Project players and Bundee Aki

Rob Herring, CJ Stander, Bundee Aki, Nathan Hughes, WP Nel and Cornell du Preez. These are all players with no familial connection to the country they will represent this weekend. Taking out the smallest six nation country, Italy, these players represent the total amount of "project players" representing the five largest

Peter Lydon: Kicking it

Peter Lydon is an out-half or fullback playing for Ealing Trailfinders in the English Championship. His left foot is feared up and down the league for its length and accuracy. He does not need much prompting to show you a 65 metre kick he nailed in a warm up in

5 players to watch in the Anglo Welsh Cup

The Anglo-Welsh Cup kicks off this weekend and it is a competition that has managed to reinvent itself in the last couple of years. Few could tell you who won it last year, without the help of Google, but that misses what is good about the competition: the opportunity to see

Sports Gazette’s Champions Cup Predictions

With the Champions Cup starting this weekend, Sports Gazette’s two rugby correspondents Danny Ruddock and Matt Horsman give their predictions for the season ahead. Pool Winners Pool 1 Danny - La Rochelle Going to go with La Rochelle here. They play a fantastic brand of rugby and have picked up where they left

Champions Cup Preview

The European Champions Cup kicks off this weekend. Daniel Ruddock looks at what we should expect from 2017/18 edition. Whatever it is about European rugby, it is relatively closed shop. The last seven competitions have only produced three separate winners. Leinster twice, Toulon three times and Saracens have dominated the tournament

Eddie’s Exiled XV – The Missing Men From Jones’ Most Recent England Squad

After Eddie Jones’ controversial squad announcement for his training camp in Oxford later this month to prepare for the autumn internationals, Matt Horsman takes a look at those players overlooked, and the depth in English rugby.   Eddie’s Exiled XV 1. Alex Waller, 27, uncapped I am a huge fan of Waller.

Ireland Present Bid to Host Rugby World Cup 2023

Today, representatives from the Ireland Rugby World Cup 2023 bid will make their presentation to World Rugby in London. The main theme running through the Irish Rugby World Cup bid is certainty. Everything is in place and everything is guaranteed. Leo Varadker, the Irish Prime Minister, is attending the Irish bid