Friday evening’s encounter between London Welsh and Gloucester at the Kassam Stadium was a meeting of the Aviva Premiership’s most enthusiastic summer recruiters. Stung into action by a week of…

Fire starter: Will James Hook be able to kickstart a Gloucester resurgence?

Gloucester to pack a punch Gloucester simply weren’t at the races last season, with a porous defence leaking 60 tries and finishing a lowly ninth. It served to be the…

Just (ten) grand! David Lemi celebrates as he scores the Premiership's 10,000th try

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…

Dazzling Daly: England Saxons'  "absurdly gifted" full-back Elliot Daly (left)

By Charlie Morgan Saturday’s Kingsholm clash between England Saxons and the catchily-named O2 Ireland Wolfhounds – selected directly from Joe Schmidt’s wider Six Nations training group – is not just…

Smiling Sarries: Chris Ashton and Saracens did all the celebrating at Kingsholm

Richard Parks, the former Wales flanker, is this week’s ultimate saint as he achieved the fastest ever solo, unsupported and unassisted journey to the South Pole by a Briton, and…

Castres celebrate

LAST SEASON was a funny old one for Marcel Garvey. Seventeen outings for Castres in the Top 14 and just one try, and that in the final game of the…

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ON THURSDAY Stuart Lancaster recruited six new names to his Elite Player Squad (EPS), including five who won their first caps on England's summer tour to Argentina. Matt Kvesic, Billy…