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#Rugby Union

# rugby-union - Friday 18 January, 2019

'This is the first game but there's an extra layer because it's Ireland'
# Old Rivals
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# Old Rivals

'This is the first game but there's an extra layer because it's Ireland'

Jan 18th 2019, 8:48 PM 30,344 Views 16 Comments

Billy Vunipola says England are ‘quietly confident’ as they prepare for their opening Six Nations game in Dublin.

# rugby-union - Thursday 17 January, 2019

Vunipola backs Farrell to 'lead by example' in solo leadership role after Hartley absence
# Stepping Up
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# Stepping Up

Vunipola backs Farrell to 'lead by example' in solo leadership role after Hartley absence

Jan 17th 2019, 8:14 PM 4,094 Views 5 Comments

Billy Vunipola believes Owen Farrell can thrive as captain in the absence of Dylan Hartley during the Six Nations.

# rugby-union - Wednesday 16 January, 2019

Scotland Six Nations squad includes seven uncapped players
# New Additions
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# New Additions

Scotland Six Nations squad includes seven uncapped players

Jan 16th 2019, 11:00 AM 4,527 Views 10 Comments

Hookers David Cherry, Jake Kerr and Grant Stewart are among the uncapped players in Gregor Townsend’s selection.

# rugby-union - Tuesday 15 January, 2019

Pat Lam's Bristol snatch England international Hughes from Wasps
# Bear Trap
From The42
# Bear Trap

Pat Lam's Bristol snatch England international Hughes from Wasps

Jan 15th 2019, 1:10 PM 6,189 Views 12 Comments

‘We are striving to be a Champions Cup team and a player of Nathan’s quality can help us along our journey.’

# rugby-union - Sunday 6 January, 2019

Thomas off injured as Racing warm up for Belfast trip with Toulon win
# Top 14
From The42
# Top 14

Thomas off injured as Racing warm up for Belfast trip with Toulon win

Jan 6th 2019, 12:26 AM 9,627 Views 6 Comments

The French winger could miss next weekend’s game against Ulster.

# rugby-union - Thursday 3 January, 2019

Halfpenny to see specialist as headaches persist after November concussion
# Sidelined
From The42
# Sidelined

Halfpenny to see specialist as headaches persist after November concussion

Jan 3rd 2019, 6:42 PM 10,953 Views 6 Comments

The Wales fullback was due to return against Cardiff Blues, but is ‘still picking up the odd issue’.

England duo Vunipola and Launchbury to make long-awaited injury returns
# Premiership
From The42
# Premiership

England duo Vunipola and Launchbury to make long-awaited injury returns

Jan 3rd 2019, 4:17 PM 3,683 Views 8 Comments

Eddie Jones has been given a boost ahead of the Six Nations, with both players returning for their clubs this weekend.

# rugby-union - Monday 31 December, 2018

Springbok scrum-half de Klerk tied down as he signs long-term Sale deal
# No Fafing About
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# No Fafing About

Springbok scrum-half de Klerk tied down as he signs long-term Sale deal

Dec 31st 2018, 1:51 PM 6,596 Views 4 Comments

The World Rugby Player of the Year nominee said it was ‘humbling’ to be offered a new contract with a year to go on his previous deal.

# rugby-union - Wednesday 26 December, 2018

66-times capped Wales international forced to retire due to shoulder injury
# Calling Time
From The42
# Calling Time

66-times capped Wales international forced to retire due to shoulder injury

Dec 26th 2018, 2:25 PM 12,042 Views 1 Comment

The Ospreys prop Paul James has opted to finish his playing career and turn his attention to coaching.

# rugby-union - Saturday 22 December, 2018

Exeter halt Sarries' long unbeaten run to go top, Tigers stop the rot
# Premiership
From The42
# Premiership

Exeter halt Sarries' long unbeaten run to go top, Tigers stop the rot

Dec 22nd 2018, 6:24 PM 6,736 Views 0 Comments

Saracens had not suffered defeat since April, but they were soundly beaten at Sandy Park this afternoon.

