Two time French champion, Robert Espanol, slams the state of modern ‘gladiator rugby’

In Cazéres, a small town of 5,000 people in the south-west of France, two-time French title winner Robert Espanol tunes into his country’s Six Nations clash with England, and laments the state of modern rugby on display. The 89-year-old, who won back to back championships with Castres Olympiques in 1949 and 1950, believes that the game

James Chisholm hails impact of Paul Gustard as Harlequins aim for silverware

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Harlequins ended an inconsistent 2017 in style. A London Derby victory over Saracens at a rocking Twickenham Stoop, followed by a 50-21 hammering of Northampton Saints in Big Game Ten, many Quins fans were looking up for 2018. Little did they know that only one more win would follow in the

What to expect from sport in 2019

As the dust settles on 2018, it would be easy to sit back and reflect on another amazing year of sport. With the FIFA World Cup, the Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup and all of the annual events too, there was certainly plenty to celebrate. Even if it didn’t quite

Why Exeter Chiefs Can Stop the Saracens Machine And Lift The Premiership Trophy

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Since rugby union’s Premiership began in 1987, there has often been one team that has dominated over a period of time. In the 1990s, Bath were the powerhouse before a period of dominance from Wasps and Leicester Tigers during the 2000s where the two clubs were champions for 11 out of

Kings Cross Steelers pledge support to honorary president Gareth Thomas amid Rainbow Laces weekend

Former Wales rugby union captain Gareth Thomas was the victim of a hate crime for his sexuality in his home city of Cardiff last week. The 44-year-old released a video message on his personal social media feed stating that he had suffered abuse from a number of men the previous night,

Behind the scenes of the 2003 Rugby World Cup: Former England media manager Richard Prescott on the triumph 15 years later

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Saturday 22nd November 2003 is a date that will be forever etched into the memory of England rugby supporters. On a wet evening in Sydney, 15 million people were glued to their TVs as Sir Clive Woodward’s side pulled off a thrilling World Cup triumph against Australia. A man who was lucky

Red Sparks Prop Masahiro Hibino discusses the Japanese Rugby World Cup, improving the Japanese rugby culture and recovery from the 2011 earthquake

When the Rugby World Cup makes its way to Japan in late 2019, it will be the first time it has been organised in an Asian country. The previous hosts — Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and France — are all well-established rugby nations. They compete against one