Battle of the titans launches Rugby World Cup
Whisper it quietly, but is rugby a better game than football? The World Cup kicks off in Tokyo this morning and all the world’s a stage as the giants of the game prepare for an epic battle.
Rugby braces itself for war of Six Nations
Do violent sports harm society? This weekend Europe’s rugby elite will do battle in the Six Nations. Some find brutal games like rugby thrilling, but others say society suffers as a result.
Fury over proposal to ban tackling in rugby
A group of doctors and academics have called on the government to ban contact and collisions in rugby at school level. But is aggressive behaviour not sometimes beneficial when under control?
England need to know ‘the beauty of failure’
A shattering defeat by Australia condemned England to elimination from the Rugby World Cup at the first stage. Is winning a game all that matters? Or is true sport about learning how to lose?
Wales v England: why small countries can win
Britain will hold its collective breath tomorrow as England face Wales in the Rugby World Cup. England has a much bigger population than Wales, so why is the result so uncertain?
Cricketer’s sudden death shocks the world
The 25-year-old Australian Phillip Hughes was an outstanding talent in his prime, but a freak cricket accident has cut his life short. Should it make us reconsider how safe some sports are?
Crunch time for sport’s ‘family feud’
Britain and Australia have craved one another’s sporting humiliation for over a century. Now a one-two punch of cricket and rugby showdowns display this ferocious enmity at its peak.
Modern sport: 'a freak show with accidents'
A footballer retires after battling with injury. New figures show the dangers of playing rugby. And London gears up for the Olympics. How healthy are top athletes really?