Rising coaching star Nick Evans is a fan of LQB rather than KBA

Former Ireland outside half Ronan O’Gara is getting his La Rochelle team to embrace the concept of Keep Ball Alive (KBA) as they bid for European glory but All Black Nick Evans prefers LQB as he steers Harlequins towards a Gallagher Premiership title challenge. Former All Black Evans admires O’Gara’s KBA edict but sees the Read More …

“Pocket Rocket” Faf de Klerk key to Sale bid for European title

Rohan Janse van Rensburg is predicting “pocket rocket” Faf de Klerk will deliver another remarkable one man show to take Sale Sharks into their first Heineken Cup semi-final with a unique tactic that offers the Springboks a way to unsettle the British and Irish Lions this summer. World Cup winner de Klerk was a constant Read More …

Andre the Giant has Semi Radradra in his sights

Harlequins Andre Esterhuizen faces the toughest midfield test in world rugby as he attempts to nullify Bristol’s Semi Radradra tomorrow and catch the eye of the Springbok selectors preparing for the summer series with the British and Irish Lions in South Africa. Radradra is returning from injury and rejoins a potent Bristol match squad that Read More …

Kruis hoping Japan decision doesn’t harm Lions chances

George Kruis may have ruled himself out of England contention by moving to Japan but he is aiming to convince Warren Gatland to include him in the British and Irish Lions selection debate for the series with South Africa this summer. Kruis, who was in try scoring form for Panasonic Wild Knights last weekend, spoke Read More …

Perry Baker suffers broken leg to put Olympic dream in doubt

Perry Baker, twice voted World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year, faces a race against time to help the USA bid for gold at the Tokyo Olympic Games in July after breaking his leg playing in the first international tournament to be staged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Baker suffered the leg break in Madrid at Read More …

Mike Friday’s “Dawgs” ready for sevens action in Madrid

USA Head Coach Mike Friday and his players are having to follow stringent testing and quarantine measures in Spain to take part in the first international sevens tournament to be staged during the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic as they attempt to stay on track for Olympic Games gold in Japan in July. Friday and his squad, Read More …

Wasps youngster Jacob Umaga facing online abuse

Ian Costello, the Wasps defence coach, says it’s “completely unacceptable” that Jacob Umaga has been forced off social media by abuse aimed the outside half after recent performances. Umaga had a poor game in the defeat by Harlequins but remains a member of the England shadow squad for the Six Nations and will feature for Read More …

Logo Mulipola putting in the big shifts for Newcastle

Samoan prop Logovi’i Mulipola believes his decision to take a short term contract with Gloucester rather than enduring an eight month wait for rugby action has helped him power Newcastle Falcons into second place in the Gallagher Premiership. The Falcons have defied pre-season predictions that they would be favourites for relegation back to the Championship Read More …

Lozowski concussion recovery shaped by Thompson story

England centre Alex Lozowski’s return from the first serious concussion of his career has been shaped by the testimony of Steve Thompson, who revealed his haunting story of how rugby related head injuries have impacted on is post-playing life, triggering early onset dementia. Lozowski, 27, is currently on a one year loan deal with Montpellier Read More …

Jonathan Davies fears rugby union is stagnating

Wales great Jonathan Davies fears rugby union is danger of ”stagnating” as defences dominate the sport and lead to endless kicking battles that are turning fans away from the sport. Davies has been dismayed to hear former players opting for golf and walking the dog rather than sitting through another international rugby match dominated by Read More …