Bath centre Sam Burgess

Sam Burgess: Bath and England's next big thing

After only three starts for Bath, Sam Burgess has been called up by England’s  Saxons B team and has a World Cup spot in his sights, reports Hugh Godwin

Rennie was capped 20 times by Scotland

Ross Rennie retires: Neck injury forces Scottish flanker to call it a day at 28

The player was hurt during Bristol's second-tier Championship victory over Moseley in October

Concussion? We’re ahead of the game

As the RFU prepares to release figures on the biggest problem in rugby, players’ chief Richard Bryan tells Chris Hewett where progress is being made

England captain Chris Robshaw chats with Steve Walsh at Twickenham last month. Hearing what the referee is telling the players adds great insight into the game

2015 Sporting Calendar: Rugby World Cup, Wimbledon, The Ashes, Tour de France and Cricket World Cup dates

Looking ahead to all the sporting events of 2015

Firecracker: George Ford has the poise and panache to take England all the way

Rugby World Cup 2015: House of Lancaster faces home truths

With this kind draw and home advantage, not to win the World Cup would be the greatest missed opportunity since that bloke at Decca Records turned down the Beatles

Delon Armitage has been labelled 'habitual offender'

Banned Delon Armitage branded 'habitual offender' by disciplinary panel

Toulon back handed 12-week ban for abusing Leicester fans

Liam Williams: welsh rugby international apologises for 'blacking up' as Swansea footballer Wilfried Bony

The rugby player has now deleted the picture he posted to Twitter showing him in fancy dress with four friends

Reds Chairman Rod McCall, James Horwill and Coach Richard Graham

James Horwill to join Harlequins: Former Australia captain to join Premiership club after the Rugby World Cup

29-year-old lock will continue to play with the Reds and the Wallabies until he moves to the Premiership at the end of the year

Carter will join Racing Metro following the Rugby World Cup this year

Dan Carter to join Racing Metro: New Zealand fly-half agrees move to French club after the 2015 Rugby World Cup

Carter could be paid as much as £1m per year in a three-year contract that will also end his international Test career

Bath centre Sam Burgess

Sam Burgess will only get so far with his athletic ability, but if he adapts to rugby union as well as he did league then England are in for a treat

Burgess has played just 55 minutes of rugby union but is already tipped for an England Saxons call-up, so the question remains: Is 'Slammin' Sam' the real deal?

Phil Batty with Harley Street colleague Marco Zanobbi working with Leyton Orient footballer Gary Sawyer

From patching up the England rugby team to Manchester City: Injury-time secrets of a club doctor

Sports physician Dr Phil Batty has patched up the England rugby team, Manchester City and Blackburn and tells Tim Rich how tiredness causes injuries, alcohol makes them worse and how much his field has changed

David Pocock, former Australian rugby captain, issued warning after arrest at coal mine protest

The sportsman joined around 30 demonstrators forming a blockade at the Maules Creek mine. He was arrested after chaining himself to machinery

Ben Morgan has made huge strides for England at No 8

Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 

Chris Henry in action for Ireland against Scotland in the 2014 Six Nations

Ulster and Ireland flanker Chris Henry set to miss number of months after being diagnosed with a 'blocked blood vessel in his brain'

Six Nations-winning flanker has missed Ireland's last two matches with an 'unspecified illness' and the IRFU have confirmed the seriousness of his injury

Sport
Bath centre Sam Burgess
INTERVIEW Bath centre has been named in the England Saxons side, but he's set his eyes on the Six Nations
Sport
Brad Barritt laughs with Dylan Hartley in the closing stages of England's win over Australia
INTERVIEW Saracens and England centre back from five week lay-off for crucial European Rugby Champions Cup clash
Sport
rugby unionMatt Majendie talks to trio of stars before another big weekend
Sport blogs

The Football Lawyer: The career of a Premier League footballer is similar to that of a City professional

In football, where money talks, there are few pronouncements louder than the salary of a Premier Lea...

A World Cricket XI for the ages

One man’s pursuit of cricketing nerd nirvana: an all-time XI made up of a player from each decade 19...

Wheels: Journeys in Parlympic Sport

The World Cup is all well and good, but James Moore can't wait for the arrival of new chairs for his...

The Independent around the web
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
Featured Advertorials

Day In a Page

Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project