King predicts Saracens machine will nullify French World Cup threats

Alex King, the Montpellier backs coach, believes an England team based around the Saracens “machine” will nullify World Cup pool arch-rivals France despite the attacking firepower on show in Saturday’s Top 14 final between Toulouse and Clermont Auvergne in Paris. Both teams carry potent attacking options for French coach Jacques Brunel who has yet to Read More …

Martin Johnson verdict on Dylan Hartley’s place in England World Cup squad

World Cup winning captain Martin Johnson is backing Dylan Hartley to be included in Eddie Jones’s England squad for this year’s tournament in Japan despite the Northampton hooker having been side-lined since December by a knee injury. Johnson knows what it’s like to triumph at the World Cup and also the problems associated with a Read More …

Mike Brown should be part of England’s World Cup armoury says All Black Evans

All Black Nick Evans believes Mike Brown has turned himself into an attacking force Eddie Jones must include in England’s World Cup squad in Japan despite the Harlequins full back having missed out on Six Nations action. Brown is stuck on 72 caps having been dropped for England’s November tests with Elliot Daly at No15 Read More …

Baber recovers in time to lead Fiji in their bid for Sevens title in London and Paris

Gareth Baber is en-route to link up with his Fiji Sevens squad in London having overcome the latest set-back in a season that has tested the head coach and his players to the limit as they head into the penultimate leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens at Twickenham this weekend. Baber was forced into Read More …

Award winner Goode hits back at Saracens critics

Alex Goode, the European Player of the Year, believes the constant criticism and claims of salary cap breaches has helped turn Saracens into triple Heineken Cup champions. Saracens defeated Leinster 20-10 in Newcastle, a win that confirmed their status as the best club team in Europe and Goode’s personal award only increased questions about why Read More …

Itoje sets sights on another double for Saracens

Maro Itoje has set his sights on another Heineken Cup and Premiership double after helping Saracens outmuscle Leinster to become European Champions at St James’ Park. Itoje was yellow carded and saw Leinster move into a 10-0 lead but insisted his 10 minutes off the pitch was “ all part of the master plan” which Read More …

Do not compare Cokanasiga to Jonah Lomu says former team mate Brooke

Zinzan Brooke believes Joe Cokanasiga has the talent to become a force for England at the World Cup but does not deserve to be compared to Jonah Lomu, his former All Blacks team mate. Brooke was at Twickenham to see Cokanasiga help England defeat Italy and although the Bath wing failed to get on the Read More …

Maro Itoje sent back to Saracens as injury rules him out of Scotland match

England head coach Eddie Jones has finally accepted that Maro Itoje needs to be allowed to fully recover from the knee injury that has ruled him out of all but one of England’s Six Nations matches with the Saracens lock sent back to his club in the build up to Saturday’s clash with Scotland at Read More …

Nigel Wray launches defence of Saracens amid salary cap claims

Saracens owner Nigel Wray as written an open letter to the club’s supporters dismissing claims the Premiership champions have broken the agreed £7m salary cap. Wray has faced widespread allegations over his business links with some of the club’s top players including Maro Itoje, Owen Farrell and Billy and Mako Vunipola. There have been calls Read More …

Betsen wants France to give young rugby talent a chance to shine

Former captain Serge Betsen admits he has already ripped up his wish-list for France in this season’s Six Nations following losses to Wales and England and is urging coach Jacques Brunel to put his faith in the young players who refused to capitulate during the Twickenham debacle. France’s thumping 44-8 loss to England followed their Read More …