Rugby

7:28 AM GMT As Australian rugby keeps its fingers crossed for an improved broadcast deal, this was not the weekend Rugby Australia administrators were after. The Brumbies and Reds were both in positions to win their respective matches over the Highlanders and Reds, only for a lack of discipline — perhaps some dubious refereeing in
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3:10 PM GMT England hooker Jamie George says he will continue to play for Saracens next season despite them being relegated from the Premiership for breaching salary cap rules. The futures of several England players, including captain Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and the Vunipola brothers Billy and Mako, were thrown into doubt when Premiership Rugby
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12:28 PM GMT Israel Folau is set to make his Catalans Dragons debut against Castleford in the Super League on Saturday. Coach Steve McNamara named his 21-man squad on Thursday for the game at the Gilbert Brutus Stadium with Folau included at No. 4. Folau wasn’t named in either squad for the two games the
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11:06 AM GMT Harlequins have confirmed the signing of South Africa international Wilco Louw for the 2020-21 season. Louw, 25, will join from Super Rugby side Stormers at the end of the campaign. The prop is set to replace outgoing England international Kyle Sinckler who has signed for Bristol Bears. – ESPN Fantasy Rugby is
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8:08 AM GMT The Hong Kong and Singapore Sevens will be postponed until October due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, World Rugby announced on Thursday. Sources had told ESPN that both legs would be rescheduled and the organisation has confirmed the Singapore tournament will take place from Oct. 10-11 and Hong Kong will run
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1:21 AM GMT Worcester lock Michael Fatialofa has taken his first steps in his medical rehabilitation from a neck injury that occurred less than a minute after coming onto the field in a match on Jan. 4. The New Zealand-born Fatialofa released a video on his Instagram account late on Wednesday showing him moving his
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8:58 PM GMT The Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Wednesday it was cutting its funding of clubs in the Championship, the second tier of English rugby union, by almost half next season. The RFU said its contribution towards the 12 Championship clubs next season will be around 3.46 million pounds ($4.48 million), or 288,000
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3:21 PM GMT Glasgow Warriors lock Jonny Gray has been ruled out of the remainder of the Six Nations due to a hand injury. Gray, 25, has featured in both of Scotland’s championship defeats this campaign including their 13-6 loss to England on Saturday. – ESPN Fantasy Rugby is back! Click here to pick your
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10:27 AM GMT England coach Eddie Jones has said it would be a mistake to increase the number of teams in the Six Nations. Reports emerged last week suggesting South Africa could join the competition in 2023 to create a Seven Nations, though New Zealand Rugby (NZR) Chief Executive Mark Robinson has since said an
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