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Denny Solomona: ‘The journey I’m on hasn’t been smooth sailing’

The one-time England wing talks about his reintegration into the Premiership side, living with depression, and how golf and his family have helped him reinvent himselfWhen Alex Sanderson announced Sale’s squad for their opening match of the season agai…

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George Ford believes he has more to offer England after omission

Leicester fly-half overlooked for training campFord has impressed for his club so far this seasonGeorge Ford has revealed his disappointment at being left out of Eddie Jones’s most recent England squad but remains hopeful of extending his international…

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RFU’s Tom Ilube ‘agonised’ over choice of Swing Low on Desert Island Discs

Black RFU chair Tom Ilube picks song on Radio 4 showSong’s use has caused controversy due to its roots in slaveryTom Ilube, the first black chair of the Rugby Football Union, has included Swing Low, Sweet Chariot among his choices on BBC Radio 4’s Dese…

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England’s Lions players set to bypass rest agreement for autumn Tests

Clubs reveal players want early return after South Africa tourPlayers supposed to miss one of the Tests on welfare groundsEngland’s British & Irish Lions are poised to be available for all three autumn internationals in November despite an agreemen…

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Jimmy Gopperth: ‘I’m a country lad from a farm – rugby is not everything’

The 38-year-old Wasps fly-half played with Tana Umaga, and now lines up with Umaga’s nephew Jacob, but he is in no rush to retireAs Jimmy Gopperth prepares to begin his seventh season with Wasps on Saturday, just a few months after his 38th birthday, a…

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Louis Lynagh keen to keep fairytale rise going at first England training camp

Harlequins player called up by Eddie Jones on TuesdaySon of Michael Lynagh is also eligible for Australia and ItalyLouis Lynagh has one major concern about his first England training camp this weekend: what to wear. There have been a few faux pas in th…

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The Breakdown | Eddie Jones’ 2023 gamble: England’s new dream team or too many cooks?

There will be new faces when England’s training squad meets, among them some eye-catching coaching appointmentsThere will be a sense of new beginnings at the first England training camp of the season next week and not just among the playing personnel. …

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Eddie Jones omits four senior players from 45-man England training squad

George Ford, Billy and Mako Vunipola and Jamie George all outCoach hands notable recalls to Sam Simmonds and Joe MarlerGeorge Ford, Billy and Mako Vunipola and Jamie George have all been left out of England’s 45-man training squad with Eddie Jones hand…

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Eddie Jones set to leave Billy Vunipola out of first England squad of season

Vunipola would be shock omission from three-day campJones free to select England’s British & Irish Lions contingent Eddie Jones is set to usher in the next stage of England’s 2023 World Cup preparations when he names his first squad of the new sea…

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Premiership kick-off is a time like no other for optimistic, attacking rugby

No relegation and Harlequins’ thrilling example should push clubs decisively away from turgid heavyweight clashesBad news for the more affectionate Premiership players on the eve of the new season – face-to-face try celebrations are still banned. Suppo…

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RFU confirms England plan to bid to host 2031 Rugby World Cup

‘We would like to bid for that,’ says RFU chair Tom Ilube confirmsEngland struck out on its own after home-nations bid stalledThe Rugby Football Union has confirmed its intention to bid to host the 2031 World Cup as part of a long-term vision also desi…

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The Breakdown | Absent Lions give England’s young hopefuls their Premiership chance

With tourists resting, youngsters have opportunities to grab, but old hands such as Cipriani and Vunipola can make a markIf rugby union is increasingly a young person’s game there have been some noteworthy exceptions to the rule of late. Morne Steyn an…

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The Breakdown | Absent Lions give England’s young hopefuls their Premiership chance

With tourists resting, youngsters have opportunities to grab, but old hands such as Cipriani and Vunipola can make a markIf rugby union is increasingly a young person’s game there have been some noteworthy exceptions to the rule of late. Morne Steyn an…

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The Breakdown | Absent Lions give England’s young hopefuls their Premiership chance

With tourists resting, youngsters have opportunities to grab, but old hands such as Cipriani and Vunipola can make a markIf rugby union is increasingly a young person’s game there have been some noteworthy exceptions to the rule of late. Morne Steyn an…

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Rugby authorities urge Premiership players to get Covid-19 vaccination

Professional Game Board has set 85% player vaccination targetClubs will be able to relax Covid protocols if target is reachedPremiership players are being “strongly encouraged” to become fully vaccinated by rugby authorities in England with clubs offer…

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Rugby authorities urge Premiership players to get Covid-19 vaccination

Professional Game Board has set 85% player vaccination targetClubs will be able to relax Covid protocols if target is reachedPremiership players are being “strongly encouraged” to become fully vaccinated by rugby authorities in England with clubs offer…

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Rugby authorities urge Premiership players to get Covid-19 vaccination

Professional Game Board has set 85% player vaccination targetClubs will be able to relax Covid protocols if target is reachedPremiership players are being “strongly encouraged” to become fully vaccinated by rugby authorities in England with clubs offer…

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Twelve years after the Lions’ bloody battle in Pretoria, player welfare is still a concern

Attritional contests are things of the past but there has been no change to the exhausting number of games on the calendar Listen to anyone involved in the British & Irish Lions’ agonising defeat by South Africa in the second Test in 2009 and one w…

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Erasmus to continue water-carrying role as ‘mindgame’ talk dismissed

Assistant coach says director of rugby will be ‘running the water’Mzwandile Stick: ‘We’ll see the egos between the four lines’South Africa have confirmed their director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus, will continue to act as a water carrier on Saturday in th…

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Gatland fury after South African Marius Jonker appointed Lions Test series TMO

Lions management angry that a neutral official is not availableJonker declined to send off Faf de Klerk for high tackleWarren Gatland has been left furious before the British & Irish Lions’ first Test against the Springboks on Saturday after being …