Rugby Union

If England play like they did against Ireland, they’ll be formidable at the Rugby World Cup

9 February 2019 9:00 am

At the same time as England’s rugby union players delivered a magnificent hearts-of-oak performance to humble a very good Irish…

Modern rugby is lethal, and it's only a matter of time before a player dies on the pitch

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Rugby’s autumn internationals are almost upon us and dark thoughts hover over lovers of the sport. One day soon a…

Three cheers for rugby’s Italian loophole

4 March 2017 9:00 am

A friend was at Twickenham on Sunday sitting not far from the Italian coaching top brass, Conor O’Shea and Mike…

Shoo-in skippers are often a disaster. Joe Root could be another

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Those who occupy them sometimes say that the only two jobs that matter in England are Chief of the Defence…

The play the World Anti-Doping Agency really needs to see

26 November 2016 9:00 am

The World Anti-Doping Agency has just called on Russia to confront its wrongdoing and generally shape up. Well, good luck…

Are the new All Blacks the greatest rugby side ever?

17 September 2016 9:00 am

British Lions fans of anervous disposition should avoid the telly of a Saturday morning. Live before your very eyes, as…

God, Daniel Sturridge and other key England players

25 June 2016 9:00 am

‘I am grateful to the gaffer for the opportunity and to God for letting me score,’ said Daniel Sturridge after…

Is football now bigger than rugby in Wales?

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Big game hunt Wales beat Russia 3–0 to finish above England in their group at the European Football Championships. Which…

There are three sides to success at Oxford United

23 January 2016 9:00 am

In the middle of Oxford is a socking great cinema: once the Ritz, it’s now an Odeon multiplex. Back in…

Seb Coe is a fine man... who deserves to feel uncomfortable

14 November 2015 9:00 am

So Smiley was right all along: the bloody Russians were the baddest of the bad. The Pound report on the…

I miss the days when French rugby was great. Thierry Dusautoir must, too

7 March 2015 9:00 am

It used to be such a treat of a winter weekend, sitting down to watch France against Wales in Paris…

What’s right with Saracens — and José Mourinho’s Chelsea

3 May 2014 9:00 am

It’s hard to love Saracens rugby club — their centre is called Bosch, a word that also describes their bulldozing…

Wales, England, and the prospects for a Five Nations classic

9 March 2013 9:00 am

‘Look what these bastards have done to Wales,’ Phil Bennett famously said in the dressing-room before a Five Nations match…