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Category: Rugby Football Union

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Stuart Lancaster insists an England return has never crossed his mind

• ‘I’ve never spoken to Nigel Melville,’ says Leinster coach• Lancaster’s contract in Ireland ends next yearStuart Lancaster has revealed that he has not given any thought to the prospect of replacing Eddie Jones for a second spell as England’s head co…

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Twickenham considers NFL-style plan for elite to split into two regions

• Nigel Melville suggests geographical spread of clubs• Premiership still wants to ringfence itselfThe Rugby Football Union has proposed expanding the Premiership to 16 teams – split into two conferences – to resolve the continuing debate over promotio…

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Warren Gatland among candidates to succeed Eddie Jones with England

• RFU’s Melville plans to speak to Wales coach about his future• Jones’s predecessor Stuart Lancaster also a candidateThe Rugby Football Union interim chief executive, Nigel Melville, is planning to speak to Warren Gatland as part of his search for Edd…

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Premiership relegation will not be scrapped, says RFU’s Melville

• Tense relegation battle has led some to call for ring-fencing• RFU’s interim chief executive dismisses ‘wishful thinking’The Rugby Football Union has shut the door on Premiership promotion and relegation being scrapped this season. The RFU’s interim …

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Andy Farrell can make England wince when Schmidt’s era ends for Ireland

The former Great Britain rugby league captain may make the RFU rue not hanging on to their former coachFor the Rugby Football Union every syllable of the press release announcing Andy Farrell as Ireland’s next head coach will sting indefinitely. Had En…

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RFU accounts reveal £30.9m loss and 54 redundancies

• Income fell by £12.5m in 12 month-period up to 30 June 2018• Chief executive insists he is leaving post for ‘own reasons’The Rugby Football Union has predicted “growing uncertainty” and “challenging times” after its annual accounts revealed a £30.9m …

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Eddie Jones: ‘In the second half we finally got stuck in – that’s pleasing’

• England recover from poor first half to defeat Japan• Jones says he will miss departing RFU chief executiveEddie Jones has come out strongly in support of the RFU’s departing chief executive, placing his weight squarely behind Steve Brown, whose depa…

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RFU in turmoil after chief executive Steve Brown’s shock resignation

• News follows 64 staff redundancies at Twickenham• Timing surprise as RFU prepares for World Cup yearSteve Brown is to step down as chief executive of the Rugby Football Union at the end of the year, the governing body has announced. Brown replaced Ia…

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Lawyer calls for independent panel to analyse injury trends in English rugby

• Seasons will become longer from 2019-2020• Steven Baylis: ‘The sport has to do all it can to protect players’English rugby should set up an independent medical panel to analyse injury trends in the professional game and suggest ways of minimising ris…

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Premiership rugby union finale moved to late June among season changes

• In-season breaks and post-season breaks introduced• England players restricted to maximum 30 gamesThe Premiership season will end in late June for the three seasons beginning 2019-20 under a new structure announed by the Rugby Football Union on Tuesd…

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Dai Young calls for overhaul after ‘ridiculous’ ban for Nathan Hughes

• The Wasps forward has been banned for six weeks• Hughes will miss three of England’s internationalsThe Wasps director of rugby, Dai Young, has described Nathan Hughes’s six-week ban – which rules him out of three of England’s four autumn internationa…

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Cost and quantity of replica kits keeps going up but so does demand | Paul MacInnes

Replica kit manufacturers are in the pink, partly thanks to England’s success in the World Cup and Eddie Jones’s teamThe kits are alright. OK, maybe that’s subjective. In some people’s eyes the current generation of replica sportswear could be said to …

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RFU ‘perplexed’ at Agustín Pichot’s attempts to reform rugby calendar

• Pichot wants annual 12-team international tournament• RFU frustrated by ‘ideas we have not been party to’The Rugby Football Union is “perplexed” at moves from World Rugby’s vice-chairman, Agustín Pichot, to drastically reform the international calend…

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‘White noise’: RFU banks on new England shirt providing spark

• £95 shirt inspired by ‘sound of England supporters’• Kit is 12th released by RFU in last four yearsIt’s an expression more usually associated with sending people to sleep. But the Rugby Football Union will be hoping that the “white noise” which has i…

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England’s groundbreaking pro contracts will change women’s rugby for ever | Ali Donnelly

The RFU’s decision to award contracts is groundbreaking, says the editor of women’s rugby website Scrumqueens.comThere is nothing new about professionalism in women’s rugby. Since the Netherlands became the first country to award contracts to their wom…

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England’s groundbreaking pro contracts will change women’s rugby for ever | Ali Donnelly

The RFU’s decision to award contracts is groundbreaking, says the editor of women’s rugby website Scrumqueens.comThere is nothing new about professionalism in women’s rugby. Since the Netherlands became the first country to award contracts to their wom…

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Chris Ashton’s England recall in doubt after seven-week ban for tip tackle

• Sale player banned by RFU for incident in pre-season friendly• Eligible for only one game before Eddie Jones names squadChris Ashton’s hopes of winning an England recall this autumn have been dealt a hammer blow after he was hit on Thursday night wit…

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Chris Ashton’s England recall in doubt after seven-week ban for tip tackle

• Sale player banned by RFU for incident in pre-season friendly• Eligible for only one game before Eddie Jones names squadChris Ashton’s hopes of winning an England recall this autumn have been dealt a hammer blow after he was hit on Thursday night wit…

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Chris Ashton faces possible six-week ban for tip tackle in pre-season friendly

• Sale wing to face disciplinary panel for Castres offence • Players’ association calls on RFU to drop Danny Cipriani chargeChris Ashton faces a potential six week-ban after being dismissed for a tip tackle on the Castres scrum-half Rory Kockott in a p…

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Premiership elite players to be limited to 30 games a season

• Controversial limit of 32 to be reduced from 2019-20• Enforcement will need effective handling of England playersThe controversial 32-game limit for a Premiership player in a season is to change, the Observer understands. From 2019-20 elite players w…