Rugby

9:44 AM GMT Exeter Chiefs second-row Sam Skinner is set to be fit for Scotland’s Six Nations campaign, having been out for five months with a hamstring injury. The 24-year-old missed the Rugby World Cup after injuring his hamstring during Scotland’s World Cup warm-up game against France at Murrayfield. Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter
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4:11 PM GMT Munster and Ireland fly-half Joey Carbery will miss the 2020 Six Nations following surgery on a wrist ligament injury, the Irish club announced on Wednesday. With starting fly-half Johnny Sexton also sidelined as he recovers from knee ligament damage, Ireland head coach Andy Farrell faces a possible headache at the position ahead
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1:32 PM GMT New France coach Fabien Galthie named a young 42-man squad spearheaded by Charles Ollivon for this year’s Six Nations, featuring 19 uncapped players. Toulon back-row Ollivon, who has played just 11 times for France, has battled injury throughout his career but made three impressive appearances for France during the Rugby World Cup
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9:30 AM GMT Italy’s most-capped player Sergio Parisse will retire after this year’s Six Nations, ending his 18-year international career in front of home fans in the Stadio Olimpico. The 36-year-old was set to retire after the Rugby World Cup in Japan but was unable to play a farewell match when Italy’s final pool game
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1:33 PM GMT Exeter Chiefs have donated the £350,000 given to them after Saracens’ salary cap ban to charity, the club have announced. Saracens were deducted 35 points and fined £5.3 million in November after an independent disciplinary panel said that the club failed to disclose player payments in each of the last three seasons.
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12:09 PM GMT Toulon scrum-half Rhys Webb has possibly made his last appearance for the club, owner Bernard Lemaitre said on Sunday Ospreys announced last week that Webb would be rejoining them next season after Toulon agreed to release him a year early from his contract. 1 Related However, majority owner Bernard Lemaitre told France’s
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Jan 6, 2020 Worcester Warriors lock Michael Fatialofa underwent surgery on Monday evening for bruising and swelling on his spinal cord, the club announced in a statement. Fatialofa was injured a minute after coming on as a replacement substitution during Saturday’s defeat to Saracens. Play was suspended for 15 minutes so the 27-year-old could be
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4:48 PM GMT Scotland lock Jonny Gray will join Exeter Chiefs next season, the club announced in a statement on Friday. The 25-year-old plays with Glasgow Warriors and will move to Sandy Park at the start of next season on a two-year deal. 1 Related Gray made his debut for Scotland in 2013 against South
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10:22 AM GMT Saracens chairman Nigel Wray announced his immediate retirement from the club in a statement on Thursday. Wray’s decision comes two months after the European and English champions were docked 35 points and fined £5.3 million for breaching salary cap rules. An independent disciplinary panel found that the club had failed to disclose
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4:21 PM GMT Munster doctor Jamie Kearns was fined and given a suspended touchline ban by an independent disciplinary committee on Tuesday for verbally abusing Saracens hooker Jamie George. The European Club Professional Rugby (ECPR) announced earlier this month it was launching an investigation into a mass brawl which broke out at the Allianz Park
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5:33 PM GMT Exeter Chiefs regained the top spot in the Premiership after overcoming defending champions Saracens in a 14-7 victory at Sandy Park Sunday. Saracens are bottom of the table on -13 points after they were docked 35 points and fined £5.3 million in November for breaching the league’s salary cap. 2 Related In
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5:03 PM GMT Huw Richards Close • FT’s rugby writer from 1995 to 2009• Also writes for the International Herald Tribune and the Sunday Herald Remember when we were still wondering if New Zealand would ever win another World Cup, Japan were regarded as the global tournament’s punchbags, Martin Johnson was in charge of England and Warren
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9:26 AM GMT Premiership Rugby have announced a comprehensive independent review aimed at strengthening its salary cap regulations in the wake of the 35-point deduction and £5.3 million fine imposed on champions Saracens last month. English and European champions Saracens decided not to appeal the sanctions for failing to disclose payments in each of the
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5:11 PM GMT Former South Africa prop Tendai Mtawarira is joining Washington’s Old Glory DC in the fledgling Major League Rugby in the U.S.. The Rugby World Cup winner, nicknamed “Beast”, will sign for a year after announcing his retirement from internationals after the Springboks were crowned world champions in Japan last month. “I’m excited
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