Baber knows all about expectation as he guides Fiji towards another Olympic gold

Gareth Baber knows all about the weight of national expectation as he attempts to mastermind Fiji’s defence of their HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title and a repeat of the historic gold medal winning Olympic triumph at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. Fiji’s 2016 Olympic Games gold was turned into a book by former head Read More …

Brad Barritt backs Farrell to handle England captaincy pressure

Brad Barritt  believes the support of key members of the double winning Saracens leadership team will ensure Owen Farrell handles the pressure of the England captaincy as he attempts to guide the team to glory at the World Cup in Japan. Farrell’s form has been patchy in the warm-up tests for the tournament with one Read More …

Tom Jones gives his verdict on England’s players as they defeat Italy 37-0.

15 Antony Watson; Worked hard in an attempt to get involved in a dire first half performance from England. Watson was eventually rewarded with a try, hitting a clever line on the 74 minute mark. 6.5 14 Ruaridh McConnochie; Defensively sound. Didn’t get enough ball in space to really test the Italian defence. Solid debut. Read More …

Burger backs Brits to be No8 success for Boks

Jacques Burger believes it would be a tactical masterstroke for South Africa to deploy veteran hooker Schalk Brits at No8 during the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has hinted that the 38-year-old former Saracens hooker could play in the back row during the Cup to give the first choice players in Read More …

Manu is an absolute monster says Itoje

Maro Itoje has warned the rest of the World Cup nations heading for Japan that Manu Tuilagi is an “absolute monster” after overcoming numerous injury problems to help England destroy Ireland in record breaking style 57-12 at Twickenham today. Try scorer Tuilagi put in a man of the match performance in the No13 jersey normally Read More …

Curry proving too hot to handle

Tom Curry’s  all consuming desire to become England’s first choice No6 at the Rugby World Cup allowed him to shrug off a high shot from Ireland’s Rob Kearney at Twickenham which provoked widespread social media anger.   While the match officials insist the angle they saw of the Kearney arm allowed them to rule it Read More …