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Like a push-start taxi, my career covering rugby has gone from one breakdown to another | Paul Rees

For his final Observer report, our stalwart writer offers his reflections on decades covering a sport rich in drama and spectacle but that now stands at a crossroadsThe car was a cross between a Lada and a Trabant, a cut-and-shut probably. It was parke…

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‘So much to enjoy’: Chris Robshaw on MLR and a new life in US rugby

The ex-England captain is playing for San Diego, living in Las Vegas and has a baby on the way. No one said America would be easy“I was talking to Ben Foden and telling him the pitches are so hard here, because obviously it’s the desert. And he said, ‘…

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Thirteen Barbarians punished for Covid breach while Steve Diamond leaves Sale

Robshaw and Wigglesworth among those banned and fined Diamond ‘steps away from the business’ with immediate effect Thirteen Barbarians players, including former internationals Chris Robshaw and Richard Wigglesworth, have been banned, fined and ordered …

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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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England v Barbarians called off after RFU finds second Covid-19 breach

12 players had already been discovered to have left bubbleEngland due to visit Italy in Six Nations next weekendEngland’s autumn campaign was thrown into chaos on Friday after Sunday’s opening match against the Barbarians was called off after a number …

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England v Barbarians called off after RFU finds second Covid-19 breach

12 players had already been discovered to have left bubbleEngland due to visit Italy in Six Nations next weekendEngland’s autumn campaign was thrown into chaos on Friday after Sunday’s opening match against the Barbarians was called off after a number …

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England v Barbarians called off after RFU finds second Covid-19 breach

12 players had already been discovered to have left bubbleEngland due to visit Italy in Six Nations next weekendEngland’s autumn campaign was thrown into chaos on Friday after Sunday’s opening match against the Barbarians was called off after a number …

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England v Barbarians under threat after visiting players breach Covid protocols

A ‘number of Barbarians’ left team hotel without permissionRFU reviewing whether Sunday’s game can still go aheadThe Rugby Football Union has announced it is reviewing whether or not the England v Barbarians fixture, scheduled to take place at Twickenh…

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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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Elliot Daly out of England’s clash against Barbarians with mystery leg injury

Jones: ‘We’re not sure what it is – we’re running tests’Piers Francis back having recovered from coronavirusElliot Daly has been omitted from England’s 32-man training squad for Sunday’s clash with the Barbarians due to an unspecified injury.Also missi…

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England seek permission for 20,000 fans to attend Barbarians game

Twickenham would host largest crowd since lockdownGame proposed as a pivotal test case for fans’ returnEngland hope to host as many as 20,000 supporters at Twickenham for their international match with the Barbarians on 25 October. The Rugby Football U…

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My favourite game: Gareth Edwards and the Baa-Baas stun All Blacks | Peter Mason

Edwards’ fabulous try against New Zealand was far from the only memorable moment in captivating 1973 contestI certainly wasn’t at this game. I can’t even say for sure I watched it on television but I have the DVD and that’s good enough for me. Not only…

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Wales hold on to beat Barbarians in Warren Gatland’s goodbye

• Wales 43-33 Barbarians• Josh Adams and Ken Owens scored two tries eachWarren Gatland’s final farewell to Wales started with boos and finished with booze. In between were cheers for the New Zealander whose 12 years as the national side’s head coach tr…

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Barbarians coach Rachel Taylor: ‘It’s going to be surreal facing Wales’

The former Wales captain on the welcome challenges of preparing the Barbarians, understanding what makes players tick and the growing potential of the women’s game“We were having some good conversations this week, Warren Gatland and I,” says Rachel Tay…

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Wayne Pivac inherits a happy Wales camp but honeymoon will be brief

New Zealander is versed in Welsh rugby culture but says squad have still had plenty of learning to do for Barbarians gameThe sacking of Unai Emery by Arsenal, one day before Wayne Pivac’s first match as Wales’s head coach against the Barbarians, was an…

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Barbarians coach Warren Gatland back on familiar ground for Wales match

• Gatland recently stepped down as Wales coach after 12 years• He has ‘no idea where the away box is’ at Principality StadiumWarren Gatland will go to where he has never been before at the Principality Stadium on Saturday and he is not sure how to get …

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Warren Gatland’s first match after leaving Wales will be against Wales

Gatland to coach Barbarians in Cardiff game on 30 NovemberWales head coach to leave role after World Cup in JapanWarren Gatland’s first match after stepping down as Wales coach later this year will be against the team he has guided for over a decade.Ga…

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England young guns Dombrandt and Smith shine in defeat of Barbarians

• England XV 51-43 Barbarians• Eddie Jones sees Marcus Smith and Alex Dombrandt impressWith a minute or two left of this hugely promising victory for the most callow of England sides Eddie Jones made his exit – no doubt with plenty to ponder. No one in…

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England youngsters have a chance to shine against Barbarians

• England without their World Cup training squad members• Barbarians look formidable with 478 caps between themThe Rugby Football Union’s succession plan for the next England head coach is so shrouded in mystery one wonders if it exists at all and Sund…

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England captain Sarah Hunter adds to call for women’s Lions team

• Hunter eyes tours to France, North America and New Zealand• England coach Simon Middelton: ‘It is a great idea’The British & Irish Lions are coming under increasing pressure to create a women’s team after the England head coach, Simon Middleton, …