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Category: Rugby union

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World must march in union to secure future of international rugby | The Breakdown

A World Rugby conference in Sydney next week will discuss how to reinvent the international game, something that can only be achieved by working with clubs tooThe Welsh Rugby Union chief executive, Martyn Phillips, has backed calls by Agustín Pichot fo…

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Danny Cipriani left out of England squad while Manu Tuilagi earns recall

• Gloucester fly-half left out following arrest• Ashton also included despite serving suspensionDanny Cipriani has been left out of the first England training squad since his two convictions for common assault and resisting arrest. Cipriani has since m…

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A year before Japan 2019, rugby is braced for threat of natural disasters | Robert Kitson

World Cup organisers are busy making preparations for potential disruption from earthquakes and the volatile weatherWith exactly a year to go to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan the organisers are unusually bullish. For the first time rugby’s premier …

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John Mitchell will make difference for England, says Johan Ackermann

• Gloucester director worked with New Zealander in South Africa• ‘He is passionate about the game and big on discipline’Johan Ackermann has backed the appointment of John Mitchell as England’s defence coach and believes the New Zealander will get the b…

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Rugby union power rankings: All Blacks still No 1 despite rare defeat | Gerard Meagher

A year from the World Cup New Zealand look good for a hat-trick of wins but Ireland, South Africa and Wales are all on the rise with England and Australia heading in the other directionDefeat by South Africa in Wellington reminded the world that the Al…

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John Mitchell finally begins new role as England rugby defence coach this week

• Long-running saga ends after compensation paid to Blue Bulls• Former All Blacks head coach starts at three-day training campThe Rugby Football Union has finally secured the services of John Mitchell as England’s new defence coach after agreeing a com…

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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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Black is the colour to end red-card muddle over misjudged tackles | Robert Kitson

The dismissal of Will Spencer against Wasps for a challenge without malice exposed the need for a lighter sanctionWe will come to the rights and wrongs shortly but imagine for a moment you are a rugby player in a packed defensive line. The opposition a…

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RFU to re-introduce full-time contracts for England women’s team

Total of 28 contracts will be available for the 15s sideSteve Brown: ‘We are at a tipping point for women’s rugby’The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced that it will re-introduce full-time contracts for the England women’s 15-a-side team from 1 J…

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RFU to re-introduce full-time contracts for England women’s team

Total of 28 contracts will be available for the 15s sideSteve Brown: ‘We are at a tipping point for women’s rugby’The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced that it will re-introduce full-time contracts for the England women’s 15-a-side team from 1 J…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

Exeter’s strength in depth shines through, Northampton loves Taqele Naiyaravoro, and Aled Brew ‘won’t be doing that again’ Related: Controversial Leicester red card spoils eight-try classic as Wasps prevail Continue reading…

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Freddie Burns insists that Todd Blackadder rumours are nonsense

• Bath fly-half says team are united• Joe Cokanasiga nudges Eddie JonesFreddie Burns has dismissed as “nonsense” speculation that Todd Blackadder was facing the sack as Bath’s director of rugby following a player revolt after the defeat against Bristol…

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Lima Sopoaga’s kicks help Wasps beat Leicester side reduced to 14 men

• Wasps 41-35 Leicester• Will Spencer sent off for high tackleWasps resisted a second-half comeback by 14-man Leicester Tigers to earn a narrow victory in a captivating eight-try game at the Ricoh Arena.Scores by Juan de Jongh and Josh Bassett saw Wasp…

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‘I hope the fan is happy,’ says Cheika after Lukhan Tui incident – video

Australian flanker Lukhan Tui says he no longer wants to play following an altercation with a fan after his sides 23-19 loss to Argentina.Wallabies coach Michael Cheika claimed that the incident occurred because the fan pushed Tui’s sister. Continue re…

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Pro14 in talks with investors about exploiting its commercial rights

• Wales, Scotland and South Africa open to outside investment• Issue of control still a sticking point for unionsPrivate equity firms have been talking to the Guinness Pro14 board about investing in the tournament as part of their strategy to exploit u…

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Wallabies: Tui says he does not want ‘to play anymore’ after altercation with fan

Coach Michael Cheika claims incident sparked by Tui’s sister being pushed by supporter after Australia’s 23-19 loss to ArgentinaA distraught Lukhan Tui has told teammates he is “not going to be playing anymore” following an ugly post-match altercation …

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Leicester legend Geordan Murphy on a mission to restore Tigers’ bite

The interim head coach is determined to land his ‘dream job’ on a permanent basis and bring back the glory daysWhen Geordan Murphy took over as Leicester’s interim head coach after the sacking of Matt O’Connor a couple of days into the season, he gathe…

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Bath resist late Quins pressure after rising star Joe Cokanasiga runs riot

• Harlequins 32-37 Bath• Bath’s Cokanasiga and Zach Mercer impress with two tries eachIf the recruitment of England’s defence coach as supremo was meant to transform Harlequins’ fortunes, there was little sign of it here. Bath, who have hardly ripped u…

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David Strettle’s late tries a bonus for Saracens at Northampton

• Northampton 27-38 Saracens• Saints giant wing makes instant impactMuch was made in the build-up of the size of Northampton’s Australian international wing Taqele Naiyaravoro, but even approaching 20st he was no heavier than the four defeats the Saint…