Lawes admits he may have to “take a step” to ensure he is onside for England

Courtney Lawes has admitted that “maybe I need to take a step” after being controversially penalised for offside which ruled out Sam Underhill’s solo try that would have given England victory over New Zealand. Instead, television match official Marius Jonker ruled Lawes had come up too quickly on New Zealand scrum half TJ Perenara to Read More …

Nigel Wray paid £180,000 for the most famous All Black jersey

The All Blacks are to pay homage to their country’s most famous rugby jersey which Saracens owner Nigel Wray paid £180,000 to buy and is on display at Twickenham’s World Rugby Museum in the build-up to Saturday’s test with England. Wray has temporarily loaned the jersey Dave Gallagher, captain of the legendary 1905 “Originals” wore Read More …

Hansen reveals close bond with opposite number Jones

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has revealed his close relationship with England opposite number Eddie Jones and says the pair speak “probably every second week”. England will face New Zealand for the first time in four years at Twickenham on Saturday, with Hansen dismissing suggestions Jones is under severe pressure in his head coach role. Read More …

O’Shea prepared for the “usual tripe” in build up to Italy test with Georgia

Conor O’Shea is braced for the “usual tripe” in the build up to Italy’s clash with Georgia in Florence next month which is certain to revive the debate over introducing relegation in the Six Nations championship. Georgia have replaced Romania as the obvious contenders to push for a place in the Six Nations and Italy’s Read More …

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 …

Samoa name new coach to ensure World Rugby funding

The Samoa Rugby Union have appointed former Auckland Blues Assistant Coach Steve Jackson to replace Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua as head coach just a year away from the Rugby World Cup in Japan. S.R.U. Chief Executive Officer, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i, has confirmed to Radio New Zealand that Jackson has been chosen from a 40 strong list Read More …

Hansen shuffles his pack while others struggle to find quality players

Steve Hansen’s gut instinct tells him this is the right time to give Richie Mo’unga the chance to prove he really is an international alternative to Beauden Barrett as New Zealand move menacingly towards next year’s World Cup in Japan. That is why Mo’unga makes his debut for the All Blacks against Argentina on Saturday 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 …

Give Richie Mo’unga real Rugby Championship actions urges Evans

Former All Black No10 Nick Evans wants the Richie Mo’unga to be given the chance to prove he could lead New Zealand to World Cup glory in Japan by being thrown into meaningful Rugby Championship matches ahead of Beauden Barrett. Evans knows all about the pressures created by competition for the play-maker role in the Read More …