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I’d suffer the pain again for England says Jack Nowell 

Fearless Jack Nowell has revealed how he battled through the pain barrier to help England clinch June’s 3-0 series win over Australia. Ultra-committed wing Nowell broke his right thumb during Exeter’s Premiership semi-final victory over Wasps, but turned out in the final against Saracens a week later before featuring in all three Tests against the […]

Exeter Chief Cowan-Dickie targets new season ahead

Luke Cowan-Dickie admitted it was nice to “dust off the cobwebs” as he helped Exeter Chiefs make it two wins from two in pre-season with Saturday’s 25-19 victory over Ulster Rugby at Sandy Park. The England international was getting his first taste of competitive action since June, when he came off the bench for Eddie […]

England a good fit for Picamoles

France number eight Louis Picamoles thinks playing in the Premiership is only going to benefit his game after he moved to Northampton. The post England a good fit for Picamoles appeared first on

Kyle Sinckler sets new goal to be world’s best tighthead

Kyle Sinckler is determined to leave his promising youngster tag behind and break into Eddie Jones’ England team en route to becoming the best No.3 in world rugby. Since representing England at age group level, the 23-year-old bruiser has been marked for stardom. He toured New Zealand with England in the summer of 2014, but […]

Wallabies team for opening Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand

Michael Cheika has selected an experienced Wallabies team to face the All Blacks in the opening Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship match in Sydney on Saturday.Cheika welcomes back 315 Tests of experience, with stars from overseas selected.  Adam Ashley-Cooper, Matt Giteau, Will Genia and Kane Douglas have returned to the Wallabies fold after sitting out the June series against England.    Ben McCalman joins Michael Hooper and David Pocock in a new-look backrow, while old combinations will be reunited in the backline with Will Genia and Bernard Foley forming the halves alongside Giteau and Tevita Kuridrani in the centres.   Brumbies prop Allan Ala’alatoa is in line to make his debut and become the 896th player to represent the Wallabies, after being named on the bench alongside veterans Tatafu Polota-Nau and James Slipper.  Qantas Wallabies squad to play New Zealand   1

Mark Ella

Major teams: Randwick, NSW, Milan Country: Australia Test span: 1980-84 Test caps: 25 (25 starts) Test points: 78 (6T, 3C, 8P, 8DG)1984: Mark Ella of Australia in action during the match between England and Australia at Twickenham in London. Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell/ALLSPORTDavid Campese calls him the best he’s ever seen and the only negative to Mark Ella’s career is its brevity …Continue reading »

Dan Carter

Major teams: Canterbury, Crusaders, Perpignan, Racing Métro Country: New Zealand Test span: 2003-15 Test caps: 112 (106 starts) Test points: 1,598 (29T, 293C, 281P, 8DG)LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 31: Dan Carter of New Zealand poses with the Webb Ellis Cup after victory in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)Pound for pound, Dan Carter is thought by many to be the finest outside-half ever to have graced the game. …Continue reading »

Jonny Wilkinson

Major teams: Newcastle, Toulon Country: England Test span: 1998-2011 England caps: 91 (79 starts) Lions caps: 6 (6 starts) Test points: 1,246 (7T, 169C, 255P, 36DG)If Jonah Lomu shocked the world with his physical power, Jonny Wilkinson had no less an impact with his sheer …Continue reading »

Jonah Lomu

Major teams: Counties Manukau, Wellington, Aukland Country: New Zealand Test span: 1994-2002 Test caps: 63 (54 starts) Test points: 185 (37T)18 Jun 1995: Jonah Lomu of New Zealand evades the diving tackle of Rob Andrew of England during the Rugby World Cup Semi Final at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. New Zealand won the match 45-29. Mandatory Credit: Simon Bruty /AllsportThe late Jonah Lomu was a bona fide global superstar.

Jason Robinson

Major teams: Wigan RL, Bath, Sale Country: England Test span: 2001-07 England caps: 51 (47 starts) Lions caps: 5 (5 starts) Test points: 150 (30T)When Clive Woodward helped bring league star Jason Robinson to union at the turn of the century, he was signing …Continue reading »

Bryan Habana

Major teams: Golden Lions, Blue Bulls, Bulls, Stormers, Toulon Country: South Africa Test span: 2004 – 15 Test caps: 117 (115 starts) Test points: 320 (64T) – Information accurate as of 20/07/2016 -LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 07: (Re-transmission of #491690038 with alternative crop) Bryan Habana of South Africa goes over for their third try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and USA at Olympic Stadium on October 7, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)Bryan Gary Habana was named after two footballers – Bryan Robson and Gary Bailey of Man Utd fame – but …Continue reading »

Rory Underwood

Major teams: Leicester, Bedford Country: England Test span: 1984-96 England caps: 85 (85 starts) Lions caps: 6 (6 starts) Test points: 215 (50T)Almost 20 years after his 85th and final Test for England, Rory Underwood is still the nations record try-scorer. That …Continue reading »