# rugby-union - Tuesday 18 December, 2018

Ex-Wasps star Wade struggling with NFL transition
# Slow Progress
From The42
# Slow Progress

Ex-Wasps star Wade struggling with NFL transition

Dec 18th 2018, 6:44 PM 14,719 Views 22 Comments

‘You can either give up because it gets too hard or you can take a step back and just figure this out and keep pushing through.’

# rugby-union - Monday 17 December, 2018

Ireland captain Best backs Schmidt to lead the Lions in 2021
# Leading Candidate
From The42
# Leading Candidate

Ireland captain Best backs Schmidt to lead the Lions in 2021

Dec 17th 2018, 4:24 PM 8,278 Views 24 Comments

The Kiwi has been tipped to take charge of the Lions for the tour of South Africa.

Cheika survives as Wallabies coach, Johnson appointed
# Man At Work
From The42
# Man At Work

Cheika survives as Wallabies coach, Johnson appointed

Dec 17th 2018, 7:12 AM 7,228 Views 3 Comments

Australia lost nine of their 13 Tests in 2018.

# rugby-union - Thursday 13 December, 2018

Stade offer free entry to Ospreys clash for all fans in tribute to teenager
# Nicolas Chauvin
From The42
# Nicolas Chauvin

Stade offer free entry to Ospreys clash for all fans in tribute to teenager

Dec 13th 2018, 4:16 PM 6,472 Views 3 Comments

Nicolas Chauvin tragically passed away this week and Stade Francais have made tickets for their next match free.

# rugby-union - Tuesday 11 December, 2018

Erasmus to work with Bulls as Springbok coaches assist Super Rugby sides
# Bull By The Horns
From The42
# Bull By The Horns

Erasmus to work with Bulls as Springbok coaches assist Super Rugby sides

Dec 11th 2018, 4:11 PM 5,929 Views 10 Comments

‘We believe this is an approach that can work for South African rugby in its broadest sense.’

# rugby-union - Monday 10 December, 2018

Erasmus expects to leave Springbok head coach role after World Cup
# Future Plans
From The42
# Future Plans

Erasmus expects to leave Springbok head coach role after World Cup

Dec 10th 2018, 5:43 PM 13,358 Views 16 Comments

The former Munster boss will instead focus on his director of rugby duties with South Africa.

# rugby-union - Friday 7 December, 2018

England star Itoje emerges as injury doubt for Six Nations opener
# Sidelined
From The42
# Sidelined

England star Itoje emerges as injury doubt for Six Nations opener

Dec 7th 2018, 4:01 PM 7,212 Views 11 Comments

The second row is nursing a knee problem.

# rugby-union - Thursday 29 November, 2018

Captain Kolisi proud to restore respect for Springboks in Rassie's first year
# Upward Curve
From The42
# Upward Curve

Captain Kolisi proud to restore respect for Springboks in Rassie's first year

Nov 29th 2018, 6:03 PM 4,477 Views 2 Comments

The former Munster boss has led a resurgence in South African rugby that could lead them to a World Cup clash with Ireland.

BOD: 'Big names could switch to sevens in pursuit of Olympic gold'
# Tokyo 2020
From The42
# Tokyo 2020

BOD: 'Big names could switch to sevens in pursuit of Olympic gold'

Nov 29th 2018, 2:52 PM 13,476 Views 18 Comments

The 2018/19 World Rugby Sevens Series gets underway in Dubai this weekend.

'I need the sea to live': France captain Guirado leaves Toulon for Top14 rivals
# New Challenge
From The42
# New Challenge

'I need the sea to live': France captain Guirado leaves Toulon for Top14 rivals

Nov 29th 2018, 1:04 PM 13,958 Views 15 Comments

The hooker will join Montpellier on a three-year deal.

