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Lifeimi Mafi banned for 7 weeks

Lifeimi Mafi banned for 7 weeks

The Irish Rugby Football Union Disciplinary Panel held a hearing to consider a citing complaint against Munster player Lifeimi Mafi from the Leinster v Munster Magners League game on Saturday,…

Sam Ulph - Esher

Esher 22-19 London Welsh

MATCH: Esher 22 v 19 London Welsh. The Championship Chris Whitehead and Sam Ulph returned to haunt London Welsh as Esher took the derby bragging rights at Molesey Road on Friday…

Richard Hill Coach at Bristol

Championship Round 7 review

Arguably the pick of the weekend’s fixtures is on Friday night at Sixways where Worcester and Bristol, Premiership rivals just two years ago, go head- tohead. Warriors boss Richard Hill…

Gloucester set for French test

Gloucester set for French test

Gloucester Rugby claimed the West Country bragging rights last weekend with a 18-3 Premiership win at Bath Rugby – now head coach Bryan Redpath is plotting success in Europe starting…

Agen happy to be back in the big time

Agen happy to be back in the big time

Agen are back on the European stage after a three-year absence – and new signing Valentin Courrent is setting his sights on finally being part of a European title winning…

Raphael Ibanez’s verdict on the newcomers

Raphael Ibanez’s verdict on the newcomers

Three teams will make their Heineken Cup debuts at the weekend with Toulon, last season’s Amlin Challenge Cup finalists, the only one of the trio to enjoy home advantage in…

Marius Goosen - Benetton Treviso

Treviso and Aironi flying the flag

Marius Goosen is Benetton Treviso’s record points scorer – but now the former outside half is hoping to make his point as the assistant coach of the Italian club embarking…

Glasgow out to make their mark

Glasgow out to make their mark

Scottish teams can point to just one appearance in the Heineken Cup knock-out stages and Glasgow Warriors captain Ali Kellock accepts it is time for the Scots to make their…

London Irish are all the wiser

London Irish are all the wiser

London Irish have learnt their Heineken Cup lessons the hard way and head coach Toby Booth intends to turn that pain into the Exiles’ gain. The 2008 semi-finalists crashed out…

Toulon ready for Europe

Toulon ready for Europe

Toulon were one of the “nearly men” of Europe last season – Amlin Challenge Cup finalists and French Championship semi-finalists – and captain Joe van Niekerk believes the Heineken Cup…