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The Championship Blog – Week 10 round-up

The Championship Blog – Week 10 round-up

A MERE 320 hardy souls braved atrocious conditions at the Athletic Ground on Saturday to watch London Scottish win their Championship basement battle against Moseley. The 28-13 victory mean Scottish…

Is this finally his time to shine?

High-flying France still a threat to their own success

“MISSION ACCOMPLISHED," declared Philippe Saint Andre in the wake of France’s dogged 22-14 defeat of Samoa on Saturday evening. "Today is the victory of courage, restraint, solidarity. We did not…

nathan hines andy robinson

No more pipes for Robinson

THE PIPES have stopped their skirl. The flags are at half mast, unruffled by a gust. Andy Robinson has abdicated his post at the top of Scotland’s game and few…

Happy days: Sexton congratulates Bowe

Accent on youth reinvigorates Ireland

ON 31st July 2010 a young Ulsterman scored the first try in a challenge match to mark the opening of the Aviva Stadium. Another reporter turned to me and said…

Scott Williams

Wales v New Zealand: Five things we learned

WALES HAVE once again become one of those teams that takes positives from defeats against the world’s best. This time last year that wasn’t the case. Wales were a team…

World-class: Fernandez Lobbe

Ireland v Argentina: The Preview

A MUCH improved Argentina went to Cardiff a fortnight ago and deservedly beat a faltering Wales 26-12 so Ireland have no excuses for getting caught cold. They know they need…

Key man: Robshaw leads from the front

Lions watch: Movers and shakers for Australia 2013

HANGING-OFF cliff faces, dodging bullets and zip-wiring down air vents may seem like a Mission Impossible, but even Ethan Hunt would think twice about taking on Warren Gatland's Lions coaching…

Worth a shot: Chris Henry

Debate: Is it time to rethink Ireland’s backrow?

IN 21st century Test rugby, superstars play at No 7. Richie McCaw, David Pocock and Sam Warburton have all been heralded, with Michael Hooper, after his performance against England, set…