Tournaments

Top 14 final

Win a trip to the Top 14 final!

THIS IS your chance to see who will be next to lift the Bouclier de Brennus at Stade de France on Saturday 1 June. TV5MONDE – the international French-language channel…

The Championship blog – Play-offs: Round 1

The Championship blog – Play-offs: Round 1

“ANYONE WHO thinks that life is fair,” Richard M. Nixon once said, “has been seriously misinformed.” A view held, amongst others, by many of the Newcastle Falcons squad who, after…

Here they come, whatever they are: Steve Borthwick

Heineken Cup preview: the semi-finals

THE CRASS amongst us would suggest that it is easy to place French powerhouse Clermont Auvergne straight into the final of the Heineken Cup. They are strong, they are slick,…

Uruguay's players lie dejected as Portugal celebrate their World Cup qualification in 2007

RWC qualifying: the South American battle

URUGUAY SET out in pursuit of the holy grail of World Cup 2015 qualification this weekend, having missed out on a place at the last two World Cup finals tournaments…

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Heineken Cup: Clermont ready for the Red Army

MUNSTER SHOULD be afraid. Very afraid. On Saturday evening in the semi-final of the Heineken Cup they will encounter a Clermont side at the top of their game. So what…

Eying promotion: Dean Richards is expected to drag Falcons up

RFU Championship: The battle for promotion

THE RHETORIC of battles is always used in professional rugby, as if the weeks of weights and hours of Xbox were shared experiences with servicemen and women garrisoned around the…

The Championship blog – Week 22 round-up

The Championship blog – Week 22 round-up

IN A cruel twist of fate, Bristol became the only side to defeat Newcastle this season in any form of competition, only to learn that Leeds had secured the fourth…