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Silly season: Six spring signings

NO DOUBT the hope was, during the moments where we all jumped up and shouted about the harsh brilliance of the Heineken Cup and the layout of the Six Nations…

Better luck next time: Laidlaw's sending off is the least of Edinburgh's worries as they fail to make it through to the quarters

Heineken Cup Round 5: Winners and Losers

WE ARE now left with one last round in the Heineken Cup pool stages, with teams not so much balanced on a knife’s edge as trying to clamber onto the…

Galloping flanker: Tom Croft makes a dynamic return for Leicester Tigers

Tom Croft: Twitter Q&A

WITH STUART Lancaster’s Elite Player Squad (EPS) being released this week, many will be happy to see the return of one of England’s most athletic and skilled back rowers, Tom…

Braced: Francois Van der Merwe

Heineken Cup Round 5: Five must-watch clashes

SPORTING CLICHES are often abused. Every tournament has a Group of Death and every player is weighed and measured to see if they will be found inferior or capable of…

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Balshaw hoping to extend his French stay

FOR ALL the talk in recent weeks about Jonny Wilkinson, and will-he-or-won’t-he sign on for another stint at Toulon, there’s another Englishman in the south of France in a similar…

Grafter: Will Fraser

Stuart Lancaster puts faith in a new England

NO ONE has called him a school teacher since Best Team in the World™ was sent back over the equator, but England’s headmaster Stuart Lancaster now has the responsibility for…

Glasgow Warriors v Ulster - Heineken Cup

Dean Ryan and a Scottish Enlightenment?

NECESSITY IS the mother of invention. That is what you are told, as if the hard times cannot be hard for too long. The toaster was invented because sliced bread…

Tough times: Plymouth's Aaron Carpenter is tackled by Jacob Rown

The Championship Blog – Week 13 round-up

LONDON SCOTTISH grab the spotlight this week after a storming 26-23 win over Bedford Blues at the Athletic Ground. Bedford, who started 2013 in second place behind the Falcons and…

New generation: Maxime Machenaud

New Year predictions: 2013

GET THE chopping block ready. Remove the ceremonial stretching-rings. It's time to put my neck on the line. The season has, so far, provided very few genuine shocks. However, as…