Category Archives: Rugby League

Wasps' Gopperth out for up to nine months with ACL injury

Wasps could be without playmaker Jimmy Gopperth for up to nine months after anterior cruciate ligament surgery. The 35-year-old, who can play fly-half or inside centre, was injured in a pre-season friendly against Connacht, and will miss six to nine months. Gopperth played 22 games last season at inside centre and stand-off. All Blacks fly-half […]

Harlequins sign Fiji Sevens star Kunatani

Harlequins have signed back-rower Semi Kunatani, a star of the Fiji side that won rugby sevens gold at the 2016 Olympics, from Toulouse. The 27-year-old scored four tries as Fiji beat Great Britain 43-7 in the final in Rio de Janeiro. Kunatani has been with Toulouse since the start of the 2015-16 season and can […]

Dominant All Blacks beat Australia to win Bledisloe Cup for 16th consecutive year

New Zealand won the Bledisloe Cup for a 16th consecutive year with a 40-12 victory over Australia in Auckland. Beauden Barrett scored four tries and kicked five conversions, while Joe Moody and Liam Squire crossed for the dominant All Blacks at Eden Park. Will Genia and Reece Hodge scored tries for Australia, with Bernard Foley […]

Uncertainty over Ashton's ban dates as RFU queries Sale friendly

The dates of Chris Ashton’s seven-week ban for a dangerous tip-tackle may be changed, which would affect the Sale winger’s hopes of an England recall. The ban issued on Thursday covered a friendly and six Premiership matches. However it is understood the Rugby Football Union wants clarification from Sale as to whether the club actually […]

Scott Wilson: Newcastle Falcons prop retires through neck injury aged 24

Newcastle Falcons prop Scott Wilson has been forced to retire from rugby at the age of 24 because of a neck injury. Wilson suffered the injury in Falcons’ Premiership semi-final loss to Exeter in May and has been told to retire by a doctor. He made 80 appearances for Newcastle after coming through their academy […]

England must judge Cipriani on the field, says Gloucester coach Ackermann

England should judge Danny Cipriani on his performances on the field and “move on” from the incident in Jersey, says Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann. After a five-hour hearing on Wednesday, the Rugby Football Union opted not to sanction the fly-half beyond the £2,000 fines imposed on him by both Jersey magistrates and his Premiership […]

England wing Ashton gets seven-week ban for tip tackle

England wing Chris Ashton has been banned for seven weeks after his red card for a tip tackle in Sale Sharks’ pre-season friendly against Castres. The 31-year-old did not accept the charge for the tackle on Castres scrum-half Rory Kockott, but was found guilty by the independent panel process. Ashton, who joined Sale from Toulon […]

Marcell Coetzee: Ulster return for fit-again Springbok flanker

South African international Marcell Coetzee has been included in the Ulster team for Friday’s pre-season friendly against Wasps at Ricoh Arena. The former Springbok flanker, 27, is returning to action following a 12-month lay-off with a knee injury. Coetzee will be joined in the back row by Sean Reidy and Nick Timoney. New signings Will […]

England's Cipriani not sanctioned by RFU over nightclub incident

Gloucester and England fly-half Danny Cipriani has not been sanctioned by the Rugby Football Union following an incident in a Jersey nightclub. After a five-hour hearing, an independent panel upheld the charge that the 30-year-old’s actions were prejudicial to the game’s interests. But it felt the £2,000 fines imposed on him by both Jersey magistrates […]

Women's rugby must not rush into professionalism – Mather

Women’s rugby must not rush into professionalism but should take a “slow and sustainable” approach, former World Cup winner and elite coach Giselle Mather says. The Tyrrells Premier 15s league was formed last season, with players operating on an amateur basis. Mather, Wasps Ladies director of rugby, believes the league will eventually become fully professional, […]