Rugby

NRL players to watch when league returns

With the NRL coming back on Thursday, Jamie Soward picks five players Sky Sports viewers should look out for. Sky Sports will be showing every game live from round 3 and 4 of the NRL starting with Thursday’s clash between Brisbane Broncos and Parramatta Eels. Brisbane Broncos vs Parramatta Eels May 28, 2020, 10:45am Live on The season has been shortened to 20 rounds with two of those already been

Sky Sports Rugby Special: State of Sevens

Ben Ryan, Danielle Waterman and former Head of Commercial for World Rugby and F1, Murray Barnett, join Rupert Cox to share their views on Sevens rugby. In the current Covid climate, the return of any live sport is still very much up in the air, with the World Sevens Series also being postponed. Our expert panel looks at the challenges facing Sevens as sporting bodies face financial meltdown and may

Mark Jennings: How my life was saved after depression

Former Sale Shark Mark Jennings shares his story of addiction, depression, heartache, overdosing, arrests, rehab and now, fundraising. At 16, a fresh-faced schoolboy from Cheshire became the youngest professional in the history of Sale Sharks. His name was Mark Jennings. Pacey, strong, robust and a player who thrived on physical contact, the centre would represent England at U16, U18 and U20 level. Nobody knew then his quite unbelievable story, however,

RL Retro: Luke Gale's golden moment for Castleford Tigers in 2017 Super League semi-finals

Given how he came to be heralded as the match-winner for Castleford Tigers in their epic 23-22 Super League semi-final win over St Helens in 2017, it is worth remembering Luke Gale was almost sidelined for that game. A mere 16 days earlier, that season’s Man of Steel was in hospital recovering from an emergency operation to remove his appendix, having been given little chance of being able to feature

Pieter-Steph du Toit to stay with Stormers after U-turn

World Rugby Player of the Year Pieter-Steph du Toit has confirmed he will stay at South African Super Rugby side the Stormers after initially giving notice he would terminate his contract. Players in South Africa had a 21-day window to opt out of their current contracts and become free agents in light of pay cuts forced on them by South African Rugby in a bid to save R1.2bn (£54.63m) in

Coronavirus: New Zealand Super Rugby teams to resume training

New Zealand’s Super Rugby players will begin what coaches have deemed to be a “second pre-season” on Monday as they return to training following a relaxation of health and travel restrictions. Southern hemisphere rugby’s governing body SANZAAR postponed the Super Rugby season in March after just seven weeks of the competition as governments responded to the spreading coronavirus pandemic with border closures and travel shutdowns. New Zealand’s government also introduced

Rugby will have to consider uncontested scrums

Rugby will have to consider uncontested scrums if it is to make a safe return, warns former World Rugby medical advisor Dr Barry O’Driscoll says rugby must make significant Covid-19 adaptations  He has suggested unopposed scrums and stopping rucks and mauls quicker These measures will reduce the risk of lawsuits worth millions of pounds Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19 Rugby has been warned that its return-to-play measures must be

World Rugby chairman Beaumont sparks fury over fixture scramble

Get ready for mad October: July Tests have been pushed back due to coronavirus and now rugby is set for a club versus country WAR as a huge bottleneck develops on fixture list Test schedule in July has been shelved because of the Covid-19 pandemic World Rugby are now hoping to reschedule the Test fixtures for October  But cash-strapped clubs want to resume domestic and European competitions A tug-of-war over

NRL: 16 games to be shown live on Sky Sports

The NRL is set to restart in less than two weeks and Sky Sports will televise every game live throughout rounds three and four. On Friday the competition unveiled the new-look draw for the first two rounds of the league’s resumption, to begin on May 28, with the rest of the fixture list set to be revealed on Thursday. There is a story in every game, with the sport putting

Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann to join Japanese club NTT DoCoMo Red Hurricanes

Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann is leaving the club to join Japanese club NTT DoCoMo Red Hurricanes in July. The South African arrived at the Cherry and Whites for the start of the 2017/18 season and steered the team to the European Challenge Cup final in his first season. He followed that with third spot in the Premiership the following season to ensure qualification for a second successive campaign in