Rugby

10:25 AM BST Former England rugby international James Haskell has signed with mixed martial arts promotion Bellator. Haskell, 34, will compete in Bellator’s heavyweight division and could make his professional debut in 2020, the promotion said in a press release on Thursday. The former flanker earned 77 England caps during a 17-year international career and
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8:57 AM BST New Zealand’s team bidding for a rugby sevens gold medal at next year’s Tokyo Olympics will not include any All Blacks after several approached declined to be involved. New Zealand Rugby said on Thursday that four players — Caleb Clarke, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Salesi Rayasi and Scott Gregory — had been granted leave
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10:32 AM BST With less than a month until the World Cup kicks off in Japan squad lists are starting to roll in. Hosts Japan take on Russia in the opening clash of the tournament on Friday September 20, with the final to come just six weeks later. Here we list every tournament squad as
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9:35 AM BST England prop Mako Vunipola is set to make his long-awaited comeback in Saturday’s World Cup warmup match against Ireland after recovering from a hamstring injury that had sidelined him for three months. Vunipola was injured in Saracens’ Champions Cup final win over Leinster in May and the 28-year-old required surgery that ruled
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12:38 AM BST Wallabies great George Gregan says every northern hemisphere power will pose a threat at the Rugby World Cup, although he questions whether Wales have the attacking strike power to go all the way. The former Australian captain says Europe’s best have clearly advanced since the 2015 tournament, with none reaching the semi-finals,
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9:08 AM BST Springboks flyhalf Elton Jantjies says South Africa’s coaches, including current head coach Rassie Erasmus, have developed the right systems to be successful at the Rugby World Cup in Japan. Jantjies started at flyhalf as the Springboks defeated Argentina 24-18 in their one-off Test at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, with Erasmus having rested
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4:44 AM BST The All Blacks say Wales are welcome to the No. 1 world ranking, relaxed to shed themselves of the long-held status heading into a Rugby World Cup defence that is gathering serious momentum. Coach Steve Hansen was bemused that New Zealand should lose the top spot they’ve held for a decade in
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11:30 AM ET Wales beat England 13-6 in Cardiff on Saturday to avenge their loss in the reverse fixture last Sunday and take them to the top of the official world rankings as the World Cup looms. A fired-up Wales, fielding a near full-strength side against a more mixed England lineup for the second game
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3:49 PM BST Bath winger Ruaridh McConnochie is a doubt to make his England debut in the his side’s second World Cup warm up fixture against Wales on Saturday due to muscle soreness. McConnochie, 27, will have his fitness assessed on Friday, having been due to make his international debut this weekend following his surprise
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