Rugby

6:26 PM BST South Africa will play their first test matches since lifting the World Cup in November 2019 when they host Georgia for two tests in July as a warm-up for the British & Irish Lions series, a major boost to new head coach Jacques Nienaber. South Africa has been hardest hit by the
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12:21 PM BST Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones will lead the 2021 British & Irish Lions on their tour of South Africa this summer. Jones, 35, holds the record for the most caps in men’s international rugby, and is regarded as one of the great second rows. The hugely experienced lock will join forces with
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11:00 AM BST England’s Poppy Cleall has said that the Women’s Six Nations cannot continue to include matches with “professionals v amateurs” and urged the unions to invest more in the game. The Red Roses were the only professional team in the 2021 tournament with finalists France being semi-professionals. A number of Scottish players are
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6:27 AM BST Happy to claim the underdog status, coach Dan McKellar says the Super Rugby AU season has positioned the Brumbies perfectly to snatch the title from competition favourites Queensland on Saturday night. McKellar said when he looked at the draw pre-season he had concerns that if his team had finished top of the
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12:40 PM BST England scrum-half Ben Youngs has ruled himself out for the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa this year to spend more family time this summer, with his wife pregnant with their third child. The 31-year-old was among more than 50 players under consideration for the tour, which will take place
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12:18 PM BST England celebrated a bizarre 17-15 win over France in a women’s test match on Saturday after they were declared winners following a floodlight failure midway through the second half. The visitors were declared winners after a 20-minute delay, during which both sets of players wandered around the pitch, because more than 60
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11:48 AM BST The Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals will take place at London’s Twickenham Stadium in May in front of up to 10,000 fans, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Friday. The matches were due to take place in Marseille on May 21 and May 22 respectively but were moved out of
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1:57 PM BST England Rugby and Scottish Rugby said on Thursday they would join football and other sports’ social media blackout this weekend in a show of solidarity against online abuse. All social media channels run by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), including England Rugby, Premier 15s, Greene King IPA Championship and GB7s will switch
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3:10 PM BST Six Nations champions Wales will begin their title defence against Ireland in the first round of the 2022 tournament while Scotland host England on the same day, organisers announced on Wednesday. The tournament begins on Feb. 5 while the final round will be played on ‘Super Saturday’ on March 19. 1 Related
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11:40 AM BST Wales centre George North will miss the British & Irish Lions tour in South Africa due to a serious knee injury, it was announced on Monday. North, 29, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) when he played for Ospreys against Cardiff Blues on Saturday. North’s injury came when he appeared to have
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12:58 PM BST Premiership Rugby announced on Tuesday that it has reached an agreement with the British & Irish Lions to release its players at the end of their domestic commitments and before their warm-up game against Japan. The match against Japan on June 26 is being held outside World Rugby’s Regulation 9 window for
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1:58 PM BST Wales will look to end a 68-year winless run against New Zealand when they host the All Blacks as part of their autumn internationals this year, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) said on Monday. Wayne Pivac’s side will host four test matches at Principality Stadium, kicking off their campaign against New Zealand
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