Strangely it is 10 years since an Irishman was last crowned European Player of the Year. The list of past winners is impressive – Antoine Dupont, Maro Itoje, Owen Farrell, Jonny Wilkinson – but an Anglo-French duopoly has existed since 2012 when Rob Kearney, the Leinster, Ireland and Lions full-back, collected the award.
Premiership clubs face losing England players for half of their league matches next season due to mandatory rest periods and clashes with international fixtures in a truncated campaign before the World Cup. The 2022-23 season will begin on 9 September and is set to run for 38 weeks, two fewer...
SPURS fans have been revelling in a week of good news, with Champions League qualification and owners Enic making a £150million cash injection. And the club are set for a further boost as the growing success of their 63,000-capacity home increases the likelihood of a money- spinning naming rights deal.
Matt Lodge departed the New Zealand Warriors less than a week ago - but he's already made a bizarre code switch. The 26-year-old was granted an early release from his deal with the club last Friday, ending a stint that lasted just 14 games after a mid-season switch last year.