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 …

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 …

The day the England rugby fun bus made a first stop in Argentina

When Jason Leonard emerged from the underground changing room into the intimidating atmosphere of the Velez Sarsfield stadium in Buenos Aires in 1990 he had no idea it signalled the launch of a record breaking England career that would see him rise to the Presidency of the Rugby Football Union. On the 30th anniversary of Read More …

Brad Barritt backs Farrell to handle England captaincy pressure

Brad Barritt  believes the support of key members of the double winning Saracens leadership team will ensure Owen Farrell handles the pressure of the England captaincy as he attempts to guide the team to glory at the World Cup in Japan. Farrell’s form has been patchy in the warm-up tests for the tournament with one Read More …

Tom Jones gives his verdict on England’s players as they defeat Italy 37-0.

15 Antony Watson; Worked hard in an attempt to get involved in a dire first half performance from England. Watson was eventually rewarded with a try, hitting a clever line on the 74 minute mark. 6.5 14 Ruaridh McConnochie; Defensively sound. Didn’t get enough ball in space to really test the Italian defence. Solid debut. Read More …

Mako delivers some good news for England’s Rugby World Cup preparations

Mako Vunipola will join England’s World Cup training camp having discarded his crutches and will tell head coach Eddie Jones he is confident of appearing in at least two of the warm up internationals before the squad heads to Japan. Vunipola revealed to RugbyPass the severity of the injury he suffered helping Saracens beat Leinster Read More …

King predicts Saracens machine will nullify French World Cup threats

Alex King, the Montpellier backs coach, believes an England team based around the Saracens “machine” will nullify World Cup pool arch-rivals France despite the attacking firepower on show in Saturday’s Top 14 final between Toulouse and Clermont Auvergne in Paris. Both teams carry potent attacking options for French coach Jacques Brunel who has yet to Read More …

Martin Johnson verdict on Dylan Hartley’s place in England World Cup squad

World Cup winning captain Martin Johnson is backing Dylan Hartley to be included in Eddie Jones’s England squad for this year’s tournament in Japan despite the Northampton hooker having been side-lined since December by a knee injury. Johnson knows what it’s like to triumph at the World Cup and also the problems associated with a Read More …