Tournaments

Hands up who has come in for criticism recently: Romain Poite

Nigel Owens set to referee Racing v Clermont

FRESH FROM his exemplary performance during the match-for-the-ages between South Africa and New Zealand in the last round of the 2013 Rugby Championship, Nigel Owens has been handed another big…

Home from home: Bristol will move to Ashton Gate

The Championship Blog: Round Four

Week four of the Greene King IPA Championship leaves one side unbeaten and another three still winless, as the second tier of English rugby continues to provide more try value…

Big game boy: Paul O'Connell

Buckle up for Munster v Leinster

ON SATURDAY several Irish rugby fans may feel compelled to abandon their other halves, lock themselves in the living room and turn on the telly. Partners may be left to…

Injury doubt: Jamie Roberts hits the line hard

Wales in Focus: Five things we’ve learned

THE EUROPEAN crisis has huge ramifications for Northern Hemisphere rugby. The quest for a fairer qualification system, which is fully justified, and the desire to control the game with the…

Welsh pride: Justin Burnell took charge of Welsh this season

The Championship Blog: Round Three

After Week Three, eight clubs are sandwiched between the two unbeaten sides and the two still looking for their first win in the Greene King IPA Championship. Few would have…

Back in harness: Cipriani

Aviva Premiership: Round four preview

THE FOURTH round of the Aviva Premiership is upon us and even at this early stage things are getting tight. After four games the big ‘C’ word can be blurted…

Jumping for joy: Strettle in his Harlequins days, celebrating with Ugo Monye

Aviva Premiership One to Watch: David Strettle

David Strettle, the 30-year-old Saracens wing who is hoping to help his team maintain their 100% record in this season’s Aviva Premiership when they take on Harlequins at the Twickenham…

Also in demand: Warburton

Wholesale changes at Cardiff Blues?

THE CARDIFF Blues are not exactly falling to pieces, but they are hardly enjoying bright skies and calm seas at the moment either. So when news comes in that Leigh…