Category Archives: Rugby League

Dan Robson: Wasps scrum-half on deep vein thrombosis and England omission

Wasps scrum-half Dan Robson says being diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis just five months before the Rugby World Cup was a “freak thing”. The 27-year-old, who has won two international caps, was ruled out for three months in April and missed out on England’s 31-man squad for Japan. “Something like that is not just really […]

Rugby World Cup 2019: New Zealand's Luke Jacobson ruled out of tournament

Rugby World Cup Hosts: Japan Dates: 20 September to 2 November Coverage: Full commentary on every game across BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, plus text updates on the BBC Sport website and app. New Zealand back-row forward Luke Jacobson has been ruled out of the World Cup because of concussion. […]

Follow the Rugby World Cup live on the BBC

Rugby World Cup Hosts: Japan Dates: 20 September to 2 November Coverage: Full commentary on every game across BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, plus text updates on the BBC Sport website and app. Japan hosts the Rugby World Cup from 20 September to 2 November and the BBC will bring […]

Rhys Priestland: Bath fly-half thinks he is ineligible for Wales

Media playback is not supported on this device Bath fly-half Rhys Priestland believes he is not eligible for Wales after staying in the English Premiership. Priestland, 32, has 50 caps so falls below the current 60-cap rule which stops people playing club rugby outside of Wales being selected for Test rugby. He says he would […]

I would've had to turn water into wine to sway Jones – Cipriani

Danny Cipriani claims he would have had to “turn water into wine” to convince England coach Eddie Jones to include him in his Rugby World Cup squad. Fly-half Cipriani, 31, was part of pre-tournament training camps but was dropped before the final 31-man selection was made. Jones instead opted for Owen Farrell and George Ford […]

I'm still England's best full-back despite World Cup omission, says Brown

Mike Brown says it was “heartbreaking” to miss out on England’s Rugby World Cup squad and believes he is still the country’s best full-back. The 34-year-old, who won the last of his 72 caps in 2018, was involved in pre-World Cup training camps but was not named in Eddie Jones’ 31-man squad. “I tried to […]

Independent doctors to have final say on Premiership concussion

Independent doctors will be at all Premiership games from this season to help enforce concussion protocol. They will assist club doctors with head injury assessments and have the final say on whether a player can continue. The system has been in place for some time in international rugby and will now be at Premiership Rugby […]

Sam Warburton: 'France don't treat concussion seriously'

Former Wales captain Sam Warburton has called on World Rugby to standardise the way concussion is treated. Warburton praised Wales and England’s treatment of players after suffering blows to the head in matches. But the two-time British and Irish Lions captain claimed the same standards are not met in France. “France don’t treat concussion seriously […]

Wales skipper Jones dreaming of World Cup glory

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones says he thinks of winning the World Cup on almost a daily basis. Wales fly to Japan on Wednesday for the global tournament, where the Grand Slam winners will be among the favourites to lift the trophy. And Jones admits winning the World Cup is one of his last remaining […]

'Exciting' that Saracens will start to pay women's team

Saracens’ decision to pay their women’s team this season is “really exciting”, says their England back Sarah McKenna. Sarries will pay their female players for the first time in a move McKenna says shows their “one-club mentality”. But players from other clubs expressed concern that the move could result in “too much difference” between English […]