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Jean de Villiers

A letter from South Africa – June

Bulls and Sharks cull mercilessly The Bulls and the Sharks did little to persuade seasoned veterans to reconsider offers from overseas clubs after both suffering mediocre Super Rugby campaigns. The…

Green and mean: Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira models South Africa's World Cup kit, from ASICS

Springboks launch their Rugby World Cup kit

The Springboks launched their new kit for the Rugby World Cup last week. The kit was pulled together after extensive testing was carried out at the ASICS Institute of Sport…

Pete Horne

30 minutes: Pete Horne, Glasgow Warriors

Do you have any phobias? I was petrified of sharks – I watched Jaws when I was really small. But last summer when I was in South Africa with Ruaridh…

Leading the charge: Rory Thornton captains Wales U20. (Photo: Getty Images)

Hotshots: Ospreys lock Rory Thornton

  When were you bitten by the rugby bug? I started in the U8s at Bonymaen with my neighbour Oliver Treviso. He still plays for them now. I was hooked…

Go Joe! Marchant scores for England U20s v France. (Photo: Getty Images)

Hotshots: Harlequins centre Joe Marchant

Which was your first team? Winchester U7. I stayed with Winchester through the age groups. Did you play other sports? I’m a black belt in karate, I swam and did…