Rugby

2:51 AM BST Japan need to find a replacement for competing in Super Rugby following Sunwolves’ expulsion if they are to become a major rugby power, former Brave Blossoms coach Eddie Jones has said. The Sunwolves, Japan’s representatives in Super Rugby, were told by the competition’s governing body SANZAAR in March that they would be
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7:30 AM BST Israel Folau’s future in Australian rugby may be decided within two weeks after his code of conduct hearing was set for Saturday, May 4. The following day has been reserved in case the hearing runs into a second day. The Wallabies superstar has been charged with a high-level code of conduct breach
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5:50 PM BST Johnny Sexton returned to action and top form to lead holders Leinster to the European Champions Cup final on Sunday, outclassing Toulouse 30-12 in a clash of the competition’s two most successful teams. The Leinster captain, who had not played for the province this year and was out of form at the
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7:04 PM BST Saracens produced a powerful second half surge to reach their third Champions Cup final in four seasons by beating Munster 32-16 at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday. The English champions edged a tight first half 12-9 thanks to four Owen Farrell penalties, with Munster’s Tyler Bleyendaal kicking six points and Conor Murray
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3:39 AM BST Long-time teammate Bernard Foley says Israel Folau has hurt the NSW Waratahs but isn’t a bad guy. The superstar back was stood down by the NSW Rugby Union last Friday following the furore generated by his latest social media posting. He won’t play in Saturday’s crucial Super Rugby clash against Australian conference
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2:02 AM BST The panel for Israel Folau’s code of conduct hearing has been confirmed, with John West QC the chair. Rugby Australia’s Kate Eastman SC and Rugby Union Players’ Association representative John Boultbee AM are the other panellists as Folau fights to save his career. The three-time John Eales Medallist requested the hearing, expected
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10:00 AM BST Wallabies vice-captain Will Genia has slammed international teammate Israel Folau and believes he’s played his final Test alongside the controversial star. Rugby Australia issued Folau a breach of contract notice following repeated homophobic social media posts, but the 30-year-old will fight for his career at a code of conduct hearing next week.
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