Heineken Champions Cup: Round 5 Talking Points

Conor Murray

As this year's Pool stages draws to a close, there was much to play for in another absorbing round of European fixtures....   Masterful Munster deliver devastating statement of intent Given their history and pedigree in this competition, many people will have been foolish to write off Munster's chances of European success this

Best of the Weekend: Edinburgh bag historic away win in Toulon

Richard Cockerill

Okay let’s be honest here, Toulon are pretty awful at the moment, they’re bottom of Pool 5 and 11th in the French Top14. However, on a European night and at the Stade Mayol a lot of people would still be reluctant to back Edinburgh against the former three times Champions.

Sam Underhill to miss Six Nations 2019

Sam Underhill

Flanker Sam Underhill has been ruled out of the entire Six Nations following surgery on his ankle. He was one of the standout performers for England in the Autumn, particularly against New Zealand, and it's another injury blow for Eddie Jones. Tom Curry should be fit again and we can be cautiously

European Challenge Cup 2018/19: Round 5 Predictions

Challenge Cup

Here are my predictions for this weekend's Challenge Cup matches, featuring hotly-anticipated matches such as the Dragons v Timosoara Saracens. Perpignan v Bordeaux It's a dead rubber, but could this be Perpignan's first win of the season in all competitions? Exciting. Perpignan by 2 La Rochelle v Zebre The Italians are on

Three rugby pet peeves


At the risk of sounding like a grumpy old man, ranting from his armchair, we all have a few things that irk us far more than they should. Not least in sport; usually a source of so much joy, little, often inconsequential, bits of gameplay can inexplicably make the blood