Category Archives: Rugby League

Nathan Hughes: Wasps and England flanker is handed six-week ban

England number eight Nathan Hughes will miss the first three autumn internationals after being banned for six weeks for punching. The Wasps forward was initially banned for four weeks, reduced from six because of mitigating factors such as good conduct and a guilty plea. But Hughes tweeted “what a joke” upon leaving the hearing last […]

Scotland: Blade Thomson, Sam Skinner and Sam Johnson in Autumn Tests squad

Uncapped Blade Thomson, Sam Skinner and Sam Johnson have been named in Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend’s 40-man squad for the 2018 autumn Tests. Scotland face Wales in Cardiff on 3 November then host Tests against Fiji, South Africa and Argentina. Exeter Chiefs lock Skinner represented England at Under-20 level but qualifies through his father. […]

Mako Vunipola adds to lengthening England injury list

England have been dealt a further injury blow before the autumn internationals after prop Mako Vunipola was ruled out for about six weeks. Vunipola strained his calf in Saracens’ Champions Cup win over Glasgow. The 27-year-old’s brother Billy is sidelined after breaking his arm in the same match against the Warriors. England are also without […]

Toulouse's Kaino given five-week ban for Roberts tackle

Toulouse back rower Jerome Kaino has been banned for five weeks for his dangerous tackle on Bath’s Jamie Roberts in their Champions Cup match. Kaino, 35, who won 81 caps for the All Blacks, was shown a yellow card on Saturday for the tackle, which forced Roberts off with a head injury. But a disciplinary […]

Saracens' England centre Lozowski handed two-week ban

England centre Alex Lozowski has been given a two-week ban after being found guilty of dangerously entering a ruck in Saracens’ Champions Cup win at Glasgow on Sunday. He will be available for England’s autumn internationals in November. Lozowski, 25, was given the minimum ban and is free to play from 29 October. He was […]

Tackle crackdown 'has gone too far', says Scarlets boss Wayne Pivac

Scarlets and future Wales coach Wayne Pivac says measures to counteract dangerous play have “gone too far”. He was responding to centre Kieron Fonotia being banned for three weeks for fending off Ospreys’ Wales wing George North in a Pro14 derby. “We’ve got to look after people’s heads, I totally agree, but I think we’ve […]

Wales name Leicester wing Holmes in squad for autumn Tests

Under Armour Series: Wales v Scotland, Australia, Tonga & South Africa Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Dates: Saturdays 3, 10, 17 & 24 November Coverage: Live on BBC Wales, S4C, BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, the BBC Sport website and app. Wales have named uncapped Leicester wing Jonah Holmes in their squad for their November Tests. […]

England's Robshaw to miss autumn Tests with knee injury

England’s injury crisis in the back row has worsened with Harlequins flanker Chris Robshaw ruled out of the autumn internationals with a knee problem. Robshaw, who has had surgery and says he is “gutted”, becomes the latest key player to be sidelined. Number eight Billy Vunipola and lock Joe Launchbury are already missing because of […]

England's number eight crisis: 'This is where Eddie Jones earns his money'

England are reluctantly getting used to life without Billy Vunipola. The Saracens number eight has started only three Tests since 2016 and won’t add to that tally this year after being ruled out of the autumn internationals with a broken arm. However, with South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia visiting Twickenham on consecutive weekends, […]

'No point' Wales coach Warren Gatland looking past World Cup, says Warburton

Under Armour Series: Wales v Scotland, Australia, Tonga & South Africa Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Dates: Saturdays 3, 10, 17 & 24 November Coverage: Live on BBC Wales, S4C, BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru, the BBC Sport website and app. Sam Warburton says “there is no point” in coach Warren Gatland “looking beyond the 2019 […]