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 …

Baber signs new deal to mastermind Fiji Olympic Games gold medal defence

Coach Gareth Baber will mastermind Fiji’s defence of their Olympic Games sevens gold medal in Tokyo next year after agreeing a new contract with the Fiji Rugby Union. Baber’s four year deal was scheduled to end in December but with the Olympic Games being delayed for 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fiji rugby Read More …

Dr James Robson – one of the greatest Lions of them all

Dr James Robson is a veteran of more than 200 international matches and his skill and experience underpinned every British and Irish Lions tour from 1993 to 2013, putting him at the heart of some of the greatest highs and debilitating lows in the history of the most famous touring team in the world. Robson Read More …

Hastings wants sevens not hybrid version to kick start rugby

Former Scotland and Lions captain Gavin Hastings believes controversial World Rugby plans to scrap scrums, line outs and mauls to allow the game to return during the COVID-19 pandemic will turn the sport into touch rugby and that sevens should be the obvious route back. Hastings, whose son Adam is the current Scotland and Glasgow Read More …

Moffett fears major rugby unions are “bleeding to death”

David Moffett, the former CEO of the New Zealand and Wales rugby unions, helped shape professional rugby and is calling on the major Northern Hemisphere nations to start sharing test match income to help the game avoid a world-wide financial melt-down. As a key rugby administrator, Moffet was one of the chief architects of SANZAR Read More …