England's rugby clubs have confirmed they will not renege on their refusal to take part in a revamped Heineken Cup next season, despite their French counterparts opting last week to abandon plans to breakaway.
GREIG LAIDLAW, the Edinburgh captain, has issued an emphatic message to his capital teammates to remind them that tomorrow's Heineken Cup Pool 6 tie with Gloucester at Murrayfield is a must-win game if they are to keep their European dreams alive this season.
With Gala poised to leave for Bristol at the weekend to play a British & Irish Cup tie, Bryan Rennie, the Greene King English Championship side's centre, has been reminiscing about his time spent north of the border.
Scotland's rugby league team lit up their World Cup but they cannot expect handouts from the British game's governing body to help them build on their success according to one of the sport's best known commentators.
The collisions were monumental and led to a spectacular outcome as the Manchester night sky was lit up on Saturday, but whether this was rugby league's Higgs-Boson moment or merely a case of the sport's global ambitions going out with an almighty bang remains to be seen.