January 2012

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Future Faces: Jack Nowell and Steve Shingler

Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) This may only be Exeter’s second season in the Aviva Premiership but with youngsters like 18-year-old Jack Nowell in the ranks, the Chiefs certainly have the…

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Burn off the extra festive pounds

Serious aerobic work will help you get your cardio fitness back, says Darren Grewcock Treadmill Intervals Alternating between inclines on a treadmill is less punishing on your joints than road…

Sale are rebuilding but coach Steve Diamond says they can be a giant: “Six million people live within 40 minutes of us, which is more people than in NZ”

Rebuilding the North – Stephen Jones

This is not to sound patronising or like a northern send-up à la Monty Python. But probably my happiest times in rugby reporting concern the consumption of mushy peas –…

Change in scoring system may mean less focus on Jonny and fellow fly-halfs

Altered scoring system to be tested in South Africa

The usual post-RWC tinkering with the laws has begun, the IRB agreeing to experiment with the point-scoring system, writes Paul Morgan. The IRB have granted permission for South Africa’s Varsity…

Chris Robshaw seen during training wearing a GPS vest

Performance tips from Quins fitness coach John Dams

This season Harlequins set a club record by winning their first 12 games. Head of strength and conditioning John Dams lets us into the secret of their success… “Two-and-a-half seasons…

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James Haskell in Japan – Exclusive pictures

Remember when Sean Connery’s James Bond reinvents himself as a Japanese man in You Only Live Twice? That – and he’ll like this analogy – is what another James is…

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Big game 4

The top two sides in the Aviva Premiership will go head to head at Twickenham on Tuesday 27 December, writes Features Editor – Sarah Mockford. It’s Harlequins’ fourth Big Game…

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Welsh wonder wing George North

Given what he’s already achieved on the world stage, it’s easy to forget just how young George North is, writes Features Editor – Sarah Mockford. One reporter fell into this…