Saracens 15 Wasps 20
Talking World Cup Rugby: Every time I go to Australia, I marvel at the ease of modern day travel over such a distance. And reflect on how it must have been for those travellers in earliest times making the long journey there by sea.
Manu, youngest of six rugby brothers from Samoa, is making an imposing case to clinch a late World Cup place
Castleford are planning on being without their player of the year for the biggest game of their season on Sunday. Rangi Chase is due in court in Australia on Thursday to answer an assault charge. Even if he succeeds in having the case adjourned, he would face a race to get back in time to face Leeds in the Challenge Cup semi-final.
Cec Thompson was a man who, from unpromising beginnings, made a remarkable success of his life, on and off the rugby league field. Not content to rest on his laurels after becoming the first black player to represent Great Britain in 1951, he became a successful businessman, a highly respected economics teacher and a driving force behind the Student Rugby League. All this after leaving school at 14 and barely being able to read and write when well into his 20s.
Talking Rugby: The South Africans will try to retain their World Cup crown by playing virtually a similar game to 2007.
Leicester Tigers have signed Australian openside flanker Julian Salvi from Super 15 side Brumbies.
I noticed years ago that even the most routine rugby league match can yield something unique and memorable.
Manu Tuilagi, the highly rated Leicester centre, celebrated his 20th birthday yesterday and duly received a generous present from the Rugby Football Union. The governing body handed the Samoan-born player a five-week ban for his "time gentlemen please, that's all for tonight" punch on Northampton's international wing Chris Ashton during last weekend's highly combustible Premiership semi-final at Welford Road. He can consider himself extremely fortunate.
As England's world cup-winning winger, rugby union star Ben Cohen has faced down his fair share of immovable obstacles. Now, after hanging up his boots for the last time, the 32-year-old is taking on sport's most formidable opponent: homophobia. This week Cohen, who won 57 caps and scored 31 tries for his country, sets out on a tour of the US on behalf of a new foundation set up in his name, devoted to fighting homophobia in sport.
Bath chief executive Nick Blofeld today denied that his club's record home defeat by Leicester at the weekend had anything to do with the announcement that head coach Steve Meehan would leave his post at the end of the season.
Steve Meehan will leave his position as head coach of Bath at the end of the season, the Aviva Premiership club announced today.
The dust has settled on what will be remembered as an enthralling Six Nations Championship.
If England's rugby team weren't embarrassed enough by their implosion in Dublin, they hit a new low today after an advert for Nike was leaked on the internet.