Rugby

12:52 PM GMT It may have been a new venue – if we ignore last year’s one-off match – but it was the same-old, mixed-bag NSW Waratahs that turned up to Brookvale Oval for their opening match of the 2019 season; conceding a 75th minute try to lose 19-20 to the Hurricanes. In front of
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9:21 AM GMT CAPE TOWN – South Africa international front rower Steven Kitshoff will miss at least the first month of Super Rugby after suffering a hamstring injury in preparation for this year’s competition. The injury, suffered in a warm-up game last week, has proven more severe than first anticipated, said Stormers coach Robbie Fleck
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9:48 AM GMT England will miss the leadership of prop Mako Vunipola, who has been ruled out of the side’s remaining Six Nations Championship campaign, forwards coach Steve Borthwick has said. England, who lead the table with 10 points, lost Vunipola to an ankle ligament injury in their 44-8 victory over France. The 28-year-old had
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Feb 11, 2019 Crusaders centre Jack Goodhue charges at the Hurricanes during their 2018 Super Rugby semifinal in Christchurch Martin Hunter/Getty Images The Super Rugby season is once again upon us, with a full round of fixtures set down for the opening weekend of competition from February 15. Here, we analyse the New Zealand conference and
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Feb 10, 2019 Michael Hooper of the NSW Waratahs Mark Evans/Getty Images The Super Rugby season is once again upon us, with a full round of fixtures set down for the opening weekend of competition from February 15. Here, we analyse the Australia conference and ESPN columnist Greg Growden offers his thoughts on each of the
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1:20 PM GMT Huw Jones is likely to miss the remainder of Scotland’s Six Nations campaign, the Scottish Rugby Union has confirmed. The Glasgow Warriors centre sustained knee ligament damage in Scotland’s second-round defeat to Ireland at Murrayfield on Saturday, and scan results suggest that Jones’ recovery time will likely extend beyond the end of
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4:29 AM GMT Brumbies coach Dan McKellar says it would be a risk to start incumbent Wallabies loosehead prop Scott Sio in their Super Rugby season opener. The 27-year-old has been overlooked for Friday night’s clash with Melbourne at GIO Stadium in favour of former Queensland captain James Slipper. Sio was Australian coach Michael Cheika’s
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Feb 14, 2019 Sam Bruce Close ESPN Associate Editor Sam was brought up on long drives and the dusty fields of north-west New South Wales, where he developed his love of rugby from an early age. He joined ESPNscrum after a five-year stint heading up Fox Sports Australia’s digital rugby coverage. Andy Withers Close ESPN
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Feb 14, 2019 Even in the modern era of professional rugby, few could have dreamed up this turn of events. Thirteen years after they were little more than Queensland Reds gear stewards, Will Genia and Quade Cooper have once again settled alongside each other in a halves partnership Melbourne Rebels hope will carry the club
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3:18 PM GMT England prop Mako Vunipola has been ruled out of the rest of the Six Nations with an ankle ligament injury, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Tuesday. Vunipola was forced off during the second half of England’s win over France on Sunday and will now miss the final three rounds of
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12:21 PM GMT Leigh Halfpenny will return to the Wales squad to face England in the Six Nations, his club coach Wayne Pivac has confirmed. The Scarlets head coach revealed that fullback Halfpenny — who has been out of action since November due to a concussion — will return to training with Wales on Wednesday.
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1:59 AM GMT ESPN staff Rugby Australia has missed out on a rising star dubbed the “next Israel Folau” after boom schoolboy Joseph Suaalii opted to sign with South Sydney Rabbitohs. Suaalii, 15, has signed on with the NRL club until 2021 despite having three years of schooling to complete at leading Sydney rugby nursery,
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10:57 AM GMT Scotland back-row Ryan Wilson has been ruled out for the remainder of the Six Nations with a knee ligament injury. The Glasgow Warriors forward sustained the injury during Scotland’s 22-13 defeat at the hands of Ireland at Murrayfield. While Jonny May was the hat-trick hero, it was the brilliant Owen Farrell who
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7:14 AM GMT ESPN staff Rugby World Cup winner Stephen Donald will return to Super Rugby after signing with the Chiefs for the 2019 season. Donald, revered for kicking the winning penalty in the All Blacks’ 2011 Rugby World Cup triumph, signed as injury cover for Tiaan Falcon, who will miss the entire season with
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8:39 PM GMT James Harrington Two rounds of the 2019 Six Nations down, three to go. And there are more changes in personnel in ESPN’s Fantasy Rugby team of the week than there were in the Welsh team for the trip to Rome. In fact, there were 14 changes from last week, with only England’s
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6:28 PM GMT England defeated Grand Slam champions France 41-26 in their women’s Six Nations clash at Doncaster on Sunday to emerge as favourites to clinch the title this year. While Jonny May was the hat-trick hero, it was the brilliant Owen Farrell who tore France apart at Twickenham as Eddie Jones’ game plan kicked
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