Tom Jones gives his verdict on the back row battle between Newcastle and Exeter

Newcastle versus Exeter; Battle of the Back Rows 6. Don Armand © Vs Gary Graham 7. Matt Kvesic Vs Will Welch © 8. Sam Simmonds Vs Mark Wilson Armand Armand led the defensive effort for Exeter, working tirelessly at the breakdown and ‘trucked it on’ in attack. 7/10 Graham The blind side flanker was clearly Read More …

With Danny Cipriani you get what you expect – on and off the pitch

Danny Cipriani is consistent on and off the pitch. With ball in hand the outside half has always been able to unlock defences with handling and vision that few of his rugby generation can match. Off the pitch, he is a walking accident waiting to happen. He even opted out of Britain to escape his Read More …

Twickenham roof advertising sold to British Airways by RFU to boost coffers

English chiefs have boosted their coffers by selling space on the iconic Twickenham stadium roof to British Airways to provide the airline with a unique advertising board for all flights heading into Heathrow. The multi-million pound deal comes as the Rugby Football Union attempts to sort out its finances following a reported £30m overspend on Read More …

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 …

Sir Clive Woodward enters the RPA Hall of Fame

Sir Clive Woodward, who led England to World Cup glory in 2003, will be inducted into the Rugby Players’ Association Hall of Fame on May 9 in London. The 62-year-old former Leicester, England and Lions centre, will join two of his World Cup winning team Jonny Wilkinson and Martin Johnson in the Hall of Fame 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 …