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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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Leading athletes write to government for clarity on children’s sport funding

Mo Farah and Hannah Cockroft among those to sign letterPE and sport premium is meant to be ringfenced for schoolsSir Mo Farah, Hannah Cockroft and Manu Tuilagi are among 100 athletes and sporting figures who have written to the government calling for a…

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Rugby’s failure to reach calendar consensus is warning of bleak future | Robert Kitson

Talks will continue regarding the global season but ignorance of mounting problems in the Covid-19 fallout is alarmingNo one could ever accuse rugby union of rushing into big decisions. It is 25 years and counting since the sport was effectively ushere…

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Rugby’s failure to reach calendar consensus is warning of bleak future | Robert Kitson

Talks will continue regarding the global season but ignorance of mounting problems in the Covid-19 fallout is alarmingNo one could ever accuse rugby union of rushing into big decisions. It is 25 years and counting since the sport was effectively ushere…

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Premiership clubs’ row with Rugby Players’ Association escalates

Clubs feel players’ union has ‘sown division and uncertainty’RPA calls argument a sad day in the history of rugby’A fresh war of words over pay cuts in English rugby has erupted, with the Premiership clubs and the players’ union engaged in a furious sl…

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Premiership clubs’ row with Rugby Players’ Association escalates

Clubs feel players’ union has ‘sown division and uncertainty’RPA calls argument a sad day in the history of rugby’A fresh war of words over pay cuts in English rugby has erupted, with the Premiership clubs and the players’ union engaged in a furious sl…

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Rancour in the ranks grows as SPFL heads back to ballot box

The SPFL can expect fierce criticism regarding the controversial vote to abandon the season at Tuesday’s EGMThose immersed in the campaign for an independent Scotland know this movie well. For six years, following defeat in a referendum, they have been…

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Premiership players and clubs face hard choice over waivers on rugby’s return

Players may be forced to sign disclaimers before playingInsurers may not offer adequate level of indemnityPremiership players face having to sign disclaimers before returning to training due to fears clubs and their doctors will not have the necessary …

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What a global rugby season should and shouldn’t look like in the future | Robert Kitson

Bill Beaumont, World Rugby’s chairman, wants the best for his sport but is a safe pair of hands when innovation is neededEvery household in the world is currently playing the same game. Where would you most like to go when all this is over? How does th…

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What a global rugby season should and shouldn’t look like in the future | Robert Kitson

Bill Beaumont, World Rugby’s chairman, wants the best for his sport but is a safe pair of hands when innovation is neededEvery household in the world is currently playing the same game. Where would you most like to go when all this is over? How does th…

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World Rugby guidelines could leave Six Nations and Lions behind closed doors

Games to be played without fans until Covid vaccine availableDocument casts doubt on completion of Premiership seasonElite rugby matches are likely to be played behind closed doors until an effective coronavirus vaccine is freely available, according t…

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World Rugby guidelines could leave Six Nations and Lions behind closed doors

Games to be played without fans until Covid vaccine availableDocument casts doubt on completion of Premiership seasonElite rugby matches are likely to be played behind closed doors until an effective coronavirus vaccine is freely available, according t…

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Vested interests win battle for World Rugby but the sport’s problems remain | Robert Kitson

With the re-election of Sir Bill Beaumont as the chairman of World Rugby, the sport has missed a chance to moderniseFamiliar English white smoke is once again billowing from the chimneys of World Rugby. Those who had hoped for a dash of Argentinian sky…

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Bill Beaumont beats Agustín Pichot in battle for control of World Rugby

Beaumont re-elected chairman after winning vote 28-23‘I am honoured to accept the mandate to serve once again’Bill Beaumont has been re-elected as World Rugby’s chairman for another four years after overcoming Agustín Pichot in a closely fought electio…

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Ian Watmore cleared to become ECB chairman after review of EFL conduct

Watmore will replace Colin Graves at end of AugustECB carried out ‘confidential review’ of his brief time at EFLColin Graves will step down as chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board on 31 August, allowing Ian Watmore to take over after he was …

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Atmosphere clears to expose foul and corrosive fog of money in football | Simon Burnton

From Newcastle’s takeover to wage deferral dramas, obsessions with the bottom line are in sharp focus without on-field actionSir Keir Starmer’s first outing at prime minister’s questions in midweek was enlightening, in a number of ways. The content of …

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European clubs on collision course with World Rugby over ‘unacceptable’ plans

July Tests would clash with club games if moved to autumn EPCR intends to stage Champions Cup final in October European rugby’s governing body has told World Rugby it intends to stage the Champions Cup final in October and says it is “unacceptable” to …

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Rugby union’s administration needs to work for the many and not the few

World Rugby elects its chairman on Sunday and Agustín Pichot offers something different and potentially more democraticThere are various schools of thought about leadership. Some people are perfectly clear: they wouldn’t touch responsibility with a dis…

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Bill Beaumont’s key supporter forced to quit World Rugby Council

Francis Kean forced to resign amid homophobia allegationsFiji Rugby Union key supporter of Beaumont campaignFrancis Kean, the chairman of the Fiji Rugby Union and a key supporter of Bill Beaumont’s bid for re-election as World Rugby’s chairman, has sto…

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No more rugby union internationals this year ‘distinct possibility’ – Beaumont

World Rugby chairman says 2020 calendar may be scrappedBeaumont dismisses idea of annual world club championshipSir Bill Beaumont has said it is a “distinct possibility” the international rugby union calendar could be scrapped this year because of the …