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Courtney Lawes:’If you take a big hit, it can affect you’ | Paul Rees

The England second-row, who chose a new contract at Northampton over a payday abroad, has enjoyed spending time with the family but is now ready for contact in trainingCourtney Lawes has spent the past 14 weeks making the most of the unexpected time he…

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Manu Tuilagi can make claim against Leicester for compensation, says lawyer

Chances of centre continuing international career boostedTuilagi did not accept reduced contract with LeicesterManu Tuilagi can make a straightforward claim against Leicester for compensation and damages after he was stood down by the club, according t…

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The Breakdown | Six Nations may decide to take the pay-TV money and run

Hard times have enhanced the attraction of a £300m deal with CVC that would take the game away from millions of fansAs the Six Nations contemplate an autumn international campaign without New Zealand and South Africa, who are likely to remain at home b…

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Complicated history of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot needs to be taught and honoured | Andy Bull

It’s been sung at Twickenham since at least the mid-60s but it’s now time to respect the spirit behind its undeniable powerEven back before it became a flashpoint in the culture wars, there were all sorts of stories about why, how and when the Twickenh…

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Complicated history of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot needs to be taught and honoured | Andy Bull

It’s been sung at Twickenham since at least the mid-60s but it’s now time to respect the spirit behind its undeniable powerEven back before it became a flashpoint in the culture wars, there were all sorts of stories about why, how and when the Twickenh…

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Twickenham tickets for England games could be corporate-only this autumn

Entry likely to be restricted to box holders and sponsorsPriority will be to fulfil commercial obligationsEngland supporters hoping to attend this year’s autumn internationals have been dealt a major blow after the Rugby Football Union changed its tick…

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Super Rugby will be short and sharp but critical to the future of the game in Australia | Bret Harris

The shortened, slimmed-down competition kicks off this week with its success or otherwise set to have a lasting impactIt will be the shortest season in Australian Super Rugby history, but it will potentially have the biggest impact on the game in 25 ye…

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Ford and Genge settle Leicester disputes as Premiership gears for contact drills

England internationals have signed new contracts with TigersPremiership play-off final set for 24 October but venue unknownPremiership clubs will resume full training on Monday before the season’s restart next month and the play-off final will be held …

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Swing Low, Sweet Chariot makes me feel uncomfortable, says Maro Itoje

People should be educated about it, says England lockSong is rooted in US slavery and was written in 1860sMaro Itoje has revealed the England rugby anthem Swing Low, Sweet Chariot makes him feel “uncomfortable” but he does not believe supporters should…

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All Blacks hybrid rugby match is a banker but it also carries great risk | Matt McILraith

There is scepticism about whether the financial benefits of playing Australia’s rugby league team outweigh the potential trivialisation of the famous jerseyWhat would the late Sir Colin Meads have thought? The man voted as the All Black of the 20th cen…

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RFU’s autumn Test plans hit impasse with Premiership clubs

Home unions hope to stage one-off eight team tournamentEngland’s July tour to Japan may well be cancelledPlans for an expanded autumn fixture list, in which England could play up to seven Tests later this year, have hit a roadblock with the Rugby Footb…

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British & Irish Lions 2021 tour of South Africa set to go ahead as scheduled

Test series due to take place in July and August next yearPossible switch to avoid Olympics clash had been discussedConfirmation is expected this week that the 2021 British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa will not be moved from its scheduled dat…

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Angry London Irish claim Gloucester illegally approached coach Skivington

George Skivington had been forwards coach with the ExilesLondon Irish suggest breach of code has occurredLondon Irish insist they will “consider all options” after Gloucester announced the appointment of their forwards coach, George Skivington, as the …

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World club championship could start in 2022, says European club rugby chief

Simon Halliday claims idea has solid supportPlans still fluid ‘but there is a lot of dialogue going on’Simon Halliday hopes a world club championship will start in 2022 following a groundbreaking World Rugby conference this month that involved delegate…

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Lions 2021 tour of South Africa should be a year away – Covid-19 permitting | Robert Kitson

Tour is only eight matches and has many uncertainties, but if Warren Gatland assembles the right pack – with Maro Itoje a possible captain – the prospects are mouth-wateringExactly a year from now – assuming their tour window is unchanged – the British…

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Rob Baxter hopes Exeter can follow Liverpool’s example and clinch title

But Exeter director of rugby warns his side have a harder run-in and less margin for error than Jürgen Klopp’s championsExeter Chiefs are hoping to copy Liverpool’s patient example and enjoy delayed title satisfaction if and when this season restarts a…

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Rob Baxter hopes Exeter can follow Liverpool’s example and clinch title

But Exeter director of rugby warns his side have a harder run-in and less margin for error than Jürgen Klopp’s championsExeter Chiefs are hoping to copy Liverpool’s patient example and enjoy delayed title satisfaction if and when this season restarts a…

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All Blacks confirm plans for cross-code rugby blockbuster against Kangaroos

Union to meet league in hybrid game later this yearDetails of number of players and rules yet to be clarifiedNew Zealand Rugby has confirmed talks are under way to stage a cross-code match between the All Blacks and the Kangaroos.NZR chief executive Ma…

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English and French rugby clubs warn they may not release players for Tests

Premiership and European finals pencilled in for OctoberWorld Rugby’s revised international calendar may overlapEnglish and French clubs have put themselves on a war footing in the lead-up to World Rugby next week publishing the revised Test windows fo…

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Will Carling: ‘I didn’t open the curtains for a year, I was so battered’

The former England captain discusses his struggles when his career ended, his loneliness as a young child and how he is now good friends with Brian MooreTwenty-five years ago I might have sneered at the fact Will Carling and I have just talked at lengt…