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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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English Rugby Season Extended But Player Welfare Plans Introduced

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The Rugby Football Union (RFU), Premiership Rugby and Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) have today announced that guaranteed in-season breaks will be introduced for players as part of the agreed structure for the next three seasons.  From 2019/20 onwards, there will be a commitment to a maximum number of match involvements,  rest for the next England World Cup squad in July 2020, a year before the …

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England To Award Full-Time 15s Contracts To Women’s Team

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is to introduce women’s full-time 15s contracts this season, with the new deal coming into effect from January 1st.  There will be 28 full-time contracts available to England Women in the 15-a-side game while the Quilter Internationals will be played under the existing elite player squad (EPS) agreement. The 28 contracts will be supplemented by …

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Gloucester Slam RFU For Singling Out Danny Cipriani

Gloucester Rugby have released a strongly worded statement in response to the news that the RFU have issued disciplinary proceedings against Danny Cipriani after the out-half pleaded guilty to common assault and resisting arrest.  The club believe that the RFU are singling out