Rugby

Accomplished All Blacks outside back Ben Smith will leave New Zealand to play rugby in France after next year’s Rugby World Cup. The classy 76-Test wing/fullback has signed to play for French Top 14 club Pau, which has contracted numerous former New Zealand Test players in recent years and is coached by ex All Black
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The immediate fate of Wallabies coach Michael Cheika will be decided at Rugby Australia’s board meeting next Monday while former Test hooker Brendan Cannon says the long-term solution to the team’s woes is David Nucifora. Employed as Ireland’s high performance director, Nucifora has been instrumental to the Grand Slam winners’ climb up the rankings to
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Nov 30, 2018 ESPN staff Two men have been taken in for questioning following a home invasion and attack in which former Springbok hooker Naka Drotské was shot three times, the police said on Friday afternoon. Drotské is in a stable condition after being shot on Thursday night after wrestling with one of the attackers.
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World Cup-winning legend David Campese believes Rugby Australia would be panicking if it gambled on an overseas replacement for beleaguered Wallabies coach Michael Cheika. Insisting it’s too late for a coaching upheaval less than 10 months out from the 2019 World Cup in Japan, Campese says Australia’s under-performing players must also bear some blame for
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Ellis Jenkins will require surgery after sustaining a “significant knee injury” during Wales’ November Test against South Africa, his club Cardiff Blues confirmed on Thursday. Jenkins, who was man of the match in Wales’ victory over the the Springboks, was stretchered off the pitch following the match on Nov.24. Wales head coach Warren Gatland said
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Referee Angus Gardner has admitted that he was wrong not to penalise England co-captain Owen Farrell for his tackle on South African Andre Esterhuizen earlier this month. The Australian official called for a TMO review which ruled Farrell’s last-minute “no-arms” tackle on Esterhuizen to be legal and secured England’s 12-11 victory over the Springboks at
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Members of Parliament (MPs) in the UK have called for a standardised protocol for concussion in sport. Tom Watson, the deputy Labour Party leader, has called for sports governing bodies to introduce a single unified concussion protocol after accusing football of “turning a blind eye to the brain injury epidemic.” “We need a simple set
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Manu Tuilagi said his long-awaited return in England’s 37-18 victory over Australia Saturday felt like his first cap for his country. The England centre was a 69th-minute replacement for Henry Slade and the substitution was met with rapturous cheers from the Twickenham crowd. Tuilagi’s call-up from the bench marked his first international appearance in two
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