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  • Belgian club plans appeal against 356-3 defeat

    A Belgian rugby club that succumbed to a record defeat at the weekend are seeking to have the result annulled because the referee arrived more than an hour late. Soignies, who play in Belgium’s top division, lost 356-3 to Brussels-based rivals...

  • Wales can bounce back from England loss – Webb

    Wales can bounce back from England loss – Webb

    Rhys Webb believes Wales are “definitely capable” of recovering from a debilitating home defeat against England and igniting their 6 Nations campaign. Wales head to Edinburgh this weekend for an appointment with Scotland, having already been...

  • Youngs refusing to get carried away after stirring win

    Youngs refusing to get carried away after stirring win

    Ben Youngs has sought to diffuse the euphoria over England’s fine victory in Cardiff by reminding his team-mates their Six Nations title quest is still in its infancy. Wales were dispatched 21-16 in a compelling curtain raiser to the 2015...

  • Keatley sets Ireland on way to dour win

    Keatley sets Ireland on way to dour win

    Ian Keatley converted four penalties on his Six Nations debut to set holders Ireland on the way to a dour 26-3 win over an uninspiring Italy yesterday. Keatley kicked Ireland into a 12-3 lead to break Italy’s resolve, then Conor Murray and Tommy...

  • England hit back to beat Wales

    England hit back to beat Wales

    England extinguished early Welsh fire with a dominant second half performance to secure a 21-16 victory in an absorbing Six Nations Championship opener last night that struck the first blow in World Cup year. Wales, starting with 11 of the side...

  • England must extinguish Welsh dragon’s fire, says Back

    England must “smash everything in red”, maintain cool heads and silence a raucous Millennium Stadium crowd when they meet Wales in their Six Nations championship opener in Cardiff today, England World Cup winner Neil Back said. Stuart Lancaster’s...

  • Cipriani, Easter and Croft back on England bench for opener

    Flyhalf Danny Cipriani and back rowers Nick Easter and Tom Croft will take their places on an unfamiliar bench as Stuart Lancaster has been forced to deal with a host of injuries for tomorrow’s Six Nations opener against Wales in...

  • Robshaw eyes winning start

    Robshaw eyes winning start

    England captain Chris Robshaw believes a winning start against Wales will be key if the Red Rose want to be crowned RBS 6 Nations champions this year. Stuart Lancaster’s side open up their campaign at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on February...

  • World Cup thrill awaits Maltese child

    World Cup thrill awaits Maltese child

    Malta is among the 43 leading rugby-playing nations to be invited to send a child to deliver the official match ball on the field of play during this year’s Rugby World Cup. The lucky winner will present the match ball to the referee at the...

  • Specialist UK doctor says risks of youth rugby need scrutiny

    The unknown risks of youth rugby need urgent assessment to ensure the safety of junior players, a leading British brain doctor said yesterday Writing in the respected BMJ British Medical Journal, Michael Carter, a paediatric neurosurgeon at the...

  • Lancaster hopes for home sweet home

    Lancaster hopes for home sweet home

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster is hoping the comforts of home might help to bring a little normality to his quest for World Cup glory in 2015. Lancaster is well aware of the pressure he and his players will be under as the hosts attempt to...

  • Boks take All Blacks to Ellis Park again

    South Africa have again chosen the intimidating atmosphere of Ellis Park as the venue for their marquee home test of 2015 against New Zealand, it was announced yesterday. The Springboks won a cliff-hanger against All Blacks 27-25 at the venue in...

  • Ireland launch ‘irresistible’ bid for 2023 World Cup

    Ireland will bid to host the 2023 rugby World Cup, the Irish and Northern Irish governments said yesterday, formally launching a politically symbolic proposal to win the right to hold the event on their own for the first time. Seeking to replicate...

  • England shaping up well for World Cup challenge

    England shaping up well for World Cup challenge

    England coach Stuart Lancaster can enjoy Christmas knowing his side are growing in confidence and depth ahead of next year’s World Cup and, though there are issues to address, they should be a formidable force on home soil. Defeats by New Zealand...

  • England sink Australia

    England sink Australia

    Ben Morgan scored two tries as England produced a classic forwards performance to beat Australia 26-17 yesterday but the Wallabies showed enough to suggest there will be nothing between the teams when they meet again in the World Cup next...

  • McCaw to captain All Blacks for 100th time

    Richie McCaw will become the first player to captain an international team in 100 tests after New Zealand coach Steve Hansen reverted to virtually his first choice selection to face Wales in Cardiff tomorrow. McCaw, who first captained the side...

  • England not in crisis says Lancaster

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster denies a deteriorating autumn has reached crisis point as pressure mounts following a fifth successive defeat. The third International against Samoa on Saturday is a match England dare not lose after New Zealand...

  • South Africa beat England in thriller

    South Africa beat England in thriller

    South Africa held off a fierce England fightback to triumph 31-28 in a thunderous test at Twickenham yesterday to make it five defeats in a row for Stuart Lancaster’s side 10 months before they host the World Cup. Two tries put South Africa 20-6...

  • Ireland’s Sexton nominated for IRB best player award

    Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton has been nominated for the 2014 International Rugby Board (IRB) world player of the year award. Sexton, who played an instrumental role when Ireland beat South Africa last weekend, is among five nominations...

  • Wembley ‘pristine’ by March

    Wembley ‘pristine’ by March

    Wembley’s managing director has defended the decision to host NFL games at the stadium just six days before an England Euro 2016 qualifier. Roger Maslin admitted the state of the pitch at the national stadium is below its usual standard but that...

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