Rugby union

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South Africa’s bid to join Six Nations championship receives setback
South Africa’s bid to join the Six Nations has encountered a setback after the tournament’s chief executive, Ben Morel, said he would be “very cautious” about expanding the championship

Robert Kitson

26, Oct, 2021 @4:53 PM

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England’s Owen Farrell eager to help ‘exciting’ Marcus Smith fulfil potential
Owen Farrell, the England captain, has said Marcus Smith, who could come in at fly-half, is a ‘proper student of the game’

Robert Kitson

26, Oct, 2021 @12:47 PM

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Sunak to back UK bids to host Women’s Rugby World Cup and Grand Départ
Chancellor’s budget expected to give £30m to help secure events, plus extra £11m for men’s football World Cup

Tom Ambrose

26, Oct, 2021 @10:53 AM

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Sean Wainui: death of New Zealand rugby player treated as suspected suicide
Coroner investigating after the Chiefs, Bay of Plenty and Māori All Blacks player died in a car crash

Eva Corlett

26, Oct, 2021 @1:35 AM

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Pivac faces huge task with Wales missing 15 players for New Zealand Test
The odds on Wales ending their 68-year wait for a win against New Zealand in Cardiff on Saturday are slim with the head coach, Wayne Pivac, without an entire side because of injuries and player unavailability

Alex Bywater

25, Oct, 2021 @9:00 PM

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Max Malins scores four tries as rampant Saracens run riot to crush Wasps
Saracens followed up their 71-17 win in Bath with a comprehensive 56-15 victory against a weakened Wasps side

Robert Kitson at the StoneX Stadium

24, Oct, 2021 @5:22 PM

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Wallabies must rediscover ruthlessness to have a hope in Britain | Bret Harris
Against Japan there was a looseness in Australia’s play that was not evident against the Springboks and the Pumas

Bret Harris

24, Oct, 2021 @4:30 PM

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All Blacks run up three figures but it’s not all doom and gloom for USA | Martin Pengelly
New Zealand beat the USA 104-14 in the two sides’ first match in the United States for seven years, but the home side can take heart from aspects of the 1874 Cup match in Maryland both on and off the pitch

Martin Pengelly in Washington

24, Oct, 2021 @3:00 PM

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All Blacks demolish USA Eagles but rugby union’s flag is flying in States
A crowd of about 40,000 just outside Washington saw New Zealand beat the US 104-14, as USA Rugby set out its stall to host the World Cup

Martin Pengelly at FedEx Field

24, Oct, 2021 @3:29 AM

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Eddie Jones’ autumn England squad shaped by ‘trends of game’ and law trials
Eddie Jones believes law trials have led to a rebalancing of the global game and said they affected the shape of his England squad

Luke McLaughlin

23, Oct, 2021 @9:00 PM

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‘Rugby was a lifeline’: Bipoc group seeks to establish game in US Black colleges
As the USA play the All Blacks in Washington, a nonprofit named in part for the league great Clive Sullivan aims to install the oval ball at Howard, Morgan State, Bowie State and UDC

Martin Pengelly in Washington

23, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Japan Brave Blossoms 23-32 Australia Wallabies: Rugby spring tour 2021 – as it happened
Australia withstood plenty of Japanese pressure to earn their fifth Test victory in a row

Jonathan Howcroft

23, Oct, 2021 @6:43 AM

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