Rugby

3:42 AM BST All Blacks number eight Ardie Savea and prop Nepo Laulala are on paternity leave and will miss the Rugby Championship opener against Australia next weekend, coach Ian Foster said on Sunday. Both players were absent when the New Zealand squad boarded their flight across the Tasman Sea on Sunday, but Joe Moody
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Oct 24, 2020 Exeter Chiefs completed a momentous double when they beat Wasps 19-13 in a rain-lashed, arm-wrestle of a Premiership final in a near-empty Twickenham on Saturday, a week after winning the European Champions Cup. In appalling conditions of relentless rain and swirling wind, where the only noise in the 82,000-capacity ground came from
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12:56 PM BST Saturday’s Super Rugby Unlocked fixture between the Lions and Cheetahs at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa, has been called off. The cancellation happened after two players from the Lions squad tested positive for COVID-19. “The decision was taken as part of prescribed precautions advised by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases
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2:38 PM BST England’s match against the Barbarians on Sunday has been called off after the Barbarians were forced to remove 12 players from their squad on Thursday for breaching their coronavirus code of conduct. England were set to face the invitational side as a warm up to their Six Nations finale against Italy on
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4:06 AM BST The Wallabies have ruled out taking a knee during the national anthem in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in next Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup Test in Sydney after a unanimous vote by the players. Wallabies coach Dave Rennie said the idea was discussed in their team camp in the NSW Hunter
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7:45 PM BST Wasps head coach Lee Blackett said 11 of his players are unavailable for Saturday’s English Premiership final against Exeter Chiefs because of COVID-19 concerns. The players who are missing out on Wasps’ return to the Twickenham showpiece for the first time in three years have either tested positive for the coronavirus or
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5:40 PM BST England’s Six Nations warm-up match against the Barbarians on Sunday is in doubt after a number of the invitational side’s players breached COVID-19 protocols, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) announced on Thursday. Eddie Jones’ England team were due to face the Barbarians at Twickenham prior to their final Six Nations game against
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8:00 PM BST Wallabies tyro Harry Wilson has revealed how his right foot ballooned to twice the size just three days before Australia’s second Bledisloe Cup clash with New Zealand. It’s been well documented how Wilson spent 36 hours in an Auckland hospital last week before making a miraculous recovery in time to tackle the
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8:00 PM BST Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan accepts RA must do more to unearth the next Indigenous Wallaby to follow in the famous footsteps of the Ella brothers and others like Kurtley Beale and Andrew Walker. RA on Wednesday unveiled the 2020 First Nations jersey to be worn against New Zealand and Argentina in
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2:31 PM BST Will Connors and Hugo Keenan have been handed Ireland debuts as coach Andy Farrell on Wednesday included them in the starting lineup for Saturday’s Six Nations clash against Italy at the Aviva Stadium. Two other uncapped players — hooker Ed Byrne and Jamison Gibson-Park — were named among the replacements in a
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11:34 AM BST The British and Irish Lions announced on Wednesday they will host Japan in Edinburgh next June ahead of their tour of South Africa. The Lions, who traditionally tour Australia, New Zealand or South Africa every four years, will be playing Japan for the first time, with the match to be held at
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6:23 PM BST New Zealand, England and Canada have been confirmed as the top three seeds for the women’s 2021 Rugby World Cup after the game’s governing body opted to use rankings from the start of the year with southern hemisphere teams unable to play due to COVID-19 curbs. The draw for the tournament will
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2:48 PM BST Wasps’ participation in the Gallagher Premiership final is in doubt after the club returned four more positive COVID-19 tests on Monday, bringing a total of 11 positive tests for the club within a week. Wasps are not training as a group ahead of Saturday’s final, after seven positive tests were returned last
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