All Black Tuipulotu signs up for 2023 World Cup

Wellington (AFP) All Black lock Patrick Tuipulotu signed a contract extension Monday that will take him through to the 2023 World Cup in France, New Zealand Rugby said. The powerful second-rower, who will also stay on as captain of the Auckland Blues in Super Rugby, said he had realised during COVID-19 lockdown how much he … Continue reading All Black Tuipulotu signs up for 2023 World Cup

Pollard’s Montpellier agree wage reduction in ‘solidarity gesture’

Montpellier (France) (AFP) South Africa's Rugby World Cup winner Handre Pollard's French side Montpellier announced on Tuesday their players and coaches will take a salary cut due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The 2018 Top 14 runners up join other French sides in Eben Etzebeth's Toulon, Cheslin Kolbe's Toulouse as well as … Continue reading Pollard’s Montpellier agree wage reduction in ‘solidarity gesture’

Japan’s Sunwolves exit Super Rugby as Australia bid fails

Tokyo (AFP) Japan's Sunwolves bowed out of Super Rugby on Monday as they failed to join an Australian offshoot of the coronavirus-hit tournament. The Sunwolves, who are being kicked out of Super Rugby at the end of the season, said Australian officials had told them they won't be able to take part. The Sunwolves made … Continue reading Japan’s Sunwolves exit Super Rugby as Australia bid fails

Fake cheers and cardboard spectators greet rugby league’s return

Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) Canned cheers and cardboard spectators greeted the return of professional sport to Australia Thursday with the Parramatta Eels beating the Brisbane Broncos as the National Rugby League resumed after a lengthy coronavirus break. While the match was played behind closed doors and under strict health protocols, there was no shying away in … Continue reading Fake cheers and cardboard spectators greet rugby league’s return

Saracens sign Wales scrum-half Aled Davies

London (AFP) Wales scrum-half Aled Davies is joining Saracens ahead of their campaign in the second-tier English Championship. The 27-year-old, who has won 20 caps for his country, is leaving Pro14 side Ospreys to sign a three-year deal at Allianz Park. Wales scrum-half Aled Davies is joining Saracens Charly TRIBALLEAU AFP/File Davies played for Scarlets before … Continue reading Saracens sign Wales scrum-half Aled Davies

Kruis, Parkes head for Japanese rugby side Panasonic Wild Knights

Tokyo (AFP) England lock George Kruis and Welsh centre Hadleigh Parkes have signed to play for Panasonic Wild Knights in next year's Japanese Top League, the club announced on Monday. Kruis, capped 45 caps for his country and once for the British and Irish Lions, featured at last year's World Cup but coach Eddie Jones … Continue reading Kruis, Parkes head for Japanese rugby side Panasonic Wild Knights

No Premiership rugby training for at least another fortnight

London (AFP) English Premiership rugby clubs are set to be sidelined from training for at least two more weeks, officials announced Thursday. The 2019/20 season was suspended in April because of the coronavirus but league chiefs are determined to finish the campaign. English Premiership training remained on hold following a meeting on Thursday FRANCK FIFE … Continue reading No Premiership rugby training for at least another fortnight

Australia’s Inglis comes out of retirement to join Warrington

London (AFP) Former Australia star Greg Inglis has come out of retirement to join Super League side Warrington. World Cup winner Inglis retired in April 2019 due to recurring fitness problems. Australia's Greg Inglis has come out of retirement to join Warrington GLYN KIRK AFP But the 33-year-old centre revealed on Tuesday that he has … Continue reading Australia’s Inglis comes out of retirement to join Warrington

Rugby League’s Challenge Cup final postponed by virus

London (AFP) Rugby League's Challenge Cup final has been postponed because of the coronavirus, organisers announced Tuesday. A statement from the Rugby Football League said the final, due to be played at London's Wembley Stadium on July 18, would not now take place as scheduled. London's Wembley Stadium, the venue for rugby league's Challenge Cup … Continue reading Rugby League’s Challenge Cup final postponed by virus

Premiership clubs could lose titles for future salary cap breaches

London (AFP) English Premiership clubs that breach the league's salary cap rules in future could be stripped of their titles and suspended, according to a review published Thursday following the Saracens scandal. Other recommendations include "stronger investigatory powers" and greater accountability for club officials, players and agents, as well as Premiership Rugby itself. Saracens have … Continue reading Premiership clubs could lose titles for future salary cap breaches

Global season in ’embryo stage’ for World Rugby chief Beaumont

Paris (AFP) Newly re-elected World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said on Sunday plans for a global season are in the early phases of discussion. Former England captain Beaumont, 68, who beat ex-Argentina skipper Agustin Pichot to the position this weekend, said the coronavirus pandemic had encouraged the idea about northern and southern hemisphere campaigns aligning. … Continue reading Global season in ’embryo stage’ for World Rugby chief Beaumont

Beaumont re-elected World Rugby chief, calls for unity to tackle Covid-19 crisis

Bill Beaumont was re-elected as World Rugby chairman after beating Argentine Agustin Pichot in the first round of voting and has called for unity amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the sport's governing body said on Saturday. Bill Beaumont pictured with the Web Ellis trophy at a news conference in 2017. © Toru Yamanaka, AFP The Englishman prevailed … Continue reading Beaumont re-elected World Rugby chief, calls for unity to tackle Covid-19 crisis