Rugby

Six Nations: Joe Launchbury and Joe Marler withdraw from England's squad

Joe Launchbury and Joe Marler have withdrawn from England’s squad for the Six Nations. Wasps lock Launchbury is out due to a stress fracture in his leg, while Harlequins prop Marler has pulled out due to personal reasons. Charlie Ewels and Tom West will join Eddie Jones’ tournament squad ahead of their opener against Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on February 6. Six Nations fixtures Ollie Lawrence flattered by Manu Tuilagi

Studious Tom Briscoe aiming to become Leeds Rhinos' flying doctor on the wing

Leeds once famously played host to the Flying Dentist on the wing – now it could be the Flying Doctor. South African Wilf Rosenberg earned his nickname in the 1960s courtesy of a host of spectacular finishes while working as a practising dentist in the city. He was also one of the first rugby players to wear a mouth guard. Now over half a century on current Rhinos winger Tom

Six Nations: England centre Ollie Lawrence finds Manu Tuilagi comparison 'flattering'

Ollie Lawrence says he finds it “flattering” if people want to draw comparison between him and England midfield powerhouse Manu Tuilagi. England embark on their Six Nations campaign next month without Tuilagi, who is continuing his recovery from a serious Achilles injury. But in 21-year-old Worcester centre Lawrence, England boss Eddie Jones has a player with similar traits to Tuilagi, given his game-breaking prowess and physical presence. Uncapped Harry Randall,

Eddie Battye: Wakefield Trinity sign London Broncos prop on three-year deal

Wakefield have signed London Broncos prop forward Eddie Battye on a three-year contract following a successful loan spell last season. The 29-year-old former Sheffield Eagles forward impressed Trinity coach Chris Chester in the eight matches he played for them in the second half of the 2020 season after the Championship season was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. London say they accepted an undisclosed fee for Battye after receiving a

Adam and Jordan Walne: Brothers in arms on the field and off it

Not having Huddersfield Giants’ club physio available to massage his aching joints may be one thing Adam Walne is missing about the world of Super League rugby, but otherwise the forward is enjoying being able to focus on other areas of his life. It is nearly three months since the 30-year-old left the Giants and the full-time rugby league environment to allow him to focus more on his and brother

Guinness PRO14: Leinster smash and grab vs Munster at Thomond Park

Recap the weekend’s re-arranged Guinness PRO14 action as Leinster pull off a smash and grab win over Munster at Thomond Park in a headline derby… Munster 10-13 Leinster Jordan Larmour’s 69th-minute try ripped the result out of Munster’s grasp as Leinster triumphed 13-10 in a Guinness PRO14 dogfight at Thomond Park. Well done, lads! A massive performance to grind out the win! 💪🔵#MUNvLEI#GuinnessPRO14 pic.twitter.com/irdXSuSNdg Table-topping Munster had been the better

Joe Ford motors ahead in coaching career with Championship side Doncaster Knights

There comes a time in every player’s career when they must make the difficult decision to hang up their boots. For Joe Ford, that came last year. At the age of 29, the fly-half decided to call a halt to his playing days to concentrate fully on the next stage of his life after spending six months as player-head coach at Greene King IPA Championship side Yorkshire Carnegie. The demands

New skipper Gordon a ‘true blue Tah’

Jake Gordon – the man described as a “true blue Tah” – is set to lead the NSW Waratahs into a bold new era after being named the club’s captain. Waratahs coach Rob Penney unveiled Gordon as skipper on Thursday, anointing the Canterbury and Sydney University product as the perfect man to steer the club back to the top of the Super Rugby mountain. The 27-year-old halfback has come through

Munster, Leinster fully loaded for Guinness PRO14 interprovincial derby clash

Munster and Leinster have gone with full-strength line-ups ahead of Saturday’s rearranged PRO14 derby clash at Thomond Park, in a game which will almost act as an Ireland trial. With the interprovincial fixture originally having been scheduled for December 26 2020, it had to be postponed at the time due to outstanding Covid-19 PCR Tests in the Leinster ranks – all of which ultimately returned negative results. Were the game

AFLW practice match called off after injury to Giants player

Sunday's AFLW practice match between Adelaide and Greater Western Sydney was called off early after a collision that led to Giants player Brid Stack being taken to hospital. The game in Adelaide was in its dying minutes with the Crows leading by 20 points when Irishwoman Stack was met heavily. She was placed in a stretcher and taken from the field in an ambulance. Brid Stack was taken to hospital