World Rugby takes back control from mega-rich clubs

World Rugby’s new proposal for a Nations Championship - pencilled in for 2022 - is a necessary development to grow the international game by providing context to otherwise meaningless cross-hemisphere friendlies. In addition, it will take back some of the power away from mega-rich clubs in England and France who

ESPN releases new streaming app

U.S. based global cable company ESPN has announced a new streaming service called ESPN Plus that will cost $4.99 per month and will launch this spring. ESPN, owned by The Walt Disney Company and Hearst Communications, says the offering will be built into ESPN’s main mobile app which will go

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

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