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Wales will relish underdog status for Six Nations

Wales had a middling Autumn Campaign that left more questions than answers but there is enough to suggest they can be competitive …

Will Owen

World XV of the Autumn Series

As a breathless 2021 draws to a close, RugbyPass selects its international team of the year.

Jamie Lyall
Owain Jones

Features

OPINION
Johnnie Beattie

Allez les Bleus: How France went from meek to magnificent

Posted missing for a generation, French rugby is back. This is how they bossed the All Blacks.

INTERVIEW
Jamie Lyall

Factory to phenomenon: Melani Nanai's emotional voyage

An emotional Melani Nanai talks factory work, family and faith.

OPINION
Tony Johnson

Regulation changes just one step on road to rugby equality

A regulation change is a welcome move, even if it does carry the hint of a compromise.

Gregor Paul

Rugby's eligibility laws relics of a bygone era

Did rugby throw the baby out with the bathwater when they changed the international eligibility laws?

OPINION
Gregor Paul

Plethora of northern clashes will fast track All Blacks in 2022

A return to a relatively regular schedule next season should put the All Blacks in good stead.

Star Columns

Tony Johnson

Final chance for Foster's All Blacks to prove credentials

The All Blacks must avoid back-to-back losses to round out the season.

Will Genia

England the cherry that would make the Wallabies' year

Every game on the Wallabies European tour will prove challenging but there's one that will cause the most angst and anticipation.

Nigel Owens

Man in the middle

The pressure to make the right decisions as a referee is at a tipping point

Analysis

Nick Bishop

Why defending was easier for Ireland than the All Blacks

Ireland utilised their numbers in defence far more efficiently than the All Blacks.

Will Owen

England v South Africa: Unstoppable force versus immovable object

The key battlegrounds are analysed for England’s titanic Twickenham clash against world champions South Africa

Ben Wylie

Much more to Will Jordan's game than meets the eye

It's not just Will Jordan's outrageous scoring rate that sets him apart from other wingers.

Interviews

FREE READ
Tom Vinicombe

Manu Samoa 'under no illusions' ahead of Barbarians clash

Manu Samoa are preparing for a Barbarians onslaught at Twickenham.

Patrick McKendry

How Moana Pasifika hope to change the rugby landscape

Aaron Mauger believes Moana Pasifika will open doors for young Pacific Island talent.

Jamie Lyall

Hot Rodd: Sale's dancing prop

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

Editor's Choice

A new chapter begins for rugby's fiercest modern rivalry

Ireland and the All Blacks have fought out some ferocious battles in the past decade.

Gregor Paul

Mouth-watering mid-year challenge looms for All Blacks

The All Blacks may finally have a challenge on their hands in their own backyard.

Tom Vinicombe

RugbyPass+ Video

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.

Audio Articles

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RugbyPass+ Contributors

Jamie Lyall

Jamie specialises in long-form rugby content for RugbyPass and TheXV.rugby
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…

Gregor Paul

Gregor Paul

Private capital the tonic needed to revitalise Rugby Championship

Without some fresh ideas, the Rugby Championship will lose its last rays of lustre.

Tom Vinicombe

Tom Vinicombe

Why the USA can take heart from Japan's improvement

There are some parallels between the USA and Japan, even if their rugby development is years apart.

Gregor Paul

Gregor Paul

Plethora of northern clashes will fast track All Blacks in 2022

A return to a relatively regular schedule next season should put the All Blacks in good stead.

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