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England must embrace attacking flair of young firecrackers

When young Henry Arundell’s length-of-the-field try against Toulon went viral, something in the stratum of English rugby began t…

Nick Bishop

The inexorable rise of the golden oldies

By common convention, a rugby player was in decline once he hit 30, but a new wave of players are playing at the top level until t…

Owain Jones

Features

Tom Vinicombe

The one-two punch that could ignite the All Blacks attack

Two emerging halfbacks could prove crucial to the future success of the All Blacks.

ANALYSIS
Garry Doyle

Sean O'Brien: The pathfinder

The abrasive backrow forward hangs up his boots this summer knowing he has blazed a trail on and off the field

EXCLUSIVE
Jamie Lyall

Edinburgh's Ben Vellacott seeks Wasps redemption

Ben Vellacott talks attempted stabbings, impact sub frustration and facing former side Wasps.

ANALYSIS
Garry Doyle   Jamie Lyall   Owain Jones

Is Johnny Sexton set to become Ireland's greatest player?

Johnny Sexton inches up towards the top of Irish greats, Leo Cullen every inch the equal of Stuart Lancaster and Gabin Villiere ma…

OPINION
Jamie Lyall

Duncan Taylor: 'I've spent 40% of my career injured' but Saracens star still hungry for glory

Duncan Taylor reckons he's spent 40% of his career injured, but his hunger to keep playing burns bright.

Star Columns

Chris Ashton

The art of wing play

Chris Ashton discusses the precious ability to score tries, again and again

David Flatman

David Flatman: The right to reply

When Dan Biggar was shown a red card for a high tackle against Gloucester he came under a torrent of abuse but was he right to bit…

Graham Simmons

Acts of Succession

The RFU's muddled messaging over the successor to Eddie Jones is nothing new after a litany of curious coaching appointments

Analysis

Ben Smith

The glaring issues with the All Blacks' static attack

The All Blacks have some glaring issues on attack which need fixing.

Nick Bishop

Ellis Jenkins' return highlights Wales' exceptional No 7 depth

Ellis Jenkins' return to test rugby adds another exceptional openside flanker to Wales' stocks.

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

Jamie Lyall

Factory to phenomenon: Melani Nanai's emotional voyage

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

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

Cracking the code

History shows Roger Tuivasa-Sheck's high-profile move from league to union will not be an easy task.

Tom Vinicombe

Can they kick it? Yes they can

The very notion of a forward kicking the ball in open play used to provide mirth for fans but it's becoming increasingly commonpla…

Will Owen

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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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Owain Jones

Owain Jones

The inexorable rise of the golden oldies

By common convention, a rugby player was in decline once he hit 30, but a new wave of players are playing at the top level until t…

Jamie Lyall

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

Duncan Taylor: 'I've spent 40% of my career injured' but Saracens star still hungry for glory

Duncan Taylor reckons he's spent 40% of his career injured, but his hunger to keep playing burns bright.

Garry Doyle

Garry Doyle

Sean O'Brien: The pathfinder

The abrasive backrow forward hangs up his boots this summer knowing he has blazed a trail on and off the field

Graham Simmons

Graham Simmons

The Road To Perdition

While the first European penalty shoot out in 13 years played out to engrossed fans, many were left wondering if there's not a bet…

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