England

Keep rugby clean: Players sport anti-doping t-shirts at the 2014 JWC

Doping in rugby

IN MAY 2013, during a Scottish training camp in the lead-up to the Junior World Cup, Melrose fly-half Sam Chalmers was pulled in for a random drugs test – his…

Come in No 8: Ben Morgan celebrates the first of his two tries for England

Autumn Internationals: Week four report

IN A NUTSHELL England 26-17 Australia Swing Low reverberated around Twickenham as England ended their autumn with a win over Australia. It wasn’t a convincing performance, but a try in…

Exeter Chiefs

The rise of Exeter Chiefs

AS CHRISTMAS rushes towards us, what are the standout stories in this season’s Aviva Premiership? No one expected London Welsh to be so utterly out of their depth, and those…

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…

Dynamite combo: Kieran Read and Richie McCaw have plenty experience together for New Zealand

Rugby statistics: World Cup combinations

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has been frequently reminded this month that time is running out to nail down a preferred side for the World Cup. The theory that experience…

Conor Murray salutes the Irish fans

Autumn Internationals: Week three report

IN A NUTSHELL Scotland 37-12 Tonga A change of tactics at half-time allowed Scotland to take total control at Rugby Park and stretch away from 14-12 up to beat the…