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Category: Rugby Football Union

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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…

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Danny Cipriani charged with misconduct by RFU over Jersey assault

• Player pleaded guilty to common assault after arrest• ‘We have high standards we expect across game’ – RFUEngland fly-half Danny Cipriani has been charged by the Rugby Football Union with “conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game” after plead…

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Cipriani’s off night proves costly but England coach’s ambition may yet save him | Gerard Meagher

England’s recalled fly-half has taken one step forward and two back before but World Cup needs may keep him in the foldThe dishevelled look on Danny Cipriani’s face said it all. Arguably the most gifted England rugby union player of his generation was …

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RFU warns England’s Eddie Jones: ‘We expect success in the autumn’

• Chief executive Steve Brown: ‘It was pretty poor run of results’• England lost South Africa series after fifth place in Six NationsEddie Jones has been warned by the Rugby Football Union that England are expected to reverse their recent slump by deli…

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Eddie Jones given no uarantee he will be England’s World Cup coach

• But Australian retains RFU support despite poor results• Run of defeats was ended by 25-10 win over South AfricaEddie Jones has been told there is no absolute guarantee he will remain as England’s head coach until the 2019 Rugby World Cup despite his…

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England coach Eddie Jones and his methods still in favour with RFU

• Saturday’s defeat by Springboks makes it five in a row •Jones extended his £750k-a-year contract in January until 2021The Rugby Football Union has insisted it still has faith in Eddie Jones and has no plans to review his contract despite England’s sh…

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Indecision, spats and flogged players – England crumble under Eddie Jones

A fifth successive Test defeat and loss of series in South Africa has exposed an unhealthy regime that needs a drastic rebootThe Eddie Jones era has been nothing if not educational for the Rugby Football Union. The idea was to hire the world’s most exp…

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Pressure mounts on England’s Eddie Jones to rediscover his touch | Robert Kitson

In the wake of the first Test defeat in South Africa, questions arise over the coach’s selectorial touch and autocratic styleLosing the odd game of rugby is an occupational hazard but, as Eddie Jones knows all too well, it can become a habit. Thirteen …

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Newcastle’s Dean Richards: I’ve absolutely no interest in any England job

• RFU already preparing to replace Eddie Jones in 2019 or 2021• ‘I laughed … I just don’t fancy it,’ Falcons director of rugby saysDean Richards has stated he has “absolutely no interest” in being England’s head coach, suggesting he would not last a we…

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Andy Farrell signs extended Ireland deal to dampen England’s hopes

• Defence coach agrees extended contract to summer of 2020 • England hoping to have next coach lined up after World CupAndy Farrell’s chances of replacing Eddie Jones as England’s next head coach look slim after he signed a contract extension with Irel…

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Harlequins hoping to take final steps to glory under Gary Street

The former England head coach will hope his winning habit gives Harlequins the edge over Saracens in the Tyrrells Premier 15s finalThere can be few better qualified to pass judgment on the current state of women’s rugby than Gary Street. England’s head…

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RFU’s Steve Brown defends £195 tickets for England v All Blacks at Twickenham

• Chief executive says top-range price in line with other major events• RFU says it could sell out 20 times over for New Zealand gameTop-priced seats at Twickenham for England’s blockbuster fixture against New Zealand in November will cost £195 apiece …

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RFU’s Steve Brown defends £195 tickets for England v All Blacks at Twickenham

• Chief executive says top-range price in line with other major events• RFU says it could sell out 20 times over for New Zealand gameTop-priced seats at Twickenham for England’s blockbuster fixture against New Zealand in November will cost £195 apiece …

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Saracens pick Mako Vunipola despite mandatory rest period agreement

• England prop has played for four straight weeks since Six Nations• Saracens decision raises serious concerns over player welfareSaracens have named Mako Vunipola in their starting lineup to face Bath on Sunday despite being obliged to rest him accord…

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Maro Itoje’s agent banned for 22 months after breach of betting regulations

• Matt Hart found to have placed 1,476 bets on sport in 3.5 years• No suspicion agent used inside information or exerted influenceMaro Itoje’s agent has been suspended for 22 months by the Rugby Football Union after being found guilty of breaching bett…