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Dream Team: Brendan McKibbin – London Irish scrum-half

Dream Team: Brendan McKibbin – London Irish scrum-half

1. Tom Court – Nothing to do with his rugby abilities really, it’s just that he’s so old he can be the father figure and look after…

Hogan calls for franchise system to save the north

Hogan calls for franchise system to save the north

Newcastle managing director Mick Hogan believes club rugby in the north faces terminal decline unless the RFU act to reverse a trend that has seen the number…

Young Gun: Sam Grahamslaw – Leicester prop

Young Gun: Sam Grahamslaw – Leicester prop

Switching from the back row to prop is no easy feat fresh out of school, but Sam Grahamslaw will not have to look far for advice with…

Jeff Probyn: England will be firing the killer shots in pool of death

Jeff Probyn: England will be firing the killer shots in pool of death

Like all rugby fans, I was looking forward to this week’s draw for the World Cup pools but what puzzles me is why it seems the current…

Peter Jackson: Revitalised Broncos are bucking the trend

Peter Jackson: Revitalised Broncos are bucking the trend

The Deri Broncos gave up the ghost when the last of them bolted and left the historic village club without a horse to flog, dead or alive.…

Shane Williams: Nice squad Robin, but why no spot for Davies?

Shane Williams: Nice squad Robin, but why no spot for Davies?

Wales have got the squad balance right for their summer tour, but there’s one glaring omission – where is James Davies? I really do wonder what James…

Too much rugby? No, I want to play more says Marchant

Too much rugby? No, I want to play more says Marchant

John Kingston might think Joe Marchant has played too much rugby this season, but the young Harlequins centre is desperate for two more games to cap his…

Room 101: Mark Wilson – Newcastle flanker

Room 101: Mark Wilson – Newcastle flanker

1. Topknot hairstyles Admittedly I’m not the most fashionable person around, but I can’t see why anyone would want to have a ponytail on top of their…

Nick Cain: Jack can be the lad to help swing it for the Lions

Nick Cain: Jack can be the lad to help swing it for the Lions

You underestimate Jack Nowell at your peril, as many international defence coaches will readily concede. The nuggety Cornishman is not the biggest wing on the block, nor…

Brendan Gallagher: Chiefs to beat Saracens but Wasps for title

Brendan Gallagher: Chiefs to beat Saracens but Wasps for title

There’s no guarantee a cracking regular season will produce two semi-final play-offs to remember next weekend but, frankly, it will be a major surprise if we aren’t…

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