Category Archives: Rugby League

Mike Catt: Former England international expected to join Ireland as attack coach

Mike Catt is expected to join Ireland as attack coach after this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. It is understood the former England coach will leave his current role in the Italy set-up for Ireland. The move will see Catt, 47, link up once again with former England coaching colleague Andy Farrell, who will […]

Folau given social media support by netball star wife

Netball star Maria Folau has given her first public show of support for sacked rugby player husband Israel Folau. Australian rugby union authorities terminated the devout Christian’s contract over a social media post in which he said “hell awaits” gay people. The 30-year-old is taking legal action against Rugby Australia. On Friday, New Zealand international […]

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne: Scotland scrum-half joins Racing 92 as injury cover

Out-of-contract Scotland scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne has joined French Top 14 side Racing 92 to provide injury cover. The 25-year-old, capped 12 times, left Scarlets by mutual consent last week after a year in Llanelli. He has signed for Racing as a medical joker, easing the burden on the squad during the Rugby World Cup period. […]

Scotland's Barclay out to banish World Cup demons

John Barclay hopes playing at a “really special” Rugby World Cup in Japan can help banish memories of missing out on the tournament four years ago. The back-row was omitted by Vern Cotter for the 2015 edition after finding himself largely frozen out of the Scotland squad. And the 32-year-old says it remains the biggest […]

Israel Folau: Sacked rugby player in anti-gay row asks for donations

Rugby player Israel Folau, who was sacked by Rugby Australia (RA) for criticising gay people, has appealed for public donations to help him legally contest his dismissal. Folau, a 30-year-old star full-back, had his contract terminated in May after posting on social media saying “hell awaits” gay people. The devout Christian argues his firing was […]

Drake, Blacker and Jeffries join Scarlets

Scarlets have signed three new players, including lock Danny Drake from New Zealand province North Harbour. The 24-year-old’s signing came at the same time Scarlets announced two recruits who are moving from Welsh rivals. Scrum-half Dane Blacker is leaving Cardiff Blues for Parc y Scarlets and tight-head prop Alex Jeffries is joining them from Ospreys. […]

Ruaridh McConnochie & Alex Dombrandt in England's World Cup training squad

Former England Sevens star Ruaridh McConnochie and Harlequins’ back rower Alex Dombrandt are two of the uncapped players included in England’s preliminary World Cup training squad. Northampton’s Lewis Ludlam and Gloucester prop Val Rapava Ruskin have also both been called up to a senior squad for the first time. As expected, the quartet of Danny […]

Champions Cup: Holders Saracens in tough pool with Munster, Racing 92 & Ospreys

European and Premiership champions Saracens will meet two-time winners Munster, French giants Racing 92 and Welsh side Ospreys in the pool stages of next season’s Champions Cup. They all meet in a tough Pool Four, while Pro14 winners Leinster face Lyon, Northampton and Benetton in Pool One. Top 14 winners Toulouse face Connacht, Gloucester and […]

Plans for £6bn Nations Championship abandoned by World Rugby

World Rugby has abandoned plans for a new Nations Championship starting in 2022 after failing to gain the required support from unions. The governing body needed unanimous approval from the 10 unions that make up the southern hemisphere’s Rugby Championship and Europe’s Six Nations. World Rugby says there was a “lack of consensus on key […]

England's Dylan Hartley, Danny Care & Chris Robshaw set to miss out on World Cup

England hooker Dylan Hartley is set to miss out on the World Cup after struggling with a knee problem. Regular captain Hartley led England to back-to-back Six Nations titles in 2016 and 2017 under head coach Eddie Jones, but hasn’t played since December. Jones is also set to shun hundreds of caps worth of experience […]