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Category: Rugby Football Union

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RFU to spread drastic Championship funding cuts over two seasons

RFU makes changes to original scheduling of cutsBill Sweeney says RFU ‘still in dialogue with clubs’The Rugby Football Union has revised the timeframe for its cuts to Championship funding in response to the outcry generated by its controversial decisio…

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England supporters urged to take stand against Championship cuts

Nottingham chairman wants action in Ireland game‘Rest of the rugby community should not be forgotten’England supporters have been urged to take a stand against the Rugby Football Union’s swingeing 50% cuts to the Championship’s funding during Sunday’s …

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Championship funding cut is ‘an awful thing and a sad day for rugby’

Ealing Trailfinders reflect the sense of outrage among teams following the Rugby Football Union’s controversial decision As Storm Dennis caused chaos throughout the UK on Saturday, there was another tempest brewing in Ealing.The Rugby Football Union’s …

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Championship funding cut is ‘an awful thing and a sad day for rugby’

Ealing Trailfinders reflect the sense of outrage among teams following the Rugby Football Union’s controversial decision As Storm Dennis caused chaos throughout the UK on Saturday, there was another tempest brewing in Ealing.The Rugby Football Union’s …

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RFU’s crass move a kick in the teeth for those outside rugby’s elite | Robert Kitson

The decision to slash the funding to Championship clubs has been poorly thought out, poorly delivered and poorly received in a week rugby may always rememberWas this the week English rugby changed for ever? It felt like it, and not in the positive way …

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‘Players wonder whether it’s all worth it’: life in rugby union’s Championship

The cautionary tale of the former Bedford Blues and Canada back-row Justin Blanchet reveals the reality of players’ lives in the second tier even before the RFU cuts funding next seasonAs Saracens will discover when they drop into the Championship next…

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Championship clubs in shock over RFU’s decision to slash funding by 50%

• RFU accused of giving Premiership ‘ring-fencing on a plate’• Swingeing cuts of more than £3m come into force next seasonThe Rugby Football Union is to cut its funding of the Championship by 50%, throwing England’s second tier into turmoil and handing…

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Championship clubs in shock over RFU’s decision to slash funding by 50%

• RFU accused of giving Premiership ‘ring-fencing on a plate’• Swingeing cuts of more than £3m come into force next seasonThe Rugby Football Union is to cut its funding of the Championship by 50%, throwing England’s second tier into turmoil and handing…

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‘They have to repent’: Bristol owner calls for Saracens to face disrepute charge

Steve Lansdown: Saracens ‘committed a sin’RFU CEO Sweeney insists there will be no independent inquiryThe decision to allow Saracens to complete the current Premiership season having accepted relegation to the Championship has been strongly criticised …

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Latest twist in Saracens salary cap scandal threatens a descent into pure farce | Robert Kitson

The Saracens salary cap scandal has already deeply damaged the domestic league – but it now appears the worst is yet to come for the club, its players, and the game as a wholeWhat a mess. Not only for Saracens, currently neck-deep in a reputational slu…

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England players urge RFU to play more games away from Twickenham

• Internationals may go on the road in 2021• RFU says it is happy with head coach’s Japan workEngland’s World Cup players have urged the Rugby Football Union to take more international matches away from Twickenham. England played their final World Cup …

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England in ‘no rush’ to extend Eddie Jones’s contract, says RFU chief

• New deal to 2023 was mooted after World Cup final• ‘There is no deadline,’ says RFU chief Bill SweeneyEddie Jones is yet to reach an agreement with the Rugby Football Union over continuing as the England coach until 2023 despite a series of meetings …

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Conor O’Shea to join RFU next year as director of performance rugby

• Nigel Melville will step down from RFU position in December• O’Shea: ‘It is a really exciting time for English rugby’Conor O’Shea will join the Rugby Football Union as director of performance rugby next year, the governing body has announced. Irishma…

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RFU plans talks with England’s Eddie Jones on staying until 2023 World Cup

• Jones staying on ‘makes sense’, says RFU chief Bill Sweeney• England head coach is currently under contract until 2021The Rugby Football Union will hold urgent talks with Eddie Jones over continuing as England’s head coach through to the 2023 World C…

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Stop the suffering and ditch the lip service to mental health in sport | Robert Kitson

A toxic culture of denial pervades rugby, but the sport must be more honest with itself about players’ mental wellbeingThe interview with Kearnan Myall last week prompted an extraordinary reaction. The former Wasps forward’s searing account of being dr…

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England must sort off-field politics to fulfil potential, says Eddie Jones

• Head coach wants the RFU and clubs to work together• Jones admits to over-training players during Six NationsEddie Jones has claimed England will struggle to enjoy consistent success on the world stage unless the “battleground” of off-field politics …

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Eddie Jones extends England deal to 2021 with further extension possible

• Head coach to remain, regardless of World Cup showing• Australian said: ‘I’m not looking to go anywhere else’Eddie Jones is poised to continue as England’s head coach until at least 2021 even if his side fail to achieve their target at the World Cup …

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Jim Mallinder dismisses speculation he could become next England head coach

• Mallinder will take charge of England against the Barbarians• Head coach Eddie Jones has a break clause in his contractJim Mallinder has moved to distance himself from the England head coach role after speculation that he could be a candidate if Eddi…

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Four Premiership rugby players tested positive for cocaine last season

• Premiership Rugby denies cocaine problem after revelations• Rugby union is the most sanctioned sport by UK Anti-DopingFour top-flight players tested positive for cocaine last season but Premiership Rugby has denied there is a “broader problem” with u…

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RFU will speak to Billy Vunipola over social media post defending Israel Folau

• Vunipola posts ‘man was made for woman to pro create’ • Saracens say they will deal with the matter internallyThe Rugby Football Union will be meeting with Billy Vunipola to discuss a recent social media post where the England No 8 appeared to defend…