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Sam Warburton

Sam Warburton: Rugby’s best opensides

Best for game intelligence –  Martyn Williams (Wales) “Martyn was my hero growing up. He was the first person I met at the Blues on my first day in the…

Englishman in Toulon: Steve Walsh has been looking after Toulon's conditioning since 2009

The other Englishman leaving Toulon

There is another Englishman who’s time at Toulon is drawing to a close. Like Jonny Wilkinson, Steve Walsh arrived on the Cote d’Azur in 2009, and like the soon-to-be retired…

Jonny Wilkinson

Jonny Wilkinson announces retirement

Jonny Wilkinson today, in typically understated fashion, officially notified the rugby world that he was to hang up the boots that struck 1246 glorious points on the international stage at…

Joy and pain: Northampton's players celebrate their win while the Tigers are floored

Saints and Sinners: Rugby’s weekend talking points

The Saints Classic clash Some people are calling it the best Aviva Premiership game ever and the Northampton v Leicester semi-final certainly had drama, skill, physicality and passion by the…

Running the risk: Players like Bath's George Ford and Northampton's Tom Wood may risk it for silverware

The problems with the Amlin Challenge Cup

For all the excellent rugby and intriguing on-field plotlines, both of which have been abundant, 2013-14 will always be remembered for its ugly European saga. A very public process of…

Spreading his wings: Chris Robshaw is influencing more games than he was this time last season

Chris Robshaw hitting targets at the right time

The popular view on Chris Robshaw at the start of this season was that he needed to be involved in game-changing moments. Everyone knew his work-rate was phenomenal, but a…

Florian Fritz

Florian Fritz: Concussion a cause for concern

FRIDAY NIGHT was a disaster for Guy Noves. The quarter-final home defeat to Racing Métro was bad enough for the reputation of the Toulouse coach, it but it was the…

Nick Easter

Self-policing in rugby: Right or wrong?

As the second half of Harlequins’ thrilling win over Bath grew fractured and frantic on Saturday, BT Sport commentator Austin Healey indulged in a bit of a whine. Referee Wayne Barnes had…