Munster Rugby

Peter Bills: The road south is easier than it used to be

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.

Castleford plan for Chase's absence

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: The first black man to play rugby league for Great

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.

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Tuilagi receives ban of just five weeks for punching Ashton

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.

Rugby star retires to fight homophobia

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.