Scottish Rugby launches fund to help grassroots clubs through coronavirus

Scottish Rugby has launched a new £500,000 fund which will offer financial assistance to grassroots clubs financial problems through the impact of coronavirus. Scottish Rugby suspended all rugby in Scotland on Friday and, with a lack of fixtures and gate receipts, clubs may struggle for cash-flow. Coronavirus latest: The impact on sport The Club Hardship Fund (CHF) is to help clubs through potential uncertainty created by the coronavirus outbreak and

End game: Why rugby league fans should prepare for the worst

There is a real chance this NRL season may not last more than a few weeks. The moment players start to test positive to coronavirus – and it’s only a matter of time – the federal government and leading sports will have no alternative but to suspend competitions until the situation is under control, or until a suitable vaccine has been developed. This is a very real possibility. The players

Wales wing George North frustrated with social media treatment

George North has revealed the extent of social media abuse aimed at Wales’ international rugby union players. Captain Alun Wyn Jones came under fire on social media after England prop Joe Marler, who was subsequently banned for 10 weeks, grabbed Jones’ genitals during last Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations clash at Twickenham. Wales wing North, who has scored 40 international tries during a glittering 95-cap career, has often been a target,

Jack McGrath signs new two-year deal with Ulster

Jack McGrath has signed a two-year contract extension with Ulster Rugby which will keep him at the Kingspan Stadium until the summer of 2022. The 30-year-old loosehead prop has made 10 appearances for Ulster since joining from Leinster last summer. McGrath, who has 56 caps for Ireland, featured in all three Tests for the British and Irish Lions on their 2017 tour to New Zealand but has since fallen behind

LISTEN: Golden Point podcast episode 7

It’s an NRL special on the Golden Point podcast this week as we look ahead to the new rugby league season in Australia, which kicks off on Thursday. Warrington Wolves stars and former NRL players Blake Austin and Gareth Widdop join Steve Owen and Sky Sports‘ NRL expert Jenna Brooks to look at what we can expect Down Under in 2020. The duo also talk about life in Super League

Ireland players deflated after Six Nations match with France was postponed, says coach Andy Farrell

Ireland coach Andy Farrell said his players were left “gutted” after Saturday’s Six Nations game against France in Paris was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The match is the third fixture in this year’s tournament to be put off amid fears over the epidemic, following the postponement of Italy’s trip to Ireland last week and their game against England in Rome on Saturday. Wales’ final match against Scotland will

Stuart Hogg: Scotland achieved something special with France win

Stuart Hogg says Scotland achieved something special after putting the brakes on France’s Grand Slam ambitions. The full-back celebrated his first home win as captain as Gregor Townsend’s team stunned France 28-17 at Murrayfield. Where England, Italy and Wales had all failed, Scotland succeeded as Sean Maitland’s double and a late score from Stuart McInally ended the clean sweep hopes of Fabien Galthie’s team in this year’s Six Nations. Townsend:

England vs Wales player ratings: Ford, Marler, Itoje shine as Jones’ men win Triple Crown

England beat Wales 33-30 in the Six Nations on Saturday as Eddie Jones’ men secured the Triple Crown. And Express Sport is on hand to bring you player ratings for both sides from Twickenham. England Elliot Daly – 7. Used his pace to cross for England’s second try in the left-hand corner after being switched to the wing after Jonny May’s eighth-minute departure. Anthony Watson – 8. Over his calf

England vs Wales free live stream, TV channel - watch Six Nations 2020

England will be looking to capitalise on their convincing win over Ireland last month. Wales, though, are aiming to bounce back following defeat to Six Nations table-toppers France. But fly-half Jarrod Evans believes Wayne Pivac’s side aren’t far away from producing their best rugby. Ahead of the clash at Twickenham, Evans said: “I feel we are creating a fair bit but it’s probably about just trying to finish off one

Six Nations 2020 bonus points: How does the table work? Full scoring system explained

While bonus points have been used in domestic club competitions as well as the Rugby World Cup, it wasn’t brought into the Six Nations until 2017. This was due to the fact that a team could win all five games (the Grand Slam) but still miss out on the title if another team won four games with a bonus point and lost the other match by seven points or fewer.