Rugby

1:00 PM GMT Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw has announced his international retirement, Scottish Rugby said on Thursday. He follows winger Tommy Seymour and former captain John Barclay in retiring after the Rugby World Cup in Japan, where Scotland crashed out at the pool stage. Clermont Auvergne scrumhalf Laidlaw, 34, led Scotland 39 times, more than
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11:52 AM GMT Former France international Ibrahim Diarra has died at the age of 36, the French Rugby Federation (FFR) announced on Wednesday evening. Diarra had been admitted to hospital in a critical condition on Friday, and he passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest and subsequent strokes. The flanker enjoyed his only international cap
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10:20 AM GMT England prop Kyle Sinckler has said he doesn’t remember his team’s 32-12 defeat to South Africa in the World Cup final after he was knocked unconscious early in the game. The Harlequins player collided with teammate Maro Itoje in the third minute of the game while attempting to tackle Makazole Mapimpi. 1
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11:03 AM GMT Japan loose forward Amanaki Mafi has been discharged without conviction but ordered to pay $50,000 after he pled guilty to assaulting former team mate Lopeti Timani in New Zealand in 2018. Mafi, 29, was not present in court in Dunedin and entered a guilty plea to the one charge of assault with
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12:07 PM GMT Former Wales assistant coach Rob Howley has been suspended from rugby for 18 months, with nine suspended, for breaching the sport’s betting regulations. Howley, a part of Warren Gatland’s backroom staff during the New Zealander’s time in charge of Wales, was sent home from this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan before
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6:56 PM GMT Champions Cup organisers have launched an investigation into a mass brawl between Saracens and Munsters players on Saturday. Defending champions Saracens defeated Munster 15-6 at Allianz Park but the game was marred when almost 30 players from both sides were involved in a brawl in the second half. The European Professional Club
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2:09 PM GMT Bryan Habana believes South Africa’s stunning Rugby World Cup triumph in Japan has created heroes who can inspire an entire generation and help the Blitzboks bid for Olympic rugby sevens gold in Tokyo next year. Habana expects to see tangible evidence of the feel-good-factor generated by the Springboks victory over England in
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7:41 AM GMT Scotland and British and Irish Lions winger Tommy Seymour has announced his international retirement, Scottish Rugby said in a statement. Seymour is Scotland’s fourth-highest try scorer, with 20 tries in 55 appearances, and played at the last two World Cups, as well as the drawn 2017 Lions tour of New Zealand. “Playing
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12:53 AM GMT New Zealand Rugby has opted for continuity by choosing Ian Foster over Scott Robertson to succeed Steve Hansen as All Blacks coach. Foster, who has been appointed for two years, has been assistant head coach of the New Zealand team since 2012 and takes over the top job from Hansen, who stepped
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12:31 PM GMT Racing 92 have sacked Fiji international Leone Nakarawa after the player returned to the club late following his involvement in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Nakarawa was due back at the club on Oct. 28 but instead returned over two weeks later without permission, with the club saying that the 31-year-old showed
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11:16 AM GMT Former rugby players in New Zealand are being asked to donate their brains to research when they die as part of a study aimed at learning about the long-term effects of concussion and head injuries from contact sports. The Centre for Brain Research (CBR) at the University of Auckland launched the initiative
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3:11 AM GMT ESPN staff Israel Folau and Rugby Australia [RA] have ended the biggest feud in Australian sport, after the two parties reach a confidential settlement following the former Wallabies star’s social media posts and his subsequent sacking. A Rugby Australia statement on Wednesday afternoon said both parties acknowledged the harm they had caused
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10:15 AM GMT Former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen on Monday confirmed his long-expected move to Japan, where he will take up a role as coaching consultant for Top League side Toyota Verblitz. The 60-year-old stepped down from his position as New Zealand head coach following his side’s third-place finish at the Rugby World Cup.
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8:54 AM GMT Former Italy coach Conor O’Shea will join the Rugby Football Union (RFU) as director of performance rugby next year, it was announced on Friday, while director of professional rugby Nigel Melville said he will step down in December. O’Shea left his role with Italy after the team’s pool-stage exit from this year’s
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8:54 AM GMT Former Italy coach Conor O’Shea will join the English Rugby Football Union (RFU) as director of performance rugby next year, it was announced on Friday, while director of professional rugby Nigel Melville said he will step down in December. O’Shea left his role with Italy after the team’s pool-stage exit from this
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