7:41 AM BST ESPN staff Rugby Australia have secured $14.2m emergency funding from World Rugby as part of its COVID-19 relief strategy, RA announced on Friday. World Rugby’s emergency relief fund of approximately $160m will be allocated to unions on an application and evaluation basis to mitigate the impact the COVID-19 crisis on the sport.
1:15 PM BST Connor O’Halloran On a bright Thursday afternoon, Ed Jackson wears a thick brace on his left leg as he limps up the staircase of his parents’ home one step at a time. He propels himself up with his right leg, his left dragging behind him until he reaches the top. It’s three
4:31 PM BST Premiership Rugby teams that breach salary cap rules in the future should be stripped of their titles, an independent report has recommended. The review, which was published by the league on Thursday, was carried out by former government minister and member of Britain’s House of Lords Paul Myners on behalf of the
3:21 AM BST ESPN staff England coach Eddie Jones has dived into Rugby Australia’s [RA] current state of issues on Australian podcast The Rugby Ruckus, suggesting RA focus on reviving club rugby to its former glory and avoid imitating other nation’s structures. Currently based in Japan, Jones has been keeping a close eye on the
11:08 AM BST Agustin Pichot has resigned from his role on the World Rugby Council and as president of Americas Rugby after his defeat by Bill Beaumont in the recent election for the post of the global body’s chairman, the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) has said. Pichot, who won 71 caps for Argentina, served as
11:58 PM BST Scoring a try by grounding the ball against the post protector will no longer be possible after the World Rugby Council approved an amendment of the scoring law, rugby union’s governing body said in a statement on Tuesday. World Rugby said that with defending players currently obliged to stay behind the goal-line
12:38 AM BST ESPN staff One of the worst kept secrets in Australian rugby has been confirmed, with French club Racing 92 announcing the signing of Wallabies veteran Kurtley Beale on a two-year deal. Rumours that Beale would move overseas have been circling since last year’s Rugby World Cup, but the Paris-based outfit at last
5:59 AM BST New Zealand Rugby [NZR] have confirmed Super Rugby Aotearoa will kick off next month with the first match to take place on Saturday, June 13. The five team, 10-week, round robin competition will include all five New Zealand Super Rugby sides, with two matches to be played each weekend without fans. Players
5:43 AM BST ESPN staff Senior Australian rugby players have pitched an NFL-inspired rugby ‘combine’ to Rugby Australia [RA], in a bid to boost excitement ahead of a proposed domestic competition. Similar to the NFL combine, players would compete in skills tests with the Sydney Morning Herald reporting players would take part in power, skill
12:14 PM BST England international Billy Vunipola was among five Saracens players who have apologised for violating the country’s lockdown rules during the coronavirus pandemic, the English Premiership club said on Thursday. Vunipola and teammates Alex Goode, Sean Maitland, Nick Isiekwe and Josh Ibuanokpe were pictured meeting for coffee in St. Albans, Hertfordshire on Monday.