Wales storm Stade de France with formidable comeback in Six Nations opener

France’s lead was only one, the momentum just regained. Gael Fickou takes the ball deep inside the Welsh half. Second-row Sebastien Vahaamahina throws a loopy, floaty miss-pass. George North sees it and sprints. He only halts to gather the ball, then continues. Up the field, past half-way, into the 22, over the try-line. Into the…

Sale dominate Saracens to take vital Premiership win

If Sale’s victory over Gloucester last-week was overshadowed by Steve Diamond’s needless spat with a journalist, this victory over the champions speaks for itself. Chris Ashton spoke before the game of Sale’s top-six ambitions, and if they can reproduce performances like this there is little doubt that the Sharks will be playing in Europe’s elite…

Wasps left to rue missed opportunities as Harlequins win Big Game 11

There was never any doubt that Harlequins would be up for this. The ‘Big Game’ has become their showpiece event – even last season, in their worst campaign since relegation in 2005, the South-West Londoners found the quality to batter Northampton Saints 50-21. There was also little doubt that Harlequins would win this game against…

Wales 20-11 South Africa – Player Ratings

Wales ended their Autumn International series with a victory over South Africa to secure their fourth win from four, thus making it their most successful return in history. Here’s how the players rated… Wales 15. Liam Williams – 8/10 Took his try well, looks at his best at fullback. Has given Gatland a selection dilemma…

England beat Australia after strong second-half to end year on a high

England beat Australia 37-18 to end a tumultuous 2018 with a sweet victory over an Australia side in turmoil. Tries from wingers Jonny May and Joe Cokanasiga, as well as a flying solo effort from Elliot Daly were enough to ensure that England will head into a World Cup year with a successful Autumn International…

Ireland 16-9 New Zealand – Player Ratings

Ireland were brilliant in defence to beat the World Champions for only the second time, but how did the players rate? Ireland 15. Rob Kearney – 8/10 Perhaps lucky to avoid further punishment for a tackle in the air on Reiko Ioane, but generally very solid under the high ball, removing Barrett’s kicking threat. It takes…

What did we learn from England’s tight victory over Japan?

With only a year until the World Cup and a mounting injury list halting Eddie Jones’ bid to build consistency in his selection, England used their Autumn International clash against Japan to test the second-string. It looked as if it would backfire, but the introduction of numerous star players helped England overturn the 10-15 half-time…

England have late try ruled-out as New Zealand edge Twickenham clash

New Zealand triumphed 16-15 over a pugnacious England side in a rainy clash in South-West London. England raced into a 15-0 lead through tries from Chris Ashton and Dylan Hartley, but the All Blacks hit back with Damian McKenzie’s try before half-time, and 11 points from the boot of Beauden Barrett ensured that they can…