Rugby

2:09 PM GMT Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of Wales’ final autumn international against South Africa. Full-back Halfpenny suffered concussion in a collison with Australia’s Samu Kerevi earlier this month and was absent from last weekend’s thumping 74-24 win over Tonga. It had initially been hoped that the Scarlets man would return in time
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1:56 PM GMT England wing Chris Ashton will miss Saturday’s final autumn international against Australia after picking up a calf injury in the win over Japan. Ashton, who was recalled by England head coach Eddie Jones this autumn after a long spell in the international wilderness, limped out of the 35-15 victory over the Brave
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10:38 AM GMT South Africa captain Siya Kolisi has been cleared to play against Wales this weekend after escaping sanction for an apparent headbutt on Scotland’s Peter Horne. Replays showed Kolisi appear to strike Horne with the back of his head in the 31st minute of the Springboks’ narrow 26-20 at BT Murrayfield on Saturday,
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11:33 PM GMT New Zealand players react ion disappointment at the final whistle of their 16-9 loss to Ireland in Dublin, 2018 Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images Steve Hansen remains committed to modifying how the All Blacks play even though it cost them in a humbling loss to Ireland. New Zealand coach Hansen says his
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5:37 PM GMT Ireland have released six players who featured in Saturday’s historic win over world champions New Zealand to go back and play for their provinces, despite a last test of the year against the United States in Dublin on Saturday. Sean Cronin, Rob Kearney, Jordan Larmour, Kieran Marmion, Jack McGrath and James Ryan
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3:56 PM GMT ESPN staff Wales will represent South Africa’s “most difficult opponent” of the November Tests when they host the Springboks on Saturday, says Rassie Erasmus. The Boks finish their four-match tour of Europe when they face Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, a venue where they have not won since 2013. South
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1:47 PM GMT ESPN staff Springboks and Blue Bulls legend Victor Matfield was announced on a shortlist of candidates for the role of the Bulls Super Rugby head coach on Monday. Matfield, who enjoyed a stint as the Golden Lions’ forwards coach during the 2017 Currie Cup, is no stranger to the Bulls. The lock
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12:33 PM GMT ESPN / Reuters Scrum-half Danny Care is one of three players dropped from the England squad for the final November international against Australia on Saturday. Centre Alex Lozowski and No. 8 Zach Mercer have also been omitted from Eddie Jones’ 28-man squad to face the Wallabies in the final match of the
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