Category Archives: Rugby League

New Zealand beat Australia in Rugby Championship opener

Rugby Championship Australia (6) 13 Try: Maddocks Con: Foley Pens: Hodge, Foley New Zealand (5) 38 Tries: Smith, Goodhue, Barrett, Retallick, Naholo 2 Cons: Barrett 4 New Zealand scored 33 second-half points as they beat Australia 38-13 in the 2018 Rugby Championship opener. The Wallabies edged a tight first half, but the All Blacks scored […]

Glasgow Warriors name Callum Gibbins & Ryan Wilson co-captains

Back-rows Callum Gibbins and Ryan Wilson will co-captain Glasgow Warriors this season. Scotland cap Wilson, 29, led Glasgow last term in Dave Rennie’s first campaign at the helm. New Zealander Gibbins, also 29, was one of Rennie’s first signings, and led Warriors when Wilson was absent through injury or international duty. “They work really well […]

Cipriani charged with improper conduct by RFU

England’s Danny Cipriani has been charged with “conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game” by the Rugby Football Union after an incident in a Jersey nightclub. Gloucester fly-half Cipriani, 30, was fined on Thursday after pleading guilty to assault and resisting arrest. RFU head of discipline David Barnes said: “We have high standards that […]

Sacking over taxi incident does not define me – Wallaby great Smith

Former Australia flanker George Smith says his sacking by Japanese club Suntory will not define him. The Wallaby great, 38, spent 20 days in a Japanese prison after an incident with a taxi driver on 31 December 2017, before being released without charge. He returned to Queensland Reds for the Super Rugby season and has […]

England international Cipriani fined for assault

Media playback is unsupported on your device England rugby international Danny Cipriani has been fined £2,000 after an assault in a Jersey nightclub. The Gloucester player pleaded guilty to common assault and resisting arrest and was ordered to pay £250 compensation to a woman police officer. She has been named in reports as former Welsh […]

England must stick with Cipriani – Diamond

Danny Cipriani must still be part of England’s plans this autumn, says his former boss at Sale Steve Diamond. The Gloucester fly-half was fined on Thursday after pleading guilty to assault and resisting arrest following an incident in a Jersey nightclub. But Diamond, who was Cipriani’s director of rugby for four years at Sale, says […]

Ulster players not distracted over McFarland uncertainty – Moore

New Ulster signing Marty Moore says that the uncertainty about the arrival of new head coach Dan McFarland is not a distraction for the players. The Ireland prop joined the province from Wasps and has been hugely impressed with the club’s training facilities and coaching set-up. It is not yet known when Scotland forwards coach […]

England international Danny Cipriani charged with nightclub assault

England rugby international Danny Cipriani has been charged with common assault after an incident at a Jersey nightclub. The Gloucester fly-half was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday on Mulcaster Street in St Helier. Police said he had been charged with common assault, larceny, assault on police, resisting arrest and being disorderly on licensed […]

Guy Mercer: Ex-Bath captain becomes a free agent after being released from contract

Bath flanker and former captain Guy Mercer has been released from his contract by the Premiership club. Mercer, 28, played 123 games after arriving at The Rec in 2010 and skippered the side in 2016-17. He was allowed out on loan last August to spend the entire season with Swansea-based Ospreys. “We have a deep […]

Te'o 'considered his future' after year of injury problems

England and Worcester centre Ben Te’o says his injury problems of the past year left him contemplating his future in the sport. A thigh injury forced Te’o out of England’s tour of South Africa, just months after recovering from a serious ankle problem. The 31-year-old now hopes to return in the “earlier part” of the […]