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 …

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 …