January 11, 2013
Former England scrum-half Matt Dawson has launched a stinging attack on another ex-international and now journalist Paul Ackford.
Dawson, a Rugby World Cup winner in 2003, took to micro-blogging site Twitter to delight at unconfirmed reports that Ackford had parted company with the Sunday Telegraph newspaper. "What fab news!! Allegedly Paul Ackford is done at the Sun Telegraph," he wrote. "Good riddance u bitter man! harsh but he knows why."
January 22, 2013
This Saturday, January 26, is Australia Day. So it is fitting that it should also be the 150th anniversary of the birth of arguably the first great player produced by Australia, Charles Gregory Wade.
Wade was born on January 26 1863 at Singleton, around 120 miles north of Sydney. His reputation as a schoolboy player at King's School, Parramatta was such that it was assumed he would make an impact on the English game when in 1880 he won a scholarship to Merton College, Oxford.
January 29, 2013
Former Scotland and British & Irish Lions coach Jim Telfer has lashed out at England labelling Stuart Lancaster's side "too arrogant, too pretentious and too condescending".
England meet Scotland in their annual Calcutta Cup clash on Saturday and Telfer has already started stoking the fires. And Telfer is no stranger to the Anglo-Scottish rivalry having coached Scotland to their 1984 Grand Slam and acted as assistant to Ian McGeechan in 1990 when they scooped another clean sweep. And while the outspoken Telfer has praised England's coaches, he has singled out some of the team's younger players as "very impressionable".
“ There's no reason why England should be getting players in this way with the population of players we've got. It's a bit of an insult to our rugby Harlequins' Nick Easter questions England's reliance on foreign-born players ”
January 30, 2013
England coach Stuart Lancaster is set to head up a new International Performance department at the Rugby Football Union following an in-depth review into the structure of the elite game.
The shake-up has been recommended by Sir Ian McGeechan and Peter Keen, one of the architects of Great Britain's Olympic success from his time as performance director at UK Sport, who were tasked with analysing the RFU's professional rugby department in the wake of last year's Rugby World Cup.