Rob Baxter says 13 Premiership clubs is too many and calls for end to rule “tinkering”

Exeter boss Rob Baxter believes a 13 team Premiership is hindering the game in England and is calling for an end to constant rule amendments in the sport insisting: “I cannot think of many changes in the last five years that have improved the game.” The current financial woes of Worcester and Wasps have raised Read More …

Diamond facing toughest 10 days of his long career as Worcester future in doubt

Steve Diamond, the most experienced director of rugby in the Premiership, is facing the toughest 10 days of his career and has asked his Worcester Warriors players to continue training despite the looming threat of closure as the club enters administration. If the Worcester players and staff are not paid their wages at the end Read More …

Samoa ready to call up ex-All Blacks to make England World Cup task tougher

England’s bid for Rugby World Cup glory in France next year is about to become tougher with Samoa aiming to add former All Blacks Lima Sopoaga and Steve Luatua to their Pacific Nations Cup winning squad, although including 103 cap Ma’a Nonu looks unlikely. Head coach Seilala Mapusua has revealed his plans to RugbyPass as Read More …

English clubs still to sign up for Club World Cup tournament

European rugby chiefs are driving plans to create a Club World Cup to be played every four years involving eight teams from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres but English officials insist that nothing has been signed or agreed. The Club World Cup is understood to be driven by Mark McCaffery, formerly in charge of Premiership Read More …

Nick Evans wants Harlequins to be “most admired club in Europe”

Nick Evans believes Harlequins have to deliver back-to-back Premiership titles to achieve their goal of becoming the “most admired club in Europe.” Standing in the way of the reigning champions on Saturday at the StoneX stadium are arch-rivals Saracens in the play-off semi-final and Evans, one of the sport’s outstanding attack coaches, insists his players Read More …

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 …