Winners will be announced on Tuesday 8 February!


1. What’s the name of Gavin Henson’s Strictly Come Dancing partner? Katya Virshilas

2. Which two Springboks failed drugs tests after their match against Ireland? Chiliboy Ralepelle and Bjorn Basson

3. What food was famously cited in an RFU disciplinary report? A biscuit (Brendan Venter)

4. What Scot won three Man of the Match during the Six Nations? Dan Parks

5. Why was Sonny Bill Williams an injury risk before even arriving at Canterbury? He was taking part in a charity boxing bout

6. Following their 2010 clean sweep, how many Grand Slams have France won? Nine

7. Which wing became Wales’ youngest-ever player? Tom Prydie

8. What three England players made their home debut against New Zealand at Twickenham? Chris Ashton, Ben Youngs and Shontayne Hape

9. Two sets of siblings represented Australia in 2010 – who were they? Saia and Anthony Fainga’a, Matt and Kristy Giteau

10. Who was sin-binned for Ireland in New Plymouth in June? Ronan O’Gara


1. Andrew Sheridan recorded a duet with country star Taylor Swift for his album Where We Go From Here. FALSE

2. Stan Wright barbecued his dog. TRUE

3. Colm Tucker had his surname spelt with an ‘F’ in the France v Ireland match programme in 1980 – and it was announced the same way over the Tannoy. TRUE

4. Gareth Edwards was the only player to play in all 12 of Wales’ Grand Slam games in the 1970s. FALSE – JPR Williams also played in them all.

5. Ian Kirkpatrick was the first replacement to score a hat-trick. TRUE


Brian O’Driscoll

Dan Carter

Alun Wyn Jones

Tom Croft

Richard Haughton

FAB 50

To mark Rugby World’s 50th anniversary we test your memory of the past half-century

1. Bath’s Matt Stevens, Michael Lipman, Alex Crockett and Andrew Higgins were all banned for drugs-related offences in 2009 – what clubs’ books are they now on? Saracens, Melbourne Rebels, Worcester and Exeter

2. Against who did Jonah Lomu make his Test debut in 1994? France

3. In 1975 who became the first Englishman to be sent off in a Test? Mike Burton

4. What law was changed after Wales beat Scotland in 1963? You couldn’t kick straight out for a lineout except from your own 22

5. Which two clubs were relegated from the first Courage League in 1987-88? Sale and Coventry

6. Which three Scots were in the Lions starting XV for the first Test against South Africa in 1997? Tom Smith, Gregor Townsend and Alan Tait

7. What was the score at the end of normal time in the 2003 World Cup final? 14-14

8. Who was rugby’s first-ever replacement, coming on for the Lions against South Africa in 1968? Mike Gibson

9. Llanelli beat New Zealand at Stradey Park in 1972 – what was the score? 9-3


Pair up the player to the country he hopes to represent at the 2011 World Cup

James Arlidge                                    Japan

Michael Tagicakibau                        Fiji

Soane Tonga’uiha                        Tonga

Chris Wyles                                    USA

DTH van der Merwe                        Canada

Junior Poluleuligaga                        Samoa

Jacques Burger                        Namibia

Juan Figallo                                    Argentina

Fabrice Estebanez                        France

Kirill Koulemine                        Russia


1. 1995

2. 2006

3. 1982

4. 2001


What’s the missing word from these 2010 headlines?

1. Kelly and Danny get KICKED into touch, Mirror, June

2. Murray won’t budge on SUNDAY service, Daily Mail, October

3. The PENNY obviously didn’t drop for JPR, Daily Telegraph, March

4. A red. A yellow. A BLACK night, Irish Times, June

5. Will Gav WALTZ off to Wasps?  Mirror, September

6. The WIFE of Brian, Irish Examiner, July