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Byrne against Namibia at the 2011 RWC

Byrne’s gunning for Heineken glory

IT IS a year since Lee Byrne won the last of his 46 caps for Wales, but the 32-year-old full-back hasn’t given up hope of hitting his half century this…

The Championship Blog – Week 5 round-up

The Championship Blog – Week 5 round-up

NEWCASTLE FALCONS stay top of the class by virtue of giving Leeds a lesson in finishing at Kingston Park on Friday night, writes Richard Grainger. This match-up was tipped as…

End of an era: After 12 years at the West Country club, Barkley will play his final game for Bath this weekend

Barkley hoping for final flourish at fly-half

OLLY BARKLEY will start his final game for Bath Rugby at fly-half as the West Country side look to get back to winning ways in the Aviva Premiership against Sale…

100 times better: Bradley Davies hits the magic number against Ulster tomorrow

Davies hits century for Blues

WALES AND Blues lock Bradley Davies will make his 100th appearance for the region when they face Ulster tomorrow. Hailing from Llantrisant, the former Pant Comprehensive pupil originally played outside…

Points pony: Mat Turner heads to the Gold Coast for the opening HSBC World Sevens Series leg

England name Sevens squad for Gold Coast opener

ENGLAND NAME their 12-man squad for the first leg of this season’s HSBC Sevens World Series. The Gold Coast Sevens on October 13-14 is the first event of the new…

Winter winds: Winter weather means more rugby!

‘All change please’ in Scotland

AS OCTOBER draws near the rain is lashing pedestrians with more regularity. For some south of Berwick this is a reminder that grounds will soften and tries may be unpleasantly…

Shark cage: Michalak in control against the Bulls

Magic Michalak on fire in France

“MICHALAK IS back” screams the headline in this week’s Midi Olympique, alongside a photograph of Toulon’s Freddie, a player for whom the word ‘mercurial’ could have been invented. Michalak played…

Winning ways:

The Championship Blog – Week 4 round-up

HERE’S a bit of statistical analysis to kick-off this week’s Championship blog, writes Richard Grainger. In the Championship — which doesn’t have a sponsor — 355 points were scored in…

Bakkies Botha

Sheridan’s fighting fit in Toulon

THEY SAY Lourdes is where you go in search of a miracle cure, but if you’re a thirty-something Englishman Toulon seems to be the place in France that has healing…

Thank Tonga: The impressive prop will provide injury cover for Glasgow

Glasgow sign Tongan Test prop Fainga’anuku

TONGA INTERNATIONAL loose-head Ofa Fainga’anuku has signed with Glasgow Warriors on a short-term contract. Subject to medical, the former Waratahs player will ply his trade at Scotstoun Stadium until the…