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# Rugby Union

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# Rugby Union
Matera 'deeply ashamed' after Argentina strip captaincy for past racist posts
Matera called his nine-year-old tweets ‘barbarisms’.
# Have your say
'I think as a coach, you'd prefer this way' - Would you be in favour of an orange-card rule in rugby?
The rule would see players effectively sin-binned for 15 minutes while an independent review into their illegal challenge takes place as play continues.
# Money matters
USA Rugby files for bankruptcy due to 'insurmountable financial constraints'
Their men’s and women’s senior national teams will continue to compete as normal when rugby returns.
# response
England lock Ewels slams report suggesting Bath players revolted over pay cuts
Sunday’s edition of The Rugby Paper suggested Bath players were planning to reject the request.
# Bull Run
World Cup-winning coach Jake White takes charge of Super Rugby strugglers
His mission is for the Bulls to ‘re-invent and re-mould the face of rugby’ in South Africa.
# Until next time
Brumbies trounce Aussie rivals in final Super Rugby game before hiatus
Tom Wright and Solomone Kata scored two tries apiece to help the Brumbies overcome the Waratahs.
# Legend
South African World Cup winner to retire
Francois Louw is into his ninth season with Bath but has revealed this will be his final year at the Recreation Ground.
# Coronavirus
Italy-wide sporting suspension leaves Serie A title race in chaos
With all sporting activity in Italy shelved until 3 April at the earliest, Serie A has been left in chaos with Euro 2020 on the horizon.
# Boost
Biggar and Liam Williams set to be fit for Wales' England clash
The experienced duo are expected to be fit for a daunting trip to Twickenham.
# ruled out
England without Vunipola due to coronavirus precaution as Wales' Amos prepares for surgery
The prop recently flew back to England from Tonga, via Hong Kong.
# Hope
Finn Russell holds 'positive discussions' over Scotland return
The Racing 92 playmaker was disciplined for a ‘breach of team protocol’.
# Super Rugby
Brumbies break New Zealand duck to end Chiefs' winning start, Reds up and running in style
Australian Conference rivals the Brumbies and the Reds enjoyed big wins on Saturday, the leaders recovering from an outbreak of mumps.
# Business As Usual
First-half blitz sends Crusaders to top of Super Rugby standings
Four tries in the first half helped the champions to see off the Highlanders today in Christchurch.
# pro14
Ruan Pienaar comes on to kick winning points as Cheetahs stage remarkable comeback
Rhyno Smith scored twice in the closing stages against Southern Kings to again secure the bragging rights for the Cheetahs.
# Cutbacks
Saracens prepare to tell stars if players must be offloaded
The club’s interim CEO has also said he is not giving any thought to the prospect of relegation.
# Update
Worcester second row Fatialofa to undergo surgery on neck injury
The New Zealander was injured against Saracens on Sunday.
# Super Rugby
Brumbies relocate training base as bushfires ravage Australia
With hazardous air quality in Canberra, the Brumbies have temporarily relocated to Newcastle.
# Rout
10-try Sarries crush Worcester, Gloucester claim derby win over Bath
Five tries in each half saw Premiership basement side Saracens make light work of the Warriors.
# Update
Henry Slade emerges as a Six Nations concern for England
An injury sustained last weekend is expected to sideline the Exeter Chiefs centre for up to two months.
# Across the water
Exeter Chiefs win thrilling clash with Saracens to regain Premiership top spot
Sarries mounted a late push but were unable to avoid losing to Rob Baxter’s side at Sandy Park this afternoon.
# Back Home
Scarlets confirm return of Liam Williams from Saracens
The Wales and Lions full-back is returning home after a trophy-laden spell in London.
# Spending
Premiership Rugby could revamp salary rules after Saracens breach
The European champions were severely sanctioned for breaching spending rules that will now be subject to a review.
# stepping away
Scotland wing Seymour calls time on international career
After making 55 appearances over a six-year period, the Glasgow Warriors player has retired from Scotland duty.
# Taking Charge
Foster named new All Blacks head coach
New Zealand appoint Ian Foster as he replaces Steve Hansen on a two-year deal.
# draw a line
Israel Folau and Rugby Australia settle legal dispute
Negotiations over Israel Folau’s claim to recoup 14 million Australian dollars from Rugby Australia have reached a conclusion.
# best built
Steve Hansen confirms move to Japanese outfit
The former New Zealand boss has accepted a role at Toyota Verblitz.
# Premiership
Lam's Bristol held by Kidney's 14-man Irish in thrilling finish
London Irish battled to claim a draw at Bristol Bears despite seeing Ollie Hoskins sent off on the stroke of half-time.
# Tribute
Wales re-name entrance at Principality Stadium in honour of ex-coach Gatland
The main entrance into the ground will be called ‘Gatland’s Gate.’
# Back in Blue
Franco Smith to take over as Italy's interim head coach for Six Nations
The South African will take over from Conor O’Shea, who stood down over the weekend.
# voluntary defence
Scotland to get first crack at newly crowned world champions South Africa
Georgia will also face South Africa for only the second time following two Springboks Tests against the Scots.
# Punishment
Saracens fined for Champions Cup launch no-show
After opting not to appeal against a huge fine for breaching the salary cap, the club have forked out for another sanction breach.
# Skipper
Best to captain Barbarians in final game at Twickenham before retiring from rugby
The former Ulster and Ireland captain will lead the side when they take to the field against Fiji.
# Time to say goodbye
South Africa great 'The Beast' retires from international rugby after World Cup triumph
Tendai Mtawarira picked up 117 caps throughout his career.
# asterisk
Saracens could face EPCR action for snubbing Champions Cup launch
The European and English champions were yesterday docked 35 Premiership points and fined £5.36million.
# salary cap
'Shocked and disappointed by heavy-handed sanctions' - Saracens to appeal 35-point deduction
The Premiership club have also been ordered to pay €6.2m, but insist they are not guilty of any wrongdoing.
# continuity
Beauden Barrett backs Foster for All Blacks job
The New Zealand playmaker has suggested they should promote from within to replace Steve Hansen.
# Goode grief
Saracens to face Munster without the European Player of the Year
Injury will rule Alex Goode out of the December double-header against Johann van Graan’s side.
# back from exile
Kidney's London Irish make winning Premiership return at Wasps
Wasps fell just short in their comeback bid as Declan Kidney and Les Kiss’ men made a winning start in their return to the top flight.
# Feeling Bleu
France coach Brunel disappointed by contentious Welsh try
Ross Moriarty’s late score was awarded by the TMO as Wales advanced through to the semis.
# Exit strategy
Cheika requests 'compassion' as he objects to question over his future
The Wallabies boss said he did not appreciate the topic of his future being raised so soon after the World Cup exit.