New Zealand

Cruden in the mood: Aaron Cruden attacks England at Twickenham in the 2013 November Test

Aaron Cruden: The cheeky All Black

As the All Blacks announced their team for the first Test against England this Saturday, head coach Steve Hansen was all at once relaxed, droll and positive. Beside him sat…

England v New Zealand

Five reasons England can win in Auckland

England face a huge challenge against the All Blacks on Saturday – but there are a few reasons to be cheerful ahead of the first Test in Auckland…

That's what it's all about: Northampton celebrate their nail-biting Aviva Premiership final win

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

The Saints Final flourish There are some people who still don’t like to see playoffs decide league titles, but without them we wouldn’t have dramatic occasions like Saturday’s Aviva Premiership…

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…

Putting the boot in: Mike Blair dispatches a box kick for Newcastle Falcons in the Aviva Premiership

Mike Blair picks his top five No 9′s

He’s Scotland’s most capped scrum-half, has played at three World Cups and is a British and Irish Lion. Throw in domestic stints in Scotland, France and England and you’d expect Newcastle…

Christian Wade

Christian Wade’s fastest men in rugby

  It’s a question posed in every clubhouse, watering hole or playing field in the land. Who are the fastest men in world rugby? The players who leave others clasping…