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Rugby - Today’s News

Former Clermont star Abendanon makes retirement U-turn to join Vannes

The English fullback will ply his trade in Pro D2 next year.

Rugby - Yesterday’s News

Powerful finish from fired-up Crusaders too much for Blues

The Blues saw a chance to rewrite history slip away.

Quiz: How well do you remember the Lions Tests of the 21st century?

The Lions plan to have a tour in full swing this time next year.

Rugby - Friday 10 July, 2020

Jamie George signs long-term contract during 'exciting period' for Saracens

The England hooker is the latest player to commit to Saracens, who have been relegated to the Championship.

Midweek games ahead as Premiership rugby unveil hectic restart schedule

Teams will face as low as four-day turnarounds to play out all remaining rounds.

Golden-point 'Super Time' fails to separate Rebels and Reds

It ended as an 18-18 draw in the Super Rugby AU clash at Brookvale Oval.

Hawaii-based team set to join Major League Rugby for 2021

It has been reported that several big-name former All Blacks are behind the expansion bid.

Leicester confirm Tuilagi, Noel Reid and three other players have left the club

The once-capped Ireland international joined from Leinster last year.

Rugby - Thursday 9 July, 2020

Provincial academies to compete with Ireland 7s in new IRFU tournaments

The provinces’ A teams will also compete in a series of fixtures starting in September.

IRFU confirms shortened All-Ireland League will start in January 2021

The first half of the season will involve a new provincial Community Series.

Predicting Ireland's first-choice XV for the 2023 Rugby World Cup

Bernard Jackman, Murray Kinsella and Gavan Casey had several different visions as they gazed into the future.

Scotland star Maitland the latest player to commit to Championship-bound Saracens

‘I love being here and I love what the club is about,’ said the 31-year-old wing.

This year's European Cup finals will no longer take place in Marseille

EPCR is now looking for a new venue or venues for the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup deciders.

'We wanted him to stay but we are happy and we'll keep developing players'

Tighthead prop Roman Salanoa moved from Leinster to Munster this summer.

Leinster hopeful Lowe will return for next block of pre-season training

The 28-year-old is currently back in New Zealand for personal reasons.

Rugby - Wednesday 8 July, 2020

'When I found rugby, I found my self-esteem, my sense of worth'

Former Connacht head coach Pat Lam is this week’s guest on the How To Win At Dominoes podcast.

Six Premiership rugby players test positive for Covid-19

A further four non-playing staff have also tested positive after 804 tests on Monday.

England trio Ben Youngs, George Ford and Ellis Genge agree new Leicester deals

The Tigers have announced 18 new player contracts since the weekend,

'We need to get back to that momentum' - Leinster aim to pick up where they left off

Felipe Contepomi says the province’s players returned to pre-season in excellent condition.

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Connacht confirm signings of Aussie 7s international and Kiwi number eight

Andy Friend has added Ben O’Donnell and Kiwi number eight Abraham Papali’i to his squad.

Rugby - Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Leinster confirm Barry Daly's retirement from pro rugby at the age of 27

The prolific UCD wing will move to the US to continue his education.

Six Nations play down expectation of imminent deal with CVC

Bernard Laporte has said a deal is almost done.

Analysis: Super Rugby sides picking apart lineout seams with sharp attack

Analysis: Super Rugby sides picking apart lineout seams with sharp attack

The Brumbies scored an excellent try in behind the lineout against the Rebels.

Stade Francais sign former Munster lock Grobler and Tongan fullback Veainu

The pair both arrive in the Top 14 from English clubs.

Rugby league's Wigan Warriors table bid to buy crisis-hit football club Wigan Athletic

The Latics were put into administration last week.

Rugby - Monday 6 July, 2020

Welsh rugby player banned for four years after failed drugs test

Ystalyfera RFC’s Jesse Patton tested positive for metendienone.

RFU announces plans to make 139 staff redundant

The English union has suffered significant financial pain because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

The rise of Kenny, Pat Lam's philosophy and a Mayo warrior: The42 membership this week

Here’s this week’s substantial sports journalism meal.

Ex-Scotland captain Laidlaw the latest to sign up for Japanese club rugby

The 34-year-old was a popular figure at last year’s World Cup in Japan.

Irish lock O'Shea signs for French Pro D2 club after leaving Munster

The 27-year-old has agreed to a two-year deal with Vannes.

Poll shows players' unease with new All Blacks coaching team

Almost half of New Zealand’s top-flight players believe NZR had not made the right choice in appointing Ian Foster.

Rugby - Sunday 5 July, 2020

50/22 kicks, 22/50 kicks, and goal line drop-outs: Australia's new law trials

We saw the first few examples of Super Rugby AU’s law trials this weekend.

Holland's Hurricanes consign Gatland's Chiefs to fourth straight defeat

Jordie Barrett was the star as the Canes recorded their first win in Super Rugby Aotearoa.

'I was struggling to walk, hoping the pain would go away - it didn't'

Brian Scott faced a choice of risking his health or following his dream. Amazingly, the Munster man walked through the pain barrier for months before injury brought an end to the 27-year-old’s career.

Rugby - Saturday 4 July, 2020

Sale Sharks make move to sign England centre Manu Tuilagi after Leicester exit

Tuilagi was one of five frontline stars to leave Leicester on Tuesday.

Quiz: How well do you remember the current rugby season?

Some of us can’t tell what day it is, never mind know when the 2019/20 season ends and the 20/21 campaigns begins.

Rebels bemoan ill-discipline as Brumbies pick up where they left off

Brumbies flew out of the blocks in their opener of the 10-round domestic Super Rugby competition.

Crusaders cruise to third straight win after sizzling second-half display

In yet another superb game of Super Rugby, the Crusaders finished off the Highlanders in style with three tries in the final quarter.

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What kind of shape are Andy Farrell's Ireland in as they look towards next season?

Ireland were due to face Australia in Brisbane today.

Rugby - Friday 3 July, 2020

Wing Wootton moves from Munster to Connacht for the year ahead

The 25-year-old joins Conor Oliver and Sam Arnold in swapping Munster for Connacht.

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