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Premiership players considering claims for unlawful deduction of wages

Growing player unrest at blanket 25% pay cuts imposedSome players left dismayed by measures taken at clubsPremiership clubs are likely to face claims of unlawful deduction of wages amid growing player unrest at the blanket 25% pay cuts imposed. It is u…

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Championship clubs in shock over RFU’s decision to slash funding by 50%

• RFU accused of giving Premiership ‘ring-fencing on a plate’• Swingeing cuts of more than £3m come into force next seasonThe Rugby Football Union is to cut its funding of the Championship by 50%, throwing England’s second tier into turmoil and handing…

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Championship clubs in shock over RFU’s decision to slash funding by 50%

• RFU accused of giving Premiership ‘ring-fencing on a plate’• Swingeing cuts of more than £3m come into force next seasonThe Rugby Football Union is to cut its funding of the Championship by 50%, throwing England’s second tier into turmoil and handing…

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Te’o and Billy Vunipola return late to hotel after alcohol-fuelled night out

• Players out after second-half capitulation against Scotland• Pair breached team protocol and may be punished by JonesBen Te’o and Billy Vunipola have found themselves in hot water after arriving late back at the England team hotel following an alcoho…

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Premiership issues World Rugby with legal threat as insurance row escalates

• PRL wants major changes in player insurance regulations• Row could affect several nations’ World Cup preparationsPremiership Rugby has threatened World Rugby with legal action in an escalating row over player insurance that is set to hamper a number …

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Six Nations set to unveil HSBC as championship’s new title sponsor

• Bank sponsored 2009 and 2013 British & Irish Lions tours• Hearing will decide Danny Cipriani’s red-card fate this weekThe Six Nations is set to unveil HSBC as the championship’s new title sponsor, the Guardian understands. HSBC, which sponsored t…

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Champions Cup pulled into firing line in Premiership ring-fencing wrangle

• Ring-fencing of Premiership expected from 2020-21 season• Premiership clubs do not want to expand beyond 12-team leagueDownsizing the European Champions Cup has been proposed as a way to protect player welfare if the Premiership is ring-fenced with m…

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Premiership may be reduced to 10 teams in bid to avert player strike

• Idea to be discussed at Professional Game Board meeting on Wednesday• Plans would free up internationals to play more matches for their clubs Reducing the Premiership to 10 teams is one of a host of ideas being floated as a potential solution to the …

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Barbarians women’s team to make historic debut in Ireland in November

• Invitational side to play Munster prior to announcement of full schedule
• ‘This is a reflection of the excellence of the global women’s game‘

The Barbarians will on Tuesday officially launch its first-ever women’s team with the side set to make their debut in Ireland next month in what can be considered further evidence of the growth of women’s rugby.

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