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Blue back row: Josh Navidi is pulled into the Six Nations squad alongside fellow breakaway Andries Pretorius

Wales Six Nations squad announced

THE MOMENT has come. They may have had a horrible autumn and they may have an injury list heavier than a Scott Quinnell sandwich, but Rob Howley and his wounded…

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Silly season: Six spring signings

NO DOUBT the hope was, during the moments where we all jumped up and shouted about the harsh brilliance of the Heineken Cup and the layout of the Six Nations…

Braced: Francois Van der Merwe

Heineken Cup Round 5: Five must-watch clashes

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…

alex goode england

Balshaw hoping to extend his French stay

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

Stuart Lancaster puts faith in a new England

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…

Glasgow Warriors v Ulster - Heineken Cup

Dean Ryan and a Scottish Enlightenment?

NECESSITY IS the mother of invention. That is what you are told, as if the hard times cannot be hard for too long. The toaster was invented because sliced bread…

New generation: Maxime Machenaud

New Year predictions: 2013

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…

World-class: Jonathan Davies is highly rated

Wales in focus: Five things we’ve learned

MANY OF Wales’ regional rugby fans would admit to being one eyed. Thankfully, there’s now an excuse; they’re keeping the other eye on London Welsh. Whilst Welsh regional rugby is…

Red-hot: Patchell has impressed

Four players to watch for 2013

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…