Saracens battling against fates and injury problems

Saracens bid to match Toulon by winning the European Champions Cup three times in a row is hanging by a thread with the holders knowing a bonus point win over Northampton in their final pool match at home tomorrow may not be enough to save them from an embarrassing early exit. While failing to get Read More …

Fitzpatrick sees Lions tour schedule as a positive not a nightmare

ALL BLACKS great Sean Fitzpatrick believes the most daunting fixture schedule to ever face the Lions will ensure they are battle-hardened for the three-Test series against the reigning world champions in New Zealand. The Lions start the 10-match tour with the easiest game — against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians on Saturday — and, as Read More …

Dallaglio says Saracens have given the Lions a template to beat All Blacks

Lawrence Dallaglio believes Owen Farrell and Billy Vunipola are the two most improved players in World rugby and their key roles in Saracens European Champions Cup 28-17 win over Clermont Auvergne has given the British and Irish Lions a template of how to tackle the All Blacks this summer.   Farrell, named the European Player 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 …

Brits defends Saracens selection policy as Champions Cup final looms

Suggest to Saracens captain Schalk Brits it is a major gamble to rest key players when you are trying to defeat Premiership leaders Wasps on their own pitch and ensure a home play-off semi-final and be prepared for an abrupt answer.” We don’t care what other people say about our selection.” The problem for Saracens Read More …

Chris Ashton insists Saracens are underdogs against Munster

Chris Ashton provided the try scoring power to send Saracens into a titanic European Champions Cup semi-final with Munster and then insisted the double winners will be underdogs in Dublin on April 22/23. Given the way Sarries defeated Glasgow Warriors in yesterday’s quarter-final 38-13, that appears to be wishful thinking on Ashton’s behalf, but he Read More …

Fitzpatrick warns England they could suffer same fate as All Blacks

Eddie Jones has been warned he could suffer the same fate as the World champion All Blacks as he attempts to lead England to a record 19 successive wins against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday. The All Blacks were left on 18 wins after Ireland pulled off a shock 40-29 victory in Chicago in November Read More …

Eddie Jones assembles his mighty team of finishers for Scotland

Eddie Jones, the England head coach, has decided to unleash the most powerful replacements bench international rugby has ever seen against Scotland, with Billy and Mako Vunipola tasked with tearing into tiring opponents to ensure a world record equalling 18th successive victory at Twickenham on Saturday. Billy has played just 72mins of rugby after nearly Read More …

Mako Vunipola prepares for a massive physical battle with the Springboks

Mako Vunipola will face an intensely physical test of his improved scrum power against struggling South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday and believes New Zealand’s loss to Ireland proves that nothing can be taken for granted in international rugby. With the All Blacks world record 18 successive wins ending in Chicago, England run out against Read More …