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British & Irish Lions
Apr 17, 2009:  "History is on Paul O'Connell's side as the Lions selectors weigh up their leadership options for the tour of South Africa." Huw Richards writes
British & Irish Lions
Apr 9, 2009:  Former Springboks assistant coach Gert Smal has sounded out a warning to the British & Irish Lions ahead of their tour to South Africa
Apr 1, 2009:  For France the 1950s in rugby, as in many other areas of national life, was a time of change, transformation and unprecedented progress.
Wales 15-17 Ireland, Six Nations Championship, March 21
Mar 21, 2009:  "It puts a final seal on what can now be seen as the finest decade in Irish rugby history." Huw Richards reports from the Grand Slam-witnessing Millennium Stadium
Mar 18, 2009:  "The one Irish team to have won a Grand Slam had their own historical incubus. In their case it was 1899, the last time Ireland had won a Triple Crown." Huw Richards writes
Mar 10, 2009:  "Wales may never again win a major sevens crown. What does matter is that at the moment when it counted most, the Welsh seven rose to the occasion." Huw Richards writes
Mar 6, 2009:  "France played like a team with something to prove - but happily they channelled their frustration into good rugby rather than violence." Huw Richards writes
Feb 20, 2009:  "For every era of Welsh dominance like the 1900s or 1970s there is an English counterpart - the 1920s and 1990s." Huw Richards writes
Feb 13, 2009:  "Firmly implanted in Welsh folk-memory are the numerous occasions when conditions at the old Arms Park ground were all but impossible." Huw Richards writes
Feb 6, 2009:  "Saturday's meeting between Ireland and France at Croke Park will mark the 100th anniversary of their first meeting." Huw Richards writes
Italian Rugby
Jan 30, 2009:  "Anybody who takes them lightly is likely to pay with the loss of Championship points." Huw Richards writes
Jan 27, 2009:  "History, never mind any other consideration, shows that it is tough to repeat. Nobody has ever won consecutive five-match Slams." Huw Richards writes
Jan 23, 2009:  Tennis star Andy Murray is hoping to follow in the footsteps of an Irish rugby player as he pursues the Australian title at Melbourne. Huw Richards writes
Jan 9, 2009:  "There is nothing quite like a shockingly early death to perpetuate a memory. But there is more than that to Du Manoir's consecration as French rugby's official saint." Huw Richards writes
Dec 19, 2008:  "Constant law changes are what goes with rugby's complexity - an unending attempt to ensure that the game's delicately-balanced machinery does not clog up." Huw Richards writes
Dec 15, 2008:  "Gatland is clearly in charge. He has a united set of coaches he himself chose. Any senior player who chooses to challenge his authority will find himself on a loser." Huw Richards writes
Dec 12, 2008:  There is always talk of traditions when the Varsity match comes round. This year Oxford wing Tim Catling revived one that looked to have fallen into complete disuse - scoring hat-tricks
Nov 21, 2008:  "No man has become more famous on the basis of a single match, England's victory over New Zealand in 1936." Huw Richards writes on Alexander Obolensky
England v Australia
Nov 14, 2008:  "Twickenham has no visitor more familiar or frequent nowadays than the Wallabies...There was a time, though, when they were seen much less frequently on English grounds." Huw Richards writes
Nov 4, 2008:  "Does it matter whether they are competitive in, the Celtic League, the Anglo-Welsh Cup or the Heineken Cup?" Huw Richards writes
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