Mark Mccall

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Joe Schmidt would be many people’s ideal replacement for Warren Gatland as Lions head coach. Photograph: Getty Images

Warren Gatland has ruled himself out of contention to coach the British and Irish Lions in 2021, revealing that he ”hated the press and negativity” du(...)

Scarlets’ Ken Owens, Ospreys’ Ashley Beck, Ulster’s Rory Best, Munster’s Peter O’Mahony, Glasgow Warriors’ Stuart Hogg, Leinster’s Isa Nacewa and Benetton Treviso’s Dean Budd at the Champions Cup launch in Dublin last week. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The bully boys in the Anglo-French alliance which shredded the old Heineken Cup and ERC would be loathe to admit it, but last season’s revival by the (...)

Billy Vunipola of Saracens goes off injured during the Aviva Premiership match against  Sale Sharks at Allianz Park. Photograph:  Henry Browne/Getty Images

England number eight Billy Vunipola faces a race against time to be fit for the start of the Six Nations after undergoing knee surgery. Vunipola has (...)

 Vinny Hammond records a Lions training session in Queenstown. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Lions are a machine, and they’ve needed to be. To transport 41 players, plus add-ons, and up to around 40 support staff and some 20 tonnes of lugg(...)

Mark McCall’s Saracens are in pursuit of a third English Premiership in a row. Photograph: Getty Images

When Mark McCall agreed to join Saracens in 2009, Brendan Venter had a word of advice for his new first-team coach. “Smally, you’re going to have to b(...)

Alex Goode of Saracens dives to score his team’s third try during the European Rugby Champions Cup Final between ASM Clermont Auvergne and Saracens at Murrayfield Stadium. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Everyone talks about winning being a habit. In rugby it is more complicated than that: nothing comes easy and conquering Everest always has to be done(...)

Saracens’ Alex Goode slips the tackle of Clermont Auvergne’s Peceli Yato on the way to scoring their third try in the Champions Cup final at Murrayfield. Photograph:   Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Saracens 28 Clermont Auvergne 17 Alex Goode’s late try ensured Saracens secured their second straight European Champions Cup triumph as they edged ou(...)

Saracens’ head coach Mark McCall: his side attempt to become the first English side since Leicester in 2002 to successfully defend the title. Photograph:  Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Preview: Clermont Auvergne v Saracens, Murrayfield, 5pm Live on TV: Sky Sports 3, BT Sport 2 It is clear Chris Ashton means business when scoring t(...)

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola breaks through during his side’s victory over Munster in the Champions Cup semi-final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images)

Munster 10 Saracens 26 Here lies a Currie Cup battle thinly veiled as European rugby. South African fingerprints everywhere, the pressure cooker atmo(...)

Munster’s Simon Zebo with his son Jacob after the European Champions Cup, semi-final match against Saracens  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA Wire

Proud that Munster had made it through to the last four of European rugby but disappointed that the fans went home with little other than thoughts of (...)

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