Rugby

Team of the Week: Six Nations Round Four

We pick the standout players from the weekend’s Six Nations round four, as Wales keep their Grand Slam hopes alive, England beat France and Ireland edge Scotland. 15 Stuart Hogg (Scotland) Hogg was not as effective as he usually is, but he kept his side in the game and took over the kicking duties late on to draw the Scots level. 14 Anthony Watson (England) A man of the match

Johnny Sexton: Ireland captain says his side are yet to show they can put in a performance to beat top teams

Johnny Sexton says Ireland have not yet proven they can “put in a performance to beat one of the top teams”. The fly-half kicked the winning penalty as Ireland resisted a late fightback from Scotland for a victory that puts them second in the Six Nations Standings. It is Ireland’s second consecutive victory after beating Italy on the back of losses to Wales and France in the first two rounds

England 23-20 France: Late Maro Itoje try breaks Les Bleus hearts at Twickenham in Six Nations

A Maro Itoje try with just three minutes remaining denied France a first Twickenham victory for 14 years, and also ended Les Bleus’ Grand Slam dreams as England triumphed 23-20. In a fabulous spectacle of attacking rugby, with France mesmeric with ball in hand and England much improved on their displays in the Championship so far, the visitors looked to have done enough after tries from Antoine Dupont and Damian

Cameron Smith: Australia and Melbourne Storm legend announces his retirement on eve of NRL season

Former Australia rugby league captain Cameron Smith, one of the greatest players to have graced the game, announced his retirement on the eve of the new NRL season on Wednesday, putting an end to months of speculation over his future. The 37-year-old hooker won two World Cups with the Kangaroos, was instrumental in Queensland’s decade-long dominance of State of Origin, and played a record 430 National Rugby League games for

Six Nations: Scotland call up Nick Haining, Sam Skinner and Rufus McLean for Ireland game at Murrayfield

Scotland have included Nick Haining, Sam Skinner and Rufus McLean in a 34-man squad for Sunday’s Guinness Six Nations match against Ireland at Murrayfield. Edinburgh back-row forward Haining and Exeter second row Skinner have both been recalled, while Glasgow’s American-born full-back or wing McLean has won his first senior call-up. The trio were not included in head coach Gregor Townsend’s squad for Scotland’s scheduled Six Nations clash with France last

Leicester sign Scotland prop Darryl Marfo on short-term deal

Scotland prop Darryl Marfo has joined Leicester Tigers on a short-term deal. Marfo, who left Edinburgh in December 2019, has had previous spells in the Gallagher Premiership with Harlequins and Bath. Tigers head coach Steve Borthwick told the club website: “We are pleased to welcome Darryl to the club and looking forward to seeing what he can contribute in the Leicester front row. Premiership wins for Exeter, Bristol and Gloucester

Cian Healy: Ireland and Leinster prop signs one-year contract extension with IRFU

Leinster prop Cian Healy has become the latest Ireland international to sign a new contract with the Irish Rugby Football Union. The 33-year-old, who has won 107 Test caps, has agreed a one-year extension which runs until the end of the 2021/22 season. His new deal follows recent extensions for flanker Peter O’Mahony, captain Johnny Sexton and locks Iain Henderson and James Ryan. “My drive for success at both Leinster

Adam Hastings banned for Scotland's Six Nations games against Ireland and Italy

Adam Hastings’ Scotland return will be further delayed after he was handed a three-game ban for his red card against Leinster on Sunday. Catching a high ball in the 37th minute of Glasgow Warriors’ PRO14 fixture, an airborne Hastings raised his lead leg and his boot made contact with Cian Kelleher’s face. Referee Frank Murphy produced his red card following the TMO review and the disciplinary process concluded the incident

Harry Randall: Bristol Bears boss Pat Lam expects scrum-half to miss eight weeks due to injury

Bristol boss Pat Lam expects injured scrum-half Harry Randall to be sidelined for up to eight weeks. Uncapped Randall was part of England’s 28-man Six Nations squad that prepared for games against Scotland, Italy and Wales last month. But he then suffered an ankle injury and looks unlikely to be back in action for his club before the start of May. “Unfortunately, Harry is going to be out for probably

Johnny Sexton: Ireland and Leinster captain signs one-year contract extension with Irish Rugby Football Union

Ireland and Leinster captain Johnny Sexton has signed a one-year contract extension with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU). The new deal for the 35-year-old fly-half, who has won 97 caps for his country, will run until the end of the 2021-22 season. “I am really enjoying my rugby and I want to keep learning and adding value to both the Ireland and Leinster environments,” he told the IRFU website.