Rugby

11:31 AM BST ESPN staff Two-time World Cup winner Dan Carter lobbed at Blues training on Thursday morning, five years after he left New Zealand and Super Rugby. Rumours of Carter’s impending return to New Zealand rugby emerged on Wednesday evening after a WhatsApp message from Blues coach Leon MacDonald was leaked. All that was
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11:07 AM BST New Zealand Rugby is “optimistic” about hosting northern hemisphere teams in an international schedule later in 2020 as the country edges closer to lifting social distancing restrictions. New Zealand will decide on Monday whether it is ready to lower its COVID-19 alert system a notch to level 1, which would end curbs
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10:00 PM BST New Zealand’s Super Rugby teams will be able to replace red-carded players and drawn matches may be decided by a golden-point tiebreaker when the country’s domestic competition starts on June 13, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) said on Tuesday. The changes are aimed at making the game more exciting for fans and will
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12:05 PM BST England’s Gallagher Premiership and second-tier Championship clubs have been given the green light to resume individual training from Tuesday with strict social distancing measures, the Professional Game Board announced. Competitive sport has been suspended in the UK since March in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 39,000 people.
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5:09 AM BST Rugby Australia is in talks with the government about allowing New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina’s teams to enter the country and be based in a “hub” for a condensed Rugby Championship later in the year. After a two-month lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19, Australian authorities have allowed sports to
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5:09 AM BST ESPN staff Major League Rugby [MLR] will welcome a new franchise from 2021 with the LA Giltinis confirmed as one of two expansion teams for next season. And they have already acquired some expertise in the coaching ranks with veteran Australian coach Darren Coleman [head coach] and former Wallabies back-rower Stephen Hoiles
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11:57 PM BST World Rugby has rejected a proposal for an unofficial World Cup event next year aimed at boosting the game’s finances after the coronavirus stoppage. Former Rugby Football Union CEO Francis Baron had put forward a plan for a six-week 16-team invitational tournament in the UK and Ireland which he said could raise
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10:00 AM BST England and Saracens lock George Kruis will play in Japan for the Panasonic Wild Knights next season, the Top League club said on Monday. Welsh centre Hadleigh Parkes will also join Kruis at the club with the pair expected to arrive in Japan in November ahead of the 2021 Top League season,
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7:04 PM BST Agustin Pichot has accused Rugby Africa president Khaled Babbou of “betrayal” for his defeat in the World Rugby election. Pichot lost the election to become World Rugby chairman against incumbent Bill Beaumont by a 28-23 margin earlier this month. He later stepped down from his role on the World Rugby Council after
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10:00 AM BST Southern hemsiphere rugby body SANZAAR and the Six Nations have entered a consultation process aimed at creating an aligned global rugby calendar “in total transparency with unions, clubs and players”, a joint statement said on Friday. The hope is to have international windows that are aligned between the northern and southern hemisphere,
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1:47 AM BST World Rugby Player of the Year Pieter-Steph du Toit has confirmed he will stay at South African Super Rugby side the Stormers after initially giving notice he would terminate his contract. Players in South Africa had a 21-day window to opt out of their current contracts and become free agents in light
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6:45 PM BST Gallagher Premiership Rugby clubs will be unable to resume training for at least another two weeks, according to the Professional Game Board Chair Chris Booy. The league was originally scheduled to restart on April 24 but it has since been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Coronavirus: Postponements and cancellations in
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4:30 PM BST South Africa’s World Cup hero Cheslin Kolbe has said he would rather play against the British and Irish Lions next year and forego the chance to compete at the Tokyo Olympics. The winger, whose try in the closing stages of last year’s World Cup final in Japan sealed success against England, will
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3:23 AM BST South Africa fullback Warrick Gelant has made the switch from the Bulls to Super Rugby rivals the Stormers, officials confirmed on Wednesday. Gelant, 25, will swap Pretoria for Cape Town, having been signed to fill the gap left by another Springboks fullback, Dillyn Leyds, who has moved to La Rochelle in France.
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