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Ex-rugby player Christian Scotland-Williamson is chasing his NFL dream

The British rugby player, formerly of the Worcester Warriors, is a longshot to make the Steelers, but you’d be mad to write him offThere are no rational reasons to expect Christian Scotland-Williamson will make the Pittsburgh Steelers as a tight end. H…

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Waratahs’ Super Rugby revival can have far-reaching impact | Bret Harris

Even states beyond NSW borders could cheer on Daryl Gibson’s team for their own selfish reasonsAustralian rugby, and in particular Super Rugby, has been in the doldrums in recent years, but the Waratahs have finally given long-suffering rugby fans caus…

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Wayne Pivac to succeed Gatland as new Wales coach after the World Cup

New Zealander takes over after next year’s World CupScarlets chief coached Fiji at international levelWayne Pivac will take over as Wales coach when Warren Gatland steps down after next year’s Rugby World Cup, the Welsh Rugby Union has announced.Pivac,…

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Major League Rugby crowns Seattle champions – and looks to season two

The US professional competition staged its final in San Diego on Saturday and will be in Los Angeles and New York next yearAs Major League Rugby commissioner Dean Howes put it, the trophy the Seattle Seawolves lifted on Saturday night “looks and feels …

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Zimbabwe rugby union team forced to sleep on streets before World Cup qualifier

• Rugby Africa offer ‘sincere apologies’ for situation• Players slept on pavement in Tunisia over hotel rowRugby Africa and Tunisia rugby chiefs have offered “sincere apologies” to the Zimbabwe team and management after players slept on streets before …

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Israel Folau to appeal one-match World Rugby ban

Wallaby banned for aerial collision against IrelandStill a chance of playing for Waratahs against RebelsWallabies ace Israel Folau will have his appeal hearing on Thursday night, meaning he is still a chance to play for the NSW Waratahs in their crucia…

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Israel Folau to appeal one-match World Rugby ban

Wallaby banned for aerial collision against IrelandStill a chance of playing for Waratahs against RebelsWallabies ace Israel Folau will have his appeal hearing on Thursday night, meaning he is still a chance to play for the NSW Waratahs in their crucia…

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State of the rugby nations: Guardian writers’ verdicts on the June Tests

New Zealand are still the team to beat but Ireland’s series win and Wales’ charge up the rankings lay down markers for the northern hemisphere(World rankings as of Mon 25 June; ups and downs calculated from Mon 28 May) Continue reading…

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Eddie Jones’s England regain their self-respect, but doubts remain | Robert Kitson

Question marks over coach’s approach have not been dispelled by victory in the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town1) Finally, a win! Continue reading…

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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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Wallabies prove ‘tactically inept’ against smarter Ireland

Australia have been so far unable to rise to the occasion when the stakes are highThe third and deciding Test between the Wallabies and Ireland in Sydney was billed as a grand final, the sense of occasion heightened by a record crowd for the last rugby…

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USA follow victory over Scotland with six-try beating of Canada

No8 Cam Dolan scores three tries in 42-17 victoryNova Scotia Test is Eagles’ eighth win in 2018The USA extended their record unbeaten run against Canada to nine Tests in the first rugby Test ever played in Nova Scotia on Saturday, following their histo…

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Premiership must shoulder some blame for England slump under Eddie Jones

Players are caught between the demands of the regular club season and the expectations of a nationWhen Sir Clive Woodward resigned as England’s head coach in September 2004, less than a year after leading the country to World Cup success, he said in an…

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Israel Folau to face disciplinary World Rugby hearing

Folau was sin-binned in 31st minute of Irish defeatHearing relates to another incident in the ninth minuteWallabies fullback Israel Folau will face a hearing in front of World Rugby officials after receiving a warning over a second incident separate to…

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Danny Cipriani picks fitting moment to announce return to England fold | Paul Rees

The fly-half took a leaf out of Barry John’s book to unleash a perfect kick to the corner for Jonny May to score and seal a third-Test victory over South Africa at NewlandsThe venue for Danny Cipriani’s first Test start for a decade was fitting. Newlan…

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England coach Eddie Jones: ‘We’re coming to a peak after South Africa win’

• Australian hails impact of Leicester wing Jonny May on tour• Springboks coach admits third Test selection was experimentalEddie Jones says he would love to arrange another Test against South Africa this Saturday, following England’s stress-relieving …

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Jonny May stops England rot with decisive try in third South Africa Test

• South Africa 10-25 England• Leicester wing seals overdue win as Farrell kicks 20 pointsJonny May collected an inch-perfect Danny Cipriani kick to score the game’s decisive try with 10 minutes remaining as England secured a much-needed win for Eddie J…

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South Africa v England: third Test – live!

Minute-by-minute coverage of the match in Cape TownEddie Jones seeks end to losing run for weary EnglandDrop John an email | Tweet @JohnBrewin_ 4.50pm BST Half-time: Better from England, certainly more solid than the chaos of the High Veldt, but the co…

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Ireland defeat Australia to claim Lansdowne Cup in dramatic third Test

Australia 16-20 IrelandJohnny Sexton kicks five penalties to hand visitors narrow winIreland have won the Lansdowne Cup with a heart-stopping 20-16 win over Australia in the series-deciding third rugby Test in Sydney.A record 44,085 fans packed into Al…

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Australia v Ireland: rugby union international – live!

Updates from the third and deciding Test in SydneyNew Zealand 49-14 FranceGet in touch on email or tweet @rrjparkin 12.01pm BST Nicely struck, and that’s bisected the posts perfectly.So! That’s the first 40. Some trademark tough defence from the Irish;…