Star player: Steffon Armitage has been outstanding since his move to Toulon

Five players to look out for in the Heineken Cup

IN A competition packed full of Europe's finest players, certain talents will always stand out. Here are five stars set to make a big impression in this season's Heineken Cup:


The Championship Blog – Week 6 round-up

NOTTINGHAM TRADED places with Plymouth and moved into third in the Championship by virtue of a 48-16 win over Jersey, at Meadow Lane on Friday. The Green and Whites were…

Australia v Argentina: The Rugby Championship

The Rugby Championship Review: Australia

CONSIDERING THE enormous amount of criticism poured on Australia throughout The Rugby Championship, the fact that they finished the tournament in second place is somewhat of a surprise. Factor in…

The Championship Blog – Week 5 round-up

The Championship Blog – Week 5 round-up

NEWCASTLE FALCONS stay top of the class by virtue of giving Leeds a lesson in finishing at Kingston Park on Friday night, writes Richard Grainger. This match-up was tipped as…

Winter winds: Winter weather means more rugby!

‘All change please’ in Scotland

AS OCTOBER draws near the rain is lashing pedestrians with more regularity. For some south of Berwick this is a reminder that grounds will soften and tries may be unpleasantly…

Shark cage: Michalak in control against the Bulls

Magic Michalak on fire in France

“MICHALAK IS back” screams the headline in this week’s Midi Olympique, alongside a photograph of Toulon’s Freddie, a player for whom the word ‘mercurial’ could have been invented. Michalak played…

Winning ways:

The Championship Blog – Week 4 round-up

HERE’S a bit of statistical analysis to kick-off this week’s Championship blog, writes Richard Grainger. In the Championship — which doesn’t have a sponsor — 355 points were scored in…

Leading men: (L-R) Andy Cosslett and Brett Gosper

Three years to RWC 2015

Today marks three years to the kick-off of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England and with that milestone, those tasked with bringing the tournament to the millions of rugby…