Rugby

Saracens begin European title defence with heavy loss at Racing 92

A weakened Saracens team were hammered 30-10 by French side Racing 92 as their European Champions Cup title defence started with a crushing defeat...

Italy coach O’Shea resigns six months before end of contract

ROME Italy coach Conor O’Shea has resigned with immediate effect six months before his contract was due to expire, the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR)...

Paris police use tear gas, water cannon on ‘yellow vest’ protests anniversary

PARIS French police used a water cannon and fired tear gas in Paris on Saturday to drive back protesters marking the first anniversary of...

Warburton, Hayward join Wales coaching team

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac has appointed former captain Sam Warburton as the team’s new technical advisor for defence and breakdown, the Welsh Rugby...

Rugby: Woodward rues France capture of defence coach Edwards

England should have moved “heaven and earth” to get Shaun Edwards onboard and France’s capture of the former Wales defence coach has made them...

Winger Koroibete named Australia’s best player

SYDNEY Wallabies winger Marika Koroibete capped his highly successful transition to rugby union when he was awarded the John Eales Medal as Australia’s best...

I couldn’t turn down Toronto offer, says Williams

LONDON Sonny Bill Williams said on Thursday he had not planned to return to rugby league but felt the offer to join Toronto Wolfpack...

Scotland accept World Rugby fine over typhoon comments

The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) has accepted a fine and “expressed its regret” for comments made at the Rugby World Cup in relation to...

Springboks’ World Cup winner Brits calls time on career

CAPE TOWN South Africa hooker Schalk Brits announced his retirement from all forms of rugby on Wednesday, the second time the 38-year-old has brought...

Jones regrets not changing lineup for World Cup final

England coach Eddie Jones says he got his team selection wrong for the Rugby World Cup final and should have brought in fresh legs...

Rugby seminar excites Lagos school teachers

The much-awaited seminar on rugby for primary and secondary school teachers in Lagos Island tagged ‘Get Into Rugby’ lived up to the billings as...

Wales’ Patchell and Davies to undergo surgery

Wales duo Rhys Patchell and Jonathan Davies face months out of action as they prepare to have surgery for injuries sustained in the Rugby...

Gatland says didn’t go for All Blacks job due to Lions, Chiefs commitments

Warren Gatland has said he did not throw his hat into the ring to replace All Blacks coach Steve Hansen as he wanted to...

England must rethink front row strategy for 2023 – Woodward

England must rethink their strategy for picking front rowers if they are to overcome their Rugby World Cup disappointment and win the tournament in...

Former Wallabies prop Smith retires due to concussion struggles

MELBOURNE Former Australia prop Toby Smith has retired from all rugby at the age of 31 due to his struggles with concussion injuries. Smith,...

Rugby: Bok stalwart Louw announces international retirement

CAPE TOWN South Africa loose-forward Francois Louw confirmed his retirement from international rugby on Sunday, the second of the Springboks’ World Cup-winning side to...

Saracens’ points penalty will affect European title defence – McCall

Saracens may have to put the defence of their Champions Cup on the back-burner while they fight to avoid relegation from the Premiership after...

England centre Marchant to play for Blues on sabbatical

WELLINGTON England centre Joe Marchant will join Super Rugby side Auckland Blues for a season as part of a sabbatical written into his three-year...

Rugby – England to return to Japan for two tests in July

England will tour Japan in July 2020 for two tests, the first time they will play the Rugby World Cup hosts on their home...

Rugby Governor’s cup: Organizers plan seminar for primary and secondary schools sport teachers

The organizers of the forthcoming Governor’s Rugby cup to commemorate the inauguration of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo – Olu have concluded plans to...

Williams thanks NZ ahead of Toronto move

TORONTO All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams thanked the New Zealand rugby community after it was announced on Thursday that he would be leaving...

South Africans Pollard, De Jager sidelined by World Cup injuries

CAPE TOWN Two of South Africa’s World Cup winners face significant spells on the sidelines after injuries sustained in Saturday’s 32-12 final victory over...

All Blacks’ Williams agrees to join Toronto Wolfpack

TORONTO New Zealand centre and twice World Cup winner Sonny Bill Williams has agreed to join the Toronto Wolfpack rugby league team ahead of...

Former England skipper Hartley announces his retirement

Former England captain and Northampton Saints hooker Dylan Hartley announced his retirement on Thursday after failing to recover from a knee injury that cost...

Sonny who? Canadians ask as Wolfpack line up Williams

TORONTO The rugby world was buzzing on Wednesday as talk intensified that Sonny Bill Williams, the sport’s biggest name, was about to sign a...

Saracens ‘unfairly’ won titles in 2018 and 2019 – Exeter coach Baxter

Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has said that if the decision to punish Premiership champions Saracens for breaching salary cap regulations was upheld, then...

‘Beast’ Mtawarira retires after beauty of a World Cup win for South Africa

CAPE TOWN South Africa World Cup winner Tendai Mtawarira announced his retirement from international rugby on Wednesday and bows out as the most capped...

EPCR disappointed with Saracens no-show at Champions Cup launch

Saracens’ representatives have pulled out of Wednesday’s season launch of the Champions Cup in Cardiff, prompting European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) to consider taking...

NZ’s Williams set for record code switch with Toronto: reports

All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams is to become the highest paid player in either of rugby’s two codes after agreeing to join Canadian...

Rugby Australia appoints panel to review 2019 season

Rugby Australia (RA) said on Wednesday it has appointed a panel to review the Wallabies 2019 season, which saw coach Michael Cheika stand down...