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zach_mercer

Could burgeoning Bath back rower Zach Mercer feel a tad disappointed at missing out on making his England Test debut against Samoa last weekend? In the eyes of many people he could, for having been summoned into England’s autumn squad by boss Eddie Jones as an ‘apprentice’ and in between times acquitting himself very well …

3rd December 2017 in: Bath Rugby
max_lahiff

Every now and then you come across a statistic that raises your eyebrows, and so it was last Wednesday when I was perusing the figures for league tries scored by position for each of the 12 Premiership clubs ahead of a chat with Bath prop Max Lahiff. You find that backs generally outscore their forwards …

29th November 2017 in: Bath Rugby
British & Irish Cup Rugby

The futures of the Championship and British & Irish Cup are always high up the agenda and today I can reveal there will be significant change next season. Whilst a proposal to expand the Championship from 12 to 14 teams from 2018-19 has been placed on temporary hold, the unloved British & Irish Cup will …

15th November 2017 in: Rugby
Bath Rugby

English rugby is littered with fly-halves who have been billed as the next big thing but, for whatever reason, fail to fulfil their potential at Test match level. Many people still despise Rob Andrew for keeping Bath’s gifted playmaker Stuart Barnes out of the Red Rose team, while more recently, Shane Geraghty, Ryan Lamb and …

13th November 2017 in: Bath Rugby
Jim Mckay

As England’s World Cup preparations continue apace, with Eddie Jones having named his latest 34-man squad, I’ve spent the last fortnight in Japan, ostensibly on holiday but also taking a keen interest in what English supporters might find when they get out there. During part of my stay I lodged with former Cornish Pirates rugby …

1st November 2017 in: Features
ed_jackson

Now and again you come across a story that gladdens the heart and that was the case last Monday when I spoke to former Bath, Doncaster, London Welsh, Wasps and Newport-Gwent Dragons No.8 Ed Jackson about his recovery from a near-fatal swimming accident in April. Jackson, 28, appeared set for life in a wheelchair after …

16th October 2017 in: Features
ryan_lamb

Ryan Lamb, formerly the fly-half of Gloucester, London Irish, Northampton, Leicester and Worcester, is someone I’ve known for a long time and rather happen to like. He’s a Marmite figure is our Ryan – one of those hugely frustrating players who can be brilliant one minute, creating fabulous off-the-cuff tries with his vision and intuition, …

14th October 2017 in: Features
premiership_rugby

It’s a mad rugby world out there and things just got a little crazier last week when some strident voices amongst the Premiership’s playing fraternity vented their disapproval over Premiership plans to increase the length of the season, threatening strike action in the process. At the root of the players’ dissatisfaction, whose public faces include …

28th September 2017 in: Features
Warren_Whiteley

Last weekend saw the Aviva Premiership get off to a cracking start, but for how much longer will English rugby’s top-flight remain in its current format? I ask that question because it is apparent that the tectonic plates within world rugby are shifting – a fact that will be emphasised next weekend when Newcastle Falcons …

15th September 2017 in: Features
mark_mccall

SARACENS director of rugby Mark McCall caused a storm last week when he opined that his club might struggle to hold on to some of their homegrown star players because of restrictions caused by salary cap when their contracts next expire. His point was perfectly valid because, having seen the likes of Jamie George, Mako …

8th September 2017 in: Features