Hansen: New Zealand rugby owes Aussies no favours

Hansen: New Zealand rugby owes Aussies no favours

Former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has urged his former employers to be strong in their negotiations over the future of Super Rugby and that New Zealand Rugby owed trans-Tasman neighbours Australia no favours.

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Manu Tuilagi and Noel Reid among five players to leave Leicester

Manu Tuilagi and Noel Reid among five players to leave Leicester

Greg Bateman, Kyle Eastmond, and Telusa Veainu have also departed.

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All-Ireland League to restart in 2021 as IRFU reveals season plan

All-Ireland League to restart in 2021 as IRFU reveals season plan

Domestic club rugby in Ireland will have a new, one-off look for the 2020-21 season with the IRFU unveiling a much-modified format for the resumption of the amateur game.

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RFU announces plans to make 139 positions redundant

RFU announces plans to make 139 positions redundant

The English union has suffered significant financial pain because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Queensland Reds snap seven-year losing streak as rugby returns in Australia

Queensland Reds snap seven-year losing streak as rugby returns in Australia

Queensland Reds fly-half James O'Connor kicked a late penalty to secure a 32-26 win and snap a seven-year losing streak to the New South Wales Waratahs as professional rugby returned to Australia on Friday after a three-month hiatus due to Covid-19.

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Israel Folau commits to Catalans Dragons

Israel Folau commits to Catalans Dragons

The Australian moved to Super League at the start of the year after he was sacked by Rugby Australia for posting homophobic comments on social media.

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No resolution in IRFU pay talks with Rugby Players Ireland

No resolution in IRFU pay talks with Rugby Players Ireland

IRFU talks with Rugby Players Ireland over proposed player wage cuts have been suspended for the day without resolution.

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Dave O'Callaghan swaps Youghal strand for La Grand plage

Dave O'Callaghan swaps Youghal strand for La Grand plage

HE may be talking over the phone, 1 500km removed from home, but it quickly becomes clear that Dave O’Callaghan has a spring in his step.

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IRFU tells amateur players to walk before they run after lengthy layoff

IRFU tells amateur players to walk before they run after lengthy layoff

The IRFU has implored amateur players and coaches to proceed gradually on their return to rugby in light of high injury rates experienced in other sports that have returned after months of inactivity.

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Champions Cup quarter-finals set for September, organisers announce

Champions Cup quarter-finals set for September, organisers announce

Heineken Champions Cup organisers EPCR are reviewing the feasibility of staging its finals in Marseille in October having announced new dates for the knockout stages this morning

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Munster star Peter O'Mahony joins heroic Oliver Lynch on fundraising walk

Munster star Peter O'Mahony joins heroic Oliver Lynch on fundraising walk

He’s been hailed a hero and inspired others on the pitch over the years but yesterday, Ireland and Munster star Peter O’Mahony said Oliver Lynch is the hero as the pair walked the hallowed turf of a famous rugby ground.

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IRFU welcome early return for sporting action and pledge safety will be paramount

IRFU welcome early return for sporting action and pledge safety will be paramount

The IRFU has welcomed the announcement from government on Friday evening which will see all sports return on June 29, significantly earlier than originally planned in the roadmap to re-open society.

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PRO14 plan to finish season over four weekends

PRO14 plan to finish season over four weekends

Rankings for European qualification next season have already been decided.

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IRFU begins coronavirus tests ahead of provinces' return to training

IRFU begins coronavirus tests ahead of provinces' return to training

The IRFU is to begin Covid-19 testing for Munster and Leinster players and members of their support staff ahead of their planned return to training in Limerick and Dublin next Monday.

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Bryn Gatland seals dramatic win for the Highlanders against his father as rugby returns

Bryn Gatland seals dramatic win for the Highlanders against his father as rugby returns

Close to 20,000 fans were allowed in to the Forsyth Barr Stadium, with social distancing measures not needed after New Zealand went three weeks without an active case of coronavirus.

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Dave Curtis: The Irish international turned wine expert who made Zimbabwe home

Dave Curtis: The Irish international turned wine expert who made Zimbabwe home

Dave Curtis took the road less travelled on his journey from Zimbabwe to an Ireland jersey in the early 1990s and the return trip has been just as interesting and rewarding.

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Irish rugby competitions to restart in September with 'modified season'

Irish rugby competitions to restart in September with 'modified season'

Domestic rugby competitions in Ireland will return in September with the IRFU working towards a "modified season".

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Joe Schmidt: Biennial tournament a better way of finding top team than Rugby World Cup

Joe Schmidt: Biennial tournament a better way of finding top team than Rugby World Cup

Joe Schmidt believes a biennial international tournament would be a better barometer of the game's leading lights than the current World Cup.

