Strettle expects champions Saracens to be tough to beat again

Dave Strettle knows his Clermont Auvergne team still face one of the biggest challenges in World rugby when they tackle injury hit Saracens, the double European Champions Cup winners in Sunday’s clash at Allianz Park. Sarries are missing a host of injured players, including Maro Itoje, Billy Vunipola, Liam Williams, Schalk Brits, Michael Rhodes and Read More …

Tom Jones gives his player ratings on the Saracens v London Irish Premiership match

Tom Jones gives his player ratings for Saracens versus London Irish in their Premiership clash at Allianz Park. Saracens; 15. Alex Goode – Outstanding in attack and defence throughout the match and set up a handful of incredible tries. A deserved Man of the Match performance. How on earth is he not good enough for Read More …

Catrikilis has operation to help him return to Harlequins line up at Christmas

Demetri Catrikilis has suffered another set back in his bid to replace Nick Evans as the Harlequins play-maker and will not be available until Christmas after undergoing surgery today(tues)on the throat injury he suffered against Gloucester on September 9. The injury, sustained making a tackle on Gloucester centre Andy Symons, left the 28-year-old former Montpellier Read More …

Owen Farrell taps into Jonny Wilkinson experience in bid to become World Cup winner

EXCLUSIVE JONNY WILKINSON was obsessed about being the best kicker rugby had seen, making him the perfect mentor for Owen Farrell. The ability to block out the presence of 80,000 fans in a stadium when all eyes are on you is a rare gift and allows the World Cup winner and the man who hopes Read More …

Jones leaves four Lions players out of training squad for Autumn tests

Eddie Jones has axed Lions Jonathan Joseph and Kyle Sinckler from the England squad and challenged the players to earn a recall for the Autumn tests with Argentina, Australia and Samoa. Sinckler made the Lions test squad while Joseph did not deliver his best form on the tour of New Zealand and lack lustre performances Read More …

London Irish coaches meet with Pep Guardiola to learn his coaching secrets

exclusive Nick Kennedy and the London Irish coaches will get an exclusive insight into what makes Pep Guardiola one of the world’s top managers after being invited watch Manchester City train. Kennedy, the Irish director of rugby, plus coaches Declan Danaher, Paul Hodgson and George Skivington will then sit down with the former Barcelona and Read More …

John Mitchell says Saracens game in US is a waste of time

exclusive John Mitchell, who guided the US Eagles into the same 2019 World Cup pool as England, has a forensic knowledge of rugby in America and believes taking Saracens’ Premiership clash with Newcastle to Philadelphia on Saturday is a “waste of time” as a way of boosting interest in the sport. Mitchell quit as Eagles Read More …

Rhodes looking forward to pain free return for Saracens as he targets England place

Michael Rhodes has been playing with a broken collar bone for four years which makes his outstanding form for Saracen even more remarkable. Rhodes, with a piece of his hip now attached to the bone thanks to surgery in the summer, will continue his bid to become part of England’s international future by starting for Read More …

Liam Williams in awe of Owen Farrell influence at new club Saracens

EXCLUSIVE;LIAM WILLIAMS admits he is “in awe” of new Saracens team-mate Owen Farrell after working alongside the England fly-half on the Lions’ summer tour to New Zealand. Williams, whose brilliant attacking play created one of the greatest tries ever seen on a rugby pitch in the First Test defeat by the All Blacks in Auckland, Read More …

Saracens target a second double by defeating Clermont in Champions Cup final

Saracens are Europe’s rugby powerhouse and can confirm this status by retaining the European Champions Cup at Murrayfield tomorrow against a Clermont Auvergne team that consistently fails to win the big finals. Like Clermont, Sarries know all about the pain of falling at the final hurdle, but while the French Top14 outfit continue to be Read More …