Rugby

Sarah Hunter believes it would be “pretty indescribable” if England complete back-to-back Women’s Rugby World Cup final triumphs by beating New Zealand. But the England captain says her squad will not be distracted by the huge prize at stake in Belfast as they build towards Saturday’s Kingspan Stadium showdown. Danielle Waterman has been ruled out
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Saracens fear losing their homegrown British & Irish Lions players unless Premiership Rugby amends the salary cap to help English clubs retain academy talents who turn into superstars. Reigning back-to-back European champions Saracens boast five England stars who toured New Zealand with the Lions and graduated from the club’s academy. Rugby director Mark McCall admitted
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Saracens back-rower Billy Vunipola could miss the first month of the Aviva Premiership season as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery. England international Vunipola pulled out of this summer’s British and Irish Lions tour to undergo a shoulder operation, and has since been working back to full fitness. Saracens rugby director Mark McCall expects
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Wales face a crunch Women’s World Cup clash against Canada in Dublin on Sunday. After opening their Pool A campaign with a 44-12 loss to New Zealand earlier this week, Wales’ hopes of featuring at the tournament’s business end receded considerably. And they now face a Canadian side fresh from destroying Hong Kong 98-0, with
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Western Force great Matt Hodgson has called for the remaining ARU board members to fall on their swords following their decision to axe the Perth-based Super Rugby franchise. The Force are facing rugby extinction following the ARU’s decision on Friday to cull the team, but the franchise has vowed to take the matter to the
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The Cheetahs and the Southern Kings will be South Africa’s trailblazers in the Northern Hemisphere when the revamped PRO14 tournament kicks off. The two former Super Rugby teams will debut in the PRO14 next month with 12 clubs from Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Italy in a radical departure for global rugby. “This is a momentous
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