Tournaments

So close: Ben Foden and his Northampton team-mates will be driving hard against Saracens this Saturday

Aviva Premiership final: Five key areas

Although Leicester and Harlequins contributed significantly to a pair of intense, exciting semis, there is little doubt that the cream has risen to the top of the Aviva Premiership. In…

London Irish

A new era at London Irish

WHEN London Irish said farewell to their training ground, the Avenue, a few weeks ago, it signalled the transition into a new era. It was a nostalgic day for some…

Rory Kockott

Rory Kockott ready for the Top 14 Final

Rory Kockott is a man who catches puff adders in his spare time. For the uninitiated, the venomous puff adder is arguably the fastest striking snake in the world, timed…

Loving life: Drew Mitchell roars with delight after Toulon overcame Munster in the Heineken Cup semis

Drew Mitchell on life with Toulon

There is a pause of almost five seconds before Drew Mitchell lets out a groan of frustration and throws in the towel. “No,” he admits after being asked if he…

Official Briz biz: Ryan Jones put in a real leader's performance, helping Bristol into the final

Championship blog: Semi-finals second leg wrap

That the two top teams after the regular season should battle it out in the final is a validation of the tournament’s structure. Less so, are rules that permit Bristol’s…

Joy and pain: Northampton's players celebrate their win while the Tigers are floored

Saints and Sinners: Rugby’s weekend talking points

The Saints Classic clash Some people are calling it the best Aviva Premiership game ever and the Northampton v Leicester semi-final certainly had drama, skill, physicality and passion by the…