Category Archives: Rugby League

Return to England coaching role 'hypothetical' says Lancaster

Former England coach Stuart Lancaster says speculation linking him with a possible return to the post in the future is “hypothetical”. Lancaster explains he is enjoying his day-to-day role as senior coach at Leinster and is involved in talks to extend his stay with the Irish province. He also believes that choosing former England assistant […]

Melville warns against wages rise if £200m deal goes through

The prospective cash boost for Premiership clubs must be spent on facilities and not player wages, RFU boss Nigel Melville has warned. Clubs are expected to agree in principle a deal with private equity firm CVC at a board meeting on Tuesday. The latest offer is believed to be about £200m for an approximate 30% […]

Ireland's Henshaw set to miss Six Nations opener

Centre Robbie Henshaw is unlikely return to fitness before Ireland’s Six Nations opener against England on 2 February. Leinster revealed on Monday that the 25-year-old faces up to another eight weeks on the sidelines. Henshaw picked up the hamstring injury during the warm-up for Ireland’s win over Argentina last month. He missed the last three […]

'He'll be ready' – Itoje Six Nations fears allayed

England lock Maro Itoje is set to miss “four to eight weeks” with his knee injury – but is expected to be fit for the start of the Six Nations. The Saracens player, 24, chipped a bone in his knee on England duty but played all four autumn internationals. Saracens boss Mark McCall said there […]

Leicester lose for second time in three European matches

Racing 92 (26) 36 Try: Vakatawa, Imhoff, Zebo, Chouzenoux, Klemenczak Cons: Russell (4) Pen: Russell Leicester (14) 26 Tries: Holmes, Kalamafoni, Tuilagi, Thompstone Cons: Ford (2), Toomua Leicester lost for the second time in their opening three Champions Cup pool matches as they were beaten by French side Racing 92 in Paris. The Tigers – […]

Saracens thump Blues to extend winning run

Saracens (13) 51 Tries: Wigglesworth, Earl (2), Maitland (2), Spencer, Judge Cons: Farrell (5) Pens: Farrell (2) Cardiff (18) 25 Tries: Scully, M Morgan, Robinson Cons: Anscombe (2) Pens: Anscombe (2) Saracens made it three wins from three in the Champions Cup and moved top of Pool Three with a bonus-point comeback victory over Cardiff […]

Richard Cockerill: England job 'a hiding to nothing' says Edinburgh coach

Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill does not expect to be considered as a candidate to succeed Eddie Jones as England coach after the 2019 World Cup. Interim RFU chief executive Nigel Melville revealed the former Leicester director of rugby was one of a number of possibilities being monitored. He said Cockerill, who led Edinburgh to […]

Larmour's interception try helps Leinster beat Bath

Bath: (7) 10 Try: Thomas Con: Wilson Pen: Wilson Leinster: (7) 17 Tries: Cronin, Larmour Con: Sexton 2 Pen: Byrne Ireland wing Jordan Larmour’s interception try helped Champions Cup holders Leinster beat Bath and move briefly to the top of Pool One. The hosts took the lead thanks to the forwards, with Henry Thomas at […]

Gloucester beat struggling Exeter

European Rugby Champions Cup: Exeter v Gloucester Exeter: 19 (5) Tries: Armand, White, Lawday Cons: Steenson 2 Gloucester 27 (10) Tries: Heinz, Visagie, Morgan Cons: Cipriani 2, Twelvetrees Pens: Cipriani 2 Gloucester all but ended Exeter’s hopes of progressing in the Champions Cup as they won a testing match at Sandy Park. Don Armand’s early […]

European Champions Cup: Wasps 16-24 Toulouse

Wasps: (13) 16 Try: Rowlands Con: Sopoaga Pen: Sopoaga, Daly 2 Toulouse: (11) 24 Tries: Kolbe, Guitoune Con: Ramos Pen: Ramos 4 England forward Nathan Hughes suffered a pelvis injury as Wasps’ miserable Champions Cup campaign continued with defeat by Toulouse. Tries from South Africa wing Cheslin Kolbe and Sofiane Guitoune helped the French side […]