“Pocket Rocket” Faf de Klerk key to Sale bid for European title

Rohan Janse van Rensburg is predicting “pocket rocket” Faf de Klerk will deliver another remarkable one man show to take Sale Sharks into their first Heineken Cup semi-final with a unique tactic that offers the Springboks a way to unsettle the British and Irish Lions this summer. World Cup winner de Klerk was a constant Read More …

Andre the Giant has Semi Radradra in his sights

Harlequins Andre Esterhuizen faces the toughest midfield test in world rugby as he attempts to nullify Bristol’s Semi Radradra tomorrow and catch the eye of the Springbok selectors preparing for the summer series with the British and Irish Lions in South Africa. Radradra is returning from injury and rejoins a potent Bristol match squad that Read More …

Kruis hoping Japan decision doesn’t harm Lions chances

George Kruis may have ruled himself out of England contention by moving to Japan but he is aiming to convince Warren Gatland to include him in the British and Irish Lions selection debate for the series with South Africa this summer. Kruis, who was in try scoring form for Panasonic Wild Knights last weekend, spoke 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 …

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 …

Itoje sets sights on another double for Saracens

Maro Itoje has set his sights on another Heineken Cup and Premiership double after helping Saracens outmuscle Leinster to become European Champions at St James’ Park. Itoje was yellow carded and saw Leinster move into a 10-0 lead but insisted his 10 minutes off the pitch was “ all part of the master plan” which Read More …

Lions are not a target for Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has ruled himself out of taking charge of the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa in 2021. Schmidt and Warren Gatland, the Wales coach, have made it clear they will both be taking a break from rugby after the World Cup in Japan and have not lined up 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 …

Wallabies want to bring Eddie Jones home as head coach in 2019

Australia are planning to hi-jack Eddie Jones after the 2019 World Cup in Japan despite the England head coach signing a new contract to keep him the job until 2021. Jones took Australia to the World Cup final in 2003 where they lost to Jonny Wilkinson’s extra time drop goal and he ended a four Read More …