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Picture Perfect: Dan Sheridan - 'A photo like this is literally years in the making'

Picture Perfect: Dan Sheridan - 'A photo like this is literally years in the making'

Dan Sheridan shares the story behind his favourite photograph.

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RFU chief Bill Sweeney says rugby union could become a summer sport

RFU chief Bill Sweeney says rugby union could become a summer sport

Sweeney did not rule out next year’s Lions tour of South Africa being rescheduled.

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Amateur players must wait as IRFU outline return to rugby details

Amateur players must wait as IRFU outline return to rugby details

The IRFU has stressed to domestic rugby clubs the importance of putting in place a safety plan for a resumption in training and playing activity as it published further details for phase one of its Return To Rugby Guidelines.

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Simon Zebo desperate as ever to land that elusive European title

Simon Zebo desperate as ever to land that elusive European title

Simon Zebo believes he will live to regret it if he cannot lift the Heineken Champions Cup before he retires.

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Irish provinces enter three-week summer break hoping for PRO14 clarity

Irish provinces enter three-week summer break hoping for PRO14 clarity

A Guinness PRO14 board meeting next week is hoped to provide guidance for the four Irish provinces when they are set to resume training at the end of their summer breaks.

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Rugby clubs meeting to discuss IRFU's return to play roadmap

Rugby clubs meeting to discuss IRFU's return to play roadmap

Irish Rugby’s roadmap is currently in the Covid-19 Safety Planning Stage which means neither training nor playing is permitted while access to clubhouses is for “essential work only”.

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Together for one memorable night: When Super Rugby came to Soweto

Together for one memorable night: When Super Rugby came to Soweto

Craig Ray on the night ten years ago the Bulls went from being conservative, white Afrikaners to the darlings of Soweto

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IRFU issue roadmap for rugby's return

IRFU issue roadmap for rugby's return

The IRFU are rolling out a roadmap for a return to rugby in 217 clubs nationwide.

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Former Wales coach Howley opens up on how sister’s death led to gambling issues

Former Wales coach Howley opens up on how sister’s death led to gambling issues

Former Wales coach Rob Howley has opened up about the grief over his sister’s death that led to him being sent home from the World Cup after long-term gambling issues.

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 'It was never about the money': Rob Howley reveals how grief led to his gambling problems

'It was never about the money': Rob Howley reveals how grief led to his gambling problems

The assistant coach was handed an immediate nine-month ban after he admitted breaching betting regulations before Wales’ World Cup opener last year.

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Gregor Townsend welcomes World Rugby idea to combine international windows

Gregor Townsend welcomes World Rugby idea to combine international windows

World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont is keen for Tests between southern and northern hemisphere teams to take place in consecutive months.

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Stockdale enjoying process of reinventing himself in lockdown

Stockdale enjoying process of reinventing himself in lockdown

When you have enjoyed the lockdown as much as Jacob Stockdale has there is probably no-one better to cheer someone up who is having a tougher time of it during the Covid-19 restrictions.

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The day Connacht announced they belong in the big time

The day Connacht announced they belong in the big time

It is telling to look back at Andrew Browne’s post-match quotes after Connacht had upset the odds in remarkable fashion at Murrayfield that sunny evening in Edinburgh, just how quickly the commitment had been in the westerners’ dressing room to drive on from the first piece of silverware in 131 years.

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Protocols becoming clearer ahead of rugby's 'summer break'

Protocols becoming clearer ahead of rugby's 'summer break'

The timing remains uncertain, despite the announcement of a target date for rugby’s return this August, but the protocols for such a resumption are at least becoming clearer.

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Saracens sign Wales scrum-half Aled Davies ahead of Championship campaign

Saracens sign Wales scrum-half Aled Davies ahead of Championship campaign

Davies, who has 20 Wales caps, has signed a three-year deal

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Former rugby chief calls for global tournament in UK and Ireland to raise funds for unions

Former rugby chief calls for global tournament in UK and Ireland to raise funds for unions

Francis Baron has drawn up a financial rescue plan and at its heart is a 16-team invitational tournament to be held in the UK and Ireland next year.

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Aligning global rugby calendar makes commercial sense - Philip Browne

Aligning global rugby calendar makes commercial sense - Philip Browne

An aligned global rugby calendar currently being discussed by Northern and South Hemisphere nations is in everyone’s interest in terms of commercial benefits and meaningful Test matches, IRFU chief Philip Browne believes.

