Rugby

10:00 AM BST England and Saracens lock George Kruis will play in Japan for the Panasonic Wild Knights next season, the Top League club said on Monday. Welsh centre Hadleigh Parkes will also join Kruis at the club with the pair expected to arrive in Japan in November ahead of the 2021 Top League season,
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7:04 PM BST Agustin Pichot has accused Rugby Africa president Khaled Babbou of “betrayal” for his defeat in the World Rugby election. Pichot lost the election to become World Rugby chairman against incumbent Bill Beaumont by a 28-23 margin earlier this month. He later stepped down from his role on the World Rugby Council after
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10:00 AM BST Southern hemsiphere rugby body SANZAAR and the Six Nations have entered a consultation process aimed at creating an aligned global rugby calendar “in total transparency with unions, clubs and players”, a joint statement said on Friday. The hope is to have international windows that are aligned between the northern and southern hemisphere,
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1:47 AM BST World Rugby Player of the Year Pieter-Steph du Toit has confirmed he will stay at South African Super Rugby side the Stormers after initially giving notice he would terminate his contract. Players in South Africa had a 21-day window to opt out of their current contracts and become free agents in light
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6:45 PM BST Gallagher Premiership Rugby clubs will be unable to resume training for at least another two weeks, according to the Professional Game Board Chair Chris Booy. The league was originally scheduled to restart on April 24 but it has since been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Coronavirus: Postponements and cancellations in
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4:30 PM BST South Africa’s World Cup hero Cheslin Kolbe has said he would rather play against the British and Irish Lions next year and forego the chance to compete at the Tokyo Olympics. The winger, whose try in the closing stages of last year’s World Cup final in Japan sealed success against England, will
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3:23 AM BST South Africa fullback Warrick Gelant has made the switch from the Bulls to Super Rugby rivals the Stormers, officials confirmed on Wednesday. Gelant, 25, will swap Pretoria for Cape Town, having been signed to fill the gap left by another Springboks fullback, Dillyn Leyds, who has moved to La Rochelle in France.
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1:39 AM BST ESPN staff South Africa hooker Malcolm Marx has cancelled his contract with the Lions Super Rugby franchise. The Rugby World Cup winner is one of four players and one coach to leave the Lions after the introduction of the Industry Salary Plan to deal with the repercussions of the coronavirus, under which
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2:46 PM BST Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has said fly-half Finn Russell is available for selection again after the pair put their feud behind them. Russell was dropped on the eve of January’s Six Nations opener in Ireland and sat out three subsequent matches after what Scottish Rugby called “a breach of team protocol.” Townsend
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7:31 AM BST ESPN staff World Rugby have postponed all July Test matches until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was announced on Friday. The decision comes after a World Rugby meeting which determined the impact of COVID-19 on the global calendar. Due to the global pandemic and border security measures, World Rugby
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