Rugby

Northampton Saints and England flanker Tom Wood recovering from lung infection

Northampton have revealed that England international Tom Wood has been recovering from a pulmonary embolism but could still feature in the 2019-20 season. Saints initially said the 33-year-old flanker would miss the remainder of the interrupted campaign when they signed Jamie Gibson as cover on a short-term deal last month. At the time no reason for Wood’s absence was given, but the club have now said he was diagnosed with

Super Rugby team of the week: Crusaders and Blues dominate after wins over Chiefs and Highlanders

The Crusaders and the Blues dominate our team of the week following their respective wins over the Chiefs and the Highlanders… 15. Will Jordan (Crusaders) New Zealand’s depth is a growing concern for all Test coaches around the world that are not Ian Foster. Will Jordan is competing for the same jersey as Damian McKenzie and Jordie Barrett – and what if Beauden Barrett does not make the switch to

2020 Six Nations to conclude in October

The 2020 Six Nations campaigns will conclude on the weekends of October 24 and 31, World Rugby has announced, with a programme of autumn internationals also approved by the governing body. The temporary global window will accommodate the completion of the 2020 men’s and women’s Six Nations Championships on 24 and 31 October, a rest weekend on 7 November and four consecutive rounds of international matches. Fiji, Japan to join

Jaguares can no longer afford top players, says Argentine Rugby Union president

The Jaguares Super Rugby team can no longer afford top players, according to the president of the Argentine Rugby Union Marcelo Rodriguez. Salaries have become a bigger issue than normal due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on club finances and Rodriguez has confirmed the decision has been taken to release players from their contracts. ‘Jaguares told to take overseas deals’ NZ open to hosting Rugby Championship this year

Super League restart: Joel Tomkins finds home from home at Catalans Dragons

There is a corner of the south of France which, for now, is almost a mini-Wigan. The latest addition to the group of players with a connection to the Lancashire town’s rugby league team at Catalans Dragons is Joel Tomkins, who moved from Hull Kingston Rovers on a two-year contract over the winter. The second row joined his brother Sam, good friend Michael McIlorum, Tom Davies and Lewis Tierney among

Saturday's NRL wrap: Sydney Roosters, Cronulla Sharks and Canberra Raiders victorious

We round up Saturday’s NRL action as Sydney Roosters, Cronulla Sharks and Canberra Raiders had the edge over their opponents… New Zealand Warriors 10-18 Sydney Roosters New Zealand international Joseph Manu helped the Roosters clinch a hard-fought win against the Warriors at Central Coast Stadium in Saturday’s opening match. The Warriors, seeking to end a run of three straight defeats, led the reigning NRL champions 10-6 at the break, but

Who will Warren Gatland pick on his Lions coaching team?

Will Greenwood looks at the challenges facing Warren Gatland as he starts to pick his coaching team for the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa. South Africa will be a massive battle for the Lions in 2021 and getting the wider coaching team right will be vital if they want to be victorious. Coaches’ contracts mean that Gatland will probably not have the opportunity to select all the

Shaunagh Brown says it boils her blood when people say they cannot see colour

Shaunagh Brown says she does not feel like she fits in anywhere and it “boils her blood” when people say they do not see colour. The Harlequins prop, who turned to rugby after carving a successful career in athletics, says being mixed race is part of her identity, and the people who say they cannot see colour are not fully seeing her for who she is. The result is she

Team of the Week - Super Rugby Aotearoa and Super Rugby AU

The best performers from Super Rugby Aotearoa and Super Rugby AU combine in our latest team of the week. 15. Michael Collins (Highlanders) Pips Jordie Barrett to the No 15 jersey with a superb display against the Chiefs. Always looked dangerous with ball in hand and made the most of his space. Moved to the centre in the second half and was just as good. 14. Byron Ralston (Western Force)

Super Rugby: Best of the round from New Zealand and Australia

James Gemmell looks at the stand-out moments from the weekend’s Super Rugby matches in New Zealand and Australia… Chiefs 31-33 Highlanders Hamilton: An Aotearoa Musical This one could’ve been written for Broadway or the West End such was the dramatic tension, the heroism and the heartache. Two sides packed with talent but without a win in seven matches between them, the Chiefs and Highlanders took to the pitch in Hamilton