Licking Carl Fearns’ head and spray tans help Falcons become Eddie’s new favourite team

Newcastle have been transformed from the unloved Northern outpost of Premiership rugby to Eddie Jones’s new favourite team with four players in the England squad – matching reigning champions Harlequins and eclipsing Bristol and Sale. This has been achieved by Dean Richards’ s men despite flanker Mark Wilson, previously their only England representative, being out Read More …

Nemani Nadolo still hungry for test rugby despite quarantine rules

Nemani Nadolo, the powerhouse Leicester wing, believes the arrival of his son Ethan has “relit the fire” and is targeting another World Cup challenge with Fiji in France in 2023 despite the problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nadolo admits playing international rugby with the quarantine restrictions imposed by the pandemic has been tough to Read More …

Adam Radwan can become the new Billy Whizz says Easter

Former captain Nick Easter believes Adam Radwan can deliver the same electric pace and defence breaking footwork for England that made Jason Robinson such a phenomenal attacking force at test level. Easter played alongside World Cup winner Robinson, nicknamed Billy Whizz, and the Newcastle defence coach is eager to see Radwan build on the hat-trick Read More …

Forshaw ready for game of Snakes and Ladders with Harlequins

Mike Forshaw, the mastermind behind Sale’s formidable defence, compares trying to stop Harlequins from unleashing their attacking flair tonight with a game of Snakes and Ladders. The teams clash with Sale believing they can still claim a home semi-final play off, but to move a step closer to that target they will have to shut Read More …

Wasps youngster Jacob Umaga facing online abuse

Ian Costello, the Wasps defence coach, says it’s “completely unacceptable” that Jacob Umaga has been forced off social media by abuse aimed the outside half after recent performances. Umaga had a poor game in the defeat by Harlequins but remains a member of the England shadow squad for the Six Nations and will feature for Read More …

Logo Mulipola putting in the big shifts for Newcastle

Samoan prop Logovi’i Mulipola believes his decision to take a short term contract with Gloucester rather than enduring an eight month wait for rugby action has helped him power Newcastle Falcons into second place in the Gallagher Premiership. The Falcons have defied pre-season predictions that they would be favourites for relegation back to the Championship 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 …

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 …