A look ahead to Saturday's final at the Aviva Stadium
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Saturday 22 May 2010
Jonny Wilkinson has not laid his hands on much in the way of silverware since he became the most celebrated rugby player on the planet. In fact, he has been positively starved of anything resembling a trophy. He had barely started shaving when he helped secure the Premiership title for Newcastle in 1997, and when he won the other thing in Sydney six years later, he was still very much a B-list celebrity, if he was a celebrity at all.
Monday 17 May 2010
Sunday 16 May 2010
Friday 14 May 2010
Monday 10 May 2010
Sunday 09 May 2010
Wednesday 05 May 2010
Steve Bates insists he is proud of Newcastle's achievements this season despite having his contract terminated as Falcons rugby director.
Wednesday 05 May 2010
Mike Catt, revered by English rugby folk for his off-the-bench heroics during the victorious World Cup campaign in Australia in 2003 and a realistic contender for a coaching role when the red-rose army go in search of the title on home soil in 2015, has been moving towards this moment for well over a year. Now, it has just about arrived. When London Irish complete their rather disappointing season against Northampton at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday, the grand old man of the midfield fraternity will finally wind up his playing career.
Tuesday 04 May 2010
England is not really the place for Englishmen to be playing just at the moment: ask Iain Balshaw, Ayoola Erinle and Magnus Lund, all of whom are now contemplating a rare shot at European glory with Biarritz in the Heineken Cup final later this month. Yet precious few France-based personnel are likely to make the cut for the red-rose trip to Australia and New Zealand in June, even though they are performing at levels over and above that commonly seen in the Premiership this term and are dominating every last piece of cross-border business.
Thursday 29 April 2010
Wednesday 28 April 2010
The Rugby Football Union would block proposals to expand the Guinness Premiership from 12 to 14 clubs.
Thursday 22 April 2010
Wasps, one of the great names in world rugby and among the most successful Premiership teams of the professional era, have been threatened with a winding-up order from the tax authorities over unpaid sums totalling more than £1m – a quarter of their officially sanctioned playing budget. The warning of action by HM Revenue and Customs was issued earlier this month and club officials are now discussing ways of clearing the debt as quickly as possible.
Wednesday 14 April 2010
If you can't join them, you might as well try to beat them. Having tired of waiting for another chance to pull on the No 10 jersey for the first-choice England team, Danny Cipriani has accepted an invitation to play for the Barbarians in their two end-of season matches against international opposition – the first of which just happens to be England at Twickenham on Sunday 30 May.
Monday 22 March 2010
- 1 Tottenham to smash pay scale with £150,000-a-week contract in attempt to tie Gareth Bale to club
- 2 Austerity has hardened the nation's heart
- 3 Gay couple beaten in park urge MPs to moderate language on gay marriage
- 5 Top A&E doctors warn: 'We cannot guarantee safe care for patients anymore'
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