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'My mum never let us see her cry' - The Tshituka brothers' story of the sword and shield

Vince and Manu Tshituka's origin tale is one of war, love and triumph against the odds.

Jamie Lyall
Analysis

Ronan O’Gara’s latest Leinster mind game may be his best yet

The charismatic Munsterman has the Dubliners in his sights and the mind games have begun

Pat McCarry

Features

Analysis
Nick Bishop

Joe Schmidt must make political sacrifices to ensure Wallaby success

The new Australia boss may be forced to omit a slew of Waratahs from his first squad.

Opinion
Neil Squires

'Star power of individual players can grow overall size of rugby's pie'

It is typical of rugby union, the ultimate team game, that Marcus Smith's individual brilliance is mistrusted in certain quarters

Opinion
Mick Cleary

Mick Cleary: 'Warren Gatland didn’t bother asking Feyi-Waboso who he fancied playing for. Baxter left nothing to chance.'

The Chiefs have nothing to lose when heading to Toulouse and have a puncher's chance of causing an upset

Analysis
Nick Bishop

Luke Pearce's refereeing masterclass points the way towards rugby's future

The talented Englishman's approach enhanced a fabulous match between Northampton and Saracens.

Analysis
Jamie Lyall

Why aren't Scotland top of the props?

As the great WP Nel retires, the paucity of home-grown Scottish scrummagers is troubling.

Star Columns

Ben Kay

Ben Kay: 'I genuinely think it’s a really exciting time to be an England fan'

With a team in transition, Italy in Rome presents a potential banana skin but there is much to savour with this new England team

Sam Larner

Unsung, underpaid, overworked: Are analysts any closer to ‘solving’ rugby?

Analysis is now part of the game's fabric but how much does raw data move the game forward?

David Flatman

David Flatman: 'Give the laptops a rest and let the boys play.'

England may have to deploy some new tactics if they don't have the players to execute Borthwick's rigid gameplan

Analysis

Nick Bishop

Is the balance of power shifting across the Tasman?

The Reds' win over the Chiefs hints at a sea change in a struggling Super Rugby Pacific.

Nick Bishop

Why All Blacks' near-century won't have Ireland or South Africa sweating

The All Blacks' 79-point win over Italy confirmed what New Zealand's main rivals already know.

Nick Bishop

Chaos reigns: The Wallabies must start again from square one

No more pretence, no more stories - accept the rubble around you, and look at the ruins until it hurts.

Interviews

Daniel Gallan

Theo Dan: 'Whenever someone tells me how well I’m doing I still can’t quite take it in'

Twelve months ago the Saracens hooker was playing at Ampthill but in a whirlwind year he won a Premiership trophy and played in a …

Jeremy Inson

‘Winning is a daily process. It takes time’ – Marco Bortolami on the rise of Benetton

Under Marco Bortolami's patient guidance, the Italian outfit have become a force to be reckoned with

Jamie Lyall

'Two years ago I was on building sites': Rhys Litterick, from landscaping graft to a date with Antoine Dupont

The Cardiff prop was doing manual labour while playing semi-pro rugby as recently as 2021.

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Opinion

Cojones and Corleones...

Has there ever been a better weekend of Test Rugby? Fans have been spoilt with quarter-finals from the ages

Graham Simmons
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Rupeni Caucaunibuca: 'I spent my money on people who didn’t have it. I gave it from my heart'

RugbyPass tracks down one of the game's enduring talents and tells his astonishing, mystical and heartwrenching tale

Jamie Lyall

RugbyPass Contributors

Daniel Gallan

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

'The Boks will go again. It is what they do.'

In sport, there can only be one winner and at the Stade de France, France mourned for its stars, while South Africans rejoiced for…

Mick Cleary

Mick Cleary

Mick Cleary: 'Why not organise a Lions tour to South America'

The presence of three South American countries at the World Cup for the first time raises hopes that one day, the Lions will tour …

David Ferguson

David Ferguson

Scotland left to wonder what might have been

Scotland were outplayed and outshone by an Ireland side playing like World Cup-winners elect, so how can they bridge the gap?

Nick Bishop

Nick Bishop

Why Ireland are in the best possible position to pip the All Blacks in Paris

Against Scotland, Ireland gave some strong clues as to why they are such a resourceful and cohesive bunch.

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