Rugby

2:09 PM GMT Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of Wales’ final autumn international against South Africa. Full-back Halfpenny suffered concussion in a collison with Australia’s Samu Kerevi earlier this month and was absent from last weekend’s thumping 74-24 win over Tonga. It had initially been hoped that the Scarlets man would return in time
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1:56 PM GMT England wing Chris Ashton will miss Saturday’s final autumn international against Australia after picking up a calf injury in the win over Japan. Ashton, who was recalled by England head coach Eddie Jones this autumn after a long spell in the international wilderness, limped out of the 35-15 victory over the Brave
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10:38 AM GMT South Africa captain Siya Kolisi has been cleared to play against Wales this weekend after escaping sanction for an apparent headbutt on Scotland’s Peter Horne. Replays showed Kolisi appear to strike Horne with the back of his head in the 31st minute of the Springboks’ narrow 26-20 at BT Murrayfield on Saturday,
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5:37 PM GMT Ireland have released six players who featured in Saturday’s historic win over world champions New Zealand to go back and play for their provinces, despite a last test of the year against the United States in Dublin on Saturday. Sean Cronin, Rob Kearney, Jordan Larmour, Kieran Marmion, Jack McGrath and James Ryan
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8:46 AM GMT South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus has credited the Springboks’ improved poise in tight matches for their 26-20 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday. Four of the Boks’ six losses this season have been by five points or fewer, but the team has turned the tables in recent weeks with a 29-26
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4:33 PM GMT Former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas has described how he was the victim of a hate crime because of his sexuality. In a video posted on social media, Thomas, appearing with bruising around his left eye and head, described how he was assaulted in Cardiff on Saturday night. Thomas, who revealed he
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8:00 AM GMT Jamie BraidwoodESPN After a first half between Scotland and South Africa that was as open, breathless and free-flowing as you are ever likely to see at the top level of international rugby, the Springboks slammed on the brakes and said enough was enough. The tourists were up by three but it was
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10:30 PM GMT Michael Cheika is hopeful David Pocock will be fit for next week”s clash with England after the talismanic back-rower left the field early in the Wallabies’ win over Italy in Padova. It was thought Pocock had sustained a concussion which due to the HIA protocols would have put him in serious doubt
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6:38 PM GMT England coach Eddie Jones said his team needed a change in attitude to turn around Saturday’s test against Japan. England, completely outplayed for most of the first half, came from 15-10 down at the break to take control and triumph 35-15. Despite trailing at halftime, England found their try-scoring form in the
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5:33 PM GMT Canada remain on course for a ninth successive Rugby World Cup appearance after a 29-10 bonus-point victory over Germany in their repechage qualifier at the Pierre-Delort Stadium on Saturday. The North American side need just a point from their final qualifier against Hong Kong on Friday to seal a berth at the
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7:50 PM GMT Flyhalf Handre Pollard scored 18 points to provide the platform for a narrow 26-20 win for South Africa over hosts Scotland in their test at Murrayfield on Saturday. The two countries traded two tries each in a magnificent, open first half before Pollard’s boot edged the Springboks to victory in a contrastingly
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4:50 PM GMT England overcame a disastrous first half when their experimental side trailed an effervescent Japan 15-10 to turn on the power after the break and run out 35-15 winners at Twickenham on Saturday. The long-shot outsiders had threatened a repeat of their 2015 World Cup upset over South Africa when well-made tries for
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10:13 PM GMT Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper has backed Jordan Petaia to bounce back from the bitter disappointment of injury scuppering his chance of an international debut. The 18-year-old Queensland Reds flyer’s ecstasy turned to agony in the space of two days when he suffered a strained hamstring in training having been named in the
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3:58 PM GMT Steve Brown is to step down as CEO of England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU), the governing body said on Friday. His decision comes just days after the sport’s biggest and richest union defended itself against claims by one his predecessors of poor financial management. Brown succeeded Ian Ritchie in Sept. 2017 having
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