Strettle expects champions Saracens to be tough to beat again

Dave Strettle knows his Clermont Auvergne team still face one of the biggest challenges in World rugby when they tackle injury hit Saracens, the double European Champions Cup winners in Sunday’s clash at Allianz Park. Sarries are missing a host of injured players, including Maro Itoje, Billy Vunipola, Liam Williams, Schalk Brits, Michael Rhodes and Read More …

Italy need England to be well below par to pull off Six Nations shock – O’Shea

Conor O’Shea accepts his Italy team will need England to suffer a serious drop in performance to give the Azzuri any chance of pulling off a shock win against the reigning champions when the Six Nations kicks off in Rome on February 4. The Italians ended a series of nine losses by winning their opening Read More …

Lozowski makes England case but now has to force his way into Saracens team

Alex Lozowski moved closer to a place in England’s 2019 World Cup squad with a try scoring contribution to the 48-14 victory over Samoa, but now finds himself battling to get into the Saracens team for the crucial Premiership clash with Harlequins on Sunday. Sarries are now trailing leaders Exeter by five points having lost Read More …

Jones wants his England players to grab the headlines against the Wallabies

Eddie Jones needs his England players to grab the headlines rather than his ranting and raving at Twickenham tomorrow by defeating an Australian team equipped to expose any weaknesses in the second best team in the World. Jones has been a pains to portray the Wallabies as the form team of international rugby and even Read More …

Launchbury knows the dangers posed by ex-Wasps team mate Beale at Twickenham

Joe Launchbury knows all about the attacking threat Kurtley Beale poses England at Twickenham on Saturday after Wasps helped the Australian full back recover from knee reconstruction last season. When Beale arrived at Wasps in May last year on a two year deal he faced months of rehabilitation and the skill of the club’s medical Read More …

Marcelo Bosch fears for Pumas if they do not recall European based players

Marcelo Bosch helped Argentina reach the 2015 World Cup semi-finals but fears the Pumas will not make a similar impact in Japan unless they reverse their decision to ignore European based players. Argentina are up against England, France, USA and Tonga at the 2019 World Cup and need all the talent they can assemble and Read More …

Franks to get an idea of what it feels like to face Haka

London Irish prop Ben Franks has used the Haka to inspire him to two World Cup winners’ medals, but now finds himself facing the famous challenge for the first time in Barbarians colours against New Zealand at Twickenham tomorrow. Franks, whose brother Owen has missed the current European tour through injury, is taking a short Read More …

Tom Jones gives his player ratings on the Saracens v London Irish Premiership match

Tom Jones gives his player ratings for Saracens versus London Irish in their Premiership clash at Allianz Park. Saracens; 15. Alex Goode – Outstanding in attack and defence throughout the match and set up a handful of incredible tries. A deserved Man of the Match performance. How on earth is he not good enough for Read More …

Tom Jones gives his player rating for Wasps v Harlequins

Tom Jones gives his players ratings for Wasps versus Harlequins in their European Champions Cup pool match at the Ricoh Arena. Wasps; 15; Willie Le Roux – The notoriously elusive fullback was relatively quiet and did not shine with very little ball and game presence throughout the match. 5 14; Christian Wade – Wasps’ speedster Read More …

Catrikilis has operation to help him return to Harlequins line up at Christmas

Demetri Catrikilis has suffered another set back in his bid to replace Nick Evans as the Harlequins play-maker and will not be available until Christmas after undergoing surgery today(tues)on the throat injury he suffered against Gloucester on September 9. The injury, sustained making a tackle on Gloucester centre Andy Symons, left the 28-year-old former Montpellier Read More …