“We don’t want to turn into Wendyball.” It’s a phrase that makes me want to snap some rugby fans’ rose-tinted spectacles over my knee. Some punters, it’s sad to say,…

Last year, one team in eight in Europe was from outside the three professional leagues. This year, it’ll be one in 20. At the most. Another day, another disappointment, as…

As I looked around the Stade Jean Bouin midway through the Women’s World Cup final, I noticed Magali Harvey giving a TV interview on the pitch. The half-time interview has…

THE SAYING goes that ‘footballers spend the whole game pretending they’re hurt, whilst rugby players spend the whole game pretending they’re not’. Rugby union is an increasingly brutal, attritional game, and…

SEVENS’ admission into the Olympics is one of the most exciting developments in rugby in decades. In the women’s game it is probably the most transformational development ever. Here, at…

Allyson Pollock, professor of public health research and policy at Queen Mary University of London, is meddling with our game. For the second time in four years she is openly…