Rugby

2:47 PM BST Wallabies ace Israel Folau will miss the NSW Waratahs’ crucial Super Rugby clash with the Melbourne Rebels on Friday night after he failed to have his one-match ban overturned on appeal. Folau fronted a high-stakes appeal hearing on Thursday night after he was banned from one match by a World Rugby judiciary
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12:58 PM BST These are heady times for rugby union in the United States. With a first victory over a Tier One country courtesy of a 30-29 win against Scotland and with qualification secured for next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, the sport is riding an unprecedented wave of success. Maintaining momentum will be
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10:31 AM BST Samoa’s rugby team have a double motivation heading into their Rugby World Cup qualifier against Germany, with the country’s Prime Minister berating them for a run of defeats and telling them to quit if they lose. Samoa, who often enthral the World Cup with their high-octane physical play, have been thrust into
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Jun 28, 2018 Sam Bruce Close ESPN Associate Editor Sam was brought up on long drives and the dusty fields of north-west New South Wales, where he developed his love of rugby from an early age. He joined ESPNscrum after a five-year stint heading up Fox Sports Australia’s digital rugby coverage. John Goliath Close Rugby
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11:41 AM BST Rugby Australia is set to appeal the one-game ban handed down to Wallabies and NSW Waratahs star Israel Folau after he was cited for making contact in the air during the third Test against Ireland. A World Rugby judicial hearing in Sydney on Wednesday night handed down the suspension, which means Folau
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7:55 AM BST All Blacks captain Kieran Read is set for big-time rugby again after returning from a long injury stint in humble surrounds. Read played the first half for Counties Manukau on Wednesday in a pre-season provincial match at Manurewa Rugby Club, south of Auckland. NSW Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson says the laws surrounding
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5:18 PM BST The glaringly obvious thing that stood out about Rassie Erasmus’ first four games in charge is not necessarily the improvement of the Springboks’ attacking play or the character they showed in the England series. It wasn’t the way they adapted to certain match situations when they went behind early in Johannesburg and
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4:03 PM BST Former South Africa captain Adriaan Strauss, the most capped player in the country’s Super Rugby history, has announced his retirement from all forms of the game. The 32-year-old hooker will end his 14-year professional career at the completion of the 2018 Super Rugby season, he confirmed in a statement from his Pretoria-based
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2:45 PM BST Rugby will have turned into a “nanny state” if Israel Folau is suspended for challenging a high ball against Ireland, according to NSW Waratahs assistant coach Simon Cron. Folau could miss Friday night’s crucial Super Rugby match against the Melbourne Rebels depending on the outcome of a World Rugby disciplinary hearing over
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5:14 AM BST Michael Hooper’s Super Rugby season is in doubt with the NSW Waratahs resigned to losing him for at least a month due to a hamstring injury. The Wallabies and Waratahs captain suffered the injury during Saturday’s third Test against Ireland in Sydney. Assistant coach Simon Cron confirmed the minimum four-week timeframe on
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11:36 PM BST Nick Said, Reuters South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus said his side had put on a “terrible” performance and failed to adapt to referee Glen Jackson in the 25-10 third-Test loss to England at a wet Newlands on Saturday. With the series secured, Erasmus made five changes for the final Test, four in
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9:03 PM BST Danny Cipriani and Elton Jantjies each went into the third Test between the Springboks and England at Newlands with much to prove, each a talented player who sparkles at club and provincial level without having convinced of their suitability for Test rugby. Each had been involved previously only on the fringes of
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6:25 PM BST The rain spoiled a Newlands’ reported ‘farewell’ We should have known the conditions were going to play a massive part in the clash when the ceremonial ‘Impis’ (Zulu warriors) ran onto the field before kick off and slipped like a bunch of teenagers figuring out their roller skates. After two great spectacles
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11:41 AM BST DUNEDIN, New Zealand – The All Blacks managed to silence some of their critics with a scintillating second half performance against France in the third test on Saturday, but coach Steve Hansen was pleased it was just another step on the way to next year’s World Cup. The All Blacks fielded arguably
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Nov 8, 2017 ESPN staff The All Blacks and Springboks have already wrapped up their series, but there’s still plenty to play for in Australia as Ireland and the Wallabies play out the decider in Sydney. Ireland are looking to secure their first series win over the Wallabies in Australia in 39 years, while France
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7:18 PM BST It’s maybe a bit premature to suggest that Rassie Erasmus has a good idea of how the spine of his team is going to look like at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan after only three Tests in charge of the Springboks. But it’s more than likely true. If fit, hookers
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