Sunday, May 19


Just listen, Leighton had ability to be rugby star

PETER JACKSON THE MAN TRULY IN THE KNOW Upon his death last month at the age of 71, Leighton James bequeathed a treasure trove of


Sarries to hit road as Sale upset their plans

By PAUL REES Sale and Bath joined Northampton and Saracens in the Premiership play-offs after a final round yesterday full of twists and shocks. Sale


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Ludlow’s up for the Sharks challenge

By BEN JAYCOCK Despite suffering a 14-try whitewash last weekend and finishing second bottom in the Premiership for a second straight year, Lewis Ludlow believes

Uzokwe: Championship has got tougher to win

By BEN JAYCOCK Despite not getting the chance to secure promotion to the Premiership, back rower Simon Uzokwe says Ealing Trailfinders’ Championship title win means

Cattle prods for a proper pathway

By LUKE JARMYN Cornish Pirates’ coach Gavin Cattle believes this season’s success for the Penzance-based club is a clear indicator that Cornwall could sustain a

Big Ben strikes at right time for Sale

By PAUL REES Ben Curry is often referred to as the twin brother of Tom, the 50-cap England flanker who has missed the entire season

Danny hails departing ‘Quins legend’ Collier

By BEN JAYCOCK Harlequins’ household names are nearing the end of their careers but scrum-half Danny Care believes their new coaching team has built a

Steve’s call left Clarke out in the cold

By ROSS HEPPENSTALL Steve Borthwick has been blasted for the way he axed a key member of England’s backroom staff. Jon Clarke was appointed as

McCall: Vunipolas at the heart of all we have achieved

By BEN JAYCOCK Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall says departing stalwarts Mako and Billy Vunipola are ‘two of the keenest rugby minds’ he’s ever

Williams is still the centre of attention

By PAUL REES When Bristol signed Benhard Janse van Rensburg and Virimi Vakatawa last year to boost their midfield, few would have picked James Williams

Fighting back from hip injury was my biggest success – Devoto

By MARK STEVENS Centre stage: Ollie Devoto playing for Exeter Ollie Devoto has enjoyed many a triumph with Exeter over the years, but he insists

Lam so keen to keep hold of Vakatawa

Pat Lam wants Virimi Vakatawa to extend his stay at Ashton Gate and is in talks with the France centre over a new deal. Vakatawa

Hendy: We want special send off for top Saints

By BEN JAYCOCK Northampton flyer George Hendy has enjoyed a breakthrough year with the table toppers and while the likes of Saracens insist they won’t

Ealing too strong for Championship

WELL done to Ealing Trailfinders for winning the Championship – although once Jersey Reds were no longer in the competition it was a foregone conclusion.

Include Welsh sides in two-tier Premiership

A COUPLE of letters in last week’s paper along with Nick Cain’s column got me thinking on these subjects of ring-fencing and a possible Anglo-Welsh

I agree, bring back England Counties

AGREE with Surrey coach Marc Bertrand’s views last week on the Bill Beaumont Cup and the need to bring back England Counties. In ‘the good

Ex-Wasps buzzing for European glory

By BEN JAYCOCK Thibaud Flament has risen from Loughborough University’s fifth team to become a French international with the intention of next weekend becoming a



Sarries’ star exits generate extra fuel

JEREMY GUSCOTT OUTSPOKEN AND UNMISSABLE... EVERY WEEK Saracens are the defending Premiership champions, and Mark McCall’s side are looking more and more capable as we

Ruthless Bath crush Saints on perfect day

By BRENDAN GALLAGHER Bath .................................... 43pts Tries: Bayliss 7, Muir 14, 63; Dunn 42, Spencer 53, Barbeary 60 Conversions: Russell 8, 15, 43, 54; Spencer

Johann savours ‘special’ moment

BATH head of rugby Johann van Graan is proud of his side’s turnaround this season but says the job is not yet finished. “I’m so

Ollie helps top Tigers finish with a flourish

By MARK STEVENS Leicester .......................... 40pts Tries: Hassell-Collins 20, van Poortvliet 26, Reffell 43, Brown 54 Conversions: Pollard 21, 26, 44, 55 Penalties: Pollard 16,

It’s a tale of mixed emotions for Baxter

WHEN Rob Baxter sits down to carry out his final assessment of this season, the Exeter director of rugby will look back on a campaign

Big win but it’s not enough for Bears

By NICK POWELL Harlequins ....................... 28pts Tries: Cunningham-South 9, 52; Dombrandt 22, Northmore 47 Conversions: Smith 10, 23, 48, 53 Bristol ................................ 53pts Tries: Williams

Pat’s proud as his boys stoop to conquer in record style

PAT Lam was pleased with his team’s efforts in a history-making win at The Stoop despite missing out on a place in the top four.

It’s away day delight as Sharks bite Sarries

By BEN JAYCOCK Saracens ........................... 10pts Tries: Riccioni 66 Conversions: Farrell 67 Penalties: Farrell 26 Sale .....................................20pts Tries: Roebuck 23, R du Preez 51 Conversions: The post It’s away day…

McCall: ‘They wanted it more’

SARACENS director of rugby Mark McCall admitted his side were ‘out enthused’ by Sale. He said: “That was a really disappointing performance. I thought we

Falcons’ misery but hosts restore pride

By PAUL REES Gloucester ....................... 54pts Tries: Mercer 10, Harris 18, C Atkinson 20, Thorley 31, Blake 42, May 48, Hearle 73, Hathaway 80 Conversions: The post Falcons’ misery but hosts restore pride appeared first on The…

May: My focus is only on cup final

JONNY May made sure his final appearance at Kingsholm ended on a high and is relishing his last appearance for Gloucester in Friday’s Challenge Cup