Rugby

Why Indigenous All Stars see a Kiwi light in Australia Day debate

Leading Indigenous rugby league figures believe New Zealand’s approach to Maori culture can serve as a blueprint for advancing Aboriginal issues and the nation’s Australia Day debate. The Indigenous All Stars have been treated to emotional receptions all week in the All Stars’ maiden visit to Rotorua, New Zealand’s first bilingual city, where street and public signs are displayed in both Te Reo Māori and English. The Indigenous All Stars

RFU hold talks over bringing in an alcohol-free zone at Twickenham

RFU hold talks over bringing in an alcohol-free zone at Twickenham, with many fans put off by drinking culture at England rugby matches The RFU are considering bringing alcohol free zones to Twickenham matchdays  There has been concern over the drinking culture during England rugby games  The RFU will consider bringing in an alcohol-free zone at Twickenham as part of a review of the matchday experience during England games. Sportsmail

Coach Borthwick continues England overhaul by recruiting Leicester duo

Head coach Steve Borthwick continues England overhaul by recruiting Leicester duo Richard Wigglesworth and Aled Walters… with forwards coach Richard Cockerill leaving after the Six Nations Borthwick has re-shaped his coaching staff since replacing Eddie Jones Wigglesworth and Walters will join revamped set-up at the end of the season Cockerill will leave after the Six Nations to take up a new role with Montpellier The Leicester take-over of the England

New defence coach Mike Forshaw urges Wales to cut out the 'nonsense'

New defence coach Mike Forshaw warns Wales must cut out the ‘nonsense’ after a lack of discipline led to a humbling in Six Nations opener against Ireland Warren Gatland let down as a lack of discipline spoils his return as head coach Wales conceded 15 penalties to hand Ireland a crucial advantage on Saturday Alun Wyn Jones given go-ahead to face Scotland after initially being ruled out Mike Forshaw has

‘Devastating to see’: All Stars relatives’ pain at flood damage

Cody Walker’s enduring childhood memory of his nephew and Indigenous All Stars teammate Daine Laurie is of a nappy-clad, blond-haired kid doing Bruce Lee kicks off a bridge in Baryulgil. The same Northern Rivers waters that devastated the region and displaced the entire Indigenous community of Cabbage Tree Island will loom large when Walker and Laurie represent their people this Saturday in Rotorua. Indigenous All Stars Daine Laurie and Cody

Why a major injury toll will hurt AFL clubs more than ever

Key points The AFL’s injury allowance has gone from an average of $563,000 to $250,000 this year. Clubs spending close to the salary cap limit could come under pressure if they suffer mass injuries. List managers send a total player payments estimation to league headquarters before each season. AFL clubs that suffer mass injuries this year are at greater risk of coming under pressure in their salary cap next season

England coach Richard Cockerill to step down after Six Nations

“Having coached and played in France previously, my family and I always had aspirations to return. “This opportunity presented itself some time ago and it was too hard to turn down, personally and professionally. “It is disappointing not to work with Steve and the wider team beyond the Six Nations. I had hoped to be able to stay for the World Cup, but the timings weren’t meant to be. “I

Balta’s big bump; Cameron could miss round one; ex-Tiger on Blues’ radar; Dee battles thyroid issue

In today’s AFL Briefing, your daily wrap of footy news Damien Hardwick came off second best in a contest with Noah Balta at Richmond training on Monday. Jeremy Cameron could miss the Cats’ round one blockbuster against Collingwood. The Blues are considering ex-Tiger and Sun Oleg Markov as Zac Williams’ replacement. Christian Salem is battling a thyroid issue. The top junior competition for Australian rules football has a new name.

Steve Borthwick hints at England changes for Italy Six Nations clash

Steve Borthwick hints he will ring the changes for England’s Six Nations clash with Italy… as defeat by Scotland increases pressure on the Marcus Smith and Owen Farrell combination England were beaten 29-23 by Scotland in their Six Nations opener on Saturday New head coach Steve Borthwick has hinted at making changes against Italy Jamie George admits England’s players need to take accountability on the field Steve Borthwick hinted on

CHRIS FOY'S SIX NATIONS VERDICT: England try to move on from Jones

CHRIS FOY: England take steps to erase Eddie Jones’s tenure from Twickenham press room… and Johnny Sexton was pivotal in Ireland’s victory in Wales England removed references to former coach Eddie Jones in the press room  Johnny Sexton didn’t show any signs of rustiness in Ireland’s victory in Wales  Tickets are still on sale for the clash between England and Italy at Twickenham Ten weeks after England’s last fixture under