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Richie McCaw

Rugby Statistics: Does World Cup form matter?

How much attention should be given to form going into a World Cup? Significance may well be attached to ‘building momentum’ in competitions such as the Rugby Championship beforehand, but…

Scott Spedding

France go high and take to their bikes

If France do surprise the world and win the Webb Ellis Cup in October they’ll have to give grudging thanks to a British invention. The ‘Wattbike’ has been their primary…

Richie McCaw

Rugby Championship Talking points – Round 1

The first weekend of Rugby Championship action gave rugby watchers their first chance to see what sort of shape four of the world’s top 10 sides were in with the…

Jean de Villiers

Letter from South Africa – July

DE VILLIERS MAKES CAUTIOUS BUT SUCCESSFUL COMEBACK Springbok captain Jean de Villiers returned to action for the first time in nine months when he came off the bench against a…

Johnny Sexton

Pro 12 transfers 2015-16: Comings and goings

In a game of inches, sides with an established foundation of pragmatism usually emerge clutching the etched handles of oversized silverware. For once it was a debonair attitude to open…

Cause for celebration: the Six Nations remains on terrestrial television (Photo Getty Images)

TV rights: Will Six Nations deal set a trend?

If you heard a low rumbling noise last Thursday, it may well have been a collective sigh of relief from armchair rugby fans across the country. You’ve no doubt heard…