Ireland’s Sevens game bearing fruit
The revival of Ireland’s Sevens programme has been an unexpected success story
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.
Here’s why Adam Beard has been selected over James Ryan and Jonny Gray for the injured Alun Wyn Jones
When rugby is so intertwined with who you are as a person, how do you ever call time on the game?
The All Blacks have plenty of options to pick from but few certain starters amongst their squad.
Some of England’s fresh faces may be coming men, but others have already arrived.
A series with a depleted France presents Dave Rennie’s Wallabies the chance to get back on track.
Japan can’t suddenly be expected to regularly compete with the superpowers of world rugby.
The Lions are purring but the spectre of Covid tracks them around South Africa
Two games in, Warren Gatland and his coaches are already showing varied gameplans to keep the Springboks guessing
A five-try haul against Tonga won’t have harmed Will Jordan’s chances of starting in major tests.
Roman Poite’s startling admission should have All Blacks fans – and the rest of the rugby world – up in arms.
After producing Barry John and Car Carwyn James, Cefneithin RFC have unearthed a new star: Tom Rogers.
Manon Johnes have combined their studies at Oxford with playing international rugby and the Varsity Match awaits
Analysis: 2020 was supposed to be an easy transition year for the All Blacks. That wasn’t the case.
Lions have to weigh up the risk and reward of starting Finn Russell in the Test series
It may be a left-field move, but Jordie Barrett has all the skills needed for a shift back to the midfield.
What will it take for a current male player to come out as gay?
Tadhg Furlong is integral to the success of the esteemed touring side, a player they dare not lose
The All Blacks have talked about getting aggressive, but it will be up to individuals to make a difference.
Two key injuries aside, it was a useful hit out for Warren Gatland’s tourists but stiffer tests await
A massive change in the All Blacks culture is helping to bring the best out of players.
The toughest tour in sport gives players the chance to be remembered as greats of the game
The Munster and Ireland scrum-half has precious little captaincy experience but he will have to learn fast on the biggest stage
A stint overseas, no matter how short, could spell an end to Damian McKenzie’s All Blacks hopes.
The Lions tour starts in Edinburgh today but their toughest opponent will surely be a pandemic that has brought the world to its knees
Despite interest from Australia, Will Skelton has signed a mammoth contract to remain in France.
Where might Saturday’s mouth-watering Premiership Final be won and lost?
A quartet of Newcastle Falcons will show off their wares to a wider audience and Toby Flood gives you the lowdown
The All Blacks are yet to find a midfielder that possesses the same subtleties to their game as Ma’a Nonu.
A callow French squad prepare to embark on their grinding voyage to Australia
The England World Cup winner believes great strides have been made in making tackles safer but there is more to do
Paradoxically, being dropped by the All Blacks could kick-start the career of 21-year-old Cullen Grace.
The Scotland backrow reflects on a career of glory, trauma and fulfilment as he hangs up his boots
The All Blacks have selected a set of forwards that can bring some much-needed aggression to the pack.
Jade Konkel gave up a pro contract to become a firefighter but it hasn’t dampened her World Cup dream.
Conflicting messages over high tackles and head knocks in both hemispheres remain game’s reliable constant.
An astonishing weekend of rugby featured comebacks, trophies and breathtaking drama
In the past Bristol were rudderless and lacking in confidence but with the right backing, brighter times lie ahead
Sale’s giant Springbok talks family, injury, and facing the Lions
As a madcap campaign draws to a close, The XV selects its team of the season from England’s top flight.
The All Blacks will look to rejuvenate their front-row in 2021. Which men are due a call-up?
Four years on from his departure from New Zealand, Jerome Kaino is enjoying his final days as a player.
Harlequins have enjoyed a renaissance to spirit them to the play-off semi-finals and Chris Robshaw thinks he knows why
Analysis: There may be similarities in how NZ’s Super Rugby teams play, but they each have their quirks.
After a limited year in 2020, the All Blacks finally have a full calendar ahead of them to rebuild.
The defensive system adopted by South Africa in Japan was impregnable, so how do the Lions unlock it?
Former Springbok boss Nick Mallett explains what sets Rassie Erasmus apart as a player and coach
Neil Barnes’ tenure with the Chiefs is coming to an end after five years with the franchise.
The Basque derby was settled in bonkers fashion as the Premiership campaign ended on a bumper weekend of rugby.
The 2009 Lions Second Test was one of the most brutal games ever seen
The extended 2021 season will finally allow for a proper head-to-head for the All Blacks No 10 jersey.
Ireland’s recent policy of recruiting foreign-born players has boosted the team but divided opinion.
Poppy Cleall manages to combine strength and skill to set the standard at No8
The British and Irish Lions of 2017 set the standards for the years to come. Will the same be the case in 2021?
Scotland centurion Sean Lamont talks Mustangs, brotherhood, naked calendars, and Craig Joubert.
The Blues are on track to host their first Super Rugby finals showdown since 2003.
Coaching flare-ups, desperate injuries and Premiership drama featured on a tumultuous weekend’s rugby.
After sparkling form and an England call-up, Harry Randall had to deal with injury lows but he’s back to spearhead a Bears title push
Five years after his last cap, and a month shy of 37, Morné Steyn could again play his part in a Lions series.
Promising Chiefs halfback Xavier Roe has finally earned himself a start after an exceptional provincial season.
An injury to Shannon Frizell has possibly made the loose forwards selection picture clearer for the All Blacks.
From tragedy and torment to trophies and tours, Andrew Porter’s journey to the Lions.
Jonny May was one of the fastest wings in the world but he wanted to get faster. Step forward Dan Pfaff, the revered US athletics coach
Victor Matfield says Alun Wyn Jones can still thrive as part of the old-boy network
Aaron Smith has taken his game to new heights in 2021 and is back in the conversation for world’s best.
The Exeter Chiefs are looking ominous as Tuilagi returns and Harlequins dazzle their way into the play-offs
The Reds’ 40-34 win over the Chiefs breathes new life into a competition that was quickly becoming stale.
World Cup Wallabies assistant Shaun Berne knows how cut-throat the coaching industry can be.