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Record breaker: Chris Ashton was outstanding against Clermont with his 11th try in this year's Heineken

Five things we learned: Clermont v Saracens

The very best of a bad situation There’s little point sugar-coating anything – Twickenham remaining barely a quarter full for a Heineken Cup semi-final was hugely embarrassing. In fact, it…

Blown away: Sitiveni Sivivatu is knocked onto his backside by Saracens' Schalk Brits

Clermont Auvergne: Dismantling a dream

In his seminal book The Boys of Summer, American sports writer Roger Kahn spent time with baseball’s Brooklyn Dodgers. A luminary Jackie Robinson was there, but Kahn was seeing years…

General Lee: Wrecking-ball back-rower Fritz Lee disposes of Manu Tuilagi in the Heineken Cup quarters

Key clashes: The Heineken Cup semis

Saracens vs. Clermont, Twickenham – Saturday, April 26 Billy Vunipola v Fritz Lee Genuine wrecking-balls are worth their considerable weight in gold and at Twickenham, two of the most effective on…

Stalemate: Grenoble threw away a 13-point lead to draw 21-all with Bayonne

Four in danger of Top 14 relegation

By Gavin Mortimer  HERE’S A stat that will heap more misery on the heads of four clubs in the Top 14. In the nine years since the Top 16 shrank…

Qualification game: Nathan Hughes can play for Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand and after a few years, England

Keeping Samoan-qualified players for Samoa

There are a lot of intangible aspects to Richie McCaw’s greatness. He exudes an aura that compels teammates to dig deeper than they ever believed possible. You only need to…

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The Honey Badger: A gift to rugby

“Last year we were all sizzle, no steak. This year we had a horror start but now we are off like bride’s nightie” – Nick Cummins. Every so often, a…

One-club man: Declan Danaher retired last month after 15 years at London Irish. Now he's their academy coach

Declan Danaher picks his Top XV

IT WILL always tug on a club’s heartstrings when one of their most loyal players reaches retirement, though when Declan Danaher hung up his boots in March, the London Irish…

Just (ten) grand! David Lemi celebrates as he scores the Premiership's 10,000th try

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

The Saints Golden Oldie Branded “too old” and “past his sell-by date” by Newcastle Falcons boss Dean Richards last month, David Lemi carried on proving Richards and any other doubters…