Rugby

Glory for Freddie Burns and Leicester Tigers comes tinged with sadness

Freddie Burns’s last-minute drop goal sealed Leicester Tigers’ coronation as Premiership champions for the first time since 2013… but glory comes tinged with sadness as Tom Youngs lifts trophy following his wife’s death from cancer Freddie Burns was the hero as Leicester Tigers won the Premiership The victory was tinged with sadness after the death of Tom Youngs’ wife Youngs lifted the trophy along with Ellis Genge in emotional scenes 

Skelton earns an ignominious piece of rugby history

Wallabies giant Will Skelton has made an unwelcome piece of rugby history by becoming the first player to be sent off while playing for the Barbarians. Yet the Australian’s first-half dismissal in Sunday’s non-cap international at Twickenham still didn’t stop the French-dominated invitation side offering Eddie Jones’ England a humbling 52-21 defeat on their home patch. Will Skelton is given an early shower.Credit:Getty Skelton became the first player in the

PLAYER RATINGS: Jones' side suffer embarrassment against Barbarians

PLAYER RATINGS: Eddie Jones’ side suffer complete embarrassment after Will Collier has a game to forget against 14-man Barbarians… as Sam Underhill and Charlie Ewels fail to deliver on the eve of Australia tour England suffered 52-21 defeat to Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday evening  Barbarians, despite being down a man, left hosts stunned with more tries  Jones’ team didn’t have any Leicester or Saracens players after Premiership final  Disappointing

Bulldogs win the battle, now for the Ciraldo war with Tigers

Only in rugby league can you lose on the field to a fierce rival, and still be the winner by the end of the week. But a mid-season game, jammed into the blur that is the State of Origin period, between two teams who won’t play finals this year, almost seemed superfluous to what is going to happen by week’s end. For the record, the Bulldogs won the Cameron Ciraldo

England vs Barbarians live stream: How to watch international online and on TV today

The international rugby union summer is finally upon us as England host Barbarians in the curtain-raiser at Twickenham this afternoon. An historic fixture where points are guaranteed and defending is fairly optional, it will be a high-octane warm-up for England’s upcoming Test series in Australia against a Baa-Baas side led by coach of reigning Six Nations champions France, Fabien Galthié. With Saracens and Leicester Tigers players not involved due to

EXCLUSIVE: Lewis Moody looks ahead to Leicester's Premiership final

EXCLUSIVE: England legend and World Cup winner Lewis Moody talks Leicester’s ‘meteoric change’, Steve Borthwick’s ‘big impact’ and Ellis Genge’s ‘bulldog-style figure’ ahead of a blockbuster Premiership final against Saracens on Saturday Leicester Tigers face Saracens in the Gallagher Premiership Final on Saturday Both sides have enjoyed a fairytale return to bounce back in the last two years World Cup winner Lewis Moody won seven Premiership titles with the Tigers

The changes NSW are considering to save the Origin series

NSW coach Brad Fittler is being urged to promote Stephen Crichton to the Blues’ starting side – leaving Kotoni Staggs’ place in doubt – as part of changes to help square the State of Origin series in Perth. The debate about how NSW would use Crichton from the bench in game one might have a fresh twist, with the Penrith centre in the mix for a starting spot despite an

‘Pretty weird’: Ladhams returns to Adelaide Oval as Swans villain

Peter Ladhams loves playing at the Adelaide Oval but the former Port Adelaide ruckman knows he is likely to be public enemy No.1 when he takes the field at one of Australia’s great sporting venues for the Swans on Saturday. After five years the Power, where he had limited opportunities, the 203cm Ladhams will continue his rise as a key part of the Swans line-up as they continue their push

Former Demons president Glen Bartlett claims ‘threats, deceitful conduct’

Former Melbourne president Glen Bartlett has opened up about the club’s off-field drama, claiming he and his partner have “been subjected to threats, deceitful conduct, and a public campaign to discredit us professionally and personally”. On Thursday night Bartlett released a statement to the media, including News Corp, having recently filed a writ in the Supreme Court of Western Australia, suing The Age and journalists Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson

O’Connor open to fullback switch for England series

James O’Connor says he’d happily make the switch to fullback for the Wallabies for the first time in 11 years if that is what coach Dave Rennie wants during next month’s Test series against England. The Wallabies arrived in camp on Thursday to begin preparations for a series beginning on July 2. Quade Cooper is back from Japan and will battle it out with O’Connor and Noah Lolesio for the