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Pivac looking to keep a lid on Wales' great expectations

Wayne Pivac has selected an injury-hit 38-man squad to face New Zealand, South Africa, Fiji and Australia but planning for the 202…

Owain Jones

The time has come for Eddie Jones to make a pivotal call

Eddie Jones has to make a choice between the old heads and the young blood.

Nick Bishop

Features

ANALYSIS
Will Owen

Picking a 10 for Wales to take on the All Blacks

Shorn of Dan Biggar and Callum Sheedy, Wales will face New Zealand with some old and new faces vying for the No 10 shirt in Cardif…

OPINION
Gavin Mortimer

Antoine Dupont: Can Les Bleus' GOAT inspire 2023 glory?

Antoine Dupont is already the greatest player in French rugby history. Can he keep his focus as the spotlight intensifies?

ANALYSIS
Alex Bywater

It's time to sink or swim

Covid-19 has left rugby in a mess. How can the sport pull itself from a financial mire?

INTERVIEW
Jamie Lyall

Adam Hastings talks initiations, AirBnB and Gloucester's Shed

Adam Hastings is glad he left Glasgow Warriors for the relentless 'pressure' of the Premiership - even if it meant losing his hair…

INTERVIEW
Graham Simmons

The life of a head coach: Bossing it

The job of a head coach is all-consuming, so Dai Young, Lee Blackett, Danny Wilson and Dan McFarland lift the lid on what their jo…

Star Columns

Ben Kay

How rugby is addressing the tackle height

The England World Cup winner believes great strides have been made in making tackles safer but there is more to do

Tony Johnson

A conflict 100 years in the making

Can any sporting rivalry match what 100 years of All Blacks v Springboks battles have produced?

David Flatman

C'mon feel the noise

The return of fans in their thousands will stir the emotions of players in myriad ways

Analysis

Will Owen

The evolution of counter-attacking

Is the counterattack as we knew it dead, or does elite rugby still have a place for hot-stepping David Duckham-esque bursts?

Will Owen

The keys to power at No10

A big boot, pristine pass or silky sidestep - what does a fly-half need to succeed?

Ben Smith

When you need him the most, Ardie Savea will be there

Even in losing sides, Ardie Savea always remains one of the best players on the park.

Interviews

Jamie Lyall

Hot Rodd: Sale's dancing prop

Sale and England squad member Bevan Rodd talks scrum anguish, eclectic upbringings and naked dancing.

Ross Harries

Johnny Williams' Scarlet quest

Johnny Williams has overcome cancer, injury and contractual strife to force his way into Wayne Pivac’s Wales squad.

Christy Doran

Steve Hansen's push for positive rugby

Steve Hansen explains why he's thrown his support in behind World 12s.

Editor's Choice

Sean Robinson: Newcastle's line-out physicist

Sean Robinson never thought he would use his physics degree, love for problem-solving and mathematical aptitude to decipher Gallag…

Jamie Lyall

Heavy is the head that wears the crown

The All Blacks are one of the few sides in world rugby that thrive with the favourites tag.

Gregor Paul

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Stats and Snapshots

The Highlanders’ Crusade

Rob Vickerman and Andy Clarke take an in-depth look at the Highlanders’ stunning victory over the Crusaders in Christchurch.

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RugbyPass+ Contributors

Owain Jones

Northern Hemisphere Editor, TheXV
Owain Jones

Saracens stars show they aren't a spent force

The England squad has set tongues wagging, Saracens show they've lost nothing of their lustre and Leinster still rule all they sur…

Ben Smith

RugbyPass analyst
Ben Smith

The All Blacks' same option-based attack plans didn't work that well

In tight test matches where counter-attacking opportunities dry up, the All Blacks will need to have a clinical set-piece attackin…

Gavin Mortimer

French-based freelance rugby writer
Gavin Mortimer

Antoine Dupont: Can Les Bleus' GOAT inspire 2023 glory?

Antoine Dupont is already the greatest player in French rugby history. Can he keep his focus as the spotlight intensifies?

Nick Bishop

Rugby analyst and writer
Nick Bishop

The time has come for Eddie Jones to make a pivotal call

Eddie Jones has to make a choice between the old heads and the young blood.

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