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  • Jones determined to make a statement

    Eddie Jones wants England to play a leading role in transforming the RBS 6 Nations into the best competition in the world by showing ambition throughout their title defence. Jones masterminded a Grand Slam on his debut Championship last year, but...

  • New format for the 2017 Mediterranean Bank Cup

    New format for the 2017 Mediterranean Bank Cup

    The 2017 Mediterranean Bank Cup will be played under a new format as the annual competition was officially launched by the Malta Rugby Football Union (MRFU) on Wednesday. The cup, one of the two major competitions on the MRFU calendar, gets under...

  • England flanker Robshaw injured

    Chris Robshaw faces a nervous wait to discover the extent of his shoulder injury, with England ordering further examination of a problem suffered for Harlequins. The 30-year-old has been unable to take part in England’s two-day training camp owing...

  • Super catch at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl

    Super catch at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl

    Penn State Nittany Lions tight end Mike Gesicki (centre) makes a catch for a touchdown against USC Trojans despite the marking of defensive backs Adoree Jackson (left) and Leon McQuay during the second quarter of the 2017 Rose Bowl game at the...

  • All Blacks still rule

    All Blacks still rule

    New Zealand and South Africa both went into the often-transitional post-Rugby World Cup year needing to fill some big boots and while the All Blacks achieved it with barely a stutter, South Africa’s 2016 turned in to be an annus horribilis. On the...

  • Former players criticise RFU concussion ruling

    Former players criticise RFU concussion ruling

    English rugby’s decision not to sanction Northampton for their handling of George North’s concussion against Leicester has been widely criticised, with one former international branding it “a disgrace”. The rugby players’ union (RPA) took issue...

  • Kavallieri fight back to beat Falcons at the death

    Kavallieri fight back to beat Falcons at the death

    Kavallieri 19Qrendi Falcons 15 In the last Cisk Lager League game for 2016, Kavallieri won it in the last minute, scoring a try to snatch a win over Qrendi Falcons who had done the same to Sliema Stompers in their previous match at Marsa. This was...

  • England aim to build on great year

    England aim to build on great year

    Paul Gustard believes George Ford and Owen Farrell can build the attacking menace to steer England to World Cup glory in 2019. England equalled the record 14 consecutive wins achieved by Clive Woodward’s class of 2003 with Saturday’s 37-21 victory...

  • England roar back to complete perfect year

    England roar back to complete perfect year

    England overcame an awful start to roar back superbly and overwhelm Australia 37-21 at Twickenham yesterday to complete a perfect year of 13 wins under coach Eddie Jones. Australia led 10-0 after a try by Sefa Naivalu and had three more ruled out...

  • Bonus points to reward try-scoring in 2017 Six Nations championship

    Bonus points will be awarded in a radical shake-up of next year’s Six Nations as tournament organisers seek to encourage teams to adopt a more attacking style of play. The new system, which will be introduced initially on a trial basis, will award...

  • Overseas hang on to beat battling Kavallieri

    Overseas hang on to beat battling Kavallieri

    Overseas 17Kavallieri 16 This game heralded the start of the Cisk League second round. In the corresponding first round clash, Overseas had won 36-19 so the interest at Marsa’s Pitch 1 was to see which team had developed their play to another...

  • Fourteen-man England still too strong for Argentina

    England showed great determination, organisation and experience to overcome a fifth-minute red card for Elliot Daly and grind out an impressive 27-14 victory over Argentina yesterday to make it 12 wins in a row under Eddie Jones Wing Daly was sent...

  • Italy beat South Africa for first time

    Italy beat South Africa for first time

    Italy claimed their first-ever victory over South Africa with a nail-biting 20-18 success in Florence, yesterday. South Africa had won the previous 12 games between the two countries and were ahead inside five minutes as the returning Bryan Habana...

  • All teams playing catch-up to NZ – Charteris

    The focus of debate in international rugby is no longer what northern hemisphere teams need to do to match their southern counterparts, but rather how all countries should tackle the All Blacks, Wales lock Luke Charteris said. Ireland sent...

  • Last-gasp Overseas complete comeback

    Last-gasp Overseas complete comeback

    Sliema Stompers 27Swieqi Overseas 31 Last weekend, the two major contenders for the honours this season, Stompers and Overseas, came head-to-head a second time following the new season’s curtain-raiser – the Ray Elliot Cup – which went Stompers’...

  • Fijian Super Rugby franchise plans well advanced – report

    Plans to establish a Super Rugby franchise in Fiji to stop top players leaving the Pacific Islands are well advanced and have over £20 million in backing, the Daily Telegraph  said yesterday. The team would be based in a 20,000-seater stadium...

  • England end South Africa jinx in style

    England end  South Africa  jinx in style

    England ended their 10-year winless streak against South Africa in emphatic style yesterday as they outclassed a desperately limited Springbok side for a 37-21 Twickenham victory that made it 10 wins out of 10 under coach Eddie Jones. Two tries in...

  • Qrendi Falcons beat Kavallieri in lively match

    Qrendi Falcons beat Kavallieri in lively match

    Qrendi Falcons 43Kavallieri 34 In a game, where the scoreline swung from one team to the other, Qrendi Falcons’ energetic ball-in-hand game finally won over a battling Kavallieri side. From the moment referee Lionel da Silva blew his whistle,...

  • Irish joy tinged with sadness as All Blacks finally vanquished

    Irish fans all over the world celebrated the side’s electrifying first-ever victory over the All Blacks, but the historic triumph was tinged with sadness following the recent death at just 42 of former international Anthony “Axel” Foley. “Ireland...

  • Rampant Australia crush Wales 32-8

    Australia scored five tries in an emphatic 32-8 win over Wales in Cardiff yesterday, the Wallabies’ 12th victory in a row over the Welsh. Wales had flyhalf Dan Biggar sent to the sin bin after 16 minutes when the Wallabies were 8-3 up following...

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