Rugby

11:20 AM BST Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter has said the British & Irish Lions coaching staff, who are led by Warren Gatland, are being “disingenuous” as a row over the release of Premiership players for the South Africa tour continues. The Lions want players for a two-week training camp at the end
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9:26 AM BST British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has confirmed his backroom staff for the tour of South Africa with Gregor Townsend, Robin McBryde, Steve Tandy and Neil Jenkins all named. Gatland will lead the Lions to face reigning World Cup champions the Springboks in July. It will be his third tour
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8:31 AM BST South Africa’s economy is set to lose 6.6 billion rand ($[US]453 million) if this year’s British & Irish Lions tour goes ahead without fans, according to a study commissioned by SA Rugby, which admits it will “do anything” to get some supporters into stadia. The Lions are set to tour South Africa
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10:01 PM BST Centre Emily Scarratt scored 24 points as champions England sealed a place in the final of the Women’s Six Nations with a nine-try 67-3 bonus-point victory over Italy at the Stadio Lanfranchi in Parma on Saturday. The massive win was a second in succession for the visitors and ensures they will finish
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2:11 PM BST France began their Six Nations campaign with an emphatic 53-0 victory over Wales at the Stade de la Rabine on Saturday. Winger Caroline Boujard enjoyed an impressive evening after scoring a hat trick inside the opening 15 minutes for Les Bleues in the Pool B clash. Agathe Sochat also crossed the line
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5:21 PM BST Champions England were off to a flying start in their women’s Six Nations title defence as they beat Scotland 52-10 in a dominant performance in a Pool A encounter on Saturday. The postponed tournament is being played in a condensed format with two pools of three teams each, with the pool toppers
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5:35 PM BST Scotland flanker Hamish Watson was named the 2021 Six Nations player of the championship after securing 35% of more than 125,000 votes cast by fans, the tournament’s organisers said on Friday. Watson put in a string of fine performances as Scotland beat England at Twickenham for the first time since 1983 before
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10:41 AM BST The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has backed Wayne Pivac to remain as coach until at least the 2023 World Cup following March’s Six Nations triumph. Pivac, who succeeded Warren Gatland in 2019, was heavily criticised last year after a miserable run saw Wales finish fifth in the Six Nations. 1 Related However,
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11:40 AM BST A Vodafone survey has shown that supporters have voted for Wales’ Alun Wyn Jones to captain the British & Irish Lions in this summer’s tour of South Africa while England’s Owen Farrell has been dropped to the bench. The data collected also shows that fans omitted England’s Billy Vunipola, George Ford and
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