We're back! Two months into the domestic season, over a month removed from the Rugby World Cup final, and into the dark depths of December rugby, it's time to revive the power rankings. It's a welcome return to the charts for London Irish as well as Bayonne and Brive in France, with the newcomers making good starts to the new season. But the presence of some big clubs lower down the rankings, established sides competing near the top last time out, illustrates how odd a Rugby World Cup season can be. One giant, however, remains unbeaten after playing nine matches. Let's dive in. Records are written as Wins-Losses-Draws. 40. Zebre (1-8) 39. Kings (1-6) 38. Ospreys (1-8) 37. Stade Francais (3-9)... … [Read more...] about Rugby power rankings – who sits on top before the Champions Cup returns?
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Get a Telegraph Sport subscription for £1 per week Despite convincing victories in their opening Champions Cup matches which suggest Exeter Chiefs have finally cracked how to win in Europe, all feet remain firmly on the ground in Devon heading into Sunday's Champions Cup fixture away to Sale Sharks. Exeter are five points clear at the top of Pool 2 after bonus-point victories away at La Rochelle and at home to Glasgow Warriors, having made the best start out of any side in this year's Champions Cup. While Exeter have appeared in the past four Gallagher Premiership finals, the club are yet to consistently feature deep into the knockout stages in Europe, making the quarter-finals on only one... … [Read more...] about Exeter remain grounded ahead of Sale challenge despite blistering start to Champions Cup campaign
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Get unlimited access to all Telegraph Sport for £1 a week, including our unrivalled Rugby World Cup coverage After six weeks of upsets, hammerings and cancellations we are down to just two teams in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final: England and South Africa. Alongside Brian Moore this week is the former England sevens captain and broadcaster Rob Vickerman to reflect on the two semi-finals and to look ahead to Saturday's showdown. England produced the finest display of the Eddie Jones era to dismiss pre-tournament favourites New Zealand on Saturday morning and both Brian and Rob think it’s hard to look past them for the William Webb Ellis Trophy. As for New Zealand, it's not the three in a row that departing head coach Steve Hansen had his sights set on, former All Black Scott Hamilton joins the show to speak about how the Kiwi’s have reacted to the defeat and who’s likely to replace Hansen after the tournament. Wales's dream ended on Sunday morning with a … [Read more...] about Brian Moore’s Full Contact podcast: New Zealand win was Eddie Jones’ finest hour, now go win the World Cup
Whatever happens in the final weeks of the Pro14 season, Benetton have done enough this season to allow us to believe in Italian rugby again. The Italian franchise lie in third place of this week's matches in the Pro14, right at the heart of a three-way battle for the two play-off spots in Conference B along Ulster and Edinburgh. Benetton have never made it to the knockout stages, their best finish until now coming a year ago when the team from Treviso recorded an 11-win season - the same number of wins produced across the previous three campaigns. Kieran Crowley, a Rugby World Cup winner with New Zealand in 1987, was enlisted to carry out an overhaul after eight years with the Canadian national... … [Read more...] about From no-hopers to the brink of the Pro14 play-offs – how Benetton gave Italian rugby belief again