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Warren Gatland wants England players to ask clubs for early Lions release

Gatland warns players could be overlooked for South Africa tourLions warm-up against Japan on same day as Premiership finalWarren Gatland has called on England players to lobby their clubs for early release next summer to avoid potentially missing out …

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England call up uncapped Wasps duo Willis and Umaga for autumn Tests

Jack Willis in line for first cap against Italy on SundayGeorge Ford absence biggest headache for Eddie JonesGeorge Ford is unavailable for England’s Six Nations finale against Italy on Saturday through injury but Jack Willis could win his first cap af…

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British & Irish Lions could tour Japan in wake of sides meeting at Murrayfield

Changes to global calendar could make tour possibleBrave Blossoms generated huge interest in rugby at World CupThe British & Irish Lions have opened the door for a future tour of Japan after announcing only the third “home” match in their illustrio…

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Ireland need Six Nations Paris bonus as Keenan double leads thrashing of Italy

Ireland 50-17 ItalyIreland go top of Six Nations table with bonus-point winOne down, one to go for Ireland, who moved to the top of the Six Nations table with a routine bonus-point victory over Italy in Dublin with Hugo Keenan and Will Connors scoring …

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England, RFU and Barbarians count the cost of players’ brainless behaviour | Gerard Meagher

There was a depressing inevitability about the events that led to the cancellation of England’s match against Barbarians. The only surprise is that it came so soon“Rugby, it’s different.” So read the caption accompanying a picture posted on social medi…

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Lee Blackett urges Wasps players to make most of Premiership final reprieve

Only four recent regulars unavailable for Saturday’s game‘We’ll be in a good position,’ says coach after Covid outbreakThe Wasps head coach, Lee Blackett, has urged his side to make the most of their Premiership final reprieve against Exeter on Saturda…

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George Ford is injury doubt for England’s Six Nations Italy clash

• Fly-half’s issue may force Eddie Jones to rejig backline• Captain Owen Farrell could move back to No 10George Ford has emerged as an injury doubt for England’s Six Nations finale against Italy a week on Saturday, potentially forcing Eddie Jones into …

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British & Irish Lions to face Japan at Murrayfield before South Africa tour

Money-spinning Test scheduled for 26 JuneTour warm-up set for same day as 2021 Premiership finalThe British & Irish Lions have lined up a money-spinning Test against Japan next summer at Murrayfield before heading to South Africa to face the world …

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Wasps cleared to take Premiership final place after fresh Covid-19 tests

Club previously had 11 positive tests for coronavirusBristol had been on standby to take their place against ExeterWasps have been cleared to take part in Saturday’s Premiership final against Exeter at Twickenham after receiving no further positives in…

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England’s Ellis Genge: rugby union needs to get with it to prosper

People are interested in that off-field stuff, he addsGenge is is preparing for Barbarians match on SundayThe England prop Ellis Genge has called on rugby union’s authorities to embrace commercialisation for the development of the game, claiming player…

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Racing 92 have learned from Champions Cup final defeats, says Henry Chavancy

French club hoping to beat Exeter and win first European title‘Every detail counts, nothing can be overlooked,’ captain saysThe Racing 92 captain, Henry Chavancy, believes his side have learned the lessons of their previous defeats in the Champions Cup…

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No ban on England fans singing Swing Low, Sweet Chariot at Twickenham

Lyrics of song linked to slavery will no longer be up in stadium England teams will kneel for Black Lives Matter before gamesEngland supporters will not be banned from singing Swing Low, Sweet Chariot when allowed back into Twickenham but it is underst…

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Worcester want answers before agreeing to face Sale in play-off decider

Wednesday’s concluding Premiership game remains in doubt Worcester to question why 13 Sale players not self-isolatingWorcester have called for answers as to why Sale have been able to pick 13 players who featured against Northampton last week for the c…

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Worcester Warriors raise prospect of boycotting controversial Sale Sharks tie

‘It’s a red flag to have 19 positive tests,’ says Alan SolomonsSale deny their players partied at Manchester MetSale’s postponed Premiership match on Wednesday has been cast into further doubt after Worcester’s director of rugby, Alan Solomons, reveale…

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RFU to launch inquiry into Sale cup celebrations prior to Covid outbreak

RFU launches inquiry into 16 cases among Sharks playersIf breaches are found Worcester could be awarded matchThe Rugby Football Union will launch an investigation on Monday into the 16 coronavirus cases among Sale Sharks players after it emerged that t…

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Premiership rugby finale in chaos after Sale record 16 positive Covid cases

Sale may be forced to forfeit last match against WorcesterFinal weekend of season is key for Sharks’ play-off hopesThe Premiership’s grandstand finish has been plunged into chaos after 16 Sale players tested positive for Covid?19. On Friday Sale insist…

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Maro Itoje focused on Saracens and Champions Cup but eyes overseas move

Lock ready to face Leinster in Champions Cup quarter-final‘I’d love to spend at least a season somewhere’Maro Itoje has revealed he intends to spend at least a year of his career abroad in a move that would make him unavailable for England – but not be…

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Maro Itoje focused on Saracens and Champions Cup but eyes overseas move

Lock ready to face Leinster in Champions Cup quarter-final‘I’d love to spend at least a season somewhere’Maro Itoje has revealed he intends to spend at least a year of his career abroad in a move that would make him unavailable for England – but not be…

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England players take 25% cut on match fees from autumn Tests to £17,250

Eddie Jones’ squad handed reductions of £5,750 per man Owen Farrell and co remain best-paid Test players in the world England players will have their match fees cut by almost £6,000 from this autumn as part of a new pay deal with the Rugby Football Uni…

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England forced to drop key Portugal training trip after RFU cuts

First time in four years England will not be making the tripEddie Jones places great importance on training campEddie Jones will be denied the chance to put his players through their paces at England’s warm weather training base in Portugal before the …