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Rugby to go gender neutral It is safe to say that, in the time that I have been messing about with this blog, Women's Rugby has taken huge strides forward. And the next stage in the evolution of the women's game comes with the announcement by World Rugby that, in future, no mention of gender will be included in the titles of marquee tournaments.
Four Super Rugby players jump on board for All Blacks Sevens campaign The All Blacks Sevens' quest for Olympic gold in Tokyo next year has been given a major boost, with four Super Rugby players set to join the 2019/2020 campaign.
England star Tuilagi reveals he hid injury woes from physio with heavy strapping MANU TUILAGI has warned his England team-mates against hiding injuries that could wreck their careers. In one of the most extraordinary interviews he has given, Tuilagi admitted he held his broken…
Scotland coach Gregor Townsend ignores flak after France shocker and makes 14 changes to team Scotland coach Gregor Townsend insisted he had read none of the scathing criticism aimed at his side after Saturday's thumping by France in Nice and declared there will be improvement against the same opponents in Saturday's second world cup warm-up Test at BT Murrayfield.
'If they want to put the blame on me, f it' - Lukaku claims he was a scapegoate at Man United The Belgium international also says the Old Trafford club didn’t protect him enough in the media.
Manu Tuilagi admits he hid injury that led to extended England layoff Manu Tuilagi has revealed how he could have avoided more than a year of his injury layoff if he had come clean regarding his initial groin problem.
Scotland coach Gregor Townsend looks for cutting edge from new cap Blade Thomson Scotland certainly need to sharpen up their act following the nightmare in Nice and head coach Gregor Townsend is hoping that Blade Thomson's long-awaited Test debut can play a part in that against France at home on Saturday.
'His impact here is still spoken about': Schmidt's Clermont years Former second row Jamie Cudmore and team manager Neil McIlroy on Joe Schmidt’s influence on the Clermont Auvergne dressing room.
How Du Preez twins will get their Bok mojo back PREMIERSHIP SPOTLIGHT: Sale Sharks captain Jono Ross believes the club's uncanny ability to revive seemingly stalled international careers will enable the newly arrived trio of Rob, Jean-Luc and Dan du Preez to return to the Springbok colours.
Manu Tuilagi's shocking revelation about how he hid the groin injury that almost ended his career It was the start of the season in 2014. I pulled my adductor but I had no idea what an adductor felt like if you pulled it. I did it on the Thursday, played on the Saturday and strapped it up. "I played five games with it and it went higher and higher into my groin.
Rugby Championship wrap: Eighty minutes until the panic sets in? Well then… the completion of the Rugby Championship for the year and the obligatory non-Rugby Championship games last week brings with it one very harsh reality for the southern hemisphere nations. The Rugby World Cup is one game away. Are we ready?
France will appeal Paul Gabrillagues' six-week ban Believing the six-week suspension handed down to lock Paul Gabrillagues to be too severe, France are to appeal the ban in the hope of freeing him to play at the start of the World Cup.
Midfield discard turns his back on England TRANSFER NEWS: Discarded from the England World Cup squad, this midfielder has signed a contract with French outfit Toulon.
Top 14 move confirmed for ex-Leinster centre Te'o to provide World Cup cover The England international has signed for Toulon on a short-term deal.
Could Ireland build an Olympic medals powerhouse? In the latest episode of Ireland 2029, we look at what the country needs to do to bring more medals home.
Ben Te’o signs for Toulon, effectively ending England career Ben Te’o has made a short-term move to Toulon in France, effectively ending his international career after Eddie Jones controversially omitted him from the England World Cup squad.
Ben Te'o: England career over as centre joins Toulon Ben Te'o's England career is over after he signed a short-term deal with French Top 14 side Toulon.
Revealed: The Wallabies squad The Roar wants to see at the Rugby World Cup On Tuesday, we asked you to pick the squad you'd like to see the Wallabies take to the World Cup. Now, it's time to reveal the results. We gave you 48 players to choose from, plus the option to nominate any other player, and the 31 men with the most votes made the cut, leaving us with a 17-14 forwards-backs split.
Ryder Cup winner Olesen will face trial over sexual assault charge on flight to London The 29-year-old has indicated he will plead not guilty.
Rugby World Cup: Scotland must 'lay down marker' against France - Rory Lawson Scotland need to "lay down a marker" for the Rugby World Cup in their rematch with France on Saturday, says Rory Lawson.
'I can be a successful coach' - Henry eyeing management return despite disastrous Monaco stint The Arsenal legend was sacked after just three months from the French club.
Rugby: England's Te'o to join Toulon as World Cup cover Ben Te’o has agreed a short-term deal with Toulon following his omission from En…
Transfer rumour: England international set for medical tomorrow England international Ben Te'o isn't finally set to announce his next club after leaving Worcester Warriors. The centre, who had been linked with Premiership and Super Rugby moves, will be instead heading across the channel to join three-time European champions Toulon.
The bold calls Michael Cheika must make for the World Cup squad The Wallabies will announce their highly-anticipated World Cup squad at 9am tomorrow morning. After a curious Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup campaign that saw a rare thumping win over the All Blacks, as well as a thumping loss in the return fixture, it's hard to get a read on which way Michael Cheika is leaning in several positional battles.
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