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Joe Launchbury and Joe Marler have withdrawn from England’s squad for the Six Nations.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

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,

New Jets HC Robert Saleh preaches togetherness, mum on Sam Darnold's future in intro presser

It’s a new dawn and a new day at One Jets Drive. The New York Jets introduced their new head coach Robert Saleh on Thursday afternoon, one week after announcing his hire. With Saleh’s arrival to New York comes a complete change in energy and outlook from the frustrating Adam Gase era, which ended three weeks ago after only two years. Saleh, the well-liked, energetic and telegenic San Francisco 49ers

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 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

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

Burnley's new owners make two additions to club board

New Burnley chairman Alan Pace has made two more additions to the Clarets’ board. Dave Checketts, who has a background in basketball, and academic Professor Antonio Davila join Pace and his ALK Capital partners Mike Smith and Stuart Hunt along with former chairmen Mike Garlick and John Banaszkiewicz. Checketts, who will officially take up his seat in the summer, was formerly president of NBA side the New York Knicks and

Alex Sanderson leaves Saracens to become Sale Sharks director of rugby

Sale have appointed Alex Sanderson as their director of rugby to end the former England’s flanker’s long association with Saracens. Sanderson will leave north London to join the club where he began his playing career, filling the vacancy left by Steve Diamond’s departure from the AJ Bell Stadium for family reasons. The 41-year-old has carved out a formidable reputation as an assistant coach to Saracens boss Mark McCall during a

New York Jets hire 49ers DC Robert Saleh as new head coach

Robert Saleh has found a new NFL home. The 49ers defensive coordinator has agreed in principle to a deal to become the new head coach of the New York Jets, the team announced Thursday night. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per informed sources, that Saleh’s deal is for five years. 49ers passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur is expected to be the first member of Saleh’s first staff and serve

Sources: Jaguars in advanced talks with Meyer

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Urban Meyer are in advanced talks to see whether they can finalize a deal this week, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Following another meeting with the Jaguars on Wednesday, Meyer is highly interested in the possibility of coaching in the NFL, sources said. There has been regular communication and interaction between the two sides, sources said, and Meyer has been assembling a coaching staff, including