Raffi Quirke: Catch him if you can
Meet Raffi Quirke, Sale’s resident barber, budding restaurateur and future England scrum-half.
Meet Raffi Quirke, Sale’s resident barber, budding restaurateur and future England scrum-half.
All of a sudden, the Wallabies have a wealth of players to accommodate in their backline.
The former Bath No8 is a man on a mission following his move to France
Scott Barrett may be the least appreciated player in the All Blacks, but also one of the most important.
The return of fans in their thousands will stir the emotions of players in myriad ways
Analysis: The Springboks missed key points off the tee but the Wallabies also missed chances in their match.
The XV picks out the ones to watch from the Premiership’s new faces
The XV examines who might be challenging for top tackler, try scorer and turnover king in the Premiership
Accuracy – on attack, and from the tee – was the deciding factor in who emerged successful over the weekend.
As a player, Calum Clark was uncompromising and made mistakes but in his new role he aims to be a force for good
Beauden Barrett, despite what some may suggest, is not done with being the All Blacks’ first-choice pivot just yet.
The All Blacks have themselves a huge selection headache in the outside backs.
A shock new rugby format has divided fans on launch but what is the rationale behind the announcement?
Analysis: The All Blacks aren’t likely to again rely on an out-of-position centre at the next World Cup.
Sportable plan to revolutionise data analysis of the game – and the sky’s the limit
Will Genia believes the Wallabies could use an injection of experience into their backline.
After a tough three-match stint, the Wallabies finally have some respite from the All Blacks.
Montpellier owner Mohed Altrad has overcome a traumatic upbringing to become rugby’s biggest powerbroker
When Ian Foster is selecting his World Cup squad, he may look back on 2021 with begrudging fondness.
Sense has prevailed in the Southern Hemisphere – but will World Rugby follow suit?
There were some standout performances in the All Blacks’ win over the Wallabies in Bledisloe III.
Popular Bath, Gloucester and England wing leaves the game with no regrets
Sunday’s clash between the Wallabies and All Blacks will have far-reaching consequences.
The next month looms as a crucial time for TJ Perenara and Brad Weber to prove their starting pedigree.
Analysis: 21-year-old flyhalf Noah Lolesio is developing into a fine talent for the Wallabies.
Far from a dead rubber, the third Bledisloe test will be a key match for the All Blacks.
Mooted changes to the Giteau Law would address only one of Rugby Australia’s current struggles.
After a period of uncertainty, the All Blacks now face a challenge of the mind as much the body.
When the All Blacks and Springboks clash, the lineout could decide who emerges victorious.
Leicester’s full-back plans to get the Tigers back to the top – and keep his England starting spot
The All Blacks are now engaging in one of the biggest tours of the modern era.
New Zealand have had a firm grip on the Freedom Cup but South Africa plan to prise their fingers off the silverware
Criticising South Africa’s style is in vogue but winning won’t ever go out of fashion
Dave Rennie made an interesting claim following the Wallabies’ loss to the All Blacks in Bledisloe II.
When Geoff Parling left the UK for Japan in 2017, he had no idea he’d end up in Australia building a burgeoning reputation as a coach
Analysis: Arguably the greatest locking partnership in rugby history has finally been reunited.
World Rugby have introduced three key changes but will they actually improve the game?
The All Blacks are about to enter the unknown – but they have a trump card.
The upcoming season is pivotal if Andy Farrell’s team are to get over their World Cup quarter-final hex
Analysis: The major difference between the All Blacks and Wallabies isn’t skill – it’s commitment.
After some false starts, Akira and Rieko Ioane are now making all the right moves for the All Blacks.
Ex-England captain Phil de Glanville is relishing watching his son Tom forge his own path at Bath
Analysis: The current trio of All Blacks loosies complement one another’s games.
The dynasty built by Mourad Boudjellal has crumbled since he opted out and it is a shadow of its former self
The Lions head coach has been a huge figure in the fabled touring party’s history but it is time to look ahead for 2025
A big boot, pristine pass or silky sidestep – what does a fly-half need to succeed?
The XV gazes into a crystal ball to predict which players can book their plane tickets to Australia in four years’ time
The Series winners showed resolve to narrowly best the Lions but improvements will be needed for The Rugby Championship
High-risk and low-risk rugby will go head to head when the Springboks and All Blacks clash in 2021.
There’s plenty of areas the All Blacks will be targeting for improvement ahead of Bledisloe II.