Rugby Australia hang up on Jake White after Wallabies coach bid
# Call Me
From The42
# Call Me

Rugby Australia hang up on Jake White after Wallabies coach bid

Nov 29th 2018, 1:00 PM 12,302 Views 11 Comments

White has offered to replace under-siege Michael Cheika ahead of the World Cup.

All Black Crockett to skipper Barbarians against Pumas at Twickenham
# The Baa-baas
From The42
# The Baa-baas

All Black Crockett to skipper Barbarians against Pumas at Twickenham

Nov 29th 2018, 12:15 AM 9,224 Views 9 Comments

There’s a South African flavour to the Barbarians XV this weekend.

# rugby-union - Wednesday 28 November, 2018

Wales flanker hopeful for World Cup after sustaining serious knee injury
# Race Against Time
From The42
# Race Against Time

Wales flanker hopeful for World Cup after sustaining serious knee injury

Nov 28th 2018, 3:46 PM 6,613 Views 1 Comment

It is feared Ellis Jenkins suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage against the Springboks last weekend.

Blow for Munster's European rivals as Nowell suffers 'significant hamstring tear'
# Hamstrung
From The42
# Hamstrung

Blow for Munster's European rivals as Nowell suffers 'significant hamstring tear'

Nov 28th 2018, 3:38 PM 8,244 Views 12 Comments

Exeter will be without the England winger for a period of eight weeks.

I made the wrong call on Farrell non-penalty, admits ref
# Error Of Judgement
From The42
# Error Of Judgement

I made the wrong call on Farrell non-penalty, admits ref

Nov 28th 2018, 10:34 AM 13,397 Views 22 Comments

Angus Gardner concedes he made the wrong decision over the contentious challenge on South Africa’s Andre Esterhuizen.

# rugby-union - Sunday 25 November, 2018

Bastareaud slams 'pathetic' and 'shameful' France
# Unhappy
From The42
# Unhappy

Bastareaud slams 'pathetic' and 'shameful' France

Nov 25th 2018, 12:22 PM 21,314 Views 9 Comments

Les Bleus had never lost to their opponents in nine previous attempts.

# rugby-union - Saturday 24 November, 2018

Big injury blow for Wales as flanker Jenkins suffers suspected ACL damage
# Setback
From The42
# Setback

Big injury blow for Wales as flanker Jenkins suffers suspected ACL damage

Nov 24th 2018, 9:57 PM 7,325 Views 0 Comments

‘You have to really feel for him,’ Warren Gatland said.

# rugby-union - Friday 23 November, 2018

Wallabies' backs to the wall but 'disarray' a little bit harsh, insists Cheika
# Men At Work
From The42
# Men At Work

Wallabies' backs to the wall but 'disarray' a little bit harsh, insists Cheika

Nov 23rd 2018, 9:00 PM 4,692 Views 3 Comments

Michael Cheika says Australia will ‘have a good time’ at Twickenham as they look to put breaches of team discipline behind them.

# rugby-union - Saturday 17 November, 2018

'When we play like that and we are not rewarded, I'm angry': O'Shea fumes at disallowed Italy try
# Response
From The42
# Response

'When we play like that and we are not rewarded, I'm angry': O'Shea fumes at disallowed Italy try

Nov 17th 2018, 7:10 PM 12,966 Views 1 Comment

Tito Tebaldi’s first-half try was ruled out as Italy came up short against Australia.

# rugby-union - Wednesday 14 November, 2018

Tuilagi on course to end 32-month England absence against the Wallabies
# Manu Mission
From The42
# Manu Mission

Tuilagi on course to end 32-month England absence against the Wallabies

Nov 14th 2018, 8:50 PM 6,016 Views 5 Comments

The last of centre Tuilagi’s 26 England caps came against Wales at Twickenham in March 2016.

