The first of a series of retrospectives in which we ask our correspondents to select the ups and downs, the best and worst, the heroes and villains of 2015 in their chosen fields
An injury caused the 25-year-old to cut short her playing career and take up officiating
Chris Hewett meets Mauger, the attack coach who is instilling an adventurous new approach in the Tigers’ game - just one part of the Antipodean transformation of English club rugby
To witness the uncapped loosehead prop Nick Auterac’s compelling combination of hard scrummaging and ballistic contributions in the loose in Bath’s 19-16 European Cup win over Leinster on Saturday was to see a man timing his run right for inclusion in the next national squad when it is named in January.
Mike Ford hopes Bath’s comfortable 45-14 Premiership victory at London Irish can put a line under the Sam Burgess era at the Rec as attention now turns to a heavyweight European date with Toulon.
Wasps 23 Gloucester 3: Daly kicked two wide-angled penalties from his own half, hitting the spot as easily as Phil Mickelson finds the green with a pitching wedge
The Champions Cup kicks off this weekend with Barritt’s Saracens at home to Toulouse
Three regular season games will be hosted over a three-year period with the opportunity to stage two more
The Grand Final and England v Uruguay are both being played in Manchester, but league and union remain miles apart in terms of respect
England coach supports captain after risky call leads to World Cup loss against Wales but does say Farrell was ‘kicking well’
Argentina 54 Georgia 9
Barritt’s name has been among the first on the red-rose team sheet since Lancaster succeeded Martin Johnson
The indications are that Lancaster, encouraged by much of England’s rugby in the warm-up victory over Ireland nine days ago, will keep changes to a minimum
Warburton became the first to agree a deal with the Welsh Rugby Union that will keep him playing for the Cardiff Blues
The Exeter wing gets his chance in Paris against France
Schmidt coached Strauss at Leinster and believes that his return is a bonus for Ireland ahead of the Six Nations campaign