Rugby

Sale boss Alex Sanderson hails 'astonishing' impact of Opoku-Fordjour

Sale boss Alex Sanderson hails ‘astonishing’ impact of Asher Opoku-Fordjour, 19, in his first three senior games… with England star Joe Marler also praising the ‘exciting’ prop Asher Opoku-Fordjour is causing a stir after just three appearances for Sale He moved to Sale last autumn following the abrupt collapse of Wasps The 19-year-old has more than held his own against renowned opposition Saled are torn between excitement at the ‘astonishing’ feats

Who and where your team will play in the 2024 pre-season; important Roos defender’s injury setback

Save articles for later Add articles to your saved list and come back to them any time. After ruining Melbourne’s season with their last-gasp semi-final victory, Carlton will host the Demons at their suburban home Ikon Park in the AFL’s official practice match round in the last week of February. The pre-season hit-outs will see teams fine tune their preparations in matches played over four 20-minute quarters with 30 players

Dragons player Junior Amone avoids jail over rooftop hammer attack

Save articles for later Add articles to your saved list and come back to them any time. The NRL career of Junior Amone is hanging by a thread after the rising Dragons star was spared jail time for his role in a rooftop hammer attack on a tradie in Wollongong. Amone, 21, was sentenced to a two-year community corrections order and 300 hours of community service in Wollongong Local Court

Wests Tigers player refuses to train over perception of unfair treatment

Save articles for later Add articles to your saved list and come back to them any time. New Wests Tigers coach Benji Marshall faces the first test of his career as one of his highest-paid players refuses to turn up to training over a perception of unfair treatment from the club. Winger David Nofoaluma, a former teammate of Marshall and the greatest try-scorer in the club’s history, has not been

French chief revels in success of TOP14 that's luring England stars

‘I take no pleasure in plight of English clubs…honest!’: French rugby chief revels in success of his domestic league that’s proving irresistible to England stars   French side La Rochelle have won the last two Champions Cup titles  France boasts 1,900 professional players in 30 clubs across its top two divisions  A host of English stars have given up on international rugby to cross the Channel  Holding court in his

Crowe’s secret meeting to sell NRL in America

Save articles for later Add articles to your saved list and come back to them any time. South Sydney co-owner and Hollywood superstar Russell Crowe is taking a significant behind-the-scenes role in the NRL’s Las Vegas adventure, but another big-name actor, Hugh Jackman, is proving hard to lock down. Crowe is not really known for his background work, but that is what he is doing for the NRL as rugby

Gavin Henson joins England Rugby World Cup aces in brain injury legal claim

Charlotte Church’s ex-partner and former Wales back Gavin Henson has joined a number of England legends in taking legal action against rugby’s governing bodies after suffering brain injury symptoms. The likes of Phil Vickery and Mark Regan, who helped England to win the World Cup in 2003, are among 295 players seeking damages from World Rugby, the RFU and the Welsh Rugby Union. All three players were on a list

Why the Roos are hoping history does not repeat in the AFLW grand final

Save articles for later Add articles to your saved list and come back to them any time. Legacy is on the line for North Melbourne in Sunday’s grand final against the Brisbane Lions, with Kangaroos coach Darren Crocker and his players aiming to emulate their rivals by cementing their place in AFLW history as premiers. The Lions are playing in their fifth grand final, and won the flag in 2021

Sport's mental torture chamber: How pressure takes a toll on athletes

Sport’s mental torture chamber: The pressure of performing at the highest level has taken its toll on the toughest of competitors from Marcus Trescothick and Ronnie O’Sullivan to Ben Stokes and now Owen Farrell Owen Farrell took a break from England rugby to prioritise his mental wellbeing He joins a list of high-level sports stars who have suffered under the pressure Marcus Trescothick and Ronnie O’Sullivan are among those sharing their