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Way of the Tiger

If the thought of sharing the same square of Leicester soil as the Tigers team of the mid-to-late 1990s chills you to your boots - think Martin Johnson, Dean Richards and Neil Back - then spare a thought for those condemned to shareShow More Summary

Leinster redefine Euro boundaries after third Heineken Cup triumph

So are Leinster now the greatest Heineken Cup team of all time? It may have a been a hot topic among the blue hordes trooping deliriously out of Twickenham, after seeing their heroes win an unprecedented third European title in fourShow More Summary

Twickenham poised for all-Irish final

Saturday's Heineken Cup final at Twickenham will be a celebration of Irish rugby, the first denouement between two sides from the country in 17 years of the tournament. Leinster, aiming for a third title in four years to join Toulouse...Show More Summary

The best of the 2012 Six Nations and team of the tournament

So, another Six Nations is done and dusted, one of the best since Five became Six in 2000. A third Grand Slam in eight years for Wales. Plaudits for runners-up England. Misgivings over Ireland and France, a win for Italy and a thirdShow More Summary

Lancaster leads England renaissance

England forwards coach Graham Rowntree is not normally an emotional man, nor one given to effusive praise. So his comments about the team and its interim coach Stuart Lancaster after the 30-9 demolition of Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday were as telling as they were unusual. "We've been born again as a new team under Stuart," he said. Show More Summary

Historic Slam triumph raises Welsh horizons

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff "I hope Wales is rocking at the moment," mused Warren Gatland, an hour or so after Rhys Priestland had booted the ball high into the stands to spark wild celebrations at the Millennium Stadium. You can bet on it Warren. Show More Summary

Ashton yearns to make a splash

Chris Ashton is the fastest man in the England team. He is also quick to admit his weaknesses. Has this been the toughest six months of his entire career? "Definitely. Coming back from the World Cup... sometimes it just goes like that," he said. "Your life is never going to keep going up and up - there will always be a bit where it plateaus out. Show More Summary

The Final Countdown: Inside the England dressing room

You've been selected to play for your country. The day of the big Six Nations clash has arrived. The hours before kick-off are crawling past, but at last you're on the team coach, arriving at the stadium, thousands of people cheering...Show More Summary

Six Nations: Six of the Best - Wales v France

Welcome to the final week of our Six of the Best series, the chance to remind you of some of the most memorable matches associated with a particular Six Nations fixture. This time it comes with a slight twist: not just the best Wales...Show More Summary

Lancaster's perfect pitch

Everyone gets anxious before job interviews. After England's thrilling 24-22 win over France in Paris on Sunday afternoon, Stuart Lancaster might feel rather more confident about his next one. You can imagine the first question after...Show More Summary

Six Nations: Six of the Best - France v England

Welcome to week four of Six of the Best, the chance to reacquaint yourself with some of the most memorable matches associated with a particular Six Nations fixture. This week it is "Le Crunch", that well-worn label for an encounter that...Show More Summary

Belief may not be enough for Andy Robinson

Andy Robinson is a man who should be drowning in statistics. Scotland have now lost five Tests in a row and won only two of 13 Six Nations matches since Robinson took over as head coach. Yet, not only does Robinson stay afloat, he retains...Show More Summary

Six Nations: Six of the Best - England v Wales

Welcome to the third in our 'Six of the Best' series, a reminder of some of the most memorable matches associated with a particular Six Nations fixture. With apologies to Ireland v Italy and Scotland v France, we couldn't look past England...Show More Summary

Wales march on as Scots lament familiar failings

Two down, three to go. At least that’s how the Welsh optimists – and there were plenty of them streaming into the streets of Cardiff on Sunday night – will see it. If that appears a bit presumptuous with a trip to Twickenham looming next, there is no sign of this crop of Wales players getting ahead of themselves. Show More Summary

Narrow win brings plenty of positives

If there were no exuberant celebrations from Stuart Lancaster this week to match the light-smashing fist-pump that left him needing stitches in Edinburgh, England's interim coach will leave a frozen Rome with a warm glow of satisfaction...Show More Summary

New boy Barritt relishing England revival

While one England national team might have been in crisis on Thursday, another was continuing to show clear signs of recovery. The parallels between the nation's football and rugby sides - hugely disappointing World Cups, a subsequent influx of new blood, a struggle to reconnect with disenchanted supporters - were already strong. Show More Summary

Six Nations: Six of the best - Wales v Scotland

Welcome to the second in our 'Six of the Best' series, a chance to remind you of some of the most memorable matches associated with a particular Six Nations fixture. This week we consider Wales against Scotland, a contest that stretches back to 1883. Show More Summary

Wales defy the odds and edge a classic

Aviva Stadium, Dublin As the strains of Hymns and Arias drowned out the booing from Irish supporters at the final whistle, the sound of Welsh rejoicing would have reverberated around the Six Nations. Any year Wales win their first game...Show More Summary

Same old story for Scotland as Lancaster profits

If you had accidentally stumbled into the post-match interviews at Murrayfield on Saturday night, the briefest of glances at the faces of the two coaches would have told you all you needed to know about the preceding few hours. England’s...Show More Summary

Ireland v Wales: The back-row battle

Ireland's Six Nations clash with Wales on Sunday is not short of interesting sub-plots and storylines. But even 16 months out from the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, the back-row battle is ripe with intrigue. Ireland...Show More Summary

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