The Championship Blog – Week 9 round-up

NOTTINGHAM FAILED to build on last weekend’s thrashing of Bristol, losing 29-9 to table-leaders Newcastle at Kingston Park on Friday night. The top of the table clash lacked fizz and…

Tower of strength: Etzebeth will take some stopping

JAMIE HEASLIP will lead Ireland out against the Springboks for the first time, promising to ‘give the Irish people something to cheer about’. The big Leinsterman added for good measure.…

Heat is on: Robbie Deans is still under pressure

SO FREDDY'S back. For the first time since 2007, Michalak will start a home Test match for France and Les Bleus will be all the better for it. The 30-year-old…

bradley wiggins

  By Alex Lowe WHEN ENGLAND walk out to play South Africa at Twickenham on November 24, each player will be accompanied by a mascot from his formative club. It…

The Championship Blog – Week 8 round-up

KICKING OFF this week’s review are Channel Islanders Jersey, who finally leave the bottom of the table after their second consecutive win. Plymouth, for whom this was their first trip…

Leicester Tigers v Ospreys - Heineken Cup

A MONTH is a long time in Welsh rugby. Let’s take a look at look at the highs and lows of October: Damian Browne, Jamie Heaslip, Fionn Carr, Cian Healy,…

Injury time: Racing are suffering a bout of bad karma - fullback Benjamin Dambielle one of many on the injury list

THE TOP 14 is soon to close down for three weeks allowing clubs to take stock of their early season form. For Racing Metro it’s been nothing short of disastrous.…

The Championship Blog – Week 7 round-up

AS PREDICTED in last week’s column, the pick of the round seven matches was Bristol’s clash with Bedford at the Memorial Ground on Sunday. Back-to-back wins in the British &…