REMEMBER LIFE before the 2007 World Cup? It was a simpler, less complex time, when the Six Nations teams dominated the northern hemisphere and the power triumvirate of New Zealand,…

That the two top teams after the regular season should battle it out in the final is a validation of the tournament’s structure. Less so, are rules that permit Bristol’s…

By Richard Grainger Bristol butterflies leaves tie in balance Bristol 17, Rotherham 14 Bristol have twice gone into the Championship play-offs only to fluff their lines and on Saturday’s evidence…

By Richard Grainger Trailfinders take the road back to League 1 Ealing 29, Rotherham 36 Two bonus points achieved by a spirited late comeback were not enough to avoid the…

By Richard Grainger Bristol brilliance marred by last ten bogey Bristol 25, London Welsh 21 The Sky cameras captured a rare smile that lit up Director of Rugby Andy Robinson’s…

By Richard Grainger Ealing earn chance of reprieve Ealing Trailfinders 37, Nottingham 35 Ealing looked dead and buried three weeks ago, but this fine win against Nottingham leaves them just…

By Richard Grainger Leeds double bubble not yet burst Leeds 41, Plymouth 21 Carnegie’s hopes of the double are still very much alive after they dispatched Plymouth in front of…

By Richard Grainger Former British & Irish Lion Ryan Jones has become the latest big name to sign for Bristol, joining Anthony Perenise and Dwayne Peel amongst others. But multi-millionaire…

Mike Phillips

Award for ‘angering millions of teenage girls’: Mike Phillips Mike Phillips has had an interesting year. Sacked from Bayonne for allegedly turning up to training under the influence, he switched…