Not long to go...
The new season is approaching fast. The Ironmen have pre season fixtures against North Wales Crusaders, a St Helens and then an IPro cup match against London Skolars over the coming weeks. The league season then starts with a home fixture against Whitehaven.
Saracens v Toulon, Match Preview
Perhaps unfair to say it, but even at the heights of their European dominance, I always had a sense that a squad as talented as Toulon's was playing well within itself, certainly in terms of style if not results.
Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
This weekend Carnegie fans have a trip to the seaside to look forward to. Yorkshire Carnegie plays Ealing in the B&I cup. This is an on the road game hosted by Scarborough RUFC.
Saturday 14th January saw the return match against Brive on the European Challenge Cup. Prior to travelling WRSC were contacted by Kop Cabiste, the Brive supporters association.
England Women name 6Nations Squad & Fixtures
England Women head coach Simon Middleton has announced his 33-player squad for the Six Nations which gets underway on Saturday 4 February. In addition, it has today been confirmed that Sky Sports will broadcast all five of England Women's 2017 Six Nations fixtures.
New Developments Announced for Women's 6N Championship
The Six Nations Council are delighted to announce significant new initiatives to help raise the profile of the Women's Six Nations from the forthcoming season. This major development will help enhance the Women's Six Nations Championship in a number of key areas. In an aim to develop Women's rugby and to increase the profile of the Women's Six Nations Championship, the Six Nations Council have worked with the six unions involved to ensure that all matches will be produced for television to a high quality broadcast standard. In doing so, it will ensure that each country's Women's Six Nations Championship matches are available live either on television or streamed live on Six Nations YouTube / Facebook channels. A roundup highlights programme will also be available on BBC Network on Sunday evenings
England prop Matt Mullan discusses his Six Nations chances
Matt Mullan is the favourite to replace Mako Vunipola and Joe Marler and start for England in the front row throughout the upcoming Six Nations.He has been the cornerstone of the Wasps scrum again this year as Dai Young’s men have reached the top of the Aviva Premiership and are also on the verge of reaching the knockout stages of the European Cup. He has been discussing his England chances and also his club form for Wasps.
The state of play – and the outlook
13 might be unlucky for some but, for the Falcons, we have seen by far our 13-game run into a season since promotion.
Scarlets v Saracens Match Report
After the drama and undeniable spirit not to lose last week we all headed down the M4 for round 5 of the champions cup v Scarlets. Coming back to draw like that with 14 men doesn't happen every week - does it?
Coup de Grace
Bath will be expected to deliver a coup de grace to Pau on Saturday. The club in the Pyreneean shadow has no hope of anything but pride from the fixture. They cannot even claim third place in the pool and have been bafflingly inconsistent in the tournament so far. Having begun brightly with a battling home defeat, they next failed to register even a single bonus point until taking Cardiff Blues to the wire last weekend. Tense tussles against the two leading teams have bracketed a limp capitulation in Cardiff and concession of 2 try bonuses to Bristol whom they gifted a total of 69 points. Their form is not just the usual French home and away disparity as Bristol beat them soundly at the Stade du Hameau. In the Top 14 they stand 11th, well clear of the relegation struggle but they do have an outside chance of finishing high enough to qualify for next season’s Champions Cup. Perhaps their laissez faire approach to some of their Challenge Cup ties shows the Top 14 to be their priority? Or- is it just some clichéd Gallic insouciance, and will they spring a surprise at the Rec on Saturday?