Rugby

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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12:43 PM GMT ESPN staff Nelson Mandela would not have backed racial quotas for South Africa’s national rugby team, Springboks captain Siya Kolisi said over the weekend. “I don’t think he [Mandela] would have supported [quotas], but I don’t know him‚” Kolisi, the first black captain of the Springboks, told Kyodo News in Japan after
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12:45 PM GMT ESPN staff Former South Africa captain and coach Johan Claassen has passed away at the age of 89. Claassen played 28 Tests between 1955 and 1962, when he was considered to rank among the game’s leading lineout exponents, and captained the side nine times. He played a total of 56 matches in
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4:13 PM GMT Premiership Rugby has moved to dampen suggestions of a rift with the Rugby Football Union after reports claimed the organisation could break away. The Mail on Sunday claimed it had seen minutes from a Premiership board meeting which discussed the possibility of clubs putting together an “unregulated competition” if the RFU refuses
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2:07 PM ET Bryce Heem’s late try earned Worcester Warriors an unlikely victory over 11-man Bath at Sixways Stadium on Saturday. Heem crossed over almost 20 minutes after time had expired following a spell which saw the away side receive three yellow cards in less than 10 minutes, compounding the 64th-minute red shown to replacement
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10:38 AM GMT The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced England Women’s first squad of full-time professional players and has set its sights on regaining the Women’s Six Nations championship in March. The organisation revealed plans for the team to go fully professional last year, awarding full-time contracts to players for the first time. The
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3:35 PM GMT England back-row Mark Wilson has signed a new long-term contract to stay with Gallagher Premiership side Newcastle Falcons. The 29-year-old, who has made 221 appearances for the club and is a Falcons academy graduate, will remain at Kingston Park for another four years as he looks to build his international career. Wilson
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1:34 PM GMT Billy Vunipola’s chances of making England’s Six Nations squad have been given a boost after club side Saracens announced his return to action following a broken arm. The No. 8 has been selected in the starting XV for the Gallagher Premiership champions’ Friday night trip to Sale Sharks . Teammate Liam Williams
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1:04 PM GMT England flanker Sam Underhill is a doubt for the Six Nations after Bath confirmed he had suffered ankle ligament damage. Underhill, 22, was hurt in Bath’s 23-16 win over Leicester Tigers in the Gallagher Premiership on Sunday and will now see a specialist to assess the extent of the injury. In a
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