Rugby

1:41 PM GMT England trio Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola will play for Saracens for the first time since the Rugby World Cup after being named in the side to face Bath in the Gallagher Premiership as they seek to repair the damage from their 35-point deduction for breaching the league’s salary cap.
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2:06 AM GMT AAP with ESPN staff Rugby Australia’s year from hell has been capped off with sacked Wallabies star Israel Folau entering a new multi-million-dollar legal claim against the sporting body just days after it was revealed rugby’s broadcast deal is in limbo. In new court documents, Folau says he is set to lose
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7:46 AM GMT Australian Scott Wisemantel, who was England’s attack coach at the Rugby World Cup, has decided to move on after his contract expired and looks set to join Dave Rennie’s staff at the Wallabies. England coach Eddie Jones, who brought Wisemantel into his setup for last year’s tour of South Africa before extending
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11:13 PM GMT ESPN staff Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium will host the opening Bledisloe Cup fixture next year, meaning Sydney won’t stage rugby’s trans-Tasman battle for the second straight year. Rugby Australia on Monday unveiled Marvel Stadium as the venue for the Aug. 8 showdown, which is the first of three games set to be played
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8:48 AM GMT New Zealand Rugby chairman Brent Impey confirmed on Tuesday the All Blacks will announce Steve Hansen’s successor as head coach in December. Impey said earlier this month 26 homegrown coaches had been identified to take over from Hansen, who guided the All Blacks to the 2015 World Cup title and a third-place
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12:00 PM GMT Saracens will not appeal against Premiership Rugby’s ruling that the club breached the league’s salary cap, meaning they will be docked 35 points in this season’s league table and be required to pay a £5.3 million fine. The back-to-back Premiership champions and reigning European champions now drop to the bottom of the
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5:27 PM GMT England head coach Eddie Jones has said that he feels made two selection mistakes in his side’s 32-12 Rugby World Cup final defeat to South Africa. Jones said that he should have started Harlequins’s Joe Marler at loose-head prop over Saracens’ Mako Vunipola, while the England coach also regrets his choice to
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9:50 AM GMT The Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) has agreed to pay a £70,000 fine after comments made by its representatives about Typhoon Hagibis were found to have amounted to misconduct and “brought the game into disrepute”. The SRU was also ordered to issue a “meaningful” written apology to World Rugby for the comments —
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2:09 PM GMT South Africa hooker Schalk Brits announced his retirement from all forms of rugby on Wednesday, the second time the 38-year-old has brought down the curtain on his career. Brits retired in May 2018 after leaving Saracens but was lured back by Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus and helped them lift the Rugby World
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