Billy Vunipola gets timely advice from Renaldo Bothma after arm surgery

Billy Vunipola has undergone surgery to repair the arm he broke for a second time in England’s losing test series with South Africa and now faces another long period of rehabilitation. It is understood Vunipola had a plate inserted in the arm last week after breaking it in the same place in the second test Read More …

No happy return to Saracens for favourite son Brits says Wray

Owner Nigel Wray today made it clear Schalk Brits will not be returning to Saracens for another season despite the hooker’s expected inclusion the South African match squad against England in Cape Town on Saturday, a month after ending his 10 year career at the Premiership champions. The 37-year-old, 10-times capped Springbok hooker, enjoyed a Read More …

Goode still not good enough for Eddie Jones and England

Alex Goode looks certain to miss out on England’s summer three test tour of South Africa despite proving he remains one of the most dangerous attacking forces in the Aviva Premiership. Head coach Eddie Jones has still not contacted Goode, who was in scintillating form again for Saracens as they destroyed Gloucester 62-12 to earn Read More …

Billy Vunipola back after broken arm to boost England and Saracens

Billy Vunipola is back in the Saracens match squad after nearly four months out with a broken arm for the clash with London Irish on Sunday. With Wasps No8 Nathan Hughes already ruled out of the three test England tour to South Africa in June, the return of Vunipola is great news for England and Read More …

Feehan quits and opens the way for new thinking for Six Nations and Lions

John Feehan’s 16 year reign as one of the most powerful men in world rugby ended today when he quit as CEO of he Six Nations and British and Irish Lions. Feehan was involved in four British and Irish Lions tours and introduced bonus points to the Six Nations and leaves at a critical time Read More …

World Rugby to rule on Shields making England tour

World Rugby will be asked to sort out a potentially damaging row between England and New Zealand over Eddie Jones’s request to include Hurricanes forward Brad Shields in the England squad for the three test tour of South Africa in June. RugyPass has been told that with New Zealand insisting they have the right to Read More …

Nigel Wray insists Saracens are not for sale and is seeking new investors

Nigel Wray today insisted Saracens are not for sale, but confirmed he is looking to attract new investors willing to pump £30m into the Premiership club following Johan Rupert’s decision to quit English rugby. Rupert jointly owned Sarries through his South African based Remgro company and paid £10m to help Wray fund the £20m East Read More …

RFU urge World Rugby to lower the legal height of the tackle

England want to lower the legal height of the tackle to try and halt the worrying rise in concussion in the sport. The Rugby Football Union and the Premiership clubs are to work with World Rugby in a bid to reduce the current legal height of the tackle. World Rugby initiated a crackdown on tackles Read More …

Catrakilis battles back from life threatening throat injury nightmare

Demetri Catrakilis only played for 13 minutes in Harlequins defeat by Newcastle last Saturday, but it was an incredible achievement for a player whose last appearance at the Twickenham Stoop saw him fighting for his life. Catrakilis was taken from the pitch on a stretcher, with an oxygen mask on his face as he fought Read More …

Gavin Hastings wants Russell to follow Farrell’s lead

Gavin Hastings wants Finn Russell to take inspiration from Owen Farrell to eradicate the “woefully bad” performances that will make him a major target for England in Saturday’s Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield. Russell is a mercurial talent but poor showings in the defeat by Wales and 32-26 win over France have raised serious questions Read More …