Tuesday, Nov 28


Ludlam move to Toulon confirmed

Northampton Saints back row Lewis Ludlam's highly anticipated move to Toulon, first rumoured in The Rugby Paper's Blindside Column in early October, is set to

Sunday, Nov 26


Glasgow………..33 Ulster…………….20

By JIM SHORT JOHNNY Matthews completed the job with a couple of tries off the bench as Glasgow recovered from a nightmare start to carve


Baron calls for block on £296m PGP plan

By NICK CAIN Francis Baron has called for the RFU Council to insist that the RFU Board puts a moratorium on the current PGP negotiations


Baxter: We need to power up the scrum

By PAUL REES Rob Baxter has called on the game’s lawmakers to forget about trying to make the game more entertaining by speeding it up

Dallaglio: We need clarity on Prem 2

By BEN JAYCOCK Lawrence Dallaglio is calling for clarity from the RFU and Premiership Rugby over plans for a Premiership 1/Premiership 2 which could see

Record turnover for Saints

Northampton have posted a record turnover of £21.96m in their annual report for the year ending June 2023. The club made an overall loss before

Evans on a mission to enjoy the highs

By JON NEWCOMBE As one of the Gallagher Premiership’s kings of the breakdown, Will Evans is determined to embrace every success that comes his way,

TMO interferes too much, warns Campese

DAVID Campese wants a reduction in TMO involvement as he says it’s making the sport ‘boring’ with unnecessary stoppages that are turning fans away. Campese

Fiji must play top teams – Matavesi

By PAUL REES Sam Matavesi says the World Cup showed Fiji need more fixtures against the leading nations if they are to regularly challenge in

Lawrence is hungry for more, says JVG

By JON NEWCOMBE Johann van Graan is excited to see how good a player Ollie Lawrence can become with the England international potentially still having

After only seven games, hooker Elias is happy to be back in the running

By SIMON THOMAS Ryan Elias has played just seven games of rugby in 2023 – yet among those have been some of the biggest highs

Luke: I’ve got a new lease of life

By MARK STEVENS Luke Cowan-Dickie insists his summer switch to Sale Sharks has given him a ‘new lease of life’ in terms of his rugby.

Saracens keen for Vunipola to stay

ON THE BLINDSIDE BY NEIL FISSLER Saracens are believed to have offered Billy Vunipola a deal to remain in north London next season after French

Sinfield has a taste of Carrington

ON THE BLINDSIDE BY NEIL FISSLER England defence coach Kevin Sinfield was at Manchester United’s Carrington training base last week on a coaching exchange day.

Arundell may be first to get hybrid contract

ON THE BLINDSIDE BY NEIL FISSLER England star Henry Arundell could be one of the first players offered a new hybrid contract by the RFU

Quins could face fight to keep Millard

ON THE BLINDSIDE BY NEIL FISSLER Harlequins face a battle to keep hold of their director of rugby, Billy Millard, who has emerged as a

Georgia have eye on Cockerill

ON THE BLINDSIDE BY NEIL FISSLER Richard Cockerill will discover before Christmas if he is going to be the next coach of Georgia after his

Redpath lining up move to Scotland

ON THE BLINDSIDE BY NEIL FISSLER Bath and Scotland centre Cam Redpath, below, could be heading across the border next summer after emerging as a

Dream Team with Matt Kvesic

Matt Kvesic, The Coventry and former England, Worcester, Gloucester, Exeter and Zebre flanker, chooses the best XV he has played with or against... 1. Ben

Fearing players going abroad is a false storm

JEREMY GUSCOTT OUTSPOKEN AND UNMISSABLE... EVERY WEEK WORLD Cups provide rugby union with an opportunity to reset, and the actions taken following the 2023 tournament,

Gloucester founder on Leicester rocks

By PAUL REES Gloucester ........................20ptsTries: McGuigan 49, Ford-Robinson 65 Conversions: Barton 50, 66 Penalties: Barton 16, 2 Leicester .......................... 38pts Tries: Hassell-Collins 39, 62; Montoya

McKellar: We will keep hold of Jasper

Dan McKellar is confident Leicester will hold on to their World Cup winning No.8 Jasper Wiese who has attracted the attention of French clubs. Wiese

Seven-try Saracens too good for Bears

By BRENDAN GALLAGHER Saracens .......................... 39pts Tries: Farrell 7, Lewington 11, Vunipola 27, Lewington 44, George 53, 77; Willis 68 Conversions: Farrell 45, 54 Bristol

McCall backs misfiring Farrell

Saracens boss Mark McCall insists at no time did they consider changing their kicker as Owen Farrell landed just two of his eight shots at

Furbank in control as Saints hold on

By BRENDAN GALLAGHER Northampton................... 36pts Tries: Sleightholme 8, 72; Ludlam 31, Mitchell 40+1, Coles 61 Conversions: Furbank 9, 32, 40+2, 62 Penalties: Furbank 42 Harlequins

Speedy Sleightholme earns the plaudits from Vesty

Saints head coach Sam Vesty singled out Ollie Sleightholme who was returning after a long lay off with hamstring issues and a series of heavy

20 years on and little to give us any real hope

NICK CAIN READ HIS EXPERT OPINION EVERY WEEK THIS week saw the 20th anniversary celebrations of the 2003 England squad winning the World Cup for

Our starting XV for 2027

NICK CAIN An England team for the 2027 World Cup is a long shot which would leave most snipers well wide of the target. However,

Ford keeps his cool to seal it for Sharks

By BEN JAYCOCK Sale ..................................... 11pts Tries: Hill 25 Penalties: Ford 49, 74 Bath ....................................... 9pts Penalties: Russell 5, 22, 39 GEORGE Ford stepped up

Bath chief proud of battling display

Bath director of rugby Johann van Graan was disappointed at his side’s loss but was encouraged by their performance in a battling display. He said: The post Bath chief proud of battling display appeared first on The Rugby Paper.