Rugby Union Features

New Zealand's flanker and captain Richie McCaw (C) celebrates with the Webb Ellis Cup after winning the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham stadium, South-West London, on October 31, 2015
Richie McCaw's record-breaking career in numbers
Following his retirement from rugby, Sports Mole takes a look at a selection of remarkable statistics from Richie McCaw's record-breaking New Zealand career.
Nov 20, 01:03
Jake White (Sharks Director of Rugby) of the Cell C Sharks during the Super Rugby match between Cell C Sharks and Waratahs at Growthpoint Kings Park on March 29, 2014 in Durban, South Africa.
Next England head coach: Five contenders
Sports Mole assesses five of the men that are reportedly in the running to replace Stuart Lancaster as the new head coach of England.
Nov 12, 10:39
New Rugby Union generic
On this day: George North becomes youngest Rugby World Cup try-scorer
Sports Mole looks back at George North's record-breaking performance in Wales's 81-7 win over Namibia at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
Sep 26, 08:00
Ayumu Goromaru of Japan celebrates scoring his team's second try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Japan at the Brighton Community Stadium on September 19, 2015
Top five Rugby World Cup upsets
Sports Mole looks back at some of the biggest upsets in Rugby World Cup history following South Africa's defeat to Japan at the 2015 tournament.
Sep 20, 10:04
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho gives the thumbs-up prior to his side's clash with Everton on September 12, 2015
Three sporting figures in the spotlight this weekend
Sports Mole identifies three sporting figures in the spotlight this weekend.
Sep 19, 11:08
Joe Schmidt, the Ireland head coach looks on during the International match between Ireland and New Zealand All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium on November 24, 2013
Rugby World Cup - Pool D preview
Sports Mole assesses the five nations that will be looking to progress beyond Pool D at the Rugby World Cup.
Sep 17, 12:31
All Blacks coach and selector Steve Hansen during the New Zealand All Blacks squad announcement at the Southern Cross Hotel on October 20, 2013
Rugby World Cup - Pool C preview
With the Rugby World Cup due to get underway on Friday, Sports Mole runs the rule over the five nations in Pool C.
Sep 17, 10:30
Scotland head coach Vern Cotter during the International match between Scotland and Argentina at Murrayfield Stadium on November 8, 2014
Rugby World Cup - Pool B preview
Sports Mole takes a closer look at the five countries that will battle it out in Pool B of the upcoming Rugby World Cup.
Sep 16, 12:30
England's Head Coach Stuart Lancaster walks on the pitch before the international rugby union test match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium, southwest of London on November 8, 2014
Rugby World Cup - Pool A preview
With the Rugby World Cup on the horizon, Sports Mole takes a look at the five nations that make up Pool A.
Sep 16, 10:30
Fourie du Preez poses for a photo during the South African national rugby team photocall session on May 31, 2014
Rugby World Cup - Injury doubts
Sports Mole looks at some of the players facing fitness battles ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Sep 9, 10:59
A picture shows the Webb Ellis Cup, the trophy awarded to the winner of the Rugby World Cup, during a photo call at a press conference to launch the venues and schedule for the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham Stadium in west London, on May 2, 2013.
Five defining fixtures of the 2015 Rugby World Cup
With the 2015 Rugby World Cup now just a little over a week away, Sports Mole looks at five crucial pool-stage fixtures.
Sep 7, 16:25
Stuart Lancaster, the England head coach looks on during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2013
Three sporting figures in the spotlight this weekend
Sports Mole singles out three sporting figures who will be in the spotlight this weekend.
Aug 22, 11:08
Chelsea's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho gestures during the presentation of the Premier League trophy after the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in London on May 24, 2015
Three sporting figures in the spotlight this weekend
Sports Mole singles out three sporting figures who will be in the spotlight this weekend.
Aug 15, 11:04
Andrew Trimble of Ireland takes on Tyler Morgan and Eli Walker (L) during the International match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on August 8, 2015
Wales 21-35 Ireland: Five talking points
Sports Mole looks at five key issues in the wake of Ireland's comfortable 35-21 win over Wales in Cardiff.
