Aviva Premiership Rugby blog

The round-up of the 19th round of Aviva Premiership action from Alex Shaw Saturday 2nd April 2011 – Northampton Saints vs. Sale Sharks Saints came into this game on the…

behindthethistle

You always sensed that Scottish rugby was the most true-blue amateur of all, and this weighty book of nearly 500 pages does nothing to disaffirm that view. The authors interview…

wecouldbegreat

NOT MANY people know this but the inaugural World Ubogu Championships took place in a London pub last year. The competition involves saying the word ‘Ubogu’ – as in the…

joe schmidt leinster

Leinster threw away an 11-point half-time lead to lose 23-24 to Munster at Thomond Park on Saturday night. The visitors had looked the far more dangerous team in the first…

Paul O’Connell injured in Leinster clash

Munster and Ireland talisman Paul O’Connell was forced to leave the pitch early in the second half of the Magners League game against Leinster on Saturday night with an ankle…

Munster spirit wins derby day

Munster coach Tony McGahan praised his side’s attitude and spirit on Saturday night having watched them come back from an 11-point deficit at half-time to defeat Leinster 24-23 in the…

Rotherham player fails drugs test and is banned

NICO STEENKAMP of Rotherham Titans has been suspended from participating in Rugby Union for three months for an Anti-Doping Rule Violation after testing positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine. The suspension by a…