Rugby

4:21 PM GMT Leicester Tigers have signed South Africa’s World Cup-winning fly-half Handre Pollard ahead of the 2022-23 season, the English Premiership leaders said on Tuesday, to replace departing fly-half George Ford. Pollard, who has won 60 caps for South Africa since making his debut in 2014, will join Leicester next season after leaving French
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4:05 PM GMT England’s Simon Middleton has become the first coach of a women’s team to win World Rugby Coach of the Year, the sport’s governing body announced on Tuesday. Middleton guided England’s “Red Roses” to their third successive Six Nations title in April and the team finished the year with an unbeaten record, winning
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11:09 AM GMT England will begin their quest for a fourth consecutive Women’s Six Nations title away at Scotland on March 26 after the fixtures for next year’s competition were announced on Thursday. The 2022 edition, returning to its traditional format after COVID-19 enforced changes this year, will take place in a six-week window in
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10:03 PM GMT Wallabies star Quade Cooper has revealed he will be taking the citizenship test on Friday that he’s happy should finally allow him to “officially call Australia home”. The New Zealand-born 33-year-old, who’s played 75 Tests for Australia, had been unhappy that his four previous applications for citizenship had been rejected because of
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8:51 AM GMT Scotland rugby international Siobhan Cattigan has died at the age of 26, Scottish Rugby and her club Stirling County said on Wednesday. Cattigan, who won 19 caps for Scotland between 2018 and 2021, died on Friday Nov. 26, her club said. She was described as an “inspiration” and a “talented back-row forward
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6:24 PM GMT A new U.S. rugby union sevens league will launch next October, which organisers said on Wednesday would pit 12 top international teams against four new U.S. franchises, with sides playing to win their share of $1 million prize money. A newly-formed U.S. company, The Rugby Football League, said the U.S. Rugby Sevens
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3:31 PM GMT The men’s Barbarians match against Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday was cancelled 90 minutes before kickoff after four players and two members of the staff in the Barbarians camp tested positive for COVID-19, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said. The Samoan players came out onto the pitch and sang their national anthem
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9:48 PM GMT South Africa’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has withdrawn his appeal against a two-month ban and apologised to referee Nic Berry for his 62-minute video critique of the match official after the first Test against the British & Irish Lions in July. Erasmus was found guilty of misconduct by an independent committee
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3:47 PM GMT Eddie Jones does not view lock Maro Itoje as a future England captain, despite sending him to acting classes in an attempt to improve his leadership skills. Itoje, who won his 50th cap for England earlier this month, sucessfully captained England Under-20s to World Cup victory in 2014, but Jones believes he
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9:35 PM GMT ESPN staff Australia has been announced as the “preferred candidate” for the 2027 Rugby World Cup, virtually guaranteeing the tournament will return Down Under for the first time in 24 years. The World Rugby Council made the announcement on Wednesday night as part of an approved revision process that the governing body
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10:52 AM GMT Kevin Sinfield, the former captain of Super League side Leeds Rhinos, returned to the Headingley ground on Tuesday to reach the finish line of a gruelling 101-mile run, within 24 hours, from Leicester to raise money for the motor neurone disease charity, MND Association. Sinfield has completed a number of remarkable challenges
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5:25 PM GMT The England women’s rugby team completed an autumn clean sweep with an emphatic 89-0 thrashing of the United States on Sunday to extend their winning streak to 18 matches. The world’s top-ranked side, who crushed Canada 51-12 last weekend, fired a warning ahead of next year’s World Cup as Simon Middleton’s team
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6:08 PM GMT England’s Marcus Smith landed a last-minute penalty to snatch a 27-26 win over South Africa on Saturday as the hosts looked full of early promise but were hauled back by the battling Springboks in the teams’ first meeting since the 2019 World Cup final. England fashioned excellent early tries for Manu Tuilagi
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6:02 PM GMT South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has been found guilty of misconduct by an independent committee for his hour-long video critique of the match officials during the British & Irish Lions series, World Rugby said on Wednesday. Erasmus has been suspended from all matchday activities for two months with immediate effect
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