England give South Africa a guard of honour after the Springboks destroyed them 36-0 in Pool A of the 2007 World Cup. Photograph: Getty

In 2007 England came to the World Cup more in hope of defending their crown than with any real expectation. In the four seasons which had passed sinc(...)

Robert Kitson names 11 provincial players in his all-time European Cup best XV, including former Munster number eight Anthony Foley. Photograph: Getty

Time-travelling is always a temptation at this time of year. This week sees the 20th showpiece final in European club rugby’s eventful history and, in(...)

Ireland Wolfhounds’ Keith Earls is tackled by England Saxons’ Sam Burgess during the match at Musgrave Park in Cork. Photograph: Getty Images

It seems when rather than if he will make it to Stuart Lancaster’s England side. Players have come from league before Sam Burgess but few with the com(...)

Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll  eyes up the New Zealand All Black haka before  the ill-fated first Test match in Christchurch in  2005.

New Zealand 21Lions 3at Jade Stadium, ChristchurchJune 25th, 2005Bad and all as losing him within a minute of the kick-off was, the real psychological(...)

Australia’s Kurtley Beale slips as he takes a penalty that would have won his team the match while Lions players look on. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

No more than the viewers, down under and up above, Miles Harrison could hardly breathe, the tension of it all very nearly rendering Stuart Barnes inau(...)

Christian Wade scores a  try for Wasps against Saracens last weekend. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The meeting of Leinster and Wasps this evening has the feel of two struggling squads more interested in their domestic competitions. Victory wi(...)