Catrikilis has operation to help him return to Harlequins line up at Christmas

Demetri Catrikilis has suffered another set back in his bid to replace Nick Evans as the Harlequins play-maker and will not be available until Christmas after undergoing surgery today(tues)on the throat injury he suffered against Gloucester on September 9. The injury, sustained making a tackle on Gloucester centre Andy Symons, left the 28-year-old former Montpellier Read More …

Owen Farrell taps into Jonny Wilkinson experience in bid to become World Cup winner

EXCLUSIVE JONNY WILKINSON was obsessed about being the best kicker rugby had seen, making him the perfect mentor for Owen Farrell. The ability to block out the presence of 80,000 fans in a stadium when all eyes are on you is a rare gift and allows the World Cup winner and the man who hopes Read More …

Roberts uses his medical knowledge to back rugby for young kids

GIVEN that Jamie Roberts has almost a decade of Test experience and is a qualified doctor, it is no surprise that parents ask him about the dangers of their children playing rugby. The rise in the number of serious injuries among Premiership players this season has increased the debate around whether tackling should be banned Read More …

Jones leaves four Lions players out of training squad for Autumn tests

Eddie Jones has axed Lions Jonathan Joseph and Kyle Sinckler from the England squad and challenged the players to earn a recall for the Autumn tests with Argentina, Australia and Samoa. Sinckler made the Lions test squad while Joseph did not deliver his best form on the tour of New Zealand and lack lustre performances Read More …

London Irish coaches meet with Pep Guardiola to learn his coaching secrets

exclusive Nick Kennedy and the London Irish coaches will get an exclusive insight into what makes Pep Guardiola one of the world’s top managers after being invited watch Manchester City train. Kennedy, the Irish director of rugby, plus coaches Declan Danaher, Paul Hodgson and George Skivington will then sit down with the former Barcelona and Read More …

John Mitchell says Saracens game in US is a waste of time

exclusive John Mitchell, who guided the US Eagles into the same 2019 World Cup pool as England, has a forensic knowledge of rugby in America and believes taking Saracens’ Premiership clash with Newcastle to Philadelphia on Saturday is a “waste of time” as a way of boosting interest in the sport. Mitchell quit as Eagles Read More …

Rhodes looking forward to pain free return for Saracens as he targets England place

Michael Rhodes has been playing with a broken collar bone for four years which makes his outstanding form for Saracen even more remarkable. Rhodes, with a piece of his hip now attached to the bone thanks to surgery in the summer, will continue his bid to become part of England’s international future by starting for Read More …

Liam Williams in awe of Owen Farrell influence at new club Saracens

EXCLUSIVE;LIAM WILLIAMS admits he is “in awe” of new Saracens team-mate Owen Farrell after working alongside the England fly-half on the Lions’ summer tour to New Zealand. Williams, whose brilliant attacking play created one of the greatest tries ever seen on a rugby pitch in the First Test defeat by the All Blacks in Auckland, Read More …

Hunter confident England women have more left in the tank

Captain Sarah Hunter insists defending champions England still have enough energy “ in the tank” to defeat World No1 New Zealand in Saturday’s Women’s Rugby World Cup final in Belfast despite having to battle through a strength sapping semi-final with France, emerging 20-3 winners last night. The Red Roses have now reached the last five Read More …

Itoje returns to scene of career launch chasing Lions glory

Maro Itoje’s remarkable rugby story started at Eden Park in Auckland in 2104 where he captained England U20’s to a Junior World Cup triumph and now, just three years later, the Saracens forward returns to that formidable sporting arena to help the British and Irish Lions make history by defeating the All Blacks in a Read More …