Saracens battling against fates and injury problems

Saracens bid to match Toulon by winning the European Champions Cup three times in a row is hanging by a thread with the holders knowing a bonus point win over Northampton in their final pool match at home tomorrow may not be enough to save them from an embarrassing early exit. While failing to get Read More …

Francis Saili set to be given medical all clear to play for Harlequins again

All Black centre Francis Saili is hoping to be given the medical all clear next week to kick start a Harlequins career that has seen him spend just 37 minutes on the pitch for the Premiership club this season following his move from Munster in the summer. Saili, the club’s major new signing, is a Read More …

Tom Jones gives his player verdicts on Saracens against Worcester in the Premiership

Tom Jones gives his player rating for Saracens versus Worcester Worriors in their Premiership clash at Allianz Park. Saracens; 15; Alex Goode; as prominent as ever, kicked well but did not get enough ball and space to show off what we know he can do and make a real impact on the game. 7 14; Read More …

Six games that will define Saracens season start at Clermont

Saracens start a season defining six game run with one of the toughest assignments in World rugby when the mis-firing European Champions Cup holders face Top 14 champions Clermont Auvergne in France on Sunday. Mark McCall, the Sarries director of rugby, believes the remaining three Cup pool games (Clermont, Northampton and Ospreys) and Premiership fixtures Read More …

Strettle expects champions Saracens to be tough to beat again

Dave Strettle knows his Clermont Auvergne team still face one of the biggest challenges in World rugby when they tackle injury hit Saracens, the double European Champions Cup winners in Sunday’s clash at Allianz Park. Sarries are missing a host of injured players, including Maro Itoje, Billy Vunipola, Liam Williams, Schalk Brits, Michael Rhodes and Read More …

Italy need England to be well below par to pull off Six Nations shock – O’Shea

Conor O’Shea accepts his Italy team will need England to suffer a serious drop in performance to give the Azzuri any chance of pulling off a shock win against the reigning champions when the Six Nations kicks off in Rome on February 4. The Italians ended a series of nine losses by winning their opening Read More …

Lozowski makes England case but now has to force his way into Saracens team

Alex Lozowski moved closer to a place in England’s 2019 World Cup squad with a try scoring contribution to the 48-14 victory over Samoa, but now finds himself battling to get into the Saracens team for the crucial Premiership clash with Harlequins on Sunday. Sarries are now trailing leaders Exeter by five points having lost Read More …

Jones wants his England players to grab the headlines against the Wallabies

Eddie Jones needs his England players to grab the headlines rather than his ranting and raving at Twickenham tomorrow by defeating an Australian team equipped to expose any weaknesses in the second best team in the World. Jones has been a pains to portray the Wallabies as the form team of international rugby and even Read More …

Launchbury knows the dangers posed by ex-Wasps team mate Beale at Twickenham

Joe Launchbury knows all about the attacking threat Kurtley Beale poses England at Twickenham on Saturday after Wasps helped the Australian full back recover from knee reconstruction last season. When Beale arrived at Wasps in May last year on a two year deal he faced months of rehabilitation and the skill of the club’s medical Read More …