Rugby

9:52 AM BST The cancellation of England’s game against the Barbarians because of coronavirus protocol breaches made rugby a laughing stock, England coach Eddie Jones said on Thursday. On the day the Rugby Football Union was bringing charges against the Barbarians players who twice broke camp to visit a London restaurant, Jones, who had previously
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10:28 AM BST The Six Nations games between France and Ireland and Wales against Scotland have been postponed due to coronavirus cases in the camps. The French rugby federation told Reuters on Thursday that France’s game had been postponed following an outbreak of cases in the French camp. 1 Related The game was scheduled for
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11:38 AM BST Alun Wyn Jones will become the most capped player in test history when he leads a much changed Wales in their Six Nations finale against Scotland on Saturday. Lock Jones will earn a 149th cap, including nine for the British & Irish Lions, and move ahead of former New Zealand captain Richie
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6:51 PM BST British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has warned players who miss the team’s warm-up fixture against Japan on June 26 that they will be at a disadvantage when he makes his final selection for the tour of world champions South Africa. The Lions are locked in a battle with Premiership Rugby
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2:34 PM BST Ireland prop Cian Healy will win a 100th cap in Saturday’s Six Nations clash against France in Paris as coach Andy Farrell made just a single, enforced change from the side that thumped Italy last weekend. Ireland can mark Healy’s milestone with a bonus-point victory that would ensure they win the Six
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5:01 AM BST AAP with ESPN staff Wallabies attack coach Scott Wisemantel has questioned whether New Zealand actually went “up a notch” in Auckland but admits Australia must bring their A-game on Saturday in Sydney, demanding accuracy as they attempt to level the Bledisloe Cup series. Missed tackles and turnovers by the Wallabies were costly
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11:31 AM BST Wasps’ uncapped fly-half Jacob Umaga has earned a call up to England men’s Six Nations squad ahead of Saturday’s match against Italy in Rome. The match concludes the tournament for both sides, which was halted earlier in the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. England boss Eddie Jones has named Umaga in
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3:42 AM BST All Blacks number eight Ardie Savea and prop Nepo Laulala are on paternity leave and will miss the Rugby Championship opener against Australia next weekend, coach Ian Foster said on Sunday. Both players were absent when the New Zealand squad boarded their flight across the Tasman Sea on Sunday, but Joe Moody
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8:07 PM BST Exeter Chiefs completed a momentous double when they beat Wasps 19-13 in a rain-lashed, arm-wrestle of a Premiership final in a near-empty Twickenham on Saturday, a week after winning the European Champions Cup. In appalling conditions of relentless rain and swirling wind, where the only noise in the 82,000-capacity ground came from
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12:56 PM BST Saturday’s Super Rugby Unlocked fixture between the Lions and Cheetahs at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa, has been called off. The cancellation happened after two players from the Lions squad tested positive for COVID-19. “The decision was taken as part of prescribed precautions advised by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases
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