Jan 25, 2007: Phil Vickery has never shirked a challenge in his life - even the considerable prospect of picking England up by their bootlaces.
Jan 25, 2007: This time next year the dust will be settling on Rugby World Cup 2007, the ticker-tape will have been swept up, mementos will be on offer on auction sites around the world and most importantly the fate of the Webb Ellis Cup will be known
Jan 25, 2007: Whisper it quietly, but England might find a key missing ingredient during this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship - enjoyment
Jan 25, 2007: Italy captain Marco Bortolami heads into the RBS 6 Nations Championship confident in the Azzurri's ability to make even the best teams ``sweat''.
Jan 25, 2007: Italy and Romania followed up their opening qualifying wins with respective victories over Russia and Spain on Saturday 14 October to guarantee themselves places in Pool C of next year's Rugby World Cup
Jan 25, 2007: While the Heineken Cup seeding system means the quarter-final pairings are not fixed until the final whistle of the last match in the pool stage, round five finished with a pretty clear idea of most of the names who will still be involved at that
Jan 25, 2007: The boos which swirled around Twickenham in the autumn are not forgotten, but do not be surprised if there is a mood of optimism among home fans when they trek to Rugby HQ for England's first RBS Six Nations match of 2007 against Scotland
Jan 25, 2007: By this time next year, Richie McCaw could conceivably be regarded as one of the all time great All Black captains and loose forwards
Jan 25, 2007: Scotland go into the RBS 6 Nations campaign with high hopes that few fans would have imagined just one year ago.
Jan 25, 2007: After the heady heights of Wales' 2005 Grand Slam success it was a case of normal service being resumed in last season's RBS 6 Nations Championship.
Jan 25, 2007: Eddie O'Sullivan admits Ireland are facing crunch time as they attempt to end a 22-year-wait for RBS 6 Nations glory burdened by their status as championships favourites.
Jan 25, 2007: Namibia took a big step towards Rugby World Cup 2007 with a comprehensive 25-7 qualifying first-leg victory over Morocco in Windhoek at the weekend
Jan 25, 2007: Deep in the bowels of the Millennium Stadium last autumn, shortly after Wales had drawn 29-29 with Australia, Nigel Davies uttered five seminal words
Jan 25, 2007: So now we know
Jan 25, 2007: Where would the fun be in life if you couldn't spend it trying to show your friends exactly who knows best
Jan 25, 2007: The dawning of the new year means that the sport's next global showpiece is growing ever nearer and excitement is sure to intensify amongst players and fans alike as we build towards the kick off
Jan 25, 2007: The European autumn series of test matches saw all the world's serious rugby nations in action
Jan 25, 2007: National coach Gareth Jenkins has unveiled the blueprint he believes will not only lead Wales to glory at this year's World Cup but lay the foundations for continued long-term success.
Jan 22, 2007: National coach Gareth Jenkins has unveiled the blueprint he believes will not only lead Wales to glory at this year's World Cup but lay the foundations for continued long-term success.
Jan 22, 2007: Where would the fun be in life if you couldn't spend it trying to show your friends exactly who knows best?