Rugby

Open Extended Reactions Scott Robertson is finally under way as All Blacks coach, the 49-year-old making one massive call as he named a 32-man squad for Tests against England and Fiji next month. While Robertson has included five potential debutants, the omission of Blues No. 8 Hoskins Sotutu is the main talking point after the
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Jun 23, 2024, 06:51 PM Open Extended Reactions South Africa have qualified for the men’s Rugby Sevens competition at the Paris Olympics following a 14-5 victory over Britain in Sunday’s final of the Repechage qualification tournament being staged in Monaco. Quewin Nortje and Shilton van Wyk both scored tries for South Africa in the first-half
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Jun 23, 2024, 03:03 PM Open Extended Reactions Nick Isiekwe won his first England cap in 2017. Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images England have called up lock Nick Isiekwe for their two-test tour of New Zealand to replace the suspended Charlie Ewels, who has been handed a two-match ban following his red card in the
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Jun 22, 2024, 05:06 PM Open Extended Reactions A much-changed South Africa scored five tries to defeat Wales 41-13 in a one-off test at Twickenham on Saturday in their first fixture since they won the Rugby World Cup in France nine months ago. It was a far from polished performance from the South African side
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Sam Bruce, Deputy Editor, espn.com.auJun 21, 2024, 02:03 AM Close Sam was brought up on long drives and the dusty fields of north-west New South Wales, where he developed his love of rugby from an early age. He joined ESPN after a five-year stint heading up Fox Sports Australia’s digital rugby coverage. Open Extended Reactions
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Jun 19, 2024, 01:02 PM Open Extended Reactions Rugby world champions South Africa have named uncapped Jordan Hendrikse at flyhalf and Edwill van der Merwe on the wing in a much-changed squad to face Wales in a one-off Test at Twickenham on Saturday. Hendrikse, 22, has been preferred to World Cup winner Manie Libbok in
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Jun 18, 2024, 05:16 PM Open Extended Reactions Jamison Gibson-Park misses Ireland’s South Africa tour with a hamstring injury. Getty Ireland will take 35 players to South Africa for their two-Test series next month but first-choice scrum-half Jamison Gibson-Park has been ruled out due to injury, Irish Rugby said on Tuesday. Peter O’Mahony will captain the
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Jun 18, 2024, 01:27 PM Open Extended Reactions Dewi Lake will captain Wales against South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday, with scrum-half Ellis Bevan to make his test debut in the clash, coach Warren Gatland announced on Tuesday. Hooker Lake takes over the captaincy from Dayfdd Jenkins, who led the side in the Six Nations
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Jun 18, 2024, 08:47 AM Open Extended Reactions Marcus Smith will start at fly-half for England ahead of namesake Fin Smith as coach Steve Borthwick made four enforced changes for their first Test of the summer series in Japan on Saturday. With Owen Farrell and George Ford unavailable, Marcus Smith has been handed the No.
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Open Extended Reactions Highlanders and Maori All Blacks back Connor Garden-Bachop has died after suffering a medical event on Monday, New Zealand Rugby has announced. Garden-Bachop, the son of former All Blacks back Stephen Bachop and late Black Ferns player Sue Garden-Bachop, was 25. “On behalf of the entire rugby community, the Highlanders, Wellington Rugby,
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Jun 17, 2024, 02:22 PM Open Extended Reactions James Botham has 10 international caps for wales. Photo by Ian Cook – CameraSport via Getty Images Wales have added versatile flanker James Botham to their squad for their one-off Test against South Africa in London on Saturday, officials have confirmed. The 26-year-old grandson of former England cricket
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Jun 14, 2024, 06:18 PM Open Extended Reactions Northampton Saints won the Premiership title in 2023-24. David Rogers/Getty Images English rugby will restore promotion and relegation between the top-flight Premiership and second-tier Championship via a two-legged playoff, England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Friday. Saracens were relegated in the 2019-20 season when they finished bottom
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Jun 12, 2024, 03:04 PM Open Extended Reactions The Scotland Rugby team are preparing for four matches in America starting in July. Photo by Gaspafotos/MB Media/Getty Images Scotland have named their 37-man squad for their four Tests in the Americas starting next month which includes 10 uncapped players, coach Gregor Townsend said on Wednesday. Forwards Gregor
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Jun 9, 2024, 01:01 PM Open Extended Reactions England fly-half George Ford will miss the upcoming summer tour of Japan and New Zealand to recover from an achilles injury, the RFU confirmed on Sunday. Ford helped club side Sale Sharks to reach the Premiership Rugby semifinals, where they were knocked out by Bath, who lost
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Jun 8, 2024, 03:11 PM Wembley Stadium remembered Rob Burrow on Saturday as the Challenge Cup final between Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors was delayed until seven minutes past three, as a tribute to the No.7 he played with on his jersey for Leeds Rhinos. Burrow died on Sunday aged 41 after he was diagnosed
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Jun 3, 2024, 03:08 PM Open Extended Reactions Wales coach Warren Gatland offered his resignation following a disappointing Six Nations campaign. Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images Wales coach Warren Gatland named four uncapped players on Monday in a squad of 36 for tests against world champions South Africa and Australia over the next six weeks.
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