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…

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…

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…

Jared Payne Jerome Garces

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…

This set of Heineken Cup quarter-finals is possibly the most enticing last eight ever assembled. Each of the four ties is jam-packed with stellar talent and most of the continent’s…

One problem down, one to go The furore over the future of European rugby seems all but over. April should see the announcement of a new tournament, with the desired…

Andrew Trimble

Mike Brown’s remarkable consistency continued in Rome, but the Scarlets' bomb-diffuser supreme was brilliant against Scotland and demonstrated that Wales have more than one rapier full-back. In the right place…

By Claire Glancy  “Get bitter or get better” Andrew Trimble has had more heartaches than highs since making his Ireland debut in 2005. He has won 55 caps since then…

WALES BEAT Scotland 51-3 in what became a training ground rout. Of course, this wasn’t Scotland. This was 14 man Scotland. After Stuart Hogg’s foolishly late hit on Dan Biggar…