Braced: Francois Van der Merwe

SPORTING CLICHES are often abused. Every tournament has a Group of Death and every player is weighed and measured to see if they will be found inferior or capable of…

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FOR ALL the talk in recent weeks about Jonny Wilkinson, and will-he-or-won’t-he sign on for another stint at Toulon, there’s another Englishman in the south of France in a similar…

Grafter: Will Fraser

NO ONE has called him a school teacher since Best Team in the World™ was sent back over the equator, but England’s headmaster Stuart Lancaster now has the responsibility for…

New generation: Maxime Machenaud

GET THE chopping block ready. Remove the ceremonial stretching-rings. It's time to put my neck on the line. The season has, so far, provided very few genuine shocks. However, as…

Red-hot: Patchell has impressed

COMING OUT from the festive fog, carried on the breath of several days of heartily enjoyed time off work chimes that familiar phrase, ‘Happy New Year’. And happy it may…

Breaking Brad:

 The England centre has an off-the-wall chat with Sarah Mockford RUGBY WORLD: Do you have any nicknames? BRAD BARRITT: My family call me ‘Dub’ as I was the double of…

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RUGBY IS a subjective old sport. When it comes to talk of who is top of the pile, it's hard to come to a definitive answer, with pub-know-it-alls basing opinions…

Top carrier: Johnson is a key Chief

EUROPEAN RUGBY sometimes feels like a school dance. Some nervous sorts can feel flashes of panic and exhilaration as they stand, seemingly alone on the big stage, while celebrated individuals…