Rugby

Premiership Rugby salary dispute: Players must take responsibility, says Mike Tindall

Former England centre Mike Tindall says Premiership Rugby players have to “take responsibility” in the ongoing dispute over salary cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) refused to rule out strike action after top-flight clubs agreed a £1.4m salary cap cut for the start of the 2021-22 season, which followed the majority of top-flight players having agreed temporary 25 per cent pay cuts in March. Prem Rugby

Maggie Alphonsi aims to become future RFU president

England Women’s World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi says she wants to become RFU president one day, citing a need for “advocates in positions of influence.” Alphonsi, who has been capped 74 times by her country, is keen to play her part in making rugby more inclusive – currently she is the only black person sitting on the 61-strong RFU council – with women also under-represented. The killing of George Floyd

Ashley Johnson leaves Wasps, along with Charlie Matthews and Billy Searle

Forwards Ashley Johnson and Charlie Matthews have left Wasps, along with fly-half Billy Searle. Hooker Johnson, who has played three times for South Africa, scored 42 tries in 198 appearances during his eight-year spell at the club. “Ashley has to go down as one of the best signings in Wasps history,” head coach Lee Blackett told the club’s official website. “He has become a fan favourite for several reasons, whether

British and Irish Lions tour dates for South Africa could depend on global calendar

South African Rugby has confirmed there is a ‘slight chance’ next summer’s British and Irish Lions tour could be moved to accommodate a potential revised global calendar. The Lions tour has a planned July 3, 2021 start, with the three Tests on consecutive weekends from July 24 onwards, but a mooted change to the sport’s global calendar could see a switch. ‘Rugby union could become summer sport’ RFU considers autumn

NRL: Parramatta Eels, Cronulla Sharks seal wins over Manly and North Queensland Cowboys

Recap Saturday’s NRL action as the Parramatta Eels and Cronulla Sharks recorded victories over Manly Sea Eagles and North Queensland Cowboys respectively. Parramatta Eels 19-16 Manly Sea Eagles A forward pass that looked to go backwards and two tries in 60 seconds saw Parramatta casting back to the decade of their dreams with their first 4-0 start to a season in 31 years. By the end of Saturday’s encounter, the

All Blacks legend Dan Carter joins Auckland Blues

Former All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter has made a surprise return to New Zealand domestic rugby after an absence of five years by joining the Auckland Blues. Carter confirmed he had signed for the team for the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition after his first training session with the side on Thursday. The 10-week competition features all five of New Zealand’s Super Rugby sides and starts on June 13. “It’s a

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