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Wales Set To Play Six Nations Fixtures Away From Principality Stadium

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The Welsh Rugby Union is ­reported to be close to an agreement with its English counterpart to secure the use of Twickenham Stadium. It is believed the Welsh national side could play up to four fixtures at Twickenham. The Daily Telegraph also reported that because the venue can cater for 40,000 spectators, even while adhering to social distancing guidelines, the …

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English Rugby Bosses To Review ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ Anthem

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The Rugby Football Union (RFU) have confirmed that they will conduct a review into the historical origins of the adopted English rugby anthem, ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’.  The anthem has been sung by English rugby fans since the late 1980s and in recent times, thousands of supporters at Twickenham have sung the song in what has become a common feature …

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Premiership Rugby Remain Hopeful Of Completing Season

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Premiership Rugby have confirmed that they are extending the postponement of the current season as uncertainty continues surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. Last month, the governing body suspended all rugby activity in the top tier of the English domestic competition until April 24th while the Championship was canceled with the RFU last week confirming that Newcastle Falcons will be promoted to …

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RFU Confirm Newcastle To Replace Saracens In Premiership

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Newcastle Falcons have received confirmation from the RFU that they will be promoted to the Gallagher Premiership for the 2020-21 season. Dean Richards’ side were 18 points clear at the top of the Championship table, having won all 15 of their league games, when the RFU took the decision to cancel the remainder of the season due to the ongoing …

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Eddie Jones Asked To Take Pay Cut Amid Covid-19 Uncertainty

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England head coach Eddie Jones has been asked to accept a reduction in his salary of over 25 per cent by the RFU, according to reports.  Sky Sports News are reporting that English Rugby’s governing body is facing massive revenue losses of £45 to £50 million over the next 18 months as a result of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and …

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Billy Vunipola Pledges Future To Saracens Despite Relegation

Billy Vunipola has pledged his future to Saracens despite the fact that the club have been relegated from the Premiership. The current domestic and European champions were confirmed to be relegated from English rugby’s top division following a second 35-point deduction was inflicted on the London-club following a salary-cap scandal which was exposed in 2019. With the club set to …

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England Squad To Air Grievances Over Saracens Salary Cap Issues

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Eddie Jones has claimed his England squad will hold talks this week to resolve any anger stemming from the ongoing salary cap scandal to hit Saracens. Saracens, who will be relegated at the end of the season, boast seven squad members ahead of the 2020 Guinness Six Nations. Speaking to the BBC, Jones said he will preside over talks with …

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Eddie Jones Adds World Cup Winning Coach To Backroom Staff

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Eddie Jones has added two new coaches to his backroom staff including World Cup winning coach Matt Proudfoot and former England Seven’s coach Simon Amor. The pair come into the set-up ahead of the 2020 Guinness Six Nations as assistant coaches alongside defence coach John Mitchell and Steve Borthwick who will transition to skills coach. Proudfoot is South African born …

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Conor O’Shea Appointed As RFU Director Of Performance Rugby

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Conor O’Shea will link up with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) as director of performance rugby in 2020. The former Ireland international, who left his role as Italy’s head coach following the Rugby World Cup, will be responsible for the leadership, management and strategic direction of the professional game in England. The 49-year-old will manage the England player, coaching and match …

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Conor O’Shea Backs ‘Unbelievable’ Mike Catt For Success With Ireland

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Conor O’Shea has backed Mike Catt to have an immediate impact in Ireland’s new-look management side under Andy Farrell.  The former England international spent the last three years working alongside O’Shea with the Italian national team. Both recently stepped away from their respective roles with Catt set to link up with former colleague Andy Farrell ahead of the 2020 Six …

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Johnny McPhillips Departs Ulster For Leicester Tigers

Ulster out-half, Johnny McPhillips has signed a deal with Leicester Tigers and will join the English Premiership ahead of next season.  McPhillips becomes the second Irish player to move to Welford Road this summer alongside Leinster’s, Noel Reid, where they will be coached by former Irish international, Geordan Murphy. He was born in England and spent five years playing soccer …

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Billy Vunipola Given Formal Warning By RFU Over Israel Folau Support

England international, Billy Vunipola has been given a formal warning by the Rugby Football Union following his Instagram post supporting Israel Folau.  Folau, who has found himself under a cloud of controversy following an Instagram post that claimed: “Hell awaits drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators”. The full-back looks set to have his contract terminated by Rugby …

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Billy Vunipola Defends Israel Folau’s Anti-Gay Instagram Post

England international, Billy Vuniplola has defended controversial Australian star, Israel Folau following his homophobic Instagram post. It is understood that Rugby Australia intends to terminate Folau’s contract after the much-maligned full-back wrote on Instagram that; “hell awaits” drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators. The image also states that “only Jesus saves”. Folau lead with the caption: “Those …

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Manu Tuilagi Turns Down Big Money Move To Racing 92

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England international, Manu Tuilagi has rejected an offer from French rugby powerhouse, Racing 92 in favour of signing a new deal with Leicester Tigers. The robust centre had been to France to discuss terms with the Parisians but has since decided to stay loyal to the club with whom he has spent his entire career. The 27-year-old said on Leicester’s …

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Ian Ritchie Refutes Talk Of ‘Civil War’ Between RFU & Premiership Rugby

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Head of Premiership Rugby, Ian Ritchie has rubbished suggestions of an ongoing feud with the governing body (RFU) over the issue of scrapping promotion and relegation.  Ritchie’s comments come after The Mail on Sunday reported that Premiership Rugby bosses are threatening to break away from the RFU and start their own independent league. There has reportedly been a year of …

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Steve Brown Has Resigned As Chief Executive Of RFU

After a stint in the position that lasted just over a year, RFU Chief Executive Steve Brown has announced that he will step down from his role. The man who replaced his predecessor Ian Ritchie in the later months of 2017 will now be vacating the position just over a year later at the end of 2018. Brown has been …

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England Players Unhappy With Less Cash Due To Player Welfare Plans

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According to a report in The Times, senior England players are unhappy with the new player welfare initiatives introduced by the RFU, RPA and PRL as it will result in less income being received.  The English club season will be extended to 10 months but an important aspect of this new structure is the introduction of designated ‘rest weeks’ in …

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