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Category: Rugby union

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Premiership set for extended break before resuming behind closed doors

Fixtures unlikely to restart before the middle of summerClubs worried broadcaster BT may seek financial rebatePremiership Rugby has drawn up contingency plans with the competition unlikely to be given the all-clear to resume until the middle of summer …

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Warren Gatland plans Lions v All Blacks ‘decider’ in summer of 2021

Lucrative match would be warm-up for South Africa tourLions head coach has discussed idea with New Zealand RugbyWarren Gatland has raised the tantalising prospect of a “decider” between the British & Irish Lions and New Zealand in the UK next summe…

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Club World Cup to be put forward as radical new rugby union competition

French federation president behind revenue-raising schemeTwenty-team tournament could mean end of Champions CupA radical proposal for an annual Club World Cup featuring 20 teams from around the globe will be put to leading unions this week as part of a…

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Harlequins’ Semi Kunatani arrested for ignoring Covid-19 quarantine

Kunatani and one other unnamed player arrestedBoth players had returned to Fiji via SingaporeThe Fiji Rugby Union has criticised two of its players who have been arrested for failing to self-isolate after returning to Fiji from overseas, including Semi…

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Israel Folau payout at risk as Rugby Australia reels from Covid-19 – report

RA could face insolvency after season put on holdSettlement paid to former Wallaby in instalments Former Wallabies player Israel Folau’s multi-million payout from Rugby Australia could reportedly take a major hit if the sport’s governing body is forced…

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RFU hopes to avoid using autumn international proceeds to help others

‘We are in discussions with everybody,’ says chief executive‘It is pretty important to maximise our revenues from autumn’The Rugby Football Union is hoping it will not have to offer struggling governing bodies elsewhere any financial handouts after the…

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Eddie Jones backs Saracens’ relegated England players to make Lions tour

Billy Vunipola, George and Daly have committedJones: ‘It could be a great opportunity for them’Eddie Jones believes Saracens’ relegation to the Championship will be a blessing for those England players who are staying with the club, even though the Lio…

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My favourite game: Wales v England, Five Nations 1999

The feeling among Welsh fans was that something was afoot, that they could deny England a grand slam at WembleyWembley is on loan but today it really must belong to Wales for the final Five Nations game of the 1999 tournament. With Cardiff’s sporting A…

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Quiz: how much do you know about the Six Nations?

Who scored 26 tries? Who lost badly? Who dislikes ‘sausages’? More quizzes: commentators, globetrotters, managers and keepersHow many grand slams did Wales win under their former head coach Warren Gatland?NoneOneThreeFiveWho is the leading points-score…

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Eddie Jones says he has unfinished business as England head coach

Australian extends contract to end of 2023 Rugby World CupRFU will know about Japan summer tour by the end of April Coronavirus – latest updates | See all our coronavirus coverageEngland will know by the end of the month whether the summer tour to Japa…

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The Breakdown | Vive la différence: French rugby tome still resonates 60 years on

The Rise of French Rugby, written in 1960, offers insights into the Gallic game as it was then, and partly still is nowSixty years ago, two writers decided on a book explaining the history and unique features of French rugby before the national side’s …

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The Breakdown | Vive la différence: French rugby tome still resonates 60 years on

The Rise of French Rugby, written in 1960, offers insights into the Gallic game as it was then, and partly still is nowSixty years ago, two writers decided on a book explaining the history and unique features of French rugby before the national side’s …

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Eddie Jones set to sign new England contract until World Cup 2023

Jones has positive talks with RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney60-year-old had previously suggested he would not continueEddie Jones is believed to be on the verge of agreeing a contract extension as England’s head coach through to the next World Cup. J…

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RFU in talks to cut England players’ £25,000 match fees in new pay deal

Existing pay agreement expires at the end of this seasonEddie Jones urges his team to ‘become better citizens’The Rugby Football Union is holding talks over cuts to England players’ £25,000 match fees as the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic…

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Australia’s future rugby landscape to be shaped by pay cut talks | Bret Harris

Rugby Australia’s plan is to survive for the next three months, but there is no certainty about what happens after thatThe good news from Rugby Australia’s annual general meeting on Monday was that the game is still solvent. But after the game’s govern…

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USA Rugby files for bankruptcy as coronavirus takes toll on game

Governing body cites ‘insurmountable financial constraints’Rugby is one of fastest growing sports in the StatesThe board of USA Rugby has voted to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy as a result of “insurmountable financial constraints” in the wake of the c…

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British and Irish Lions allay fears over 2021 tour’s clash with Tokyo Olympics

South Africa games to kick-off with minimal clashTicket sales and hospitality packages delayedThe British and Irish Lions have played down concerns over next year’s tour of South Africa clashing with the rescheduled Olympic Games, with evening kick-off…

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Australia may cancel autumn tour to Europe because of coronavirus

Chief executive: ‘We may call off tour to reschedule Super Rugby’Move may free up time to finish Six NationsAustralia have warned that tours to Europe in November may be sacrificed if the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic extends, a move that…

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Coventry rugby club take legal advice as coronavirus insurance row escalates

Championship outfit facing £750,000 shortfallCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coverageCoventry have taken legal advice and launched a petition that has been signed by thousands of businesses in the leisure industry after the Championship club…

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My favourite game: Cardiff v Coventry at Cardiff Arms Park, 1972

Barry John, a mixture of Machiavelli and Napoleon, bamboozled and outplayed one of the strongest clubs in Britain with his match-winning brillianceThere are many images of Barry John, but a personal favourite is of the outside-half sitting on the ball …