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  • Les Bleus burst into life at the Stade de France

    Les Bleus burst into life at the Stade de France

    France burst into life when Maxime Medard’s second-half try inspired them to their first victory over Ireland in five years with a 10-9 win in the Six Nations yesterday. Coach Guy Noves, who took over from Philippe Saint-Andre after last year’s...

  • Youngs, Lawes and Vunipola start for England against Italy

    Youngs, Lawes and Vunipola start for England against Italy

    Ben Youngs, Mako Vunipola and Courtney Lawes will return to England’s starting team to play Italy in the Six Nations in Rome tomorrow while giant 21-year-old lock Maro Itoje is in line to make his debut from the bench. After beating Scotland 15-9...

  • Wales peg Ireland back to draw opener

    Wales peg Ireland back to draw opener

    Wales drew 16-16 with defending champions Ireland in an absorbing Six Nations opener yesterday, clawing back a 13-point first-half deficit to take the lead before Johnny Sexton levelled with a late penalty. With trips to France and England next...

  • England begin Jones era with victory as France beat Italy

    England begin Jones era with victory as France beat Italy

    England got the Eddie Jones era off to a victorious, if not quite glorious, start yesterday as tries by George Kruis and Jack Nowell earned them a 15-9 victory over Scotland in a nervy Six Nations clash at Murrayfield. Jones, who took over from...

  • England start afresh, Ireland look to Best

    England start afresh, Ireland look to Best

    Though England’s memories of last year’s global showpiece are arguably the most bitter, having become the first hosts to be eliminated at the pool stage, the quarter-finals were as good as it got for Ireland, Wales, France and Scotland in a...

  • Jones plays it safe in first England outing

    Jones plays it safe in first England outing

    Eddie Jones unveiled an experienced team for his first match as England coach yesterday, keeping his uncapped trio on the bench and going with the tried and tested to face Scotland in Edinburgh in their Six Nations opener tomorrow. The Australian...

  • Six Nations call-up will be on merit says Kruis

    George Kruis wants to be chosen for England’s Six Nations campaign on merit only and not because of his relationship with Steve Borthwick. Kruis was mentored by Borthwick when the recently-appointed Red Rose forwards coach was captain at Saracens,...

  • Lancaster will not be filling Japan coach role

    Lancaster will not be filling Japan coach role

    Stuart Lancaster will not be filling the post of Japan head coach recently vacated by Eddie Jones, Press Association Sport reported yesterday. A report states that the former England boss is considering an offer to take charge of the surprise...

  • Malta soars to 18th place in world list

    Malta soars to 18th place in world list

    The new world rankings, issued by the Rugby League International Federation recently, have seen Malta climb five places to an unprecedented 18th position. A last-minute Danny Burke field goal, to give Malta a 35-34 win over Belgium in June, and an...

  • Malta rugby team climbs to number 18 in world rankings

    Malta rugby team climbs to number 18 in world rankings

    Malta's national rugby league team has climbed to 18th place in the world rankings, figures released this week show.  The ranking is the highest for Malta, the previous highest ranking set in 2012 when the team placed 20th.  The top ranked team by...

  • Meyer to step down as S. Africa coach

    Heyneke Meyer will not seek a renewal of his contract to coach South Africa when his current deal expires on December 31, the South African Rugby Union confirmed yesterday. Meyer had said he would like to stay after leading the team to third place...

  • Jonah Lomu remembered at Auckland public memorial service

    Jonah Lomu remembered at Auckland public memorial service

    A public memorial service to remember New Zealand rugby great Jonah Lomu took place at Eden Park stadium in Auckland yesterday. World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset led the tributes to the former All Blacks winger, who died at the age of 40...

  • Substitute Havlicek’s late try shatters Maltese hopes

    Substitute Havlicek’s late try shatters Maltese hopes

    Malta 13Czech Republic 20 Malta came close to upsetting group favourites Czech Republic but a late try from substitute Martin Havlicek gave the Eastern Europeans a 20-13 win yesterday. It was a disappointing ending for the Maltese who were seconds...

  • Late try hands Malta heart-breaking rugby defeat

    Late try hands Malta heart-breaking rugby defeat

    Martin Havlicek came off the bench to score a last gasp try to give the Czech Republic a hard-fought 20-13 victory over Malta at the Hibs Stadium this afternoon. It was a heart-breaking outcome for the hosts who were seconds from taking a point...

  • Busuttil undaunted by Czech challenge

    Busuttil undaunted by Czech challenge

    The Maltese rugby team will be determined to make amends for the upset in Croatia in their last match with a strong showing against Czech Republic at the Hibs Stadium today. Last weekend, Malta opened their season commitments with a 34-27 defeat...

  • New England coach Jones salutes legacy left by Lancaster

    New England coach Jones salutes legacy left by Lancaster

    New England head coach Eddie Jones is eager to build on a great legacy left by predecessor Stuart Lancaster. Lancaster was heavily criticised after England became the first nation to tumble out of a home World Cup in the pool stages, which led to...

  • We need to cut out silly mistakes, says Malta coach Neill

    We need to cut out silly mistakes, says Malta coach Neill

    Malta rugby coach Damien Neill has called on his players to cut out “silly” defensive mistakes as they step up their preparations for tomorrow’s FIRA-AER Division 2A match against the Czech Republic at the Hibs Stadium. Last weekend, the Maltese...

  • All Blacks captain McCaw retires

    All Blacks captain McCaw retires

    Richie McCaw always knew the perfect moment to attack the breakdown, to make a tackle or complete a pass and the All Blacks skipper demonstrated his perfect sense of timing once again yester¡day in announcing his retirement from rugby. McCaw, who...

  • A 15-year roller-coaster journey

    A 15-year roller-coaster journey

    This year, Malta marks the 15th anniversary of its debut in international rugby. Tomorrow, the Malta Rugby Football Union (MRFU) will hold an event to commemorate the occasion. Two teams featuring former international players will meet in a...

  • Legend Lomu dies

    Legend Lomu dies

    New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu, who revolutionised wing play to become the sport’s first global superstar, died yesterday in Auckland at the age of 40, prompting a global outpouring of grief. Lomu had suffered from kidney disease for two...

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