What’s in The Rugby Paper: 21/01/24

What's in The Rugby Paper: 21/01/24


Half of the knockout stage places in both the Investec Champions Cup and EPCR Challenge Cup are still up for grabs, and you can find out who secured their place in the last 16 in The Rugby Paper this Sunday.

Saracens face a tough test against Lyon on Saturday night to secure their place in the next round, and Jamie George will be hoping for a winning finish to a memorable week where he signed a new contract with the club and was named England captain. Jeremy Guscott focuses in on Steve Borthwick’s choice for his new skipper.

An even bigger announcement came this week, and we have reaction to Louis Rees-Zammit’s shock move to the NFL IPP programme with Ben Jaycock speaking to Coventry’s George Smith who is also chasing the American dream after leaving his rugby days behind.

From a departure from Kingsholm to an arrival, Rory Taylor outlines how much he’s enjoying life with familiar faces at his new side Gloucester after being made redundant by London Irish last year.

Though their reveal was somewhat overshadowed by Rees-Zammit, Paul Rees analyses how each of the Six Nations squads are primarily focused on the present rather than building to the next World Cup in just under four year’s time.

Cornish Pirates’ Alan Paver says the Championship still remains the perfect launchpad for young players and coaches to reach the very pinnacle of the modern game.

Alongside coverage of that league we will be across a packed weekend of domestic action from the Women’s Premiership Rugby, National Leagues One, Two North, Two East and Two West, and the Welsh Premiership.

And don’t forget to check out our weekly features, with a look back at Scotland and British and Irish Lions hooker Gordon Bulloch’s career in My Life in Rugby, a Dream Team selected by Bourgoin and former Bristol second row Morgan Eames and Saracens flanker Nathan Michelow featuring as our Young Gun.

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