Rugby

2:35 PM GMT Springboks scrum-half Faf de Klerk has extended his contact with Sale Sharks until 2023, the Premiership side announced Monday. De Klerk, who was named on a five-man shortlist for World Rugby’s player of the year for 2018, made 25 appearances for Sale in his debut season following his move from Super Rugby’s
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12:54 PM GMT Harlequins have suspended Dave Ward for one game after the hooker was shown a yellow card for stamping on Wasps’ Thomas Young at Twickenham Saturday. Ward also appeared to spit at Young, an incident which was missed by referee Craig Maxwell-Keys but was shown on television, although the Harlequins player denied that
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7:25 PM GMT ESPN staff The looming Rugby World Cup means the southern hemisphere season begins a fortnight earlier in the 2019, with the Super Rugby opener set down for February 15. Before that, however, each of the 15 teams will engage in some preseason fixtures to prepare for the season proper. Check out when
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6:01 PM GMT Bath moved into the top six in the Gallagher Premiership thanks to an inspired performance from Freddie Burns as they beat Wasps 24-14. Fly-half Burns scored 19 points including a fine first-half try and Will Chudley also crashed over for Todd Blackadder’s side. Wasps gave themselves hope through Thomas Young’s score but
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A New Zealand columnist who should know better, but quite often does not, asked why the All Blacks should not be handed the World Cup now, just in time for first South Africa, then (without quite closing the deal) England and, conclusively, Ireland to show exactly why. Eddie Jones’s third season syndrome kicked in and
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5:43 PM GMT Exeter Chiefs ended Saracens’ 22-game unbeaten run with a dominant 31-13 victory to move above them at the top of the Gallagher Premiership. Tries from Luke Cowan-Dickie, Harry Williams and Matt Kvesic alongside a second-half penalty try secured victory with what could be an important bonus point as the Chiefs look to
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12:49 PM GMT The French Rugby Federation has proposed lowering the height of tackles to below the waist in response to the death of a teenage player. Stade Francais academy flanker Nicholas Chauvin died at the age of 19 after breaking his neck in an U21 game this month, sparking a public outcry in France
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3:46 PM GMT Former England winger Christian Wade will contend for a spot on an NFL team after being named on the league’s International Player Pathway Program, the NFL announced on Thursday. Wade quit Premiership Rugby side Wasps in October in order to pursue a career in the NFL and will join athletes from four
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12:51 PM GMT England Women internationals Emily Scarratt, Natasha Hunt and Jess Breach became the first players to be awarded full-time professional contracts for the 2019 season, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) announced on Thursday. The trio will transition from the England Rugby Sevens to the England Women’s 15-a-side from Jan.1. with Breach returning to
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9:59 AM GMT England and Gloucester fly-half Danny Cipriani has been ruled out of action for up to six weeks due to a small tear to his chest muscle, his club manager Johan Ackermann said on Wednesday. Cirpriani, 31, sustained the injury during Gloucester’s 29-17 Champions Cup defeat at the hands of Exeter Chiefs last
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9:32 PM GMT England’s Premiership Rugby has completed what it described on Wednesday as a “landmark” investment deal with private equity company CVC Capital Partners. Premiership Rugby said in a statement that CVC had bought a minority shareholding, which British media reported to be worth more than 200 million pounds ($252.54 million). The investment is
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1:27 PM GMT Former Welsh internationals Stephen Jones and Jonathan Humphreys have been appointed as assistants to incoming head coach Wayne Pivac, the Welsh Rugby Union announced on Wednesday. Jones and Humphreys will join up with Pivac and the national team following the 2019 World Cup in Japan. The WRU also confirmed that coaches Neil
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9:39 AM GMT All Blacks flanker Ardia Savea has resisted approaches from French club rugby and added two years to his contract with New Zealand Rugby. The 25-year-old confirmed he had signed until 2021, reportedly backing out of a deal to play for Pau after next year’s World Cup in what he described as a
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5:12 PM GMT Leicester Tigers have appointed caretaker boss Geordan Murphy as their new head coach, the Premiership club said on Tuesday. Murphy, 40, took charge of the team on an interim basis in September after head coach Matt O’Connor left following a 40-6 drubbing at Exeter in their season opener. “It is a huge
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12:15 PM GMT Ireland lock Iain Henderson is set to miss the start of the Six Nations due to a thumb injury, his club Ulster said on Monday. The 26-year-old, who has played 40 times for his country, underwent surgery on Monday. “Iain Henderson had surgery today to repair a torn ligament in his thumb.
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10:23 AM GMT ESPN staff South Africa will play Japan in a final Rugby World Cup warm-up fixture two weeks before facing the New Zealand All Blacks in their opening fixture of the global showpiece in Yokohama. The fixture will be played on Friday, Sep. 6 at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium in Saitama, north of Tokyo.
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