Rugby

6:04 AM GMT ESPN staff Rugby Australia has again opted not to sanction Wallabies star Kurtley Beale after a second video surfaced on social media showing him in the vicinity of alleged illicit drug use. Vision of Beale laughing while an older man snorted white powder from a plate was posted online on Tuesday afternoon,
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10:15 PM GMT Rugby is changing at such a pace that England head coach Eddie Jones is weighing up a new nine-forward system with Jack Nowell earmarked as one player capable of holding a dual playing role split between the forwards and backs. As Jones analysed his 35-man squad for their Six Nations opener against
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9:30 AM GMT Dylan Hartley has been left out of England’s squad for their Six Nations opener against Ireland due to injury. Eddie Jones has named a 35-man group for their championship start with four uncapped players included. Forwards Jack Singleton and Ben Earl join winger Ollie Thorley and scrum-half Dan Robson in the squad
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10:16 PM GMT SYDNEY – Kurtley Beale could find himself with more questions to answer from Rugby Australia after a second video emerged on Wednesday of the star back in a dubious situation. On Tuesday, Beale had apologised to Rugby Australia for his appearance in a video with rugby league player Corey Norman dating back
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12:39 PM GMT Wasps have announced the signing of former New Zealand international Malakai Fekitoa from French club Toulon. Centre Fekitoa represented the All Blacks 24 times after making his debut in 2014, scoring two tries at the 2015 Rugby World Cup as New Zealand became the first country to retain the title. Fekitoa, 26,
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11:45 AM GMT Injuries to key players forced Scotland coach Gregor Townsend to select seven uncapped players in his 39-man squad for the Six Nations on Wednesday. Townsend has cast his net wide after 19 players under consideration were unavailable for selection, including experienced loose-forward John Barclay, lock Richie Gray and both first-choice hookers Fraser
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1:30 PM GMT Wales included Leigh Halfpenny in their Six Nations squad on Tuesday, despite the fullback having not played rugby since he was concussed against Australia in November. Halfpenny, one of seven back-three options in a 39-man squad named by coach Warren Gatland, was poleaxed by Australia’s Samu Kerevi in the 9-6 victory over
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7:21 AM GMT Wales No. 8 Taulupe Faletau is set to miss the Six Nations after suffering another broken arm, according to several reports on Monday. Faletau missed the November Internationals after breaking his arm playing for Bath in the Premiership in October. The 28-year-old returned to action for his club in an 18-16 Champions
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7:18 PM GMT Saracens progressed to the Champions Cup quarterfinals with a convincing 28-10 victory over Lyon in pool three. Nick Tompkins crossed the line twice for the two-time winners who stay top and remain unbeaten in the competition this season. England international Maro Itoje — who returned from a knee injury picked up in
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8:51 PM GMT Newcastle Falcons crashed out of the Champions Cup following a thumping 45-8 defeat to Montpellier in pool five. The French side earned a bonus point scoring seven tries while Zach Kibirige managed to score a consolation try for Newcastle who suffered a sixth consecutive loss in all competitions. Meanwhile in the same
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2:31 PM GMT England international James Haskell has criticised the new generation of rugby players, insisting that “they don’t have the social skills”. The Northampton Saints back row is concerned that young players don’t have the tools to cope with life after rugby. “My concern is that so many players, especially the young ones, all
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3:20 PM GMT New Zealand centre Matt Proctor will join Northampton Saints in the summer, the club announced Friday. The 26-year-old has agreed a deal to once again work with head coach Chris Boyd who led Proctor’s current side the Hurricanes to the Super Rugby title in 2016. Proctor, who earned his first call up
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12:22 PM GMT Sam Underhill will miss England’s Six Nations campaign after undergoing ankle surgery, Bath Rugby have confirmed. The England flanker is expected to be out of action for around three months after suffering ankle ligament damage in Bath’s 23-16 Gallagher Premiership win over Leicester Tigers on Dec. 30. Underhill’s England and Bath teammates
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11:19 AM GMT France have included five uncapped players in their 31-man Six Nations squad. Demba Bamba and Romain Ntamack, two members of France’s winning Under-20 World Cup squad, are joined by forwards Dorian Aldegheri and Gregory Alldriit and full-back Thomas Ramos. Prop Bamba, 20, was part of head coach Jacques Brunel’s squad for the
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2:48 PM GMT Concussions remain the most prevalent injury in English rugby, making up almost 20 percent of all reported match injuries according to figures published by the Rugby Football Union. Although there was a small reduction in reported incidents during the 2017-18 season, it is the third year in a row that concussions have
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4:09 PM GMT Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny looks set to miss his country’s opening matches in the Six Nations. Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac revealed Tuesday the fullback has been ruled out for between three and five weeks after seeing a concussion specialist. Halfpenny has not featured for club or country since he was forced
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