Lewis Ludlow: England flanker given four-game ban for striking with the knee in win over Canada

England flanker Lewis Ludlow has been suspended for four matches for striking with the knee in Saturday’s 70-14 victory over Canada, World Rugby has announced. Ludlow, who was captaining the team for a second successive match, struck the head of Canada front row Jake Ilnicki 30 minutes into the game at Twickenham. The 26-year-old was sent to the sin-bin but the citing officer deemed the offence worthy of a red

Sam Powell: Attitude will be key for Wigan Warriors' up-and-coming youngsters

Sam Powell knows from his own experience exactly what the latest generation of Wigan Warriors academy graduates are facing as they find themselves thrust into Super League action. Nine years ago, the hooker was handed his bow having just turned 20, lining up at scrum-half in place of the injured Brett Finch and marking his debut with a try in a 48-10 win over Hull FC. A Warriors squad hit

Match Report - Australia 23 - 21 France

Noah Lolesio’s penalty on the final play of the game snatched a 23-21 win for Australia over France in Wednesday’s first Test in Brisbane and denied Fabien Galthie’s men their first win over the Wallabies on their soil since 1990. Les Bleus were on top at half-time as Gabin Villiere crossed twice in the first half, with Louis Carbonel also landing one conversion and a penalty, although a converted try

Leigh Halfpenny: Wales full-back ruled out of summer Tests with knee ligament injury

Full-back Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of Wales’ summer Tests after sustaining a knee ligament injury against Canada on Saturday, the Welsh Rugby Union has confirmed. The 32-year-old Scarlets player went down inside the first minute of his team’s 68-12 victory in what was his 100th Test appearance and his 96th for Wales. The WRU says Halfpenny will require surgery with further assessments to determine his long-term prognosis and

Smith playing rugby with a smile is a major Quins & England boost

Harlequins’ playmaker prodigy Marcus Smith on recovering the knack of enjoying his rugby, adapting his game-management… and his ‘dream’ of playing for England and in the Premiership final Marcus Smith is back playing his swashbuckling brand of rugby after a slight dip Smith is gearing up for Harlequins’ Premiership play-off vs Bristol on Saturday The 22-year-old fly-half prodigy is set to be picked for England’s summer Tests  Now that Marcus Smith

Tabai Matson to join Harlequins as new lead coach

Premiership champions Harlequins have announced that Tabai Matson is to join the club and will lead their team of coaches next season. Matson represented the All Blacks and the Fijian national side during his playing days before moving into coaching. He has worked in Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and will be familiar with the Premiership, having had a spell at Bath. Matson joins a Quins club who have just

England add uncapped Harlequins trio Marcus Smith, Alex Dombrandt and Jack Kenningham to squad for USA and Canada Tests

England have added uncapped Harlequins trio Marcus Smith, Alex Dombrandt and Jack Kenningham to their squad for the summer Tests against USA and Canada. Harlequins’ fellow Premiership-winner Joe Marchant has also been called up by Eddie Jones, with Henry Slade the lone player from beaten finalists Exeter Chiefs named in the final 37-man squad. Wasps hooker Gabriel Oghre – one of 23 uncapped players – has returned to the squad

Match Report - England Women 60 - 0 Wales Women

England captain Emily Rudge scored two of her team’s 11 tries in a 60-0 win over Wales in the first women’s Test match between the two countries at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium. Winger Fran Goldthorp and substitute Hollie Dodd, who made history by playing in the 2019 Women’s Challenge Cup final at the age of 16, were among the tryscorers on their England debuts. It looked ominous for the Welsh

Georgia look to grow from clash against Springboks

Georgia are hoping to add much-needed experience as they rebuild their team and look to create more depth in their squad, coach Levan Maisashvili said, as he named his selection to play South Africa in the first of two Tests on Friday. Georgia provide the world champion Springboks with two warm-up opportunities before the start of the British and Irish Lions test series later in the month. “We have a

Heineken Champions Cup to keep 24-team format for the 2021/22 season

The Heineken Champions Cup will keep the same format for the 2021/22 season. Organisers European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) changed the system last season to offset the impact of Covid-19, adding four more teams to the traditional 20-club competition. The 24 clubs will be split evenly between the Gallagher Premiership, the Guinness PRO14 and France’s Top 14. Sky Sports to launch ‘Sky Sports The Lions’ channel Springboks return to training