Black sea: Josh Bassett struggling to avoid the Maori All Blacks' defense

CHAMPIONSHIP CLUB rivalry was put on hold on Saturday when a select RFU XV took on the Maori All Blacks at Doncaster’s Castle Park. Despite going down 21-52, head coach…

Hands-up: Visser wants ball

TWO YEARS ago, Scotland went into a Murrayfield Test against South Africa on the back of a 46-point defeat by New Zealand and upset the odds to win 21-17. Last…

Lions fans

Gullivers Sports Travel Advertising Feature NO TRIP to Australia would be complete without a visit to Sydney – and The British & Irish Lions stop there twice next summer. They…

Clean possession: England functioned well

By Owain Jones, Rugby World Editor In a nutshell England performed a satisfactory, if perfunctory job on an underprepared and underpowered Fiji side. The hosts got off to a sluggish…

Worthy effort: Disconsolate Scots

MURRAYFIELD MAY have hosted the world famous All Blacks, but the only way to see the game properly was in a pub where the sounds of the football drowned everything…

Focus: Pat Lambie ticks the scoreboard over

I CAN'T begin to imagine the impact on Ireland's pysche having come so close to beating the World Champions on their own turf, and then suffering a record defeat the…

Stand-out: Faletau carried Wales

WALES’ 12-26 defeat to Argentina seems to have come as a shock to many. To those who analysed the Pumas performances in the inaugural Rugby Championship, it hasn't. Argentina may…

Jonathan Joseph

Would New Zealand have put 80 points on this below-strength Fiji side? They may well have, such is their ability to see an opportunity and take it. That is what…