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”

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

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…

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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…

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Given what he’s already achieved on the world stage, it’s easy to forget just how young George North is, writes Features Editor – Sarah Mockford. One reporter fell into this…

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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…

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The most surprising thing about the Ryan Bevington story is that he didn’t start playing rugby until he was 12. Not that unusual you may think, but considering his grandfather,…

Warburton retains Captaincy

It’s a fair bet that a majority of Welsh supporters, bless ‘em, will still be splutteringly complaining about their captain’s World Cup red card not only past this Christmas but…

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The Irish Rugby Football Union today announced some refinements to its professional player contract policy to further support the national succession strategy for the Ireland team to come into effect…

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

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…

The last hurrah! Alastair Kellock of Scotland congratulates Chris Paterson after his conversion against England during the RWC

Chris Paterson, the most capped Scotsman in the history of the game, is to retire from international rugby with immediate effect. In a stellar 12-year international career, Paterson wrote his…