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Big game boy: Paul O'Connell

Buckle up for Munster v Leinster

ON SATURDAY several Irish rugby fans may feel compelled to abandon their other halves, lock themselves in the living room and turn on the telly. Partners may be left to…

No excuses: Stuart Lancaster

England announce mammoth fixtures for 2014

ENGLAND HAVE announced a doozy of a fixtures list for next season’s QBE autumn Internationals. In 2014, England will play New Zealand on November 8, South Africa on November 15,…

Injury doubt: Jamie Roberts hits the line hard

Wales in Focus: Five things we’ve learned

THE EUROPEAN crisis has huge ramifications for Northern Hemisphere rugby. The quest for a fairer qualification system, which is fully justified, and the desire to control the game with the…

Jumping for joy: Strettle in his Harlequins days, celebrating with Ugo Monye

Aviva Premiership One to Watch: David Strettle

David Strettle, the 30-year-old Saracens wing who is hoping to help his team maintain their 100% record in this season’s Aviva Premiership when they take on Harlequins at the Twickenham…

Also in demand: Warburton

Wholesale changes at Cardiff Blues?

THE CARDIFF Blues are not exactly falling to pieces, but they are hardly enjoying bright skies and calm seas at the moment either. So when news comes in that Leigh…

Points scorer: Ben Gollings

Sevens specialists like Ben Ryan go worldwide

SPREADING GOSPEL is part of modern rugby some would have you believe. Sevens is undoubtedly one of the most aggressively expanding sports out there and with the 2016 Rio Olympics…

Made in Wales: James has ten Welsh caps

Aviva Premiership One to Watch: Tom James

Tom James, the 26-year-old Exeter Chiefs wing who will be attempting to carve up the London Irish defence in an Aviva Premiership clash at the Madejski Stadium in Reading on…