Rugby

9:51 PM GMT The All Blacks career of exciting winger Nehe Milner-Skudder is all but over after he signed a three-year French club rugby deal. Toulon has confirmed the 27-year-old’s contract will join them in June next year before their Top 14 campaign, ruling him out of Rugby World Cup contention. The decision has been
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4:56 AM GMT Crusaders coach Scott Robertson is far more than the breakdancing, surfer dude that he’s portrayed as and is ready to step into the All Blacks role, according to former Ireland fly-half Ronan O’Gara. New Zealand coach Steve Hansen said earlier on Friday that he would step down following next year’s Rugby World
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11:31 PM GMT The decision has been made. Steve Hansen’s eight-year tenure as All Blacks coach will come to an end after next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, where New Zealand will be chasing an unprecedented third straight triumph. The first piece in the All Blacks coaching jumble has moved, making Steve Hansen’s looming
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9:01 PM GMT The incomparable reign of Steve Hansen as All Blacks coach will finish after next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. Hansen has announced next year will be his eighth and last in charge of the world champions, ending with what he hopes is the successful defence of the Webb Ellis Cup. The
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11:56 PM GMT Accomplished All Blacks outside back Ben Smith will leave New Zealand to play rugby in France after next year’s Rugby World Cup. The classy 76-Test wing/fullback has signed to play for French Top 14 club Pau, which has contracted numerous former New Zealand Test players in recent years and is coached by
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6:30 AM GMT ESPN staff Champion back-rower David Pocock is backing under fire Wallabies coach Michael Cheika but says he has concerns of a different kind over his own neck. Pocock, who won two Rugby Union Players’ Association awards on Wednesday, offered his support for Cheika as Rugby Australia continues a review of the Wallabies’
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10:50 PM GMT Premiership Rugby are set to finalise a £200 million-plus deal with CVC Capital Partners before Christmas, according to reports on Tuesday. The 13 members of Premiership Rugby, comprising of the 12 top-flight clubs and London Irish, are close to agreeing to the deal, which would sell a 30 percent share of the
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1:41 PM GMT Johnny Sexton has signed a contract extension with the Irish Rugby Football Union which will see him play rugby in Ireland up to the end of the 2020/21 season. The IRFU announced Tuesday that Leinster fly-half Sexton, who was recently named 2018 World Rugby player of the year, had extended his stay.
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Dec 11, 2018 ESPN staff Pote Human has been appointed head coach of the Bulls’ Super Rugby team, replacing John Mitchell after the New Zealander departed the Pretoria-based franchise in September to take up a position as England’s defence coach. Human’s appointment for the 2019 season was something of a shock even though he had
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Dec 11, 2018 ESPN staff Rassie Erasmus will step down as Springboks coach after the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Erasmus made the announcement in an exclusive and wide-ranging interview with SuperSport commentator Matt Pearce, in which he reflected on his first year in charge as both head coach of the Boks and Director
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