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Category: Rugby union

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Juventus and All Blacks turn to TV shows to win fans

Netflix and Amazon sign up big sports teams for docu-series like Last Chance U aimed at broadening clubs’ global appeal Sports clubs hoping to expand their fan base in an increasingly competitive international market are turning to Amazon Prime and Net…

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Karmichael Hunt avoids cocaine conviction but pleads guilty to lesser charge

Wallabies player pleads guilty to possessing Xanax and failing to attend a police station Code-hopping footballer Karmichael Hunt has avoided a conviction for alleged cocaine possession but his future remains unclear after his latest court matter was b…

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Soft-spoken Joe Launchbury out to show England’s hard edge in Scotland | Gerard Meagher

Second-row forward expects a stern test at Murrayfield and has converted those who doubted his game had sufficient steelThe problem for Joe Launchbury has always been one of perception. At first Eddie Jones was not convinced – and neither was Warren Ga…

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Succession of injuries take shine off Wasps’ victory over Exeter

• Wasps 13-7 Exeter Chiefs• Marcus Watson scores home side’s try as champions are defeatedIt was every bit as tight as last season’s Premiership final between these clubs when the Chiefs triumphed in added time and Wasps had to dig deep to avenge that …

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Simon Berghan desperate to change Scotland story against England

The Edinburgh tighthead wants to help turn the tables at Murrayfield after last year’s humiliation at TwickenhamChristchurch may be the most English of New Zealand’s cities but Simon Berghan, when he was growing up there, was always aware of being on t…

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Eddie Jones enforces ‘never stand still’ credo in brutal week for England

Squad were put through an intense week of scrum, lineout and fitness work in preparation for the Calcutta Cup match in ScotlandThe England squad’s reward for two victories in the opening rounds of the Six Nations was a brutal training week, starting wi…

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Wales’ Ken Owens says Warren Gatland deserves more respect

• ‘I don’t think he gets the credit for what he has achieved’• Wales must beat Ireland in Dublin to stay in Six Nations huntKen Owens believes Warren Gatland’s sustained success at Test level has not always gained the respect the coach’s record merits….

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Matt Toomua’s try turns game Leicester’s way against Harlequins

• Leicester 33-18 Harlequins• Toomua sprinted 25 metres to line after a dummyIt was the 20th anniversary of the sacking of Bob Dwyer as Leicester’s director of rugby and there was a point in the second half when it seemed his compatriot Matt O’Connor w…

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Big six who have stamped their authority on the Six Nations so far | Paul Rees

Big hitters, gamechangers, impact backs, formidable forwards – here are six players who have made an impression after two thrilling roundsAge 30, Wales, flanker, caps 15 Continue reading…

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Saracens move to top as Liam Williams scores only try in win at Sale

• Sale 3-13 Saracens; Newcastle 29-12 Bath• Newcastle’s comfortable win over Bath completes doubleSale Sharks 3-13 SaracensSaracens moved to the top of the Aviva Premiership table following a 13-3 triumph over Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium. Sarrie…

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Wasps’ James Haskell ready to take pay cut to extend England career

• Flanker targets ‘pot of gold’ at 2019 World Cup in Japan• 32-year-old says priority is to remain in PremiershipJames Haskell said he will happily take a pay cut to extend his England career as far as the 2019 World Cup, insisting that he considers th…

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Professional rugby in England gets clean bill of health on drugs

• No player failed a test for performance-enhancing drugs in 2016-17• Concern raised over banned substances in schoolsNo player involved in professional rugby in England failed an anti-doping test in 2016-17 for performance?enhancing drugs but there is…

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Precedent is everything in the murky, confused world of TMO decisions

The rumbling row over the decision not to award a try to Wales’s Gareth Anscombe against England highlights another grey area in the game’s lawsWarren Gatland decried a “terrible mistake” by the TMO after Wales’s defeat to England last weekend and prom…

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Joe Marler admits to pain of missing out on England games

• Marler has missed Italy and Wales games through suspension• ‘I really need to knuckle down,’ says Harlequins propFive minutes before full time at Twickenham, it struck Joe Marler like a sledgehammer. Until that point Marler had avoided watching any o…

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World Rugby admits Gareth Anscombe’s try for Wales should have stood

• TMO was incorrect to disallow score during defeat at Twickenham • WR’s head of referees acknowledges error to coach Warren GatlandWorld Rugby have confirmed to Wales that the television match official Glenn Newman was incorrect in law when he disallo…

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France drop players for ‘inappropriate behaviour’ after Scotland defeat

• ‘They failed to respect their duty as international players,’ says FFR• Police found no crime committed after report of sexual assaultSeveral players have been left out of the France squad to face Italy in their next Six Nations game after the French…

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Nathan Hughes may return to replace injured Sam Simmonds for England

• Joe Marler and James Haskell also back after suspension• Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw ruled out for rest of Six NationsEngland have lost one No 8 but gained another before the Calcutta Cup match against Scotland in Edinburgh next week. Exeter’s Sam …

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French rugby players questioned over Edinburgh bar fight

French rugby federation confirms some of its players are being questioned over incident after Six Nations game at MurrayfieldFrench rugby players are being questioned by police after a fight in a bar in Edinburgh following the team’s game against Scotl…

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Six Nations: talking points from the weekend’s action

Wales have case for moral victory in loss to England, Scotland prepare for ‘Big One’ and Ellie Kildunne’s stock continues to riseOne minute Eddie Jones is using the media to put pressure on opposition captains and fly-halves, the next he is criticising…

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Gareth Anscombe insists Wales were not denied victory by TMO ruling

• Anscombe believes he scored try but says: ‘We had chances to fix it’• ‘We’re disappointed, but proud of way we played in second half.”Gareth Anscombe is adamant that he should have been awarded a first-half try but does not believe the failure of the…