Rugby

Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder has announced that he will leave the club at the end of the season. Blackadder has been granted early release from his one-year contract extension and will join Japanese side Toshiba following the 2018-19 campaign. The New Zealander joined the Premiership club in 2016 and helped achieve consecutive top-six
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Warren Whiteley resumes the captaincy of the Lions having been recalled after injury to face the Chiefs in FMG Stadium in Waikato on Friday. Whiteley returns after missing seven weeks having sustained a pectoralis major muscle tear in the match against the Stormers in Cape Town. He joined the Lions’ touring squad on Sunday after
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South Africa produced a remarkable comeback to defeat Fiji in the HSBC World Rugby Singapore Sevens, overcoming a 19-0 halftime deficit to win the Cup final 20-19. Aminiasi Tuimaba, Napolioni Bolaca and Vilimoni Botitu scored tries for Fiji in the first half, two of which were converted by Bolaca, and the Islanders seemingly had one
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The Rugby Football Union (RFU) will hold talks with England’s Billy Vunipola after he publicly supported Australian Israel Folau over his controversial social media comments. Wallabies star Folau posted anti-gay comments on his Instagram on Wednesday and declared that “hell awaits” homosexuals as well as drunks, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators. England and
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French rugby clubs have voted against having a foreigner as their next head coach, according to a referendum result announced on Friday. The referendum took place between Tuesday and Thursday and saw 59 percent of amateur clubs vote ‘no’ when asked if the next head coach of the France national team should be a non-French
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9:37 AM BST ESPN staff Rugby Australia intends to terminate Israel Folau’s contract following his social media comments on Wednesday. The governing body has attempted to contact Folau for the past 24 hours, but has received no response from the veteran Wallabies fullback, nor his management team. Chief executive Raelene Castle revealed Rugby Australia’s position,
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Lloyd McDermott, one of the first indigenous Australians to play for the Wallabies and the nation’s first Aboriginal barrister, has died aged 79, Rugby Australia said on Sunday. A pacy winger, McDermott won two caps against New Zealand in 1962 but refused to tour apartheid South Africa the following year as an “honorary white” and
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England coach Eddie Jones has ruled himself out of replacing Australia boss Michael Cheika after the Rugby World Cup. Jones, who guided the Wallabies to the 2003 World Cup final before his acrimonious departure two years later, is reported to be on Rugby Australia’s (RA) short-list of candidates. Cheika has said he would quit if
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After the Sunwovles shocked the Waratahs at home last weekend, Round 8 of Super Rugby will see them take on the Rebels in Melbourne and pay for their second win in Australia. But the round is highlighted by the Crusaders returning home for the first time since the Christchurch terror attacks to take on the
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Saracens will play their next five home fixtures against London rivals Harlequins at Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium, the clubs announced on Tuesday. Premiership champions Saracens played the annual derby at Wembley Stadium in 2017 before it was relocated to West Ham United’s London Stadium for the past two seasons. The partnership between the two north
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