Category Archives: Rugby League

Saracens squad to be broken up after relegation – McCall

Saracens’ squad will be broken up after their relegation from the Premiership at the end of the season was confirmed, says director of rugby Mark McCall. Premiership Rugby announced on Saturday that the defending champions will be relegated for persistent salary cap breaches. They had already been deducted 35 points and fined £5.4m for three […]

Billy Vunipola: England number eight set to miss Six Nations with arm injury

England number eight Billy Vunipola could miss the Six Nations with a suspected broken forearm sustained during Saracens’ win over Racing 92. It would be the fourth such injury for Vunipola in two years, having broken his right arm twice and his left once. The 27-year-old played every game in England’s run to the World […]

Saracens to be relegated from Premiership at end of season

Reigning champions Saracens will be relegated from rugby union’s top flight at the end of this season following persistent salary cap breaches, Premiership Rugby have confirmed. Sarries had already been deducted 35 points for the current Premiership campaign and fined £5.4m for three seasons’ spending above the cap. Proof of immediate cap compliance was required […]

Northampton keep quarter-final hopes alive

Heineken Champions Cup Pool One Lyon (17) 24 Tries: Lambey, Gill, Ngatai Cons: Wisniewski 3 Pen: Wisniewski Northampton (5) 36 Tries: Haywood, Harrison, Reinach, Furbank, Fish Cons: Biggar 4 Pens: Biggar Northampton claimed a late bonus-point victory at Lyon, keeping their hopes of reaching the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals alive. Lyon led at the break […]

Ulster 22-15 Bath: Ulster reach Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals

Heineken Champions Cup Pool Three Ulster (7) 22 Tries: Coetzee, Baloucoune, Addison Cons: Cooney 2 Pen: B Burns Bath (7) 15 Tries: McConnochie, Batty Con: Burns Pen: F Burns Ulster edged out Bath with a 22-15 win in Belfast to advance to the last eight of the Heineken Champions Cup. Marcell Coetzee and Ruaridh McConnochie […]

Saracens Q&A: What is going on and what would relegation mean?

What is going on with Saracens, one of England’s most successful rugby union clubs? In the past five years no one has been better, with Sarries winning England’s Premiership four times and being European champions three times. Six Saracens players started for England in the Rugby World Cup final defeat by South Africa in November, […]

Saracens players could still represent England if club is relegated

Saracens’ star players would still be able to play for England even if they are relegated from the Premiership to the second-tier Championship. The defending champions are facing the drop at the end of the season for exceeding salary cap limits. While this would probably lead to a dismantling of the squad, playing in the […]

Jamie Roberts: Wales centre not giving up on Test career after Stormers move

Centre Jamie Roberts says he has told Wales coach Wayne Pivac he is still available for international rugby despite an immediate move to South Africa. Roberts will join Super Rugby side Stormers from Bath when he flies out to Cape Town next week. The 33-year-old was not named in Wayne Pivac’s 38-man Six Nations squad, […]

Pivac targets players based in England to boost Wales talent pool

Media playback is not supported on this device Guinness Six Nations Dates: 1 February-14 March Coverage: Watch live coverage on BBC TV, S4C, BBC iPlayer, Connected TVs and online; listen to match commentaries, shows and podcasts on BBC Radio 5 live, sports extra, BBC Scotland, BBC Ulster, BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru and BBC Sounds; […]

Saracens face Premiership relegation threat over salary cap

Saracens are facing relegation from the Premiership if they are found to have breached the salary cap again. The defending champions received a 35-point deduction and a £5.3m fine in November, having broken the cap for the past three seasons. However, there is widespread belief they will once more struggle to get under the £7m […]