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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

History won't repeat itself with new All Blacks lock Josh Lord

Josh Lord isn't the first Taranaki second-rower to be plucked from relative obscurity into the All Blacks.

Jamie Lyall

'I dreamed of being a farmer': Vaea Fifita's Tongan odyssey

From stark poverty and family strife to the summit of professional rugby, this is Vaea Fifita's story.

Will Owen

Fresh faces will give England a new look

Eddie Jones has named a squad full of vim and vigour for the Autumn Series and there are names to excite every England fan

Tom Vinicombe

Chance arrives for Japan to prove Rugby Championship mettle

The Brave Blossoms have yet to prove they can compete with the speed of the Wallabies or All Blacks.

Jamie Lyall

Gareth Baber talks Fijian hostels, 3am meetings, Olympic gold and Edinburgh

From a 3am near-sacking to Olympic sevens gold, Gareth Baber brings hard-earned Fijian wisdom to his new role at Edinburgh.

Tom Vinicombe

Eagles showdown both a promise and a warning for All Blacks

Games between the All Blacks and USA could become more plentiful in the years to come.

Jon Cardinelli

Bismarck du Plessis still rolling back the years

Bismarck du Plessis has enjoyed a stellar rugby career, winning a Rugby World Cup and 79-caps, but the physical hooker still has a…

Tony Johnson

A tribute to a fallen Chief

Tony Johnson pays tribute to fallen Chiefs and Maori All Blacks player Sean Wainui.

Patrick McKendry

How Moana Pasifika hope to change the rugby landscape

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

Ben Smith

How Quade Cooper adapted to the Wallabies' weekly opposition

The 33-year-old playmaker has played his role perfectly to provide stability, control and sound decision-making to Australia's att…

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…