# rugby-union - Monday 12 November, 2018

Scotland call up Newcastle flanker who featured in England's Six Nations squad
# Dual Mandate
From The42
# Dual Mandate

Scotland call up Newcastle flanker who featured in England's Six Nations squad

Nov 12th 2018, 11:53 AM 8,064 Views 17 Comments

‘I’m Scottish through-and-through but England asked me first,’ explained Gary Graham.

# rugby-union - Monday 5 November, 2018

'The blood alcohol test was negative': Toulon set the record straight over Savea car crash
# Lucky Escape
From The42
# Lucky Escape

'The blood alcohol test was negative': Toulon set the record straight over Savea car crash

Nov 5th 2018, 9:47 PM 10,979 Views 1 Comment

The All Black winger fell asleep behind the wheel of the car he was driving on Saturday night.

England hopeful over Tuilagi and Lawes for All Blacks clash
# 50/50
From The42
# 50/50

England hopeful over Tuilagi and Lawes for All Blacks clash

Nov 5th 2018, 7:16 PM 4,555 Views 4 Comments

The pair missed England’s victory over South Africa, but could face the world champions this weekend.

# rugby-union - Saturday 3 November, 2018

Defiant England coach Jones backs Farrell to avoid citing
# Out Of Jail
From The42
# Out Of Jail

Defiant England coach Jones backs Farrell to avoid citing

Nov 3rd 2018, 8:05 PM 16,415 Views 25 Comments

Referee Angus Gardner’s decision to leave Farrell’s late hit go unpunished caused huge debate.

Davies scores on return as Wales beat sloppy Scotland in Cardiff
# November Tests
From The42
# November Tests

Davies scores on return as Wales beat sloppy Scotland in Cardiff

Nov 3rd 2018, 5:30 PM 7,196 Views 1 Comment

Warren Gatland’s side started their November international schedule with victory over their Six Nations rivals.

Laumape hat-trick helps All Blacks romp to victory in 100-point game with Japan
# Tries Galore
From The42
# Tries Galore

Laumape hat-trick helps All Blacks romp to victory in 100-point game with Japan

Nov 3rd 2018, 10:01 AM 15,432 Views 8 Comments

There was no shortage of action in Tokyo this morning as New Zealand won a contest that featured 15 tries.

# rugby-union - Thursday 1 November, 2018

Eight debutants named in All Blacks' 23 for opening Test of November series
# Eastern Promise
From The42
# Eastern Promise

Eight debutants named in All Blacks' 23 for opening Test of November series

Nov 1st 2018, 9:37 AM 9,169 Views 3 Comments

Plenty of new faces in the New Zealand line-up for this weekend’s meeting with Japan in Tokyo.

# rugby-union - Wednesday 31 October, 2018

Scotland without Laidlaw as Cardiff clash falls outside international window
# Team News
From The42
# Team News

Scotland without Laidlaw as Cardiff clash falls outside international window

Oct 31st 2018, 3:59 PM 3,478 Views 2 Comments

Gregor Townsend has effectively named an Edinburgh-Glasgow select side for Saturday’s game against Wales.

# rugby-union - Tuesday 30 October, 2018

Eddie Jones brings 'specialist in leadership' Will Carling to England backroom team
# Past And Present
From The42
# Past And Present

Eddie Jones brings 'specialist in leadership' Will Carling to England backroom team

Oct 30th 2018, 8:40 AM 8,590 Views 18 Comments

‘He understands what made English rugby great,’ says the England head coach of the 90s star.

# rugby-union - Saturday 27 October, 2018

Auckland snap Canterbury's stranglehold on New Zealand rugby in extra-time thriller
# Perfect 10
From The42
# Perfect 10

Auckland snap Canterbury's stranglehold on New Zealand rugby in extra-time thriller

Oct 27th 2018, 11:33 AM 7,132 Views 1 Comment

Leon Fukofuka’s try sealed the Mitre 10 Cup title.