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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The British & Irish Lions and SA Rugby have confirmed the 2021 tour to South Africa will go ahead as scheduled.

Premiership Rugby clubs can return to contact training on Monday in “significant milestone” towards the league’s planned resumption on August 15.

The Rugby Football Union is undertaking a review into the “historical context” of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – a favourite song among England supporters which has roots in American slavery.

Lord Myners has warned rugby union players it would be “foolhardy” to feel they need to go on strike after his review prompted clubs to announce a substantial cut to the salary cap from next season.

Premiership rugby stars could go on strike over contractual issues arising from the league’s expected confirmation of a reduction of next season’s salary cap by up to 25 per cent.

RFU chief Bill Sweeney has pointed to the success of rugby league to show that union could work as a summer sport.

Premiership Rugby has announced its plan to resume the Gallagher Premiership season on August 15.

England’s three-match Ashes series with Australia has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The European Tour will resume in July with a run of six tournaments over six weeks in the UK, but the Dutch Grand Prix has been put back until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Former Rugby Football Union chief executive Francis Baron believes a ‘Coronavirus Cup of World Rugby’ next summer could significantly ease the economic hardship facing the global game because of the pandemic.

The summer’s rugby union international schedule, including England’s tour of Japan, has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Rugby Football Union chief executive Bill Sweeney has described the prospect of the sport being postponed into 2021 as “catastrophic”.

Sports leaders will spell out the impact of the coronavirus pandemic at a parliamentary session next week.

Final rugby tables revealed

Friday, April 3, 2020

The RFU has revealed the final placings for the 2019/20 rugby season, which was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Following the early end of the 2019/20 rugby season in England due to the coronavirus pandemic, the RFU is announcing final league positions.

As with all sports, English rugby union has been brought to a halt by the coronavirus crisis, offering the opportunity to reflect on some of the greats the nation has produced down the years.

All league rugby beneath the Gallagher Premiership has been brought to an end for the 2019-20 season, the Rugby Football Union has announced.

Following government advice today, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) will suspend all rugby activity in England, at both professional and community level.

Saracens’ Owen Farrell believes England’s win over Ireland on Sunday was the perfect confidence booster ahead of their penultimate Guinness Six Nations clash with Wales on March 7, writes Ziad Chaudry.

Brilliant birthday present for Lawes

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

It turned out to be a brilliant 31st birthday for Hackney-born Courtney Lawes at Twickenham on Sunday, writes Ziad Chaudry.

Women rugby fans are becoming as rowdy as men when they’re watching the game, a study shows.

England head coach Eddie Jones has named six Saracens in his starting XV for the Six Nations clash with Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Hackney-born Courtney Lawes has backed his England colleagues to respond from their Six Nations Rugby opener defeat against France by getting back to winning ways next Saturday against auld enemy Scotland.

England will enter the 2020 Guinness Six Nations with a united squad after addressing any grievances over Saracens’ salary cap scandal, described by Jonny May as the “elephant in the room”.

Hampstead saw off a tenacious Hackney side in the North London derby on Saturday, digging deep to emerge 25-18 winners over a side that beat them twice last season.

Gallagher, community insurance broker and proud title partner of Premiership Rugby, is on the hunt for its first ever ‘Rugby Club of the Season’.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits he is hurt by seeing his side in the bottom half of the Premier League.

World Cup: England 12 South Africa 32

Saturday, November 2, 2019

England were stunned by South Africa’s relentless intensity as their World Cup quest ended with a crushing defeat in the final at International Stadium Yokohama.

Jonny Wilkinson offered drop-goal guidance to Owen Farrell as England put the finishing touches to preparations for Saturday’s World Cup final against South Africa.

England appear in their fourth Rugby World Cup final when they face South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama on Saturday.

Anthony Watson and Manu Tuilagi will be part of England’s World Cup glory bid on Saturday after their triumphs over prolonged injury adversity.

Eddie Jones repeated the mantra “no fear” as he lit the fuse for the final of a World Cup he does not want to end.

Rugby: Hackney draw positives at Luton

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Hackney fought hard to come away with a 24-24 draw against Luton in their recent London Two North West outing.

Ben Spencer was feeding his children at home when he took a phone-call that could change the Saracens scrum-half’s life.

England captain Owen Farrell will deliver his final team talk on the eve of Saturday’s World Cup final against South Africa to a captivated audience encouraged to speak their minds.

Jamie George views England’s dramatic triumph in the Cricket World Cup final as an example of the precision that will be needed to dispatch South Africa on Saturday.

England men’s head coach Eddie Jones has named an unchanged starting XV to play South Africa in the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final at Yokohama Stadium on Saturday.

Courtney Lawes insists England need to be “ready for anything” in Saturday’s World Cup final against South Africa.

World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson believes England were “inspired” in their stunning display against New Zealand to set up another tilt at global glory.

Kyle Sinckler will be ready to explode into Saturday’s World Cup final after learning how to adjust his psychological approach to big games.

World Cup: Bring it on says Billy

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

England number eight Billy Vunipola has responded to South Africa’s promise of all-out aggression in Saturday’s World Cup final by declaring “bring it on”.

Former England wing Mark Cueto will be willing Eddie Jones’ men to victory in Japan on Saturday, even if it means him losing his claim to fame.

England assistant coach John Mitchell has billed Saturday’s World Cup final between his side and South Africa as a collision of the sport’s two most powerful teams.

Eddie Jones insists England must be ready for South Africa’s forward-led onslaught in Saturday’s World Cup final while guarding against the possibility of an ambush.

Saracens’ Billy Vunipola has revealed that England wanted to “shock” New Zealand in the opening 20 minutes of their unforgettable World Cup semi-final performance.

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