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Megan Rapinoe ‘not sure she’s qualified for office’ but vows to fight for equal pay

Soccer star has said she would not go to White House if invitedOpinion: Rapinoe ‘egotism’ is the perfect antidote to TrumpThe World Cup-winning football star Megan Rapinoe does not think she is qualified for public office, as some have suggested since …

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Bryan Habana: ‘World Cup win for Siya Kolisi would be bigger than Mandela’

In Manhattan, the Springbok great discussed retirement, race and how the Rugby World Cup in Japan could eclipse the events of 1995Lunch with Bryan Habana happens in New York, which is not where one would usually find a great South Africa wing. Not long…

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Scottish Rugby Union takes stake in Washington DC team

MLR documents confirm near-30% stake in Old Glory DCCo-owner suggests deal may produce talent for both sidesThe Scottish Rugby Union has taken close to a 30% stake in Old Glory DC, a Washington-based team preparing to enter Major League Rugby next year…

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Ben Foden: ‘Anything that’s published about me is never very good’

Ben Foden has left his marriage behind in England to join Rugby United New York where he is enjoying the new challenge despite an undeniably difficult time off the field“It was probably a good time to come to New York,” says Ben Foden, “because it got …

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‘I can give back to America’: Alex Corbisiero on NBC, the Premiership and never playing again

The Lions prop is just 30 but after a rest became retirement he has engaged with the push to make rugby a part of the StatesThe Pig and Whistle calls itself New York’s premier rugby bar. The title might be contested but it’s certainly very rugby and ve…

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Ireland to face Italy at Soldier Field as part of Chicago November triple-header

Six Nations champions return to scene of historic All Blacks winUSA men and women face New Zealand opponents on undercardIreland will return to Soldier Field in Chicago, the scene of their first and only win over the All Blacks, to face Italy on 3 Nove…

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Trump ‘considering full pardon’ of Jack Johnson – thanks to Sylvester Stallone

President says Rocky star called about black world championObama did not respond to campaign for African American heroDonald Trump said on Saturday he is “considering a full pardon” for Jack Johnson, the great African American boxer who was a victim of…

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Premiership Rugby set for revamp with US insurance giant as new title sponsor

Arthur J Gallagher to replace Aviva as title backer, US sources sayHarlequins and Sale set to play in US in 2019, possibly in ChicagoPremiership Rugby is set to announce the US insurance giant Arthur J Gallagher & Co as its new title sponsor, succe…

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Saracens to face Newcastle in Philadelphia under four-year US deal

Promotional partner for new Premiership venture heralds regular-season game featuring ‘the Manchester United of rugby’ as building block for rugby in America

Premiership Rugby announced on Wednesday a new four-year deal to stage regular-season games in the US, starting, as previously reported in the Guardian, with Saracens – “the Manchester United of rugby” – against Newcastle in Philadelphia on 16 September.

Related: Aviva Premiership moves US game to September, start of NFL season

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US union backs away from Pro12 plans to voice support for PRO Rugby league

  • USA Rugby chief executive: ‘There is a lot of interest from abroad’
  • Statement comes after New York talks between US rugby stakeholders

The chief executive of USA Rugby, Dan Payne, on Thursday expressed his support for the country’s first professional league, PRO Rugby, in light of reports of planned North American expansion by European competitions and clubs.

Related: Pro12 North American plan could jeopardise US PRO Rugby league

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Pro12 North American plan could jeopardise US PRO Rugby league

  • PRO Rugby owner could abandon development and buy foreign talent
  • Says: ‘Players, coaches, refs, the whole ecosystem, that will change’

Plans to place Pro12 teams in the US and Canada could kill PRO Rugby as a league that develops American players, according to the owner of the US league, and prompt instead the buying up of talent from established rugby countries.

