Rugby

12:29 PM BST England will bid to host the women’s rugby World Cup in 2025, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Friday. England’s Red Roses, the world’s top-ranked women’s team, have twice won the World Cup — in 1994 and 2014. 1 Related They finished runners-up at the last edition in 2017 after losing
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7:25 AM BST The Wallabies are taking the diplomatic approach to securing Quade Cooper’s availability for the U.K. leg of their spring tour, after the veteran playmaker was named for his fifth straight Test start in Saturday’s match against Japan. Wallabies coach Dave Rennie on Thursday unveiled a squad without the in-form Samu Kerevi —
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10:35 PM BST ESPN staff Wallabies centre Hunter Paisami will make his return to the starting line-up against Japan on Saturday, after tackle-busting star Samu Kerevi was ruled out through an ankle injury. Leaving the Wallabies squad for the birth of his child ahead of Bledisloe III in August, Paisami has frustratingly been unable to
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2:11 PM BST The USA has launched its joint bid to host the men’s Rugby World Cup in 2027 or 2031, and the women’s Rugby World Cup in 2029. It’s the first time a country has tabled a bid for both of rugby’s premier global tournaments. The details of the bid were unveiled on Wednesday,
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2:53 PM BST Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has named 12 uncapped players in his squad for the autumn internationals starting later this month as he casts his net far and wide two years out from the next Rugby World Cup in France. Included in the squad are the South African-born duo of loose forward Dylan
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4:21 AM BST Sam Whitelock will take over the New Zealand captaincy for their tour of the United States and Europe, assistant coach John Plumtree told reporters on Tuesday, days ahead of a Test match against the United States. The Saturday clash in Washington, D.C., designed to grow interest in the sport among Americans, marks
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4:56 PM BST England hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie has been ruled out of England’s November tests with an ankle injury, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Tuesday, with Jamie George called up as his replacement. Cowan-Dickie, who has won 31 caps for England, sustained the injury during Exeter Chiefs’ Premiership win over Wasps on Saturday.
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11:06 AM BST South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber had earmarked a role for flyhalf Morne Steyn at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France but respects his decision to retire from the international game. Steyn announced on Tuesday that he would no longer be available for the Springboks, bringing to an end a 12-year international
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2:18 AM BST ESPN staff Senior All Blacks Codie Taylor and Sam Whitelock have shared their sadness at the passing of former Crusaders teammate Sean Wainui, revealing the entire New Zealand squad is hurting as they prepare for Sunday’s [NZT] Test against the United States. Wainui died in a car crash on Monday morning, leaving
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3:00 PM BST Eddie Jones has named four uncapped players in England’s the 34-player England squad for the November Tests but there is no place in the group for Billy and Mako Vunipola, Jamie George or George Ford. Jones has confirmed Owen Farrell will continue as England skipper as he’s named in the squad for
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3:03 AM BST ESPN staff The New Zealand rugby community is in mourning after it was confirmed that Chiefs winger Sean Wainui had died in a car crash on Monday morning. Wainui, 25, hit a tree while driving in Omanawa, near Tauranga, on New Zealand’s north island. Bay of Plenty Police released a statement saying
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2:04 PM BST Wales coach Wayne Pivac has recalled England-based Thomas Young for the Autumn International series despite the loose-forward falling short of the 60-cap rule for players based outside of the country. Pivac received a special exemption for Wasps flanker Young after it was announced on Wednesday that he would return to Cardiff next
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6:51 PM BST Premiership side Wasps on Tuesday asked the country’s rugby governing body (RFU) and the league to address the issue of fans wearing faux Native American headdresses ahead of the weekend’s game against the Exeter Chiefs. The Chiefs’ logo features a Native American wearing a headdress and Wasps said fans who wore such
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12:11 PM BST The 2022 World Rugby Sevens Series will kickoff with a pair of men’s and women’s rounds in Dubai starting November, while Hong Kong returns as a stop, the global body said on Tuesday as the schedule was announced. Sydney, Australia and Hamilton, New Zealand will not host the series next year due
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11:43 AM BST The British & Irish Lions announced the formation of a steering group on Tuesday to look into the feasibility of establishing a women’s Lions team. Former Lion Ieuan Evans will chair the 13-member group which will include administrators from professional rugby such as Lions managing director Ben Calveley and chief operating and
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