Rugby

11:39 PM GMT Australia skipper Michael Hooper admits he made the wrong move in not kicking for goal after the Wallabies sunk to a disappointing 9-6 Test loss to Wales. With the scores locked at 3-3 until the 68th minute, in a dour arm wrestle in Cardiff, Hooper’s conceded his decision to go for a
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9:28 PM GMT Wales coach Warren Gatland says the strength of their bench played a major role in the narrow 9-6 victory over Australia at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. Wales, who will meet Australia in their pool in Japan, ended a 13-game losing streak against the Wallabies in an error-strewn arm-wrestle. The ability to
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10:10 PM GMT Eddie Jones knows that one of the keys to beating New Zealand is to mentally get past their “aura” and, having done an impressive job of that with Australia, he has spent the last week drumming it into his England players. When Jones was in charge of the Wallabies in the early
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2:56 PM GMT Huw Richards Close • FT’s rugby writer from 1995 to 2009• Also writes for the International Herald Tribune and the Sunday Herald Winning your first cap is a great day for any player, and to have it against the All Blacks must provide an extra dimension. To both end up on the winning side
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11:32 PM GMT Australia coach Michael Cheika has thrown his support behind firebrand hooker Tolu Latu after handing him a surprising first start in almost two years against Wales in Cardiff. The Wallabies are looking to record a 14th successive win against the Welsh on Sunday (0420 AEDT) with Latu one of four changes made
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4:26 AM GMT ESPN staff Jack Goodhue will join Sonny Bill Williams in the All Blacks midfield after he was named at outside centre for the Test with England at Twickenham. Goodhue replaces Crusaders teammate Ryan Crotty in the No.13 jersey from the third Bledisloe Test a fortnight ago, with Ngani Laumape and Matt Proctor
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11:37 AM GMT Manu Tuilagi’s return to the England fold ahead of their clash with New Zealand has helped settle down Eddie Jones’ team, according to team-mate Ben Youngs. Tuilagi has made the 25-man squad for Saturday’s Quilter international against the All Blacks at Twickenham after recovering from a minor groin strain. He had been
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10:45 PM GMT David Pocock admits Australia’s lineout needs to improve dramatically if they are to have any chance of putting Wales to the sword early Sunday morning (AEDT). Last weekend in Japan the All Blacks dealt comfortably with the Wallabies at set-pieces and Pocock is fully aware that they will need to be at
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8:13 PM GMT Manu Tuilagi will return to the England squad after being included in Eddie Jones’ 25-man squad to face New Zealand on Saturday at Twickenham. Tuilagi, 27, has not played for England in two-and-a-half years, and last started in 2014, due to injury problems but has been looking good of late although he
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1:49 PM GMT England flanker Tom Curry will miss the rest of the November internationals after being ruled out with an ankle injury. Curry limped off shortly after half time in England’s 12-11 win against South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday before leaving the stadium on crutches. England head coach Eddie Jones says rugby union
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7:02 AM GMT After being ruled out of Saturday’s test against France and possibly the rest of the tour, South Africa lock Eben Etzebeth is back in contention after the ankle injury he suffered turned out to be less serious than initially thought. Netflix to chill? NBA for game night? Need to scratch the gaming
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11:00 PM GMT New Zealand coach Steve Hansen will set aside his friendship with his England counterpart when their teams meet at Twickenham on Saturday, expecting Eddie Jones to have done his homework on the world champions. Hansen said he and the Australian speak or text roughly once a fortnight: “You don’t ring up people
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2:48 PM GMT England flanker Tom Curry is “highly unlikely” to face New Zealand on Saturday due to an ankle injury, head coach Eddie Jones said on Monday. Curry limped off shortly after half time in England’s win against South Africa last weekend before leaving Twickenham on crutches. He had yet to be officially accessed
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