A record 25 million people watched Japan beat Samoa on television. Photo: Getty Images.

Japan breaking records on and off the pitch

Japanese rugby is riding a wave of popularity after an incredible 25 million people tuned in on television to watch their Pool B win over Samoa. Having stunned the world…

Ireland fans

Five things we’ve learnt: Ireland v Italy

By Whiff of Cordite Ireland and Italy served up a steaming dose of Six Nations mediocrity on Sunday, bringing a series of scratches to a sprakling weekend of quicksilver rugby…from…

England

Five things we learnt: England v Australia

By Adam Hathaway You get better if you are off the scene Martin Johnson always says he becomes a better player the longer he is retired and the same applied…