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Johnny Sexton

Top 14: French rugby reaches crescendo

What a day we have in store this Saturday in the Top 14. It’s the last day of the regular season yet after 25 rounds of competition only two clubs…

Scampering to a final: Knock-on aside, Kahn Fotuali'i punished Harlequins in the Amlin semi-final

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

The Saints Stunning Sarries There were so many outstanding performers in the Saracens ranks on Saturday, when they shocked the rugby world with an extraordinary 46-6 win over Clermont Auvergne,…

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…

Nick Cummins

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…