Hart of gold: James Hart

Dubliner the Hart-beat of Grenoble

AN OSCAR for James Hart, but this one came with no tears, tantrum or tedious acceptance speech. The Oscar given to the 22-year-old Grenoble scrum-half was from Midi Olympique, the…

Is the HCup, currently Toulon's, doomed?

From Heineken Cup to Guinness Champions Cup?

IF FRENCH publication Midi Olympique is to be believed, the union of Premiership Rugby and Ligue Nationale de Rugby could soon be joining forces with world-renowned brand Guinness.

Bezy foot forward: Toulouse and scrum-half Sebastien Bezy are expected to wallop poor Zebre in the first round of the Heineken Cup

Heineken Cup: Our predictions for Round 1

ROUND 1 of the Heineken Cup is here and we thought we would chuck out our predictions for the games and see if you agree with us. If you reckon…

Thinking of the brand: Mark McCafferty

New Salary Cap powers for Premiership Rugby

PREMIERSHIP RUGBY is set to take more of a critical view of its member clubs after it was announced yesterday that clubs may be subjected to more transparent salary cap…

Vipers: Toulon could bite Glasgow

A French guide to the Heineken Cup

By Gavin Mortimer Let’s for a while forget the future and enjoy the present. Yes, the Heineken Cup is upon us and though it may well be the last of…

Union Chief: Williams in 2012

Could Sonny Bill Williams return to Union?

Sonny Bill Williams has missed out on selection for New Zealand’s Rugby League World Cup squad having dithered over his desire to play for the team, saying he probably shouldn’t…

Blowing up: Nigel Owens gets another big game to oversee

Referees named for the November Tests

THE IRB has announced their match official appointments for the upcoming Internationals. 
 Find out who's been put in charge of the upcoming games for England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Hands up who has come in for criticism recently: Romain Poite

Nigel Owens set to referee Racing v Clermont

FRESH FROM his exemplary performance during the match-for-the-ages between South Africa and New Zealand in the last round of the 2013 Rugby Championship, Nigel Owens has been handed another big…