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Can rugby crack the United States?

Over the weekend the first ever Premiership match was played on foreign soil, with Saracens beating London Irish in New Jersey. Simon Rice was there to witness this significant development for the game and assess whether rugby can make a mark in the land of opportunity 

Ones to watch in 2016

The second in a two-part feature in which The Independent’s team of writers choose faces to look out for over the next year

Why Ugo Monye is helping to spread the play

While focus is on Twickenham’s all-Antipodean clash this weekend, former wing is part of a scheme that aims to get more rugby into state schools – and, who knows,  might even help England reach another World Cup final one day

Samoan plight asks questions of 'global game'

The forthcoming World Cup in England, now just seven weeks away, will generate more hard cash than any previous tournament: independent analysts expect total business output to cruise past the £2bn mark. But the sport’s organisers are still likely to face some very awkward financial questions once they finish counting their money, the most difficult of which will be the future of the game in the Pacific Islands.