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Category: Rugby Football Union

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Te’o and Billy Vunipola return late to hotel after alcohol-fuelled night out

• Players out after second-half capitulation against Scotland• Pair breached team protocol and may be punished by JonesBen Te’o and Billy Vunipola have found themselves in hot water after arriving late back at the England team hotel following an alcoho…

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Rugby union at a junction: wealth for a few or salvation for global game? | Robert Kitson

The choice facing Europe’s unions at Dublin summit this week could not be starker but the options are not straightforwardIt is a cliche nowadays to say professional rugby union is at a crossroads. That implies there is still the option of chugging on s…

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RFU appoints BOA’s Bill Sweeney as new chief executive

Sweeney replaces interim CEO Nigel Melville‘This is the only opportunity I would have left the BOA for’The head of the British Olympic Association, Bill Sweeney, has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), the sport…

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Premiership clubs seek talks with RFU over ending promotion and relegation

• Summit meeting sought to ensure sport’s sustainability• Premiership Rugby aim to provide update on 9 AprilThe owners of Premiership clubs are seeking talks with the Rugby Football Union over ending promotion and relegation in England’s top flight.Fea…

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England’s Marlie Packer: ‘I thought it was all over. I’d lose my job, lose my rugby’

The Saracens back-rower’s career hung by a thread after a ‘soul-destroying’ drink-driving incident but the RFU’s support meant the chance of a fresh startMarlie Packer remembers it as a gorgeous August Saturday. Saracens had a pre-season friendly. She …

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Rugby has to decide now what is an acceptable tackle if it is to thrive | Robert Kitson

For all the philosophical rights and wrongs, those in charge must reach a definitive, far-sighted consensus – just tinkering with tackles will not do if rugby is to be made saferSay what you like about the Rugby Football Union but it leads the world wh…

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Billy Vunipola at a loss about how to stop rise of brutal rugby’s big beasts

• England and Saracens No 8 says game is tougher than ever• ‘Sometimes you just have to run over or through people’Billy Vunipola has warned that rugby union is more brutal than ever but admits he does not know how the sport can fix the problem.The Sar…

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England rugby union officials call for stricter sanctions for high tackles

• World Rugby urged to introduce stricter high tackles sanctions • Statistics reveal small drop in the number of concussionsEnglish rugby’s leading players and administrators are urging World Rugby to introduce stricter sanctions for high tackles follo…

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Plans to revamp English rugby union’s top flight under discussion, says Ritchie

• Reports suggest Premiership Rugby considered breaking away • Richie plays down claims of a rift with Rugby Football UnionProposals for a revamped English top flight have not even left the drawing board yet, according to the Premiership Rugby chairman…

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Jimmy Peters: race pioneer of English rugby who emerged from the circus

Until 1988 Peters, whose father died in a lion’s cage, was the only black man to play rugby union for England. The sport’s historians are now starting to piece together his storyA century later the truth of exactly what happened to Jimmy Peters is just…

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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…