Tournaments

Sebastien Tillous-Borde making a run for it

The French are flying in the Heineken Cup

IT'S THE half-way stage of the Heineken Cup and for the French clubs things are looking good. With three of the six pool matches gone, only Biarritz of the seven…

Changing lanes: Israel Folau (C) joins the Waratahs on a on-year deal and hopes to play for the Wallabies one day

Code-hopper Israel Folau joins the Waratahs

THE WARATAHS announced the signing of league international Israel Folau on a one-year deal for the 2013 Super Rugby season. A talented rugby league player, Israel played 52 games, including…

The Championship Blog – Week 11 round-up

The Championship Blog – Week 11 round-up

AS EXPECTED, Newcastle Falcons dominate the Championship at the half-way mark of Stage One after their 31-15 win over Plymouth at Kingston Park on Friday night.

The Championship Blog – Week 10 round-up

The Championship Blog – Week 10 round-up

A MERE 320 hardy souls braved atrocious conditions at the Athletic Ground on Saturday to watch London Scottish win their Championship basement battle against Moseley. The 28-13 victory mean Scottish…

Is this finally his time to shine?

High-flying France still a threat to their own success

“MISSION ACCOMPLISHED," declared Philippe Saint Andre in the wake of France’s dogged 22-14 defeat of Samoa on Saturday evening. "Today is the victory of courage, restraint, solidarity. We did not…

Black sea: Josh Bassett struggling to avoid the Maori All Blacks' defense

Maori All Blacks cast aside Championship XV

CHAMPIONSHIP CLUB rivalry was put on hold on Saturday when a select RFU XV took on the Maori All Blacks at Doncaster’s Castle Park. Despite going down 21-52, head coach…

A memorable try for Freddie Burns

A memorable try for Freddie Burns

GLOUCESTER FLY-HALF Freddie Burns scored 17 points in Gloucester’s 27-21 victory over Leicester in the Aviva Premiership in October, including an impressive chip-and-chase try. That touchdown was the Premiership’s Try…

The Championship Blog – Week 9 round-up

The Championship Blog – Week 9 round-up

NOTTINGHAM FAILED to build on last weekend’s thrashing of Bristol, losing 29-9 to table-leaders Newcastle at Kingston Park on Friday night. The top of the table clash lacked fizz and…

The Championship Blog – Week 8 round-up

The Championship Blog – Week 8 round-up

KICKING OFF this week’s review are Channel Islanders Jersey, who finally leave the bottom of the table after their second consecutive win. Plymouth, for whom this was their first trip…