hero

James Gaskell, the Sale and England Saxons forward, loved football long before he tried his hand at the sport which would earn him a living. Born in Crewe and raised…

Exeter’s Marine-style training on the moor

IT’S not always players or coaches who constitute major signings. One of the factors behind Exeter’s rise has been Paddy Anson, who has been their head of strength and conditioning…

Great Danny Cipriani try

England must be brave, says Stuart Barnes. So should they summon Danny Cipriani from Australia and install him at No 10? This try from the 2011 Super Rugby competition shows…

Paul Hodgson try-saving tackle

Paul Hodgson’s stock was never higher than in the 2007-08 season, when he won the first of his nine England caps. A few weeks later, he lined up in a…

Paul Diggin try fest

When Edinburgh visited Franklin’s Gardens for a 2010-11 Heineken Cup pool tie, they were to be brushed aside. Brian Mujati got the ball rolling but then it became the Paul…

Jonah Lomu try v England

Dave Attwood, the Bath and England lock, wasn’t one for sports idols as a kid. “The only memory I have of watching rugby as a boy,” he says, “is watching Jonah…

Navy

Mattie Stewart won 34 caps for Scotland but he’ll tell you that the physicality of the annual Army-Navy game matches any International. On Saturday the two teams go hammer and…