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Trophy talk: What are the big talking points around this year's European Challenge Cup?

Challenge Cup: What you may be missing

Welcome domestic break for key clash You don’t have to go far back into the annals of European competition to find Cardiff Blues and London Irish mixing it with some…

Rare chance: Bucharest Wolves are one of the lucky few minnows to play European rugby

Rugby Rant: European rugby letting down minnows

Last year, one team in eight in Europe was from outside the three professional leagues. This year, it’ll be one in 20. At the most. Another day, another disappointment, as…

chris cracknell

EXCLUSIVE COLUMN: Chris Cracknell

By Chris Cracknell NOT SO long ago, the highlight of the sevens circuit was the Commonwealth Games, which gives the game the international viewing platform it deserves. However, as we…

Oxford University

Varsity Match: A special occasion

By Alastair Hignell What’s the Varsity Match about? Not so long ago, the question didn’t need to be asked, or answered. The annual encounter between Oxford and Cambridge was a…

Owen Farrell

Week 3: Autumn series talking points

Opportunity knocks for Ford With all the discussion of centred round George Ford – Owen Farrell reunion against Samoa, it’s been easy to overlook that the former is making his…

2014 Junior World Championship - Match Day 1

#SamoaUnited has to encourage change

I imagine it is pretty comforting to know All Black big men Jerome Kaino, Sonny Bill Williams, Brodie Retallick and Liam Messam have got your back. Then again, the Samoans preparing to represent…