Brendan Venter

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Maro Itoje was the second best shot-putting schoolboy in England. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

There comes a time when a boy must become a man – extract from a poem by Maro Itoje Lebron James is an astronomical comparison that nobody deserves.(...)

England captain Dylan Hartley and backrow James Haskell talk to referee Romain Poite during the Six Nations game against Italy at Twickenham. Photograph:  Henry Browne/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

A little precursor to the much discussed tactics employed by Italy at the breakdown happened in the 50th minute of Ireland’s game against France the d(...)

 South African coach Allister Coetzee, seen here talking to Springbok captain   Adriaan Strauss after the third Test against Ireland last summer, has been retained as coach following a review process.  Photograph: Shaun Roy/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa have retained beleaguered head coach Allister Coetzee following a review of the worst season in the country’s Test history in 2016, SA R(...)

England’s Dylan Hartley speaks to referee Romain Poite about Italy’s tactics of not committing men to rucks during their Six Nations clash. Photo:  Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

George Ford has called on World Rugby to change its laws before England face Scotland after their 36-15 bonus-point victory against Italy, which was d(...)

England coach Eddie Jones during the Six Nations game against Italy at Twickenham. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

England head coach Eddie Jones was seething with sarcasm after his side’s 17th successive Test win, the 36-15 Six Nations defeat of Italy. The Grand (...)

Cian Healy: replaces    Jack McGrath  in the Ireland front row for the visit to Italy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The air of inflated optimism inspired by the mother of all Novembers has been deflated in one game, and it will take more than a win over Italy to ret(...)

CJ Stander and Jean Kleyn stand shoulder to shoulder with their Munster team-mates. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The clearest evidence of an ever-deepening crisis in South African rugby was Rassie Erasmus being allowed to escape a crumbling Springbok regime to co(...)

Leinster interim head coach Leo Cullen at an open training session at Edenderry RFC yesterday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leo Cullen has a sensible face. Elderly, almost. It’s always been like that. The prospective Leinster head coach is just one of those chaps of whom(...)

England outhalves past and present will meet in form of Saracens’ Owen Farrell, left, and Jonny Wilkinson of Toulon when the two clubs meet in this afternoon’s Heineken cup final in Cardiff. 
Photographs: David Rogers/Getty Images

So this is it then. The last Heineken Cup final does not so much look like a fitting summation of the last 19 years as a foretaste of the new order. T(...)

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