Ronan O’Gara facing injury problems ahead of Heineken Cup final

La Rochelle boss Ronan O’Gara has admitted captain Victor Vito is in a “massive race against time” to face Leinster in Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup final in Marseille and is looking at using a hurling glove to allow another All Black Tawera Kerr-Barlow to play despite two broken bones in a hand. Vito, who would Read More …

Chris Ashton wants to pass on his remarkable try scoring ability to new stars

Chris Ashton, the former England wing, wants to pass on the skills that have made him the greatest try scorer in Premiership rugby history when he finally calls time on his playing career. Ashton has signed a one year deal with Leicester Tigers having impressed on a short term contract with the Premiership leaders and Read More …

Bar tender duties prepare AJ McGinty for Paris party

AJ McGinty, the Sale Sharks outside half, is going to use his experience as a New York bar tender to help deal with the unique atmosphere created at the indoor La Defense arena in Paris against the superstars of Racing 92 in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final. Sale have employed lasers and smoke machines allied Read More …

Dean Richards backs minimum criteria over Ealing promotion row

Dean Richards, who guided Harlequins and Newcastle to promotion back into the Gallagher Premiership, believes Championship winners Ealing Trailfinders must satisfy the entry criteria to be allowed into the top flight to ensure English rugby never suffers another London Welsh debacle. The Welsh were unprepared on and off the pitch for the demands of the Read More …

The making of Harry Randall after Welsh region said his pass was too slow

Harry Randall earned a Six Nations debut for England against Italy thanks to a speed camera from America, a stool, a hula hoop and a cricket net at Llandovery College which helped give the scrum half the confidence to bounce back from a verdict that he was too small and his pass was too slow. Read More …

Fiji players asked to join professional league in China by “sneaky” agent

Fiji Rugby Union chiefs have warned that “sneaky” agents are looking for players to launch a professional league in China and are targeting the country’s players with some already preparing to fly to Beijing. FRU Chief Executive John O’Connor has raised serious concerns about agents or agencies trying to recruit players without registration with FRU Read More …

Chris Harris is best ” in the world” says George Skivington

Eddie Jones has been warned his makeshift midfield will have to break through the best defensive centre in World rugby when they take on Scotland in opening Guinness Six Nations clash at Murrayfield on Saturday. That is the accolade George Skivington, the Gloucester director of rugby, is giving his outside centre Chris Harris who will Read More …