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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

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,

Pieter-Steph du Toit to stay with Stormers after U-turn

World Rugby Player of the Year Pieter-Steph du Toit has confirmed he will stay at South African Super Rugby side the Stormers after initially giving notice he would terminate his contract. Players in South Africa had a 21-day window to opt out of their current contracts and become free agents in light of pay cuts forced on them by South African Rugby in a bid to save R1.2bn (£54.63m) in

Coronavirus: New Zealand Super Rugby teams to resume training

New Zealand’s Super Rugby players will begin what coaches have deemed to be a “second pre-season” on Monday as they return to training following a relaxation of health and travel restrictions. Southern hemisphere rugby’s governing body SANZAAR postponed the Super Rugby season in March after just seven weeks of the competition as governments responded to the spreading coronavirus pandemic with border closures and travel shutdowns. New Zealand’s government also introduced

Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann to join Japanese club NTT DoCoMo Red Hurricanes

Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann is leaving the club to join Japanese club NTT DoCoMo Red Hurricanes in July. The South African arrived at the Cherry and Whites for the start of the 2017/18 season and steered the team to the European Challenge Cup final in his first season. He followed that with third spot in the Premiership the following season to ensure qualification for a second successive campaign in

Tom James: Former Wales international retires from rugby at age of 33

Former Wales international Tom James has announced his retirement at the age of 33. The winger won 12 international caps and remains Cardiff’s record try scorer, with 60 to his name. James also played for Exeter and spent his final season with Scarlets. He took a break from rugby in January 2018, while in his second spell with Cardiff, in a bid to deal with a long battle against depression.

Ireland duo Jordi Murphy and Will Addison sign new Ulster deals

Ireland internationals Jordi Murphy and Will Addison have signed new contracts with Ulster. The pair were due to be out of contract this summer but have both signed new two-year deals. The Guinness PRO14 side confirmed the extensions as they announced their 43-man squad for next season had been finalised. Curtailed PRO14 season could restart, say SRU Edinburgh letting nine players go All but four of the squad, which includes

Saracens sued by former player Matt Hankin over alleged career-ending concussion

Saracens are being sued by a former player who claims he suffered a career-ending concussion after being struck over the head with a fire extinguisher. Matt Hankin alleges he sustained the injury during a drinking game prank on a team-bonding trip to Hungary five years ago and was forced to retire three years later. Hankin, now 27, has brought a lawsuit against former team-mate Richard Barrington and former club doctor

Super Rugby Aotearoa: New Zealand's Super Rugby teams launch domestic competition

New Zealand’s Super Rugby teams will launch a domestic competition next month after the government eased coronavirus lockdown restrictions. The Blues, Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders will play each other over 10 weeks from June 13 in a tournament called Super Rugby Aotearoa. The New Zealand government announced earlier on Monday it would take its coronavirus alert level down from ‘Level 3’ to ‘Level 2’. “The thought of five world-class