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Moneyball: The Best backrowers in Europe

RUGBY IS a subjective old sport. When it comes to talk of who is top of the pile, it's hard to come to a definitive answer, with pub-know-it-alls basing opinions…

Sebastien Tillous-Borde making a run for it

The French are flying in the Heineken Cup

IT'S THE half-way stage of the Heineken Cup and for the French clubs things are looking good. With three of the six pool matches gone, only Biarritz of the seven…

Top carrier: Johnson is a key Chief

Round 3: Heineken Cup winners

EUROPEAN RUGBY sometimes feels like a school dance. Some nervous sorts can feel flashes of panic and exhilaration as they stand, seemingly alone on the big stage, while celebrated individuals…

Retired: O'Driscoll is unlikely to face France

World Cup draw holds no fear for France

DID YOU hear it then? That sound, shortly after the groans had ceased from the England and Wales camps. It was the sound of Gallic guffawing as they digested the…

Changing lanes: Israel Folau (C) joins the Waratahs on a on-year deal and hopes to play for the Wallabies one day

Code-hopper Israel Folau joins the Waratahs

THE WARATAHS announced the signing of league international Israel Folau on a one-year deal for the 2013 Super Rugby season. A talented rugby league player, Israel played 52 games, including…

England huddle

Inside the England camp: Part 4

HERE’S YOUR chance to see what goes on behind the scenes in the England camp. As well as some traditional rugby banter, players also analyse the defeat to South Africa…

Matthew Rees

The home nations’ autumn report

With results and incidental occurrences varying throughout the autumn Internationals, it is not a case of saying that there were winners and losers. There is a cost for the smallest…