Rugby

The Rugby Football Union suffered a £6 million operating loss in 2016-17, while investing a record £99.6m into the game. The national governing body published its annual report and accounts on Thursday. The financial results showed lower year-on-year revenues, but that can be attributed to England hosting the 2015 Rugby World Cup, with those figures
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3:52 PM GMT ESPN staff Edinburgh have suspended flanker John Hardie until mid-January 2018 after the conclusion of an internal investigation carried out by the PRO14 club. A statement from Scottish Rugby confirmed that the 29-year-old has received disciplinary action for “gross misconduct”. It read: “As part of a range of sanctions, a three-month suspension
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Wales centre Jamie Roberts faced possible disciplinary action by his Aviva Premiership club Harlequins if he had not returned from Test duty this week. PA Sport understands the Quins centre, who has won 94 caps, reported back for club training on Tuesday. It is thought that Quins, Roberts and his representatives were involved in discussions
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1:12 PM GMT ESPN staff Players could have a greater say in the future direction of their sport after World Rugby signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the International Rugby Players Association (IRPA). The new agreement will see the world governing body double its financial commitment to £1.5 million through to 2020 with players
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10:21 PM GMT ESPN staff Beauden Barrett has been named World Rugby Player of the Year, becoming only the second player, after Richie McCaw, to win the award in two successive years. The Hurricanes and New Zealand five-eighth won the award from All Blacks teammate Rieko Ioane, Wallabies fullback Israel Folau, England and British &
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1:37 PM GMT ESPN staff Scrum-half Ben Youngs says England face Six Nations failure unless they improve on their November performances. Eddie Jones’ side secured a third straight autumn victory with a 48-14 crushing of Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday — but Youngs is adamant their current weaknesses would have been fully exposed by Six
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