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  • England’s Jones takes back-row risk against Wales

    England will field one of their most inexperienced back-row combinations ever against a likely trio of British and Irish Lions when they take on Wales in their second Six Nations match in Cardiff today. England coach Eddie Jones announced two...

  • Wales trample Italy in Rome opener

    Wales trample Italy in Rome opener

    Wales staged a strong second-half recovery to begin their RBS 6 Nations campaign in winning fashion against Italy in Rome. But they will need a considerable improvement to threaten next Saturday’s opponents England after Wales triumphed 33-7...

  • England edge France as Scotland stun Ireland

    England edge France as Scotland stun Ireland

    England overcame a poor first half to grind down France for a 19-16 victory to open the defence of their Six Nations title yesterday, setting a national record of 15 successive victories in the process. England were lucky to be level at 9-9 at...

  • 2017 Six Nations provides six-week trial for Lions

    2017 Six Nations provides six-week trial for Lions

    The coaches are doing all they can to deny it, and in France’s case they have a strong argument, but for rugby aficionados around the world the Six Nations championship will double up as a high-octane trial for the British and Irish Lions. The...

  • Falcons edge past Overseas

    Falcons edge past Overseas

    Falcons 15Swieqi Overseas 12 With key ball-carriers Saireeta Cassar and Tessabelle Sultana Evans back for Overseas, it looked an evenly matched affair was on paper. However, Overseas got off to a poor start when the catch was spilled from Falcons’...

  • Cutajar makes the difference

    Cutajar makes the difference

    Kavallieri 28Falcons 22 This thrilling match was the final fixture from the round robin stage of the Mediterranean Bank Cup, determining which of the teams would oppose Stompers in the semi-finals. The encounter was a good example of the raising...

  • Overseas hit back in second half to peg back Kavallieri

    Overseas hit back in second half to peg back  Kavallieri

    Swieqi Overseas 15Kavallieri 10 The wind did nobody any favours at Marsa on Saturday as Overseas chased down Kavallieri in the second half to clinch victory after going in for the break 10-0 down. Overseas battled their way into Kavallieri...

  • Kavallieri overpower Overseas

    Kavallieri overpower Overseas

    Kavallieri 25Overseas 12 On another blustery day at Marsa, Kavallieri won the toss and decided to play into the wind in the first half. They immediately put the pressure on Overseas. From their own scrum, some neat interplay between Nerissa Van...

  • Falcons come up just short in rally

    Falcons come up just short in rally

    Kavallieri 26Falcons 24 Katka Vrbacka struck early in this women’s Sevens League match at Marsa last weekend to put Falcons seven points ahead after she broke through a strung-out defence on halfway and then converted her own try. However, Amanda...

  • Overseas fail to last the pace

    Overseas fail to last the pace

    Sliema Stompers 38Swieqi Overseas 18 Played in cold and windy conditions at Marsa last weekend, this opening match from the Mediterranean Bank Cup was competitive until the last 20 minutes when Stompers’ fitness took the game away from a battling...

  • 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...

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