Rugby

6:21 AM BST Ahead of the opening Test against England in Perth, Wallabies veteran Quade Cooper says his exchanges with the old enemy’s playmaker Marcus Smith are mutually beneficial and for the good of rugby. Connecting over social media, Smith recently revealed Cooper, 11 years his senior at 34, had “helped me a lot”. That
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3:09 AM BST New Zealand’s preparations for their opening Test against Ireland have been rocked with head coach Ian Foster, his assistants John Plumtree and Scott McLeod, as well as two key players all testing positive for COVID-19. Midfielders David Havili and Jack Goodhue as well as the coaches are in isolation after contracting the
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10:58 AM BST Leinster scrum-half Nick McCarthy has announced he is gay, and has thanked coaches Leo Cullen and Stuart Lancaster for their “unbelievable” support in what he said has been a difficult decision. McCarthy has 18 caps as an Ireland under-20 player and he captained the side in 2015 but said he contemplated quitting
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7:17 AM BST Despite his limited pro rugby experience, Suliasi Vunivalu says playing in four NRL grand finals with Melbourne means he can handle the pressure of a Wallabies debut in the England Test series next month. The 26-year-old winger is finally injury-free and eager to get his international career started ahead of next year’s
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10:26 AM BST Coach Eddie Jones has brought Billy Vunipola and Danny Care back from international exile after including them on Monday in a 36-man squad for England’s July tour of Australia. Vunipola, who was excellent for Saracens in Saturday’s Premiership final, suffered a concussion in the game but was included in the squad. He
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11:34 PM BST Wallabies giant Will Skelton has made an unwelcome piece of rugby history by becoming the first player to ever get sent off while playing for the Barbarians. Yet the colossal Australian’s first-half dismissal in Sunday’s non-cap international at Twickenham still didn’t stop the French-dominated invitation side offering Eddie Jones’ England a humbling
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5:21 AM BST Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has reaffirmed his desire that Australian rugby remains engaged with New Zealand at provincial level, despite the recent comments of Rugby Australia [RA] chairman Hamish McLennan. Rennie has long stated his belief that Australian players will only get better by regularly facing their counterparts across the Tasman, a
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5:47 PM BST Replacement fly-half Freddie Burns landed a last-minute drop goal to give Leicester their first English Premiership rugby title for nine years as they overcame a dogged Saracens 15-12 at Twickenham on Saturday. First-half tries by South African forwards Hanro Liebenberg and Jasper Wiese had Leicester 12-6 up at the break but Saracens
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