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 …

Take a knee row not worrying Diamond

Steve Diamond insists controversy generated by his South African players not taking a knee before the match with Harlequins is a “storm in a teacup” and will not distract the team as they prepare to face Gallagher Premiership leaders Exeter Chiefs at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday. South African Minister of Sports, Arts, and 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 …

Award winner Goode hits back at Saracens critics

Alex Goode, the European Player of the Year, believes the constant criticism and claims of salary cap breaches has helped turn Saracens into triple Heineken Cup champions. Saracens defeated Leinster 20-10 in Newcastle, a win that confirmed their status as the best club team in Europe and Goode’s personal award only increased questions about why 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 …

Nigel Wray launches defence of Saracens amid salary cap claims

Saracens owner Nigel Wray as written an open letter to the club’s supporters dismissing claims the Premiership champions have broken the agreed £7m salary cap. Wray has faced widespread allegations over his business links with some of the club’s top players including Maro Itoje, Owen Farrell and Billy and Mako Vunipola. There have been calls Read More …

Tongan quartet powering Ampthill towards the big time

Four Tongan internationals headed by ex-Northampton prop Soane Tonga’uhia are powering a small Bedfordshire club towards the second division of English rugby – one step away from the Gallagher Premiership. Ampthill RFC are one point clear in National Division One and if they can maintain their form, promotion to the English championship will see the Read More …