Rugby

11:34 AM BST Tom Stapylton-Smith There is no doubt the Currie Cup has been the foundation for plenty of the legends of South African rugby. However, in recent years, one of the world’s oldest domestic rugby competitions has struggled to maintain relevance in South Africa’s rugby landscape – with the focus on Super Rugby and
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10:02 AM BST ESPN staff Former French Rugby Federation president Pierre Camou has died aged 72 after a long illness, the federation has announced. Camou took charge of the federation between 2008 and 2016 overseeing France’s successful 2011 World Cup campaign, where they were beaten in the final by hosts New Zealand. Camou was also
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2:41 AM BST With Michael Cheika showing no signs of budging from his Michael Hooper-David Pocock combination, the search to find the third man in Australia’s back-row trio for next year’s Rugby World Cup continues. The latest cab off the rank is Lukhan Tui, a western-Sydney raised 21-year-old who, in the Bledisloe Cup opener, will
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11:36 AM BST Danny Cipriani has been fined £2000 after he pleaded guilty to common assault and resisting arrest following an incident at a Jersey nightclub. England and Gloucester fly-half Cipriani was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning and, after appearing at Jersey Magistrates’ Court Thursday, was ordered to pay £1500 for resisting
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5:17 AM BST Greg GrowdenESPN Rugby Close After more than 30 years with The Sydney Morning Herald and Fairfax Media in Australia, Greg Growden now writes exclusively online for ESPN. Never afraid to step on toes, you can expect plenty of compelling insight from one of Australia’s most renowned writers. Winning Bledisloe Cup matches requires
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6:30 PM BST ESPN staff England and Gloucester star Danny Cipriani has been arrested and charged with assault after an incident at a nightclub in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Cipriani, who recently returned to the England fold, was taking part in Gloucester’s pre-season tour of Jersey. Police say he has been charged with
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1:11 PM BST England centre Ben Te’o has admitted he wasn’t sure if he would return to rugby following his latest battle with injury. The 31-year-old missed England’s summer tour of South Africa due to a thigh injury and spent further time on the sidelines last season after undergoing ankle surgery. England and Bath duo
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2:03 AM BST Matt Toomua says the onus is squarely on the Wallabies to win back disillusioned fans and inspire a whole new generation of Australian rugby players. Toomua missed seeing the All Blacks’ first-half massacre of the Wallabies in last year’s Bledisloe Cup series opener while on a driver education course for running a
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7:17 PM BST At some point during the Rugby Championship Springbok boss Rassie Erasmus will have to roll the dice. But it’s not like ‘The House’ is going to gobble up his chips and throw him out on the street. They say ‘The House’ always wins, but in Erasmus’ case he is, well, the casino.
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1:18 AM BST The All Blacks insist the haka is as powerful, prestigious and pivotal as ever, claiming Kees Meeuws’ thoughts about the pre-game ritual haven’t been accurately reported. Meeuws suggested the haka had “lost its mana” and “become a showpiece” in The Jersey, a book about the world No.1 rugby side by British journalist
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12:56 AM BST Halfback Will Genia would like to see the Wallabies wear their Indigenous jersey more often, as a nod to all the many different cultures represented in an increasingly cosmopolitan lineup. While Kurtley Beale is the only Indigenous player among the regular starters, Genia, who was born in Papua New Guinea, is one
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5:43 PM BST A decision to ease restrictions on European-based players could be the impetus that Argentina need to reverse a long slump and finally begin to compete with the traditional powers of the southern hemisphere. Argentina have used only home-based players in the Rugby Championship since 2015 when they reached the World Cup semi-finals
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11:51 AM BST The All Blacks have gone a year without having to worry about David Pocock but they’re on high alert for the return of the Wallabies back-row menace in the Bledisloe Cup. The Brumbies star wasn’t part of the 2017 series as he was on a sabbatical. He returned to the Australian side
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2:14 PM BST Former Sale Sharks winger Tom Brady has hit back after a fan abused his wife and mother while they watched him from the stands during a preseason friendly. Brady was taking part in a warm-up game between Sale Jets — the Sharks academy side — and Sale FC at Heywood Road on
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7:33 AM BST Wallabies captain Michael Hooper has passed a fitness test and will join exciting uncapped backs Tom Banks and Jack Maddocks in an expanded squad for the Bledisloe Cup clash with the All Blacks. Hooper, who signed a new five-year $6 million contract, hasn’t played for seven weeks since injuring his hamstring early
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2:04 AM BST ESPN staff Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has included uncapped backs Tom Banks and Jack Maddocks in his 28 player Bledisloe Cup squad ahead of next week’s opening Test. Cheika named a trimmed squad on Sunday morning with experienced trio Scott Scio (shoulder), Michael Hooper (hamstring) and Dane Haylett-Petty (knee) all named in
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