Rugby

Waratahs bounce back after week of soul-searching

It's not yet the revival but it is proof of life. A week after the Brumbies and Reds staked a defiant claim for the Australian resistance in Super Rugby, the Waratahs and Rebels followed it up with rousing wins against the Lions and Highlanders on Friday night. Call it a line in the sand, not to mention a grab for dignity for two teams who had to look themselves in

Brayshaw eyes round one after elbow passes first big test

Melbourne star Angus Brayshaw is on track for selection in round one after getting through his first competitive hit-out for the year unscathed in a practice match against North Melbourne at Arden Street on Friday. Brayshaw’s pre-season hit a snag a month ago when he damaged a ligament in his elbow at training, which has restricted him to mainly running duties since then. Angus Brayshaw is hopeful of being ready

'I'll be more persuasive': Bellamy to hook Cameron Smith when he can

Craig Bellamy has seen no signs of Cameron Smith slowing down as he enters a mind-boggling 19th season in the NRL, but the Melbourne coach will make a conscious effort to cut back the champion hooker's game time whenever possible to help preserve his mind and body. Smith has been the only player brave enough to ignore Bellamy's order to come from the field in the past, but the Storm

Premiership Rugby in a standoff with the Six Nations

Premiership Rugby could end up in a standoff with the Six Nations over the release of players for Tests affected by Coronavirus as agreement only covers English players Ireland vs Italy has already been postponed and more cancellations are possible Premiership clubs are not obliged to release players that are not from England   As a result, players such as Italy flanker Jake Polledri could miss the matches  Premiership Rugby could

Scott Baldwin: Wales and Harlequins hooker reveals gambling problem

Media playback is not supported on this device Wales hooker Scott Baldwin has revealed he has been battling with a gambling problem during his life. Baldwin says he has lost “tens of thousands of pounds” after admitting he was “addicted” to gambling. The 31-year-old says he has now stopped totally because of his young family. “It’s one of those addictions that no one will know other than you or the

NRL’s ‘n*****’ and ‘h**’ promo disaster

What were they thinking? In an apparent attempt to connect with younger fans, the NRL’s Gold Coast Titans have released unedited audio from an American hip hop artist featuring the type of lyrics that are familiar to the genre but not a family-friendly footy club. The Titans on Thursday night shared a video originally published on AJ Brimson’s Instagram page where the star fullback is seen playfully dancing and messing

Six Nations chiefs to discuss coronavirus threat in Paris on Monday

Six Nations chiefs will meet in Paris on Monday to discuss the impact the coronavirus has had on this year’s championship. Representatives from the home unions plus France and Italy will be present for the pre-scheduled World Rugby meeting that will now also include discussions over what additional action should be taken in response to the outbreak. Ireland’s match against Italy in Dublin on March 7 has been postponed due

Six Nations - Italy v England: Federation still planning for Rome finale

The Italian Rugby Federation has not yet received any indication from its government that the men’s Six Nations match with England in Rome should be called off because of the coronavirus. England’s men’s, women’s and under-20 sides are all scheduled to play in Italy on 14 and 15 March. The women’s game is to be played in Padua, one of the lockdown areas, but Rome has yet to be affected.