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Maro Itoje will be one of the most exciting forwards on show in Japan. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

England Who are they? An England team packed with players from different cultural backgrounds, playing in an aggressive manner with an Australian at(...)

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi prior to a match against Wales last November. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Lunch with Bryan Habana happens in New York, which is not where one would usually find a great South Africa wing. Not long before we sit down, though,(...)

Tadgh Furlong is one of three Leinster players in the running for European Player of the Year. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong and Garry Ringrose have been shortlisted for the EPCR European Player of the Year award. The trio are aiming to emulate th(...)

Johnny Sexton during Leinster’s 30-12 win over Saracens in Dublin. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty

Look through the Heineken Champions Cup roll of honour and the best team invariably lifts the trophy. That is sure to be the case on May 11th in St Ja(...)

Johnny Sexton: “I am lucky that I am surrounded by coaches that know the game really, really well. I listen to their advice and I try to ignore as much of the noise as I can.” Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

On the November night Johnny Sexton was crowned World Player of 2018, his wife Laura was surprise at how relaxed he seemed despite the glitz and glamo(...)

Joe Schmidt and Rory Best: have led Ireland to unprecedented heights and would love to register a win in Wales in their final Six Nations game. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ten years ago we entered this spaceship hovering over the River Taff on the last day of the Six Nations and caught the Welsh with some cold, calculate(...)

Italy’s flanker Jimmy Tuivaiti  tackles Ireland’s centre Chris Farrell during the Six Nations international clash at the   Olympic stadium in Rome. Photograph: Cincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty

Ireland came, saw and while they didn’t quite conquer the Italians, they registered a bonus point 26-16 win after trailing at half-time to keep their (...)

Joe Schmidt: “We were very quiet before the game. I didn’t sense the same energy levels I would have in November when the All Blacks came.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Psychological warfare is an Eddie Jones delicacy, all the way back to 2003 when he haunted Clive Woodward’s England up until Jonny Wilkinson intervene(...)

England’s Jonny May scores their first try despite the attempted tackle of Garry Ringrose during the  Six Nations match at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Only 90 seconds in and Jonny May was punching the air in celebration after his try and you sensed the afternoon/evening ahead might be quite a lengthy(...)

Pat Lambie has retired from rugby at 28-years-old. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pat Lambie retired from rugby this week at the age of 28, the latest player done too soon after suffering repeated concussions. The South Africa outha(...)

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