It remains nothing more than a dot on the rugby horizon – the 2015 World Cup, that is – and pretty much anything could happen in the 664 days between here and there. The club-versus-union conflict could send the whole of the European game into meltdown (perfectly possible); New Zealand could hit a bad patch (it has to happen sometime, surely); the Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie could decide that his predecessor was right all along and chuck Quade Cooper out on his ear (barely conceivable on latest evidence, admittedly).
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Saturday 01 June 2013
The Barbarians will have to turn in one hell of a performance in 80-degree evening heat to persuade a veritable army of critics that this peculiarly misplaced opening fixture of the British and Irish Lions 125th anniversary tour was not a lot more trouble than it was worth.
Friday 17 May 2013
The Saracens prop was one of the surprise inclusions in the squad
Friday 15 March 2013
I can't imagine a less comfortable way of sleeping than pressed up against another person's big, sweaty body with my left arm wedged under their shoulder
Wednesday 13 February 2013
Peter Boddy insists all meat that left his farm was fit to eat
Friday 07 December 2012
Fly-half Quade Cooper has finally ended speculation surrounding his future by signing a new two-year deal with the Australian Rugby Union and Queensland.
Autumn Internationals: Wales unfortunate to lose after Kurtley Beale's last minute try for Australia
Sunday 02 December 2012
Wales 12 Australia 14
Wednesday 28 November 2012
New Zealand hooker Andrew Hore will miss Saturday's QBE international against England after he was banned for five weeks for striking Wales lock Bradley Davies.
Saturday 24 November 2012
Coaches view: Playing the Boks you find yourself up against big blokes who don’t like you
Tuesday 20 November 2012
As a general rule, in Test rugby you kick your goals as and when they arise
Monday 19 November 2012
In English rugby yesterday’s comer is quickly transformed into today’s regret
Monday 19 November 2012
England flanker will face intense scrutiny against Boks after decision to pass up penalty shots backfires
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