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Them's the rules: Do some rugby laws need a bit of a rethink?

Laws and refereeing: 5 ways to improve the game

1. CHOKE TACKLE MADNESS The choke tackle, in which turnovers are effected by preventing the ball carrier from going to ground, was much admired when Ireland introduced it to union…

Number one: George North scores his first try, with three more on the way

Saints and Sinners: the weekend’s talking points

The Saints The Fab Four George North gave a try-scoring master-class as he crossed the whitewash no less than four times during Northampton’s 34-6 win over the Ospreys in round…

Eye on the prize: This is what the 20 European Champions Cup teams are playing for

European Rugby: Weekend’s talking points

Farrell out to prove a point  Given the injuries that have hampered his season to date, Owen Farrell’s inclusion in England’s squad for the Autumn Internationals was, for once, not a…

Magic man: Rene Ranger making things happen for Montpellier against Castres in the Top 14

Rene Ranger on life in France

On first introduction, Rene Ranger seems so laid-back you would be forgiven for checking his pulse. However, when the versatile, attacking back is asked about his cult hero status back…

The best form of defence: Joe Worsley celebrates scoring a try against Italy

Joe Worsley on Bordeaux’s flying start

The Top 14 is having a breather until the end of October as European competition holds sway, allowing clubs a chance to assess their performances a third of the way…