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…

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…

Winning away from the drama: Toulon won last year's Heineken Cup. Next year it will be the ERCC

Agreement reached over future of European rugby

After nigh on two-years of an increasingly rancorous power-struggle between the clubs, Unions and broadcasters, the new make-up of European rugby has been agreed. With the Heads of Agreement now…


Top 14 relegation fight hots up

Four teams are all battling to avoid the drop from the French top flight as the season reaches its climax – here's the lowdown…

Jared Payne Jerome Garces

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

The Saints Gutsy Garces The moment Jared Payne sent an airborne Alex Goode crashing to the turf during the fourth minute of Saturday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final clash between Ulster and…

Captain Fantastic: Munster's Paul O'Connell creeps over for a rare try against Toulouse

The Heineken Cup team of the week

15. Rob Kearney (Leinster) When a full-back tops your tackle-count, you know your backs have been against the wall. Kearney senior was a shining light in Leinster’s defeat, epitomising their…

Champions: New Zealand celebrate after beating England to win the 2010 Women's World Cup

Women’s World Cup fixtures

The 2014 Women's World Cup takes place in Paris from 1-17 August – here are the fixtures you need

In the thick of it: A burly Ed Slater gets involved against Northampton Saints

Heineken Cup Quarters: Four to watch

This set of Heineken Cup quarter-finals is possibly the most enticing last eight ever assembled. Each of the four ties is jam-packed with stellar talent and most of the continent’s…

Christian Wade

Christian Wade’s fastest men in rugby

  It’s a question posed in every clubhouse, watering hole or playing field in the land. Who are the fastest men in world rugby? The players who leave others clasping…