Rugby

9:49 AM GMT The Women’s Six Nations match between Italy and Scotland has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Italian Authorities cancelled all sporting events in the Veneto and Lombardi Regions after the confirmed number of cases of Covid-19 rose to 79 in Italy. The match was due to take place on Sunday
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2:35 PM GMT Iain Henderson has been ruled out Ireland’s Six Nations match against England on Sunday due to family reasons. The Ulster captain will be replaced at lock by Devin Toner, Irish Rugby said in a statement on Friday. Toner featured for Ireland off the bench against Scotland and Wales, and will win his
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11:16 AM GMT Eddie Jones has made numerous changes for England’s Six Nations clash against Ireland on Sunday, with George Furbank ruled out due to injury and Manu Tuilagi returning. Furbank failed a late fitness test on Friday, while Anthony Watson is still out injured, meaning Elliot Daly comes in at full-back. Joe Marler, Courtney
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2:15 AM GMT Brumbies coach Dan McKellar has backed his men to clinch an against-the-odds Super Rugby victory against the unbeaten Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday. The Australian conference leaders are winless in Hamilton since 2007 and haven’t posted a victory anywhere in New Zealand since 2014. The Brumbies lost a heartbreaker after the siren
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12:40 PM GMT Wales have drafted in Gareth Davies and Ross Moriarty to their starting line-up for Saturday’s Six Nations clash against France in Cardiff. Davies starts at scrum-half alongside Dan Biggar in the half-backs while Moriarity takes Aaron Wainwright’s place in the back-row. Biggar was an injury doubt heading into Saturday’s clash following a
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1:18 PM GMT France have made one change for Saturday’s Six Nations clash against Wales with Virimi Vakatawa returning from injury. Vakatawa missed France’s round two win over Italy with a triceps injury, but has recovered to start at outside centre. With Vincent Rattez and Damian Penaud injured, Arthur Vincent moves to 12 with Gael
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6:27 PM GMT France coach Fabien Galthie described Wales prop Wyn Jones’s allegations that Les Bleus would cheat at the scrum in their Six Nations clash on Saturday as a lack of respect towards his country. Jones said he hoped France would not get away with bending the rules at the scrum. “It’s a lack
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2:17 PM GMT The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has announced that it will play host to the All Blacks and South Africa in November as part of the 2020 November internationals. The last time New Zealand visited Cardiff was in 2017 when they beat Wales 33-18. – ESPN Fantasy Rugby is back! Click here to
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12:55 PM GMT Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has made three changes to the starting team to face Italy in Rome in the Six Nations on Saturday. Edinburgh forwards Stuart McInally and Ben Toolis and Gloucester centre Chris Harris have all won spots on the team. Toolis replaces the injured Jonny Gray while Townsend said McInally
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6:45 AM GMT The Brumbies’ hopes of upsetting Super Rugby frontrunners the Chiefs have taken a blow with the squad hit by an outbreak of mumps. A number of cases have been confirmed within the Brumbies playing and team staff following testing this week, with Rugby Australia and SANZAAR stepping in. After consultation with ACT
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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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