Sale are rebuilding but coach Steve Diamond says they can be a giant: “Six million people live within 40 minutes of us, which is more people than in NZ”

Rebuilding the North – Stephen Jones

This is not to sound patronising or like a northern send-up à la Monty Python. But probably my happiest times in rugby reporting concern the consumption of mushy peas –…

Change in scoring system may mean less focus on Jonny and fellow fly-halfs

Altered scoring system to be tested in South Africa

The usual post-RWC tinkering with the laws has begun, the IRB agreeing to experiment with the point-scoring system, writes Paul Morgan. The IRB have granted permission for South Africa’s Varsity…


James Haskell in Japan – Exclusive pictures

Remember when Sean Connery’s James Bond reinvents himself as a Japanese man in You Only Live Twice? That – and he’ll like this analogy – is what another James is…


New Look England – Stuart Barnes

The build-up to England’s bid to win the 2015 World Cup should have already begun. It should have started the day after France beat them in the quarter-final of the…

Mike Ford and John Wells seen dring an interview during the World Cup

John Wells and Mike Ford to leave the RFU

The Rugby Football Union today announced that John Wells and Mike Ford, England’s forwards and defence coaches respectively for the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cups, will be leaving the…


RFU wins court battle against Viagogo

The RFU has succeeded in defeating Viagogo’s appeal in the Court of Appeal against the decision of Mr Justice Tugendhat in March this year. In a landmark ruling – the…

Challenging new role for Ian Richie

RFU picks Ian Richie as new CEO

Ian Ritchie will become the new Chief Executive Officer of the Rugby Football Union. Ritchie joins from The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC) where he is Chief…

Everyone remembers exactly where you were when this happened

Jonny’s historic drop goal

On the night that Jonny Wilkinson retires from Test rugby here is THAT drop goal from the 2003 Rugby World Cup, the greatest moment for English sport since 1966.

Jonny Wilkinson retires from international rugby

Jonny Wilkinson retires from international rugby

Jonny Wilkinson has retired from Test rugby with immediate effect. Wilkinson’s list of accolades is headed by his 1,246 Test points, a world best of 36 dropped goals, together with…