Gavin Hastings

Major Teams: Watsonians, London Scottish, Cambridge University Country: Scotland Test span: 1986-95 Scotland caps: 61 (61 starts) Lions caps: 6 (6 starts) Test points: 733 (18T, 87C, 160P)1991: GAVIN HASTINGS OF SCOTLAND RUNS WITH THE BALL DURING THE ENGLAND V SCOTLAND FIVE NATIONS MATCH PLAYED AT TWICKENHAM. ENGLAND WON THE MATCH 21-12.Gavin Hastings was Scotland’s granite-hard talisman for a decade, not only as the last line of defence but as a …Continue reading »

Emily Scarratt

Major teams: Lichfield Position: Centre Country: England Test span: 2008-The only current international player on our list, Emily Scarratt makes the grade as one of the most influential Test …Continue reading »

Gill Burns

Major team: Waterloo Position: No 8 Country: England Test span: 1988-2002After England won the World Cup in Paris in 2014, there was a lovely snapshot a few hours later when …Continue reading »

Maggie Alphonsi

Major teams: Saracens Position: Openside flanker Country: England Test span: 2003-14Maggie Alphonsi made as big an impact in raising the profile of women’s rugby as she did when tackling opponents …Continue reading »

Jeremy Guscott

Major teams: Bath Country: England Test span: 1989-99 England caps: 65 (62 starts) Lions caps: 8 (8 starts) Test points: 150 (31T, 3DG)The grander the stage, the greater the response – that’s what Lions legend Ian McGeechan calls the hallmark of a …Continue reading »

Peter Wheeler

Major teams: Leicester 


Country: England
 Test span: 1975-84
 England caps: 48 (48 starts) 

Lions caps: 7 (7 starts) 
Test points: 0Adopting the role of chief executive at Leicester Tigers in January 1996 and moving to a director position 14 years …Continue reading »

Martin Johnson

Major teams: Leicester, King Country Country: England Test span: 1993-2003 England caps: 84 (82 starts) Lions caps: 8 (8 starts) Test points: 10 (2T)With his furrowed brow, imposing 6ft 7in, 18st 9lb frame and a stare that could curdle cream from a hundred …Continue reading »

Frik du Preez

Major teams: Northern Transvaal Country: South Africa Test span: 1961-71 Test caps: 38 (38 starts) Test points: 11 (1T 1C 2P)When Frik du Preez and the All Black Colin Meads locked the scrum for a President’s Overseas XV against England …Continue reading »

Launchbury to captain Wasps

Aviva Premiership Rugby club Wasps have announced that Joe Launchbury will captain the club in the 2016/17 rugby season. The England lock, who is closing in on a century of appearances for Wasps, has been an integral part of the core group of young English players coming through at the club over the past few […] The post Launchbury to captain Wasps appeared first on Rugby Week | Rugby News, Rugby Video & Fixtures.

Women’s rugby’s momentous month

In a first for the women’s game anywhere in the world, these contracted England players will join another 16 players who will be given short term contacts to prepare for the Women’s Rugby World Cup next summer alongside 16 more sevens players who will have part-time contracts.Read more about Women’s rugby’s momentous month

Jason Leonard

Major teams: Saracens, Harlequins Country: England Test span: 1990-2004 England caps: 114 (102 starts) Lions caps: 5 (2 starts) Test points: 5 (1T)Jason Leonard came over as the cheeky chippie who hadn’t a care in the world, but beneath the cheerful surface …Continue reading »

Burger “Super Excited” about move to England and Saracens

Schalk Burger says he is relishing a new ‘challenge’ at Saracens after the highly decorated South African international joined the club’s preseason training earlier this week. The World Cup winning flanker has moved to north London to join the reigning Aviva Premiership Rugby and European Rugby Champions Cup Champions after a 14-year career in Cape […] The post Burger “Super Excited” about move to England and Saracens appeared first on Rugby Week | Rugby News, Rugby Video & Fixtures.

Lawrence Dallaglio

Club: Wasps Country: England
 Test span: 1995-2007 England caps: 85 (70 starts) Lions caps: 3 (3 starts) Test points: 85 (17T)It seems strange to say this after his garlanded career, but Lawrence Dallaglio’s finest hour was probably the 2004 tour …Continue reading »

Peter Winterbottom

Major teams: Headingley, Harlequins, Hawke’s Bay, Transvaal Country: England Test span: 1982-93 England caps: 58 (58 starts) Lions caps: 7 (7 starts) Test points: 13 (3T)In one of Stuart Lancaster’s first games as England coach, he invited Peter Winterbottom to present the players with their …Continue reading »

Dan Leo’s crusade to improve deal for Pacific Islanders

Dan Leo, founder of Pacific Rugby Players Welfare, reckons the contingent of England players with Island origins will rocket over the next decade. England’s latest 45-man squad saw Nathan Hughes included alongside Ben Te’o, Billy and Mako Vunipola, Semesa Rokoduguni and Manu Tuilagi after the Wasps No.8 eschewed a chance to represent Fiji in favour […]