Aug 11, 16:16
Morne Steyn of South Africa scores a try during the Tri Nations match between South Africa and the All Blacks at the Absa Stadium on August 1, 2009
On this day: South Africa's Morne Steyn enters folklore with flawless display
On this day six years ago, Morne Steyn eclipsed the Tri-Nations record for most points scored by an individual player during South Africa's 31-19 win over New Zealand.
Aug 1, 08:00
Head coach Heyneke Meyer looks on during a South African Springboks training session at Hale School on September 2, 2014
Three sporting figures in the spotlight this weekend
Sports Mole singles out three sporting figures who will be in the spotlight this weekend.
Jul 25, 10:56
England's Jonny Wilkinson kicks the winning drop goal against Australia during the final of the World Cup on November 22, 2003
Top five greatest Rugby World Cup matches
Sports Mole picks out five of the Rugby World Cup's greatest ever matches ahead of the latest instalment this autumn.
Jul 10, 12:47
England's Jonny Wilkinson kicks the winning drop goal against Australia during the final of the World Cup on November 22, 2003
Top five greatest Rugby World Cup players
As the Rugby World Cup draws ever nearer, Sports Mole picks out five of the competition's greatest players.
Jun 28, 13:05
England's Jonny Wilkinson kicks the winning drop goal against Australia during the final of the World Cup on November 22, 2003
Top five greatest Rugby World Cup moments
Sports Mole delves through the archives to select five of the Rugby World Cup's greatest ever moments ahead of this year's latest instalment.
Jun 21, 13:58
Greig Laidlaw of Scotland celebrates kicking the winning penalty during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and Scotland at Hunter Stadium on June 5, 2012
On This Day: Greig Laidlaw kicks Scotland to famous victory against Australia
On this day three years ago, Scotland stunned Australia by claiming a narrow 9-6 victory at the Hunter Stadium.
Jun 5, 08:00
Steven Gerrard is substituted during Liverpool's game at Chelsea on May 10, 2015
Three sporting figures in the spotlight this weekend
Sports Mole singles out three sporting figures who will be in the spotlight this weekend.
May 15, 13:57
Jordan Crane of Leicester kicks a match winning penalty during the sudden death penalty shoot out to decide the outcome of the Heineken Cup semi final match between Cardiff Blues and Leicester Tigers at the Millennium Stadium on May 3, 2009
On This Day: Leicester Tigers book Heineken Cup final spot in historic fashion
On this day six years ago, Leicester Tigers beat Cardiff Blues on penalties to secure their place in the final of the Heineken Cup.
May 3, 08:00
Jose Mourinho of Chelsea gives out instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on September 21, 2014
Three sporting figures in the spotlight this weekend
Sports Mole singles out three sporting figures who will be in the spotlight this weekend.
May 1, 12:49
The All Blacks perform the Haka during the QBE International match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2014
Top five contenders for 2015 Rugby World Cup
With less than 150 days to go until the Rugby World Cup gets underway, Sports Mole looks at the five leading contenders to go all the way.
Apr 22, 11:58
General view of Murrayfield, home of Scottish Rugby on February 7, 2014
On This Day: Scotland end 27-year losing streak against Australia
On this day five years ago, Scotland end a 27-year losing streak against Australia by claiming a 9-8 victory at Murrayfield.
Nov 21, 10:09
Sir Clive Woodward prior to the RBS Six Nations match between England and Italy on March 10, 2013
On this day: England break records in Romania thrashing
Thirteen years ago today, England scored 134 unanswered points during an international clash against Romania.
Nov 17, 10:08
Mercedes-AMG's British driver Lewis Hamilton (L) and and Mercedes-AMG's German driver Nico Rosberg collide at the Spa-Francorchamps ciruit in Spa on August 24, 2014
Five teammates at loggerheads
As Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg's fallout continues, Sports Mole picks out five other teammates that have had their differences.
Aug 25, 12:52
England's Jonny Wilkinson kicks the winning drop goal against Australia during the final of the World Cup on November 22, 2003
On this day: Jonny Wilkinson is England's Rugby World Cup hero
On this day in 2003, Jonny Wilkinson kicks a last-gasp drop goal to win the Rugby World Cup for England.
Nov 22, 09:54
Jonah Lomu
On this day: Jonah Lomu destroys England
Eighteen years ago today, Jonah Lomu announced himself on the international stage by scoring four tries against England in the semi-final of the Rugby World Cup.
Jun 18, 09:34