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Warren Gatland plans Lions v All Blacks ‘decider’ in summer of 2021

Lucrative match would be warm-up for South Africa tourLions head coach has discussed idea with New Zealand RugbyWarren Gatland has raised the tantalising prospect of a “decider” between the British & Irish Lions and New Zealand in the UK next summe…

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Club World Cup to be put forward as radical new rugby union competition

French federation president behind revenue-raising schemeTwenty-team tournament could mean end of Champions CupA radical proposal for an annual Club World Cup featuring 20 teams from around the globe will be put to leading unions this week as part of a…

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Eddie Jones set to sign new England contract until World Cup 2023

Jones has positive talks with RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney60-year-old had previously suggested he would not continueEddie Jones is believed to be on the verge of agreeing a contract extension as England’s head coach through to the next World Cup. J…

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RFU in talks to cut England players’ £25,000 match fees in new pay deal

Existing pay agreement expires at the end of this seasonEddie Jones urges his team to ‘become better citizens’The Rugby Football Union is holding talks over cuts to England players’ £25,000 match fees as the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic…

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British and Irish Lions allay fears over 2021 tour’s clash with Tokyo Olympics

South Africa games to kick-off with minimal clashTicket sales and hospitality packages delayedThe British and Irish Lions have played down concerns over next year’s tour of South Africa clashing with the rescheduled Olympic Games, with evening kick-off…

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Wage cut row intensifies as Premiership players take legal advice

Players object to 25% reduction in salaryRPA union giving guidance to membersPremiership players have been given legal advice on how to challenge the blanket 25% pay cuts imposed by the clubs as domestic rugby’s row over wage reductions intensified on …

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Eddie Jones to be asked to take pay cut with RFU set for £50m losses

Coronavirus having massive financial impact on RFUCuts may affect Jones’s contract extension talksEddie Jones will be asked to take a pay cut after the Rugby Football Union revealed it is set to lose up to £50m owing to the disruption caused by coronav…

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Premiership could play midweek games and cut break to finish season

Reduced summer break could jeopardise player welfarePremiership suspended until 24 AprilCoronavirus – latest updates | All our coronavirus coveragePremiership Rugby is considering midweek matches in order to finish the season as well as slashing the le…

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Add Six Nations to the ‘crown jewels’ and ensure free-to-air TV, says DCMS

BBC’s Lord Hall says a paywall would be ‘dreadful’ITV and BBC team up to submit a fresh bidThe Six Nations should be added to the government’s list of “crown jewels” to ensure it remains on free-to-air television according to the digital, culture, medi…

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Danny Care defends Joe Marler for grabbing Alun Wyn Jones’s genitals

Care suggests Jones spoke out because Wales lost to EnglandMarler could face season-ending ban at hearing on ThursdayDanny Care has come to the defence of Joe Marler by suggesting he would not be facing a season-ending suspension on Thursday had Alun W…

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Eddie Jones remains tight-lipped over whether he wants to stay on

England head coach’s contract expires in 2021RFU is in no rush to extend Jones’s dealEddie Jones has revealed he will hold talks with the Rugby Football Union chief executive, Bill Sweeney, over potentially extending his contract through to the 2023 Wo…

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England draft in Anthony Watson and Mark Wilson to face Wales in Six Nations

Wilson replaces injured Sam Underhill in the back rowWilson and Watson to make first England starts since World CupAnthony Watson and Mark Wilson will make their first England appearances since the World Cup after both were named in Eddie Jones’s side …

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Mako Vunipola barred from England camp but available for Saracens

Set to miss rest of Six Nations after being told to stay awayProp could still play for Saracens on Saturday thoughMako Vunipola was told to stay away from England training because of concerns over a coronavirus outbreak in their “camp-based environment…

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No further Six Nations postponements planned after coronavirus outbreak

Six Nations state plans based ‘on current available information’Ireland v Italy may not be played until OctoberEngland’s hopes of clinching the Six Nations title in Italy this month remain alive after tournament organisers decided against postponing an…

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Ben Youngs just short of the line as he approaches his 100th cap

The coronavirus is almost certain to at least delay a milestone for the England scrum-halfIn an ideal world for Ben Youngs, he will finish the Six Nations campaign in two weeks’ time in Rome with another winner’s medal, having become the second player …

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England await news on Italy trip as coronavirus threatens Six Nations

Ireland v Italy is first game to be called offEngland due to travel to Rome on 14 MarchThe Six Nations has been plunged into chaos after Ireland’s match against Italy was called off by the Irish government because of fears over the spread of the corona…

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England’s Mako Vunipola unlikely to be back in time for Wales visit

Prop remains in Tonga with seriously ill relativeEddie Jones apologises after another loose remarkEddie Jones does not expect to have Mako Vunipola available for England’s Six Nations match against Wales after the loosehead prop travelled to Tonga for …

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England in talks over Six Nations match in Italy after coronavirus outbreak

England’s finale is scheduled for Rome on 14 MarchMilan-San Remo cycling race also under threatThe Rugby Football Union is in talks with Six Nations organisers amid concerns England’s push for the title could be affected – and the remainder of the comp…

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Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong on England, scrum cheats … and his grandmother

Prop recalls Irish hurt at Twickenham, is blunt over scrums and tells an hilarious tale about his ‘nanny’Tadhg Furlong found himself caught in the crossfire of a bizarre row between Wales and France over scrums this week. The legality of his scrummagin…

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Ireland’s Tadhg Furlong on England, scrum cheats … and his grandmother

Prop recalls Irish hurt at Twickenham, is blunt over scrums and tells an hilarious tale about his ‘nanny’Tadhg Furlong found himself caught in the crossfire of a bizarre row between Wales and France over scrums this week. The legality of his scrummagin…