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  • Rugby great Woodward at BLM conference

    Rugby great Woodward at BLM conference

    Clive Woodward was a high-profile speaker during the Business Leaders Malta (BLM) annual conference at the Radisson Blu Golden Sands Resort, yesterday. Addressing representatives from various entities, the legendary rugby coach shared his...

  • England hope for Brown return

    England retain hope that Mike Brown will participate in Sunday’s Six Nations showdown with Ireland after completing the latest stage in the return to play protocols for concussion. Brown was knocked unconscious following an accidental collision...

  • Wales hold off feisty Scotland to secure narrow victory

    Wales hold off feisty Scotland to secure narrow victory

    Wales weathered a fierce Scotland onslaught to kick-start their Six Nations campaign with a frenetic 26-23 victory at a sun-kissed Murrayfield yesterday. Jonathan Davies’s second-half try sealed Wales’ eighth successive win over the Scots and put...

  • Malta to face Belgium at Headingley next June

    Malta to face Belgium at Headingley next June

    Malta and Belgium will face off in a summer international at Headingley Carnegie in a curtain-raiser to the round 19 First Utility Super League clash between English heavyweights Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC on June 21. Hosting the mid-season...

  • England thrash Italy 47-17

    England thrash Italy 47-17

    Jonathan Joseph scored two superb tries as England recovered from a stuttering start to hammer Italy 47-17 yesterday to make it two wins out of two in the Six Nations championship and remain on course for the first title since 2011. England scored...

  • England unchanged for clash against Italy

    England unchanged for clash against Italy

    England have named an un-changed team to face Italy in the Six Nations at Twickenham today – sticking with the starting 15 who beat Wales 21-16 in their opener last week. It means Jonathan Joseph, who scored a try against Wales, and George Kruis...

  • England name unchanged squad

    England coach Stuart Lancaster took the unusual step of confirming an unchanged match day squad for Saturday’s Six Nations match against Italy at Twickenham on Saturday. Lancaster will name the starting team this morning and is expected to stick...

  • 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...

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