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IRFU welcomes dialogue as plans to ‘eat the elephant’ begin

IRFU welcomes dialogue as plans to ‘eat the elephant’ begin

If rugby is to follow the sports that are returning earlier, such as English Premier League football, then it will need to implement widespread player testing for the coronavirus, and that will come at a high financial cost.

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IRFU hoping for August return to action

IRFU hoping for August return to action

Finally, after weeks of contingency planning, rugby has a target date for the safe resumption of play.

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Roadmap out of Covid-19 lockdown signposted for Irish rugby but dark clouds remain

Roadmap out of Covid-19 lockdown signposted for Irish rugby but dark clouds remain

IRFU CEO Philip Browne yesterday signposted Irish Rugby’s roadmap out of the Covid-19 lockdown for the rest of the year but warned the governing body was spending “tomorrow’s money today” just to stay afloat.

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IRFU warn of potential €20m losses amid call for State support

IRFU warn of potential €20m losses amid call for State support

The IRFU had set a target of a return to competitive rugby with behind-closed-doors PRO14 derbies at the Aviva Stadium starting August 22-23.

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Six Nations window could move as countries work towards global calendar

Six Nations window could move as countries work towards global calendar

The first signs of an aligned global rugby calendar were offered by the Six Nations and its southern hemisphere equivalent SANZAAR on Friday as the two bodies confirmed they were working closely together to achieve that objective.

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Pro14 sells 28% stake to private equity firm

Pro14 sells 28% stake to private equity firm

The Pro14 has received a major financial investment in a deal with private equity group CVC.

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Campaign helps John Cooney to take setbacks in his stride

Campaign helps John Cooney to take setbacks in his stride

When Ireland’s Six Nations trip to Paris was called off as the Covid-19 pandemic swept across Europe, John Cooney could not help but laugh.

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Lockdown makes Johnny Sexton realise he is not the retiring type

Lockdown makes Johnny Sexton realise he is not the retiring type

Johnny Sexton has admitted life in lockdown has given him a taste of retirement he would rather put off for a while longer.

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Co-captain Callum Gibbins to leave Glasgow Warriors

Co-captain Callum Gibbins to leave Glasgow Warriors

The New Zealander scored 13 tries in 46 appearances.

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Donal Lenihan: Rugby chiefs must solve problem of sluggish scrums

Donal Lenihan: Rugby chiefs must solve problem of sluggish scrums

A simple adjustment, made without fuss, for the betterment of the game. The decision last week to ban the practice of scoring a try against the pads surrounding the goalposts makes absolute sense.

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How the Aviva Stadium will be turned into a biosecure bubble

How the Aviva Stadium will be turned into a biosecure bubble

As professional sport gears up for a resumption of action behind closed doors this summer, Aviva Stadium director Martin Murphy provides a picture of the steps needed to be taken to make the home of Irish football and rugby biosecure.

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IRFU still in talks with World Rugby over relief fund

IRFU still in talks with World Rugby over relief fund

The IRFU are continuing discussions with World Rugby over accessing an international relief fund which was set up to aid national unions during the coronavirus pandemic.

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‘I was one of only about three players who knew the rules, the rest were footballers’

‘I was one of only about three players who knew the rules, the rest were footballers’

Having tried and failed to establish rugby in the Gaelic football heartland of north Galway since the 1920s, it must have seemed a tall order to expect anything different when another set of Tuam men embarked on the project in 1970.

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Door open for Finn Russell return following regular talks with Gregor Townsend

Door open for Finn Russell return following regular talks with Gregor Townsend

The Scotland head coach has been in contact with his fly-half during the sport’s shutdown.

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European chiefs considering return to 24-club Champions Cup

European chiefs considering return to 24-club Champions Cup

The move is part of the contingency planning officials are undertaking due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Premiership clubs face titles being stripped for future salary cap breaches

Premiership clubs face titles being stripped for future salary cap breaches

The review follows last year’s punishment of Saracens for breaches of the salary cap.

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Kieran Marmion was left speechless by call that ended World Cup dream

Kieran Marmion was left speechless by call that ended World Cup dream

Connacht scrum half Kieran Marmion says he was left stunned and speechless by a 60-second phone call with Joe Schmidt that ended his World Cup dreams.

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Agustin Pichot resigns from World Rugby Council after election defeat

Agustin Pichot resigns from World Rugby Council after election defeat

Pichot lost the vote against Bill Beaumont by 28 votes to 23 on May 2.

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Try-scoring law changed in response to post-pad interference

Try-scoring law changed in response to post-pad interference

Rugby players can no longer score a try by grounding the ball against the post pads.

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Former Wales international Tom James retires from rugby

Former Wales international Tom James retires from rugby

The winger won 12 international caps and remains Cardiff’s record try scorer with 60.

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