Rugby world cup

Argentina

Five Talking points – August

Argentina make rugby history August was largely a month of Rugby World Cup warmups and national coaches carefully pruning their squads like Mister Miyagi tending to a bonsai tree. But…

Rugby maul

Ireland v Wales: 5 Things we learnt

The full-on Friendly. When Ireland faced Wales on Saturday it felt as though the Rugby World Cup had started early. The fitness sessions were over, the training bibs were back…

Sam Warburton

Wales 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup?

This may not be the squad Warren Gatland pick tomorrow at midday but it’s the squad we believe he should pick. Sadly there is no place for Eli Walker, Matthew…

Stuart Lancaster

RW picks England’s 31-man squad

This isn’t the squad Stuart Lancaster will pick tomorrow afternoon at 1.45pm. It’s the squad we believe he should pick. There is no place for Nick Easter, Danny Cipriani or…

George Smith Wasps

George Smith on the Wallabies back row

He’s the second-most capped Wallaby forward of all-time and was the youngest player to reach 100 caps ever at just 29, so when new Wasps signing George Smith says he’s…

Springboks

Letter from South Africa

SPRINGBOKS WINLESS FOR THE FIRST TIME Since the inception of the Tri-Nations in 1996, and then the expansion to the Rugby Championship in 2012, the Springboks have never gone through…

French team

France brace themselves for Le Crunch

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre gave his squad a day off on Tuesday, allowing his 36 players the chance to enjoy the delights of Falgos in the Pyrénées-Orientales. The French squad…

Mike Phillips

Five things we learnt: Wales v Ireland

The awkward reality of ‘Warm up’ matches Wales lost to Ireland by 35 points to 21 in what was a very difficult game to watch from a Welsh perspective. But…