Rugby Football Union’s Bill Sweeney says he supports the concept International rugby chiefs have until Friday to decide whether to back the Nations Championship planned for 2022. World Rugby needs unanimous support from the 10 unions that make up Europe’s Six Nations and the southern hemisphere’s Rugby Championship. There are concerns about player welfare and
Israel Folau (centre) has played professional rugby union, rugby league and Australian rules football Sacked Australia full-back Israel Folau says “the devil” is trying to influence the debate over transgender rights. Folau, 30, is taking legal action after having his Rugby Australia contract terminated over a social media post saying “hell awaits” gay people. In
Bastareaud, who has 54 caps, made his test debut in 2009 Mathieu Bastareaud and Morgan Parra have been left out of France’s 37-man squad for the Rugby World Cup. Centre Bastareaud, 30, previously captained Les Bleus in the absence of regular skipper Guilhem Guirado. Scrum-half Parra, also 30, is ruled out with an ankle injury
Brok Harris made his 100th Dragons appearance against Clermont Auvergne in the European Challenge Cup in January, 2019 Prop Brok Harris has signed a new deal to keep him at Dragons. Harris joined the Newport-based team in 2014 under former coach Lyn Jones and has gone on to make more than 100 appearances for them.
After setting an F44 world record in the shot, Harrison Walsh will concentrate on the Paralympic discipline of discus for Tokyo 2020 Like many other youngsters, Harrison Walsh visualised playing rugby for Wales. But after an horrific injury ended his promising career aged 18, Walsh has his eyes set on representing Great Britain at the
Larkham spent four years as part of the Australia coaching staff Australian World Cup-winner Stephen Larkham has agreed to join Munster as their new senior coach until 2022. The 45-year-old is the latest high-profile addition to Johann van Graan’s backroom team following the appointment of ex-England coach Graham Rowntree. The ex-Australia attack coach succeeds former
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jackson joined Perpignan after having his Ulster and Ireland contract revoked by the IRFU Drinks giant Diageo has ended its sponsorship of the London Irish rugby team over the signing of former Ulster star Paddy Jackson. Jackson was found not guilty of rape last year, but had his contract
Worcester director of rugby Alan Solomons signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Premiership club Worcester boss Alan Solomons has signed a new deal, committing himself to the Premiership club until the end of the 2021-22 season. The 68-year-old South African’s contract was due to expire at the end of the 2019-20 campaign, but he has
John Mitchell (left) began his current role with England in 2018 England defence coach John Mitchell has extended his contract with the Rugby Football Union until June 2021. RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney says keeping Mitchell on after this year’s World Cup is “part of Eddie Jones’ long-term coaching structure plans”. Head coach Jones is
Israel Folau is taking legal action against Rugby Australia for his dismissal Tonga coach Toutai Kefu says he would “love” to have Israel Folau available for his country at the 2023 World Cup. Full-back Folau, who has Tongan heritage, was sacked by Rugby Australia for a homophobic social media post. He has played 73 Tests
I can promise you 100% I will not be coaching England – Gatland Warren Gatland has categorically ruled out succeeding Eddie Jones as England coach and plans to return to his native New Zealand after leading the British and Irish Lions in 2021. Gatland was confirmed on Wednesday as Lions boss for the tour of
Jon Welsh played just two Premiership matches last season having suffered two blood clots, a torn calf and a knee injury Scotland prop Jon Welsh has signed a new two-year contract with Newcastle. The 32-year-old tight-head missed most of last season bacuse of injury, having helped the Falcons to the Premiership play-off semi-finals in 2018.
Demetri Catrakilis helped Quins beat Worcester in their European Challenge Cup quarter-final Harlequins fly-half Demetri Catrakilis has returned to South Africa to sign for Pro14 side Southern Kings. Catrakilis spent two seasons at The Stoop, but injuries restricted him to just 13 appearances. He previously played for Southern Kings in 2013, either side of two
Warren Gatland has ‘categorically’ ruled out coaching England in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT. The New Zealander will leave his post as head coach of Wales after 12 years following this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. He will then take charge of the Barbarians against the Welsh at the Principality Stadium on November 30,
Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg was injured on the Lions’ tour of 2017 before the Test matches Scotland players need to maintain the levels shown in this year’s dramatic Twickenham fight back if they are to have a chance of British and Irish Lions selection, says Scott Hastings. Warren Gatland will lead the tourists for a
Ronan O’Gara joined the Crusaders from French club Racing 92 in January 2018 Former Ireland and British & Irish Lions fly-half Ronan O’Gara has been appointed head coach at French Top 14 club La Rochelle. O’Gara will take up the role after leaving New Zealand club Crusaders at the end of the Super Rugby season.
Info The Lions will play eight games in their tour of South Africa Warren Gatland has confirmed he will take charge of his third British and Irish Lions tour when they make the trip to South Africa. Gatland lead the Lions to a dramatic series draw against New Zealand in 2017 and a 2-1 series
Jed McCrory also headed a consortium that took over Swindon Town, then a League One club, in February 2013 Worcester Warriors co-owner Jed McCrory has left Sixways just eight and a half months after leading a takeover of the Premiership club. The former Swindon Town chairman led a consortium that took control of the loss-making