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Eddie Jones' comment that Danny Cipriani has been left out of the 36 man England training squad announced today "100%" on rugby grounds is, at best, disingenuous.Let's be honest, I've long been critical of Cipriani's off-field antics and, f...

Delighted by the news this week that the RFU have finally seen sense and have decided to reintroduce professional contracts for the England Women's 15-a-side team from 1st January 2019.Twenty-eight full-time deals will be awarded plus seven elit...

While I do have some sympathy with Leicester's Will Spencer's red card for a high tackle against Wasps on Sunday, the decision was ultimately the correct one.There was no malice or intent in Spencer's tackle on Tommy Taylor - but it was a forceful sh...

Congrats to Liza Burgess, Stephen Larkham, Ronan O’Gara, Bryan Williams and Pierre Villepreux - all of whom were inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame last week.Congrats (kind of) also to the following characters who have been inducted in...

This week’s warning from World Rugby’s vice-chairman Agustin Pichot that international rugby game is under threat should be taken seriously by all involved.Pichot wants unions and clubs to agree a new 10 year global calendar before the 2019 World...

Although not a massive fan of meddling with the laws of the game, sometimes someone comes up with a proposed change in the laws that makes eminent sense.On this occasion it is Ospreys head coach, Allen Clarke, who has put forward a clever idea to hel...

Wazzock of the week

By Total Flanker on Sep 10, 2018 in: rugby

Mathieu Bastareaud's disgraceful forearm smash on the prone Christophe Samson - in the weekend's clash between Toulon and Castres - was nothing short of assault and battery.A lengthy ban must follow and in my humble opinion Bastareaud will be lucky i...