Rugby

12:45 PM GMT ESPN staff Former South Africa captain and coach Johan Claassen has passed away at the age of 89. Claassen played 28 Tests between 1955 and 1962, when he was considered to rank among the game’s leading lineout exponents, and captained the side nine times. He played a total of 56 matches in
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4:13 PM GMT Premiership Rugby has moved to dampen suggestions of a rift with the Rugby Football Union after reports claimed the organisation could break away. The Mail on Sunday claimed it had seen minutes from a Premiership board meeting which discussed the possibility of clubs putting together an “unregulated competition” if the RFU refuses
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2:07 PM ET Bryce Heem’s late try earned Worcester Warriors an unlikely victory over 11-man Bath at Sixways Stadium on Saturday. Heem crossed over almost 20 minutes after time had expired following a spell which saw the away side receive three yellow cards in less than 10 minutes, compounding the 64th-minute red shown to replacement
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10:38 AM GMT The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced England Women’s first squad of full-time professional players and has set its sights on regaining the Women’s Six Nations championship in March. The organisation revealed plans for the team to go fully professional last year, awarding full-time contracts to players for the first time. The
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3:35 PM GMT England back-row Mark Wilson has signed a new long-term contract to stay with Gallagher Premiership side Newcastle Falcons. The 29-year-old, who has made 221 appearances for the club and is a Falcons academy graduate, will remain at Kingston Park for another four years as he looks to build his international career. Wilson
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1:34 PM GMT Billy Vunipola’s chances of making England’s Six Nations squad have been given a boost after club side Saracens announced his return to action following a broken arm. The No. 8 has been selected in the starting XV for the Gallagher Premiership champions’ Friday night trip to Sale Sharks . Teammate Liam Williams
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1:04 PM GMT England flanker Sam Underhill is a doubt for the Six Nations after Bath confirmed he had suffered ankle ligament damage. Underhill, 22, was hurt in Bath’s 23-16 win over Leicester Tigers in the Gallagher Premiership on Sunday and will now see a specialist to assess the extent of the injury. In a
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2:35 PM GMT Springboks scrum-half Faf de Klerk has extended his contact with Sale Sharks until 2023, the Premiership side announced Monday. De Klerk, who was named on a five-man shortlist for World Rugby’s player of the year for 2018, made 25 appearances for Sale in his debut season following his move from Super Rugby’s
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12:54 PM GMT Harlequins have suspended Dave Ward for one game after the hooker was shown a yellow card for stamping on Wasps’ Thomas Young at Twickenham Saturday. Ward also appeared to spit at Young, an incident which was missed by referee Craig Maxwell-Keys but was shown on television, although the Harlequins player denied that
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7:25 PM GMT ESPN staff The looming Rugby World Cup means the southern hemisphere season begins a fortnight earlier in the 2019, with the Super Rugby opener set down for February 15. Before that, however, each of the 15 teams will engage in some preseason fixtures to prepare for the season proper. Check out when
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