Rugby Union

Fresh face Auterac puts down a marker for England

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.

Why Ugo Monye is helping to spread the play

While focus is on Twickenham’s all-Antipodean clash this weekend, former wing is part of a scheme that aims to get more rugby into state schools – and, who knows,  might even help England reach another World Cup final one day

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McCaw refuses to lose focus over All Blacks retirement

Richie McCaw, the record-breaking All Black captain who is attempting to become the first man to lead his country to successive world titles, will not entertain talk of retirement – perhaps because he knows that every other player in the international game wishes he had retired already.