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From the Premiership to park pitches: the rugby referee who switched codes

After being made redundant as a rugby union referee, James Jones worked his way back to the top … in rugby leagueBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredWhen James Jones was made redundant by the Welsh Rugby Union at the age of 34, he expected to spe…

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‘I blamed myself’: Rob Howley opens up about sister’s death and gambling issues

Howley banned for betting and sent home from 2019 World CupFormer scrum-half is keen to return to rugby union in futureFormer Wales coach Rob Howley has opened up about the grief over his sister’s death that led to him being sent home from the World Cu…

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‘I blamed myself’: Rob Howley opens up about sister’s death and gambling issues

Howley banned for betting and sent home from 2019 World CupFormer scrum-half is keen to return to rugby union in futureFormer Wales coach Rob Howley has opened up about the grief over his sister’s death that led to him being sent home from the World Cu…

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England and Wales tours to Japan off after World Rugby cancels July Tests

All summer tour matches in southern hemisphere offWorld Rugby to consult on possible autumn switchWorld Rugby has postponed the July tour matches in the southern hemisphere and plans to consult with various stakeholders, including clubs, before rearran…

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Wales provide boost to Bill Beaumont’s re-election bid with World Rugby

WRU backs incumbent as chairman against Agustín PichotWales would play eight autumn Tests in a row, says coachBill Beaumont has received a significant boost in his bid to be re-elected as World Rugby chairman after the Welsh union announced it is backi…

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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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The Breakdown | Rugby in Wales has survived mass shutdown before and will again

After a religious revival brought rugby to a close in the Principality 116 years ago it returned stronger as it will this time Sport has shut down all over the world as countries look to contain the spread of coronavirus. There was an attempt 116 years…

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Premiership clubs to release Welsh, Scots and Italians if Six Nations restarts

Usual restrictions outside Test windows will not applyWales v Scotland and two Italy matches to be rescheduledWales, Scotland and Italy will be able to select full-strength teams if their postponed Six Nations matches are rearranged later this year wit…

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Wales v Scotland Six Nations match called off 24 hours before kick-off

Decision due to coronavirus announced during captains’ runsWRU says ‘postponement became the only viable option’The Welsh Rugby Union called off Saturday’s Six Nations tie against Scotland 24 hours before the kick-off to fall in line with other sports …

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RFU apologises to referee Ben O’Keeffe for Eddie Jones’s Twickenham tirade

England head coach accused referee of bias after win over WalesRFU boss Sweeney warns Jones over future conductThe Rugby Football Union has apologised to referee Ben O’Keeffe for comments made by England head coach Eddie Jones after the Six Nations vic…

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Danny Care defends Joe Marler for grabbing Alun Wyn Jones’s genitals

Care suggests Jones spoke out because Wales lost to EnglandMarler could face season-ending ban at hearing on ThursdayDanny Care has come to the defence of Joe Marler by suggesting he would not be facing a season-ending suspension on Thursday had Alun W…

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Joe Marler cited over grabbing Alan Wyn Jones’ groin in Six Nations game

England prop to face disciplinary hearing on ThursdayCourtney Lawes and Manu Tuilagi also to face hearingJoe Marler has been cited for his bizarre fondling of Alun Wyn Jones’s groin in England’s Six Nations win against Wales. The Harlequins prop could …

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Joe Marler cited over grabbing Alan Wyn Jones’ groin in Six Nations game

England prop to face disciplinary hearing on ThursdayCourtney Lawes and Manu Tuilagi also to face hearingJoe Marler has been cited for his bizarre fondling of Alun Wyn Jones’s groin in England’s Six Nations win against Wales. The Harlequins prop could …

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Six Nations: talking points from a tournament striving for an outcome

Scotland’s win over France hands England a chance for the title – while Ireland wait in the wingsLeaving aside Manu Tuilagi’s red card and Joe Marler’s bizarre piece of handiwork England had reason to be quietly encouraged by their last Six Nations out…

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Eddie Jones’s antagonistic personality should be of concern to the RFU

The England coach has improved the national side but calamitous PR, the perverse selections and occasional verbal excesses overshadow his roleAt some stage in the next fortnight Eddie Jones will sit down for dinner with the Rugby Football Union’s chief…

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Six Nations: what we learned from the weekend the French dream died

The scoreline at Twickenham flattered Wales, while France were pragmatic in pursuit of bonus points rather than chasing the grand slam as the clock wound down at MurrayfieldMuch was made in the build-up of the intention of both sides to play with an ed…

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Joe Marler could be cited for grabbing Alun Wyn Jones by the genitals

Wales captain: ‘hopefully World Rugby have a look at it’Gareth Thomas apologises for making light of incidentJoe Marler could be cited and potentially face a ban after the England prop was caught on camera grabbing the genitals of Alun Wyn Jones durin…

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England’s Maro Itoje stands tall in battle royal with Alun Wyn Jones

Two years ago Jones had the edge as a player. This time the England forward did not lose an inch in the comparisonHere was fun, for all of us who got to watch it at any rate. It looked like it must have been murder to play in, a real ring-a-ding set-to…

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Welsh flair falls short in the face of England’s ferocity despite late surge | Michael Aylwin

Wales were seeking an upset but snatched at their chances and left knowing they were flattered by three-point defeatThey are easier to like these days: brave against all odds and more interested in attack than the defence that has defined them for so l…