Jonathan Davies fears rugby union is stagnating

Wales great Jonathan Davies fears rugby union is danger of ”stagnating” as defences dominate the sport and lead to endless kicking battles that are turning fans away from the sport. Davies has been dismayed to hear former players opting for golf and walking the dog rather than sitting through another international rugby match dominated by Read More …

Rowntree issues Georgia warning to England

Graham Rowntree, who was Georgia’s forwards coach at last year’s World Cup, has warned England to ignore the recent loss to Scotland and be prepared to face a torrid battle against “huge men” at Twickenham on Saturday. Georgia were beaten 48-7 by Scotland last month and now face an Autumn Nations Cup group containing England, Read More …

Beaumont ready to boost Sale title bid

Former captain Josh Beaumont is ready to help power Sale Sharks bid for the Gallagher Premiership title after more than nine months battling back from knee reconstruction. Steve Diamond, the Sale director of rugby, today revealed Beaumont, who was injured against Wasps last November, is ready to re-join the first team squad for the home Read More …

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 …