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 …

Rowntree issues Georgia warning to England

Graham Rowntree, who was Georgia’s forwards coach at last year’s World Cup, has warned England to ignore the recent loss to Scotland and be prepared to face a torrid battle against “huge men” at Twickenham on Saturday. Georgia were beaten 48-7 by Scotland last month and now face an Autumn Nations Cup group containing England, Read More …

Lions upbeat over fans being allowed to watch South Africa series

Organisers of next year’s British and Irish Lions three test tour of South Africa believe the improving Covid-19 situation in the country will allow supporters to watch the series. Ben Calveley, the Lions managing director, painted a upbeat picture for the tour which is crucial to the financial future of both the most famous touring Read More …

Ryan relishing unleashing his young Dragons on the Bristol Bears

Dean Ryan is facing one of the most difficult challenges of his coaching career sending out a Dragons team that has never played together to face some of the World’s top players in their European Challenge Cup quarter final with Bristol at Ashton Gate. Facing down Fijian superstar Semi Radradra, New Zealand full back Charlie Read More …

Beaumont ready to boost Sale title bid

Former captain Josh Beaumont is ready to help power Sale Sharks bid for the Gallagher Premiership title after more than nine months battling back from knee reconstruction. Steve Diamond, the Sale director of rugby, today revealed Beaumont, who was injured against Wasps last November, is ready to re-join the first team squad for the home Read More …

Take a knee row not worrying Diamond

Steve Diamond insists controversy generated by his South African players not taking a knee before the match with Harlequins is a “storm in a teacup” and will not distract the team as they prepare to face Gallagher Premiership leaders Exeter Chiefs at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday. South African Minister of Sports, Arts, and Read More …

Sale Sharks tap into Manchester City expertise in dealing with mid-week backlog

Sale Sharks have been tapping into Manchester City’s experience of dealing with rapid turnarounds between matches as they prepare for a return to Gallagher Premiership action that involves playing three rounds of mid-week fixtures. The heavy workload is needed to complete the remaining nine rounds of matches as the clubs clear the backlog of fixtures Read More …

Anger and shock at Yorkshire rugby academy being axed

Former England lock Tom Palmer has branded the Rugby Football Union’s decision to allow the Yorkshire Rugby Academy to close as “ shocking” ending a system that gave Stuart Lancaster his first coaching opportunity and delivered Danny Care, Luther Burrell and Rob Webber onto the test scene. Palmer won 42 England caps in a career Read More …