Related: Pro12 in talks over North American teams joining expanded league

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‘The team just moves on’: Richie McCaw on a new All Blacks era of domination

The former captain talks about the Bledisloe Cup, Sam Cane and why a man never quite at ease in the public eye is now releasing a book and a movie

“They were never going to miss me and DC,” Richie McCaw says with a smile. He is sitting in a conference room at the Manhattan headquarters of his old team’s sponsor, AIG. On message, he is wearing all black – but not All Black. The captain retired last year, with 148 caps, two World Cups and the gratitude of a nation now revelling in the havoc wrought upon Australia in Sydney. In Wellington on Saturday, they may perpetrate another 42-8 mauling – or something worse.

DC, the great fly-half Dan Carter, now lives and plays his rugby in Paris. McCaw hasn’t left home, but he also watched the Sydney Test from afar – in Rio de Janeiro, where he spent a happy couple of weeks watching the Olympic Games.

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Jarryd Hayne retires from NFL to pursue Olympic rugby sevens dream with Fiji

  • 49ers RB had given up NRL career to pursue chance in America
  • Hayne aiming to play at Rio Olympics for Fiji sevens team

The former Australia rugby league star Jarryd Hayne on Sunday announced his retirement from the NFL, in order to seek a place at the Olympics with the Fiji rugby union sevens team.

Related: Patriots’ Nate Ebner is a hit in rugby – now chase for Olympic place hots up

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All Blacks great Mils Muliaina to play in US professional league

100-cap World Cup-winning full-back will join San Francisco teamMuliaina joins Mackintosh, Tahu, Wannenburg and Bergamasco in leagueThe former All Black full-back Mils Muliaina has signed to play in the first US domestic professional rugby union compet…

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Exiles on Main Street: London Irish and Saracens try selling rugby to America

Aviva Premiership clubs roll into New Jersey, a stone’s throw from New York, for a game that aims to help English rugby union attract a US TV audience

Missionary work is fun when you have a drink or a guidebook to hand. That was one thing London Irish and Saracens learned in New York and New Jersey this week. Something else they are about to find out is that spreading the gospel is tougher when it’s to be done on the field, in front of a demanding US TV audience.

Related: USA third place at Dubai Sevens gives notice of growing stake in global game | Martin Pengelly

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‘Americas Six Nations’ gives US Eagles chance to shine under new coaches

New head coach John Mitchell will be backed by three other former Wasps – one of them a hard-driving, Harley riding former second row enforcer, Marty Veale

As the US Eagles prepare for something very new, the six-team Americas Rugby Championship they kick off against Argentina in Houston on Saturday, they will be guided by two men who first met under the auspices of something very old.

Related: Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell takes charge of US Eagles

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Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell takes charge of US Eagles

Ex-All Black No8 takes over from Mike Tolkin after poor World CupCoached in Super Rugby and Premiership and once assisted EnglandThe former All Blacks coach John Mitchell is the new head coach of the US Eagles, it was announced on Monday. Related: US p…

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Coach Phil Greening adds cultured touch to US rugby sevens success

On Sunday, the US men beat Canada and qualified for Rio. Their assistant says that was built on hard work – and a distinctly un-American style of coaching

Related: USA men beat Canada to join women in Rio Olympic Games rugby sevens

“This is Phil,” said the leader of the Old Blue women’s team. “He’s kind of a big deal.”

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USA men beat Canada to join women in Rio Olympic Games rugby sevens

  • Men beat North American rivals 21-5 to win Nacra Sevens title
  • Canadians must now qualify from world repechage event next year

The USA men’s and women’s sevens teams booked their places at the Rio Olympic Games on Sunday, by winning their respective titles at the Nacra Sevens in Cary, North Carolina.

Both teams strolled through the qualifying matches against exponentially weaker opposition from the Caribbean and Central America, and Ric Suggitt’s women completed their task by crushing Mexico 88-0 in the final.

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USA rugby heads for Nacra Sevens date with Olympic destiny … and Canada

In North Carolina this weekend, American rugby will seek its place in Rio. For the men, it could all come down to 20 minutes of mayhem against a very familiar foe

Related: USA are rugby sevens worldbeaters – but they may still miss the Olympics

On Saturday morning, the men’s and women’s US Eagles will kick off at the Nacra Sevens tournament in Cary, North Carolina. By Sunday evening, both teams will know if they have qualified for rugby’s return to the Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro next year.

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