Do not compare Cokanasiga to Jonah Lomu says former team mate Brooke

Zinzan Brooke believes Joe Cokanasiga has the talent to become a force for England at the World Cup but does not deserve to be compared to Jonah Lomu, his former All Blacks team mate. Brooke was at Twickenham to see Cokanasiga help England defeat Italy and although the Bath wing failed to get on the Read More …

Maro Itoje sent back to Saracens as injury rules him out of Scotland match

England head coach Eddie Jones has finally accepted that Maro Itoje needs to be allowed to fully recover from the knee injury that has ruled him out of all but one of England’s Six Nations matches with the Saracens lock sent back to his club in the build up to Saturday’s clash with Scotland at Read More …

Betsen wants France to give young rugby talent a chance to shine

Former captain Serge Betsen admits he has already ripped up his wish-list for France in this season’s Six Nations following losses to Wales and England and is urging coach Jacques Brunel to put his faith in the young players who refused to capitulate during the Twickenham debacle. France’s thumping 44-8 loss to England followed their Read More …

France suffer death by a thousand kicks at Twickenham

For 51 minutes England inflicted what must have felt like death by a thousands kicks for France. Every time England put boot to ball it exposed the French defence and brought yet more points in what was a clinical application of a simple but highly effective game plan. The French turned up at Twickenham with Read More …

Lions are not a target for Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has ruled himself out of taking charge of the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa in 2021. Schmidt and Warren Gatland, the Wales coach, have made it clear they will both be taking a break from rugby after the World Cup in Japan and have not lined up 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 …

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 …