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Stalemate: Grenoble threw away a 13-point lead to draw 21-all with Bayonne

Four in danger of Top 14 relegation

By Gavin Mortimer  HERE’S A stat that will heap more misery on the heads of four clubs in the Top 14. In the nine years since the Top 16 shrank…

Qualification game: Nathan Hughes can play for Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand and after a few years, England

Keeping Samoan-qualified players for Samoa

There are a lot of intangible aspects to Richie McCaw’s greatness. He exudes an aura that compels teammates to dig deeper than they ever believed possible. You only need to…

Nick Cummins

The Honey Badger: A gift to rugby

“Last year we were all sizzle, no steak. This year we had a horror start but now we are off like bride’s nightie” – Nick Cummins. Every so often, a…

One-club man: Declan Danaher retired last month after 15 years at London Irish. Now he's their academy coach

Declan Danaher picks his Top XV

IT WILL always tug on a club’s heartstrings when one of their most loyal players reaches retirement, though when Declan Danaher hung up his boots in March, the London Irish…

Just (ten) grand! David Lemi celebrates as he scores the Premiership's 10,000th try

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

The Saints Golden Oldie Branded “too old” and “past his sell-by date” by Newcastle Falcons boss Dean Richards last month, David Lemi carried on proving Richards and any other doubters…

Winning away from the drama: Toulon won last year's Heineken Cup. Next year it will be the ERCC

Agreement reached over future of European rugby

After nigh on two-years of an increasingly rancorous power-struggle between the clubs, Unions and broadcasters, the new make-up of European rugby has been agreed. With the Heads of Agreement now…

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Top 14 relegation fight hots up

Four teams are all battling to avoid the drop from the French top flight as the season reaches its climax – here's the lowdown…

Jared Payne Jerome Garces

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

The Saints Gutsy Garces The moment Jared Payne sent an airborne Alex Goode crashing to the turf during the fourth minute of Saturday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final clash between Ulster and…

Captain Fantastic: Munster's Paul O'Connell creeps over for a rare try against Toulouse

The Heineken Cup team of the week

15. Rob Kearney (Leinster) When a full-back tops your tackle-count, you know your backs have been against the wall. Kearney senior was a shining light in Leinster’s defeat, epitomising their…