Ollie Phillips

The best beards in rugby

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Jamie Roberts

Jamie Roberts picks his Top 5 centres

Since making his debut as a wing in 2008, Jamie Roberts has gone on to play in 63 Tests for Wales and tour with the Lions on two occasions. In…

Members of the 'Valley Fort' and 'D B Pi

Rugby Rant: Leave kids’ rugby alone!

Allyson Pollock, professor of public health research and policy at Queen Mary University of London, is meddling with our game. For the second time in four years she is openly…


Five of rugby’s biggest borefests

So much for Aussie innovation and French flair. Last weekend’s second Test in Melbourne was one of the biggest borefests in modern memory. A scoreless first half followed by a…

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…

Official Briz biz: Ryan Jones put in a real leader's performance, helping Bristol into the final

Championship blog: Semi-finals second leg wrap

That the two top teams after the regular season should battle it out in the final is a validation of the tournament’s structure. Less so, are rules that permit Bristol’s…

Memorial mash: Bristol's Gaston Cortes somehow gets through Titans' tackles to score

Championship blog: Semi-finals first leg wrap

By Richard Grainger Bristol butterflies leaves tie in balance Bristol 17, Rotherham 14 Bristol have twice gone into the Championship play-offs only to fluff their lines and on Saturday’s evidence…

What it is all about: Below are the latest comings and goings in the ever competitive Championship

Championship blog: Round 23 wrap

By Richard Grainger Trailfinders take the road back to League 1 Ealing 29, Rotherham 36 Two bonus points achieved by a spirited late comeback were not enough to avoid the…