The Lions lost the Test Series by the narrowest of margins leaving them proud of their efforts but left hollow from what could have been
Warren Gatland’s belief must not waver as they seek to rock the Springboks and win the first Series since 1997 on South African soil
Analysis: Rassie Erasmus’ public criticism has harmed the breakdown officiating in the Lions series.
Selection is increasingly down to statistics but it is also down to gut feeling and Warren Gatland will hope he’s got it right
As with any other professional athletes, rugby referees are increasingly coming under attack.
They’re world champions but don’t underestimate how much a series triumph would mean to South Africa
Warren Gatland has a plan with his bench, it’s now up to his picks to punch holes in the Boks’ blitz defence
Brett Cameron’s surprise call-up to the All Blacks in 2018 was just the start of his rugby odyssey.
Analysis: There are already signs that the All Blacks are changing the way they play the game in 2021.
Alun Wyn Jones will have to rally a bedraggled Lions squad for one final push after they were taught a lesson in Cape Town
Rassie Erasmus was wrong to be so public with his complaints, but he wasn’t wrong to be concerned.
Whenever there has been tension between the New Zealand and Australia unions, it hasn’t ended well.
Northampton’s starlet shows that youngsters shouldn’t give up hope, even after getting snubbed
Warren Gatland has never been afraid to take the tough calls in the pursuit of victory
Analysis: There’s one man who’s absence was keenly felt by the Springboks in their loss to the Lions.
With different build-ups faced by the competing nations, who are favourites for the Rugby Championship?
Lions lock’s turnovers proved he is ready to replace Springboks star as World Player of the Year
The revival of Ireland’s Sevens programme has been an unexpected success story
The Lions fly-half was instrumental in orchestrating the second-half comeback to defeat the Springboks
With the Lions away, some players have seized their opportunity to impress Eddie Jones
Team GB’s Harry Glover has got a golden eye on the Tokyo Sevens tournament
More often than not, it can take a little bit of time before players really embed themselves into test rugby.
Eyebrows were raised when the Lions unveiled their squad for the first Test but every eventuality has been covered
The 2021 Lions tour of South Africa has been a lame affair with limited opposition, so is it time to mix it up for Australia in 2025?
The Wallabies will have taken some massive lessons and belief out of their series-win over France.
Analysis: The All Blacks are building their attack around the in-form Richie Mo’unga.
World Rugby need to seriously rethink 20-minute red cards.
France lost a tight series Down Under but there were enough longer-term positives to please coach Fabien Galthié
Looting and Covid have South Africa teetering on the brink but the country has been faced with catastrophe before
TJ Perenara will follow a different path back into the All Blacks than Beauden Barrett and Brodie Retallick.
Few people outside Ireland had heard of Tadhg Beirne or Jack Conan in 2017, now both players are in contention to start the first Test
Warren Gatland has a wealth of riches in the second row and has a big decision to make for the first Test
We don’t yet have a full appreciation of what Ian Foster is trying to do as head coach of the All Blacks.
Analysis: All signs point to Canterbury marching on in the Farah Palmer Cup.
A Test match in all but name, the clash with South Africa A has shown the Lions precisely what awaits.
With Sam Cane set to spend plenty of time on the sidelines, Ardie Savea needs to make a statement.
Analysis: The All Blacks were absolutely demolished at the breakdown in their first test with Fiji.
The Rugby Championship can’t simply keep absorbing new teams when they reach tier-one status.
As Covid-19 ravages the Springboks camp, who can the South Africans turn to as the Lions series looms?
Analysis: The All Blacks relied on the full bag of tricks of their new second five in their win over Fiji.
Did rugby throw the baby out with the bathwater when they changed the international eligibility laws?
The Tier 1 nations walloped the emerging nations in a one-side weekend of rugby while the Lions limp on
Injuries have given Rieko Ioane a clear run at the All Blacks No 13 jersey.
At 33, Josh Turnbull had a Wales call-up after three years in the wilderness. It is just reward for hard graft
Huw Jones and Harlequins are a match made in rugby heaven.
Scott Robertson has signed on for two more years with the Crusaders. What will the near future hold?
Analysis: While breakdowns are getting faster, the scrum mostly remains stuck in rugby’s dark ages.
After spending three years’ in the shadows of Sam Cane and Ardie Savea, Dalton Papalii is set to break free.
The Luke Cowan-Dickie case illustrates rugby’s grave and nebulous concussion peril.