What’s in this Sunday’s Rugby Paper (03/03/23)


The Six Nations has its second and last weekend off this Saturday and Sunday, but there’s plenty of top class action, exclusive interviews and in-depth features on offer in the Rugby Paper.

After Harlequins’ own bye week last weekend in the Premiership they return at Twickenham, with Marcus Smith, Cadan Murley and Joe Marchant all looking to halt their five-match losing streak in “Big Game” 14.

Elsewhere in the Premiership there’s action from Bristol Bears vs Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers vs Bath, as well as in-depth previews of Newcastle Falcons vs London Irish and the top-of-the-table clash between Sale Sharks and Saracens taking place on Sunday.

Our regular columnists will as always be giving their views, as Nick Cain, Peter Jackson, Jeremy Guscott, Shane Williams, Chris Hewett, Brendan Gallagher, James Harrington and Jeff Probyn all weigh in on the latest in the world of rugby and look ahead to round four of the Six Nations.

Former England and Harlequins legend Chris Robshaw, his ex-teammate Danny Care, in-form England centre Ollie Lawrence, and his current teammate Mako Vunipola are among a bumper list of players who sat down with our reporters this week for exclusive interviews.

We have reports from all eight URC games with action from Munster vs Scarlets, Ospreys vs Benetton, Cardiff vs Ulster, Dragons vs Connacht, Glasgow vs Zebre, Stormers vs Sharks, Bulls vs Lions and Edinburgh vs Leinster.

And the Championship returns in full from its cup break this week and we will be across Bedford vs Doncaster, Nottingham vs Hartpury, Ampthill vs Cornish Pirates, Coventry vs London Scottish, Jersey Reds vs Caldy, and Richmond vs Ealing.

Former Leeds Tykes, Rotherham and Sport-Club Frankfurt 1880 centre Tom Bullough, now at Hull Ionians, picks a Dream Team of the best players he’s played with or against

Our Young Gun this week is Tristan Woodman, the homegrown Sale youngster and England U18s player, currently plying his trade at Fylde, who talks about a hugely impressive 12 months and his goals for the future.

And Exeter scrum-half Stu Townsend discusses his life in the game so far in My Life in Rugby.

If you haven’t already, listen to this week’s The Rugby Paper Podcast with BBC Ukraine Correspondent and former Championship player James Waterhouse below. Otherwise, don’t forget to pick up a copy on Sunday!

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