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Rugby World’s Championship Blog

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

With two games down and four to play, this division remains as hard to predict as the Stuart Lancaster saga, writes Richard Grainger. In Pool A Bristol, the clear post…

Merchant returns for title decider

Merchant back for England Women in title decider

England Women welcome back flying winger Katherine Merchant to the starting line-up as the reigning Six Nations champions look to secure a record seventh successive crown this Saturday, and a…

Sitaleki Timani returns after a stint in Japan

Jenkins to start for Waratahs v Force

Jono Jenkins will make his Waratahs Super Rugby starting debut against his former club, the Western Force on Saturday, 17th March. The Sydney University flanker’s elevation to the run on…

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

Rugby World’s Championship Blog

My predictions last week may not have come back to haunt me on the scale that Dave Ellis’ did. While the former French defence coach’s claims that the French would…

Heaslip named his bulldog after US rapper Jay-Z

Chill-out chat with Jamie Heaslip

RUGBY WORLD: Do you have any phobias? Jamie Heaslip: I hate snakes. Once on holiday, a guy had a snake around his neck and tried to put it on me.…

London Irish community coach Mike Crump gets the players started

Eton Manor meet London Irish

We’ve assessed them physically and given them the ideal gym workout – now it’s time to hone their skills. Eton Manor, the Essex club who won our competition to get…

Salisbury have merged youthful talent with a ball-handling mindset

Salisbury – Team of the Month (January 2012)

He hasn’t gone quite as far as ex-Springbok coach Harry Viljoen, who once banned his team from kicking in a Test against Argentina. But Mark Bugden is preaching the same…

Rory Best

Rory Best to lead Ireland against Scotland

Ulster hooker Rory Best will captain Ireland in their penultimate RBS 6 Nations fixture against Scotland in Dublin on Saturday. Paul O’Connell was ruled out for the remainder of the…