Rugby

3:41 PM BST Argentina coach Mario Ledesma has launched a scathing attack on his Rugby Championship rivals, slamming a photo opportunity in Townsville that was without Pumas representation. Ledesma unloaded on his fellow tournament combatants after his side had been beaten 27-8 by the Wallabies at Queensland Coountry Bank Stadium on Saturday night, the Pumas
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4:19 PM BST Rugby World Cup winner Steve Thompson, who was diagnosed with dementia aged 42, has pledged to donate his brain for research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the former England hooker said on Thursday. Thompson is one of a group of nine former players who filed a class-action lawsuit against World Rugby and
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6:35 AM BST Wallabies coach Dave Rennie and All Blacks counterpart Ian Foster both say they were unaware of World Rugby’s move to place a limit on the amount of full contact players are involved in at training. The governing body on Thursday [AEST] released a set of “guidelines” which it hopes will lead to
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2:33 AM BST ESPN staff World Rugby has reinforced its commitment to improving player welfare with the introduction of guidelines for the amount of contact and set-piece training undertaken each week. In conjunction with International Rugby Players [IRP], World Rugby has created guidelines that will seek to reduce the amount of injuries “while maintaining or
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4:14 PM BST Sara Cox is set to make history as the first woman to referee a Gallagher Premiership game, at Twickenham on Saturday. In 2016, Cox became the first referee who is female in the Rugby Football Union, and in 2020 became the first to work as an assistant referee in English rugby’s top
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9:00 AM BST England boss Eddie Jones has named eight uncapped players in a 45-player squad for the next training camp, but there is no place in the mix for Saracens quartet Mako Vunipola, Billy Vunipola, Jamie George or the injured Elliot Daly. The large squad will meet for a two-day training camp next week
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6:26 AM BST All Blacks forwards coach John Plumtree is expecting a “titanic” battle up front when New Zealand and South Africa meet in their 100th Test match in the Rugby Championship on Saturday. Plumtree, who coached for many years in South Africa, did not expect the Springboks to vary much from the strategy that
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3:47 AM BST Damian McKenzie will make his first Test start at fly-half for three years against Argentina in Brisbane on Saturday after All Blacks coach Ian Foster completely overhauled his team for their fourth Rugby Championship clash. The fleet-footed playmaker, who has made all his Tests starts since 2018 at fullback, came off the
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11:39 PM BST Aaron Smith has played his last game for New Zealand in the Rugby Championship this year, with the scrum-half to remain at home for the birth of his second child. The All Blacks No. 9 did not travel to Australia with the squad ahead of the Test with the Wallabies in Perth,
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7:08 PM BST England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) has set its sights on hosting the 2031 World Cup, chairman Tom Ilube said Tuesday. England last staged the global showpiece event in 2015 when their team under coach Stuart Lancaster went out of the tournament at the group stage. “We would like to bid for that
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12:30 PM BST World Rugby (WR) chief executive Alan Gilpin has said that organisation “will continue to consider” staging the Rugby World Cup every two years instead of every four but that all stakeholders would have to be given their say before the idea was even considered. Japan hosted the last men’s Rugby World Cup
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2:57 AM BST Assault charges against New Zealand flanker Shannon Frizell were formerly dismissed by a Dunedin court on Tuesday after the loose forward completed a police “diversion” scheme aimed at first offenders, local media reported. The 27-year-old, who has played 15 Tests for the All Blacks, faced two charges of assault against a woman
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2:37 AM BST Lock Brodie Retallick will captain New Zealand for the first time in the absence of Ardie Savea when the All Blacks take on Argentina in the Rugby Championship on Australia’s Gold Coast on Sunday. Loose forward Savea suffered a head knock in the 38-21 defeat of the Wallabies in Perth last weekend
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