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Sam Warburton

Sam Warburton: Rugby’s best opensides

Best for game intelligence -  Martyn Williams (Wales) “Martyn was my hero growing up. He was the first person I met at the Blues on my first day in the…

Joy and pain: Northampton's players celebrate their win while the Tigers are floored

Saints and Sinners: Rugby’s weekend talking points

The Saints Classic clash Some people are calling it the best Aviva Premiership game ever and the Northampton v Leicester semi-final certainly had drama, skill, physicality and passion by the…

Matt Hampson Brian O'Driscoll

Exclusive Brian O’Driscoll interview

RUGBY WORLD’S Matt Hampson has been to interview Brian O’Driscoll ahead of his impending retirement. Here’s what the Leinster, Ireland and Lions icon has to say as he prepares to…

Scampering to a final: Knock-on aside, Kahn Fotuali'i punished Harlequins in the Amlin semi-final

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

The Saints Stunning Sarries There were so many outstanding performers in the Saracens ranks on Saturday, when they shocked the rugby world with an extraordinary 46-6 win over Clermont Auvergne,…

Just (ten) grand! David Lemi celebrates as he scores the Premiership's 10,000th try

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

The Saints Golden Oldie Branded “too old” and “past his sell-by date” by Newcastle Falcons boss Dean Richards last month, David Lemi carried on proving Richards and any other doubters…

Winning away from the drama: Toulon won last year's Heineken Cup. Next year it will be the ERCC

Agreement reached over future of European rugby

After nigh on two-years of an increasingly rancorous power-struggle between the clubs, Unions and broadcasters, the new make-up of European rugby has been agreed. With the Heads of Agreement now…

Jared Payne Jerome Garces

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

The Saints Gutsy Garces The moment Jared Payne sent an airborne Alex Goode crashing to the turf during the fourth minute of Saturday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final clash between Ulster and…

Paul O'Connell

Heineken Cup quarter-final previews

Rugby World columnist Stephen Jones looks ahead to this weekend's four Heineken Cup quarter-finals – and makes his predictions…