England

Tunnel vision: Richie McCaw runs out for his 100th cap as captain

The cult of the captain

There are those in rugby who believe the role of captain is a ceremonial post. There are those who believe the word demands a capital ‘C’. Some believe the loss…

Scott Robertson

Five stars for the 2019 Rugby World Cup

The 2015 World Rugby U20 Championship in Italy may now be consigned to the history books but the reputations created by some of the tournament’s stars could light up rugby for years…

Toulon

5 ways to improve European Rugby

The first season of the new European format has seen big crowds, stunning tries and thrilling rugby but with Toulon basking in a third consecutive title, it’s worth considering how…

Toulon

Champions Cup draw 2015/16

Rugby’s administrators, journalists and TV crews assembled in Neuchâtel for the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup draw, where it was left to Wales and Lions wing Ieuan Evans and 98-cap…

Go Joe! Marchant scores for England U20s v France. (Photo: Getty Images)

Hotshots: Harlequins centre Joe Marchant

Which was your first team? Winchester U7. I stayed with Winchester through the age groups. Did you play other sports? I’m a black belt in karate, I swam and did…

Toulon

Rugby World End-of-Season Awards 2015

So, the Northern Hemisphere season has come to a thrilling conclusion leaving rugby fans counting down the days to the World Cup (okay, The Rugby Championship starts in six odd…

On the charge: Ellis Genge in action for England U20s. (Photo: Getty Images)

Hotshots: Bristol prop Ellis Genge

Tell us about your rugby background… I started when I was about nine, at Old Redcliffians. I had played football until then. Once I  was about 12 rugby became my…