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Rugby

  • Amateur champs say sorry after barbecuing trophy

    French amateur side Cha-malieres have apologised after they were roundly condemned for burning the trophy they received for winning an Auvergne regional title. Chamalieres beat Cisternes 23-6 in last weekend’s final of the 2eme Serie, the region’s...

  • Australia weighing Bledisloe Cup in London, New York

    Australia is weighing London and New York as potential venues for a Bledisloe Cup clash against the world champions All Blacks. Sydney’s Olympic Stadium, a regular host for the blockbuster matches, will undergo a major re-development from 2019 and...

  • Malta end campaign with a win

    Malta end campaign with a win

    Malta 30Israel 9 Malta completed their commitments in the FIRA-AER Division 2A on a positive note after brushing aside bottom-placed Israel yesterday. Damien Neill’s men struggled to produce their trademark quick-passing game but still carried too...

  • Superior Malta dismiss Israel in rugby

    Superior Malta dismiss Israel in rugby

    The Malta rugby national team completed their commitments in the FIRA-AER Division 2A on a high after brushing aside Israel 30-9 at the Hibs Stadium. The hosts started strongly as James Morris kicked in a penalty after two minutes and soon after...

  • Neill wants to end European campaign on winning note

    Neill wants to end European campaign on winning note

    Damien Neill’s rugby national team will play their final match from the 2014-16 European Nations Cup qualifiers this afternoon when they host bottom-placed Israel at the Hibs Stadium (start: 2pm). The home team will be looking to bounce back from...

  • England World Cup failure is with me every day – Lancaster

    England World Cup failure is with me every day – Lancaster

    Not a single day goes by without Stuart Lancaster thinking about the host nation’s embarrassing first-round elimination from last year’s Rugby World Cup, the former England coach said yesterday. England, who went into the World Cup with huge...

  • Malta go down heavily to Switzerland

    Switzerland 29Malta 3 The Maltese national team suffered a heavy 29-3 defeat to Switzerland in another FIRA-AER Division 2A match, in Fribourg, yesterday. As the scoreline clearly indicates, this was a commanding performance from the home side who...

  • Britain opens Rio sevens door to 15-man code

    Players from the 15-man code will be eligible for Britain’s rugby sevens squad at the 2016 Olympics although time is short for any of them to stake a claim, officials said. The news is the latest twist in a long and complex story that began when...

  • Italy name O’Shea as coach

    Italy have named former Ireland full-back Conor O’Shea as their new coach, the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) said yesterday. The 46-year-old has signed a four-year contract starting in June to take charge of the team who finished bottom of this...

  • England secure first grand slam in 13 years

    England secure first grand slam in 13 years

    England ran in three tries to complete their first grand slam triumph since 2003 with a 31-21 Six Nations victory over arch-rivals France at the Stade de France last night. The visitors produced a powerful display but were ill-disciplined at...

  • England’s Care drawing inspiration from former team-mate Vardy

    England’s Care drawing inspiration from former team-mate Vardy

    Danny Care hopes some of the magic of Jamie Vardy’s season at Leicester City rubs off on England in today’s Grand Slam match against France. Care and Vardy spent their early teenage years playing at Sheffield Wednesday’s academy until the former...

  • Care and Vunipola start for England in France

    Danny Care and Mako Vunipola will start for England tomorrow after coach Eddie Jones announced two changes to his side to play France in Paris where a win would secure a Six Nations grand slam in his first season. Scrumhalf Care again swaps places...

  • England end five-year wait as Scotland beat France

    England end five-year wait as Scotland beat France

    England won the Six Nations for the first time since 2011 after Scotland beat France for only the second time in the competition with a 29-18 victory at Murrayfield yesterday. Defeat means France, who were beaten 19-10 by Wales a fortnight ago,...

  • England close in on title after late Welsh scare, Ireland win

    England close in on title after late Welsh scare, Ireland win

    England survived a terrific late Welsh surge to put one hand on their first Six Nations title for five years as an Anthony Watson try and 20 points for Owen Farrell helped them beat Wales 25-21 in a Twickenham thriller yesterday. The win secured...

  • England and Wales ramp up scrum tension

    The fires were stoked ahead of today’s Six Nations clash between England and Wales at Twickenham as both sides accused each other of illegal scrummaging in the lead-up to the potentially decisive showdown. Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde said...

  • Tuilagi named on England bench for Wales showdown

    Tuilagi named on England bench for Wales showdown

    England plan to unleash Manu Tuilagi in the second half of tomorrow’s RBS 6 Nations title showdown at Twickenham after selecting him on the bench against Wales. Tuilagi will resume his international career after a 21-month exile when he reinforces...

  • England stay on course for title

    England stay on course for title

    Eddie Jones took another significant step in the rebuilding of England yesterday as a 21-10 victory over champions Ireland at Twickenham kept them on course for a first Six Nations title since 2011 and a possible first grand slam since...

  • Ireland refuse to be drawn into ‘sideshow’ over Sexton

    Ireland refuse to be drawn into ‘sideshow’ over Sexton

    Rory Best has insisted Ireland will not be dragged into Eddie Jones’s “sideshow” on Johnny Sexton’s welfare ahead of today’s Six Nations clash with England. England boss Jones questioned the wisdom of Ireland fielding fly-half Sexton following his...

  • Warburton targeting title with Wales

    Captain Sam Warburton has underlined Wales’ desire to land another Six Nations title. Wales will go top of the championship if they beat Principality Stadium visitors France tonight, setting up a potential title showdown with England at Twickenham...

  • England cruise to victory

    England cruise to victory

    England delivered the “good hiding” of Italy demanded by Eddie Jones to leave the Stadio Olimpico with a 40-9 victory that keeps alive their Grand Slam quest. Jonathan Joseph plundered a hat-trick of tries in a final half-hour that was dominated...

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