Mark Mccall

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Leinster’s Jordi Murphy, James Lowe and Josh van der Flier applaud their fans after the Champions Cup win over Montpellier. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

It was a curious weekend where the standard of rugby was occasionally compromised by adverse weather and perhaps a little pressure and anxiety that cr(...)

  Billy Vunipola in action for Saracens in the Champions Cup match against Ospreys at Liberty Stadium.  Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

England have been dealt a hammer blow before the defence of their Six Nations title after it was confirmed that Billy Vunipola has suffered a fracture(...)

Liam Williams in action for Saracens against Northampton. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Liam Williams is set to make his return from injury in Saracens’ pivotal Champions Cup match against the Ospreys on Saturday, handing Wales a timely b(...)

Harlequins’ Chris Robshaw and Saracens’ Maro Itoje during the Aviva Premiership match at Twickenham Stoop earlier this month. Photograph: PA

Maro Itoje will be available for the start of England’s Six Nations title defence after Saracens revealed he faces a maximum of four more weeks in reh(...)

 Exeter Chiefs’ Jack Nowell   celebrates with team-mate Gareth Steenson (left) after scoring a  try during the Aviva Premiership semi-final against Saracens at Sandy Park.  Photograph: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Strip bare the pageantry, the Tomahawk Chop chant, inflatable or foam replicas, drums, the Red Indian nomenclature that extends to the club’s name, th(...)

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(...)

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