Rugby

10:18 PM BST Harlequins have signed U.S. international centre and former NFL fullback Paul Lasike. Lasike, 28, joins Paul Gustard’s Premiership outfit from Major League Rugby side Utah Warriors, where he was captain since the start of 2018. The New Zealand-born centre spent three seasons in the NFL — first with the Arizona Cardinals and
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10:18 PM BST Former British & Irish Lions and Ireland captain Paul O’Connell has been appointed forwards coach at Top 14 outfit Stade Francais. O’Connell signed a two-year deal at the French club and will join head coach Heyneke Meyer’s setup in Paris, where he will be reunited with former Munster teammates Simon Zebo and
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1:01 PM BST Matt Toomua has made a surprise appearance while Will Genia produced strong return in the Bledisloe Cup trial at Sydney’s Leichhardt Oval. Toomua, who on Wednesday signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Australian Rugby and the Melbourne Rebels, started at five-eighth in the Cheika’s Choice team chosen by Wallabies coach Michael Cheika,
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12:34 AM BST NSW have re-signed coach Daryl Gibson to a one-year contract extension following the Waratahs’ spirited run to the Super Rugby semifinals. Gibson will lead a revamped coaching team in 2019 with former Waratahs halfback Chris Whitaker replacing the departed Chris Malone as backs coach, while forwards coach Simon Cron will remain as
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10:00 PM BST Eddie Jones is hoping for a “bit of luck” to end Manu Tuilagi’s injury woes after the Leicester centre underwent further surgery in a bid to solve his troublesome knee problem. Tuilagi, who had a knee operation in the close season, was missing from the 44-man England training squad named by Jones
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6:48 PM BST After last year’s Super Rugby final Kwagga Smith took a different route when he walked out of Ellis Park. He walked down the ramp where catering equipment were being carried to and from the suites. He walked with his family, and every second person that recognised him gave him a few words
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2:50 PM BST The Sables’ quest for a first win in the Rugby Africa Gold Cup campaign faces a formidable challenge when they host unbeaten Namibia in round four at Hartsfield Grounds in Bulawayo on Saturday. Zimbabwe are facing the dire prospect of relegation from the elite Gold Cup after managing one draw and two
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9:14 AM BST Argentina have named former hooker Mario Ledesma as the new coach of their national rugbyside, the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) said on Wednesday. Ledesma replaces Daniel Hourcade, who resigned in June after back to back losses at home to Wales left his side with just two wins in 17 games. The 45-year-old
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1:12 AM BST Reece Hodge has been given a chance to claim the vacant Wallabies outside centre berth for the Bledisloe Cup. Coach Michael Cheika has named the versatile Hodge to start there for the Wallabies in Friday night’s trial match against a Super Rugby selection at Sydney’s Leichhardt Oval. Hodge will line up in
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5:00 PM BST England internationals Mako and Billy Vunipola have extended their contracts with Premiership champions Saracens until 2022. The brothers have played a major part in Saracens’ recent success, winning three Premiership titles and two European Cups since 2014. Prop Mako, 27, joined from Bristol in 2011 while No. 8 Billy, 25, moved from
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