Wallaby prop Patricio Noriega (2/R) fend

Patricio Noriega cut his teeth in the toughest of propping breeding grounds – the Pumas’ front row. Born in Buenos Aires, the tighthead played for his local club, Hindu, before…

George Smith grapples with New Zealand

Major teams: Brumbies, Toulon, Suntory Goliath, Stade Français, Lyon, Wasps Position: Openside flanker Country: Australia 
Test span: 2000-13 Test caps: 111 (93 starts) Test points: 45 (9T) In the wake…

Laying down a challenge: The Chiefs sits atop the New Zealand league

By Alex Shaw To coin a phrase from legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, it’s squeaky bum time in Super Rugby. With just two rounds of regular season…

England win

England won a quite brilliant Test match 44-40 in an end-to-end encounter which had nine tries and a scoring rate of over a point a minute. Australia went in at…

Heady days: The England players celebrate a historic Series win over Australia

In the last seven months, England have staged one of the most remarkable Test turnarounds in memory, as they’ve gone from also-rans at No 8 in the World rankings to…

Owen Farrell

At the AAMI Stadium in Melbourne the No 2 and No 3 sides in the world played out a brutal Second Test, in which neither side was willing to cede…