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Rugby

  • Woodward in France frame

    Clive Woodward has shown his intention to replace Philippe Saint-Andre as head coach of France, according to reports in the French press. French newspaper L’Equipe reported that Woodward, who led England to World Cup glory in 2003, is on an...

  • Maltese squad steps up training regime

    Malta coach Anthony Micallef has undertaken another development move with the launch of the national squad. Training together since March, the national squad, capped at 10 domestic-based players, follows strict attendance and dress-code...

  • Eligibility rules under the spotlight as WCup looms

    Eligibility rules under the spotlight as WCup looms

    Less than five months before the World Cup kicks off in England and Wales, some of rugby’s best players are still deciding which country to represent. For many, money, rather than national pride, could be the deciding factor. The days have long...

  • Poor start foils Malta

    Poor start foils Malta

    Malta 20Switzerland 23 A shoddy defensive display cost the national team dearly yesterday as Damien Neill’s men succumbed to a 23-20 defeat to Switzerland at the Hibs Stadium. There was an understandable air of disappointment among the home...

  • Rugby: Switzerland beat Malta 23-20

    Rugby: Switzerland beat Malta 23-20

    Malta slumped to their second defeat in Division 2A when they lost to Switzerland 23-20 at the Hibs Stadium. Seconds after kick-off, Malta regaled Switzerland with the first three points when they conceded a penalty and Sebastian Dimitri duly...

  • Discipline is key against Switzerland – Neill

    Damien Neill is demanding a disciplined performance from his players when Malta take on a strong Switzerland side in a FIRA-AER Division 2A qualifier at the Hibs Stadium, today. With just two points separating the second-placed Switzerland, on 10...

  • Winning is all that matters for Neill

    Malta coach Damien Neill yesterday urged his players to lift their game and steer the country to its third victory in the FIRA-AER Division 2A group as the rugby national team continue their preparations for Saturday’s international against...

  • Malta hit back to beat Israel

    Malta staged a strong second-half fightback to overcome Israel 16-13 in a thrilling FIRA-AER Division 2A match in Netanya yesterday. It was determined performance from the Maltese who trailed the hosts 5-3 at the end of the first half. But on the...

  • Malta coach Neill not underestimating Israel

    Malta coach Neill not underestimating Israel

    The Maltese rugby national team resume their commitments in the FIRA-AER Division 2A when they play guests to Israel, in Netanya, this afternoon. Malta have so far experienced mixed fortunes in the group. They opened the campaign on November 1...

  • Record TV viewing figures for Six Nations showdown

    Staggered starts and scintillating rugby helped attract a peak record audience of nearly 10 million TV viewers for the Six Nations’ finale between England and France, the BBC announced yesterday. Ireland retained the title on points difference on...

  • Ireland take title after nervy wait

    Ireland take title after nervy wait

    Ireland tiptoed their way to successive RBS Six Nations titles for the first time since 1949, sneaking past England on points difference after beating Scotland 40-10, yesterday. Joe Schmidt’s men ended Wales’s title bid with their four-try triumph...

  • Patience, and defence, key as England seek big win

    Patience, and defence, key as England seek big win

    When England went into their final fixture of the 2014 Six Nations needing a 50-plus point win over Italy to have a chance of the title it looked a forlorn hope when they led only 10-6 after almost half an hour. However, as Italy tired, England...

  • Parling promoted for crucial France clash

    England have promoted Geoff Parling to the second row and recalled Nick Easter to the bench for tomorrow’s decisive RBS Six Nations clash with France at Twickenham. The solitary change to the starting XV that toppled Scotland 25-13 last weekend...

  • Lancaster considers small changes

    Lancaster considers small changes

    Stuart Lancaster is considering making only minor adjustments to his team as England seek a triumphant conclusion to their 2015 RBS Six Nations campaign. Replacement tight-five forwards Tom Youngs and Geoff Parling, who appeared in the second half...

  • England beat Scots but could rue their mistakes

    England put themselves back in the mix for the Six Nations title when they beat Scotland 25-13 yesterday to join Ireland and Wales on six points and set up a mouth-watering finale next week but they may come to rue a host of missed tryscoring...

  • England must stop starting badly, says Farrell

    England have had two weeks to analyse what went wrong in the defeat by Ireland but most fans could have told them in five minutes as their third successive dire start probably put paid to their Six Nations title hopes for another year. England...

  • Italy planning to bid for 2023 World Cup

    Italy planning to bid for 2023 World Cup

    Italy have confirmed they will bid to host Rugby World Cup 2023 – the first nation to cement their opposition to Ireland. The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) has vowed to formalise its bid to stage the 2023 global contest when World Rugby starts...

  • Lancaster looking to make changes

    Stuart Lancaster will watch this weekend’s Aviva Premiership action closely as he considers whether to respond to the conclusion of England’s Grand Slam dream by making changes. The 2015 World Cup hosts were kicked into submission by Ireland in...

  • Ireland take big step towards the title with England win

    Ireland took a major step towards retaining their Six Nations title with a pulsating 19-9 victory over England in Dublin yesterday to become the only side to win their opening three games. With both sides unbeaten going into a game billed as a...

  • Italy stun Scotland with last-gasp win at Murrayfield

    Italy’s perseverance was rewarded as a last-gasp penalty try gave them a 22-19 win over Scotland for only their second away victory in the annual Six Nations. Scotland looked like holding out in a messy battle of the tournament also-rans but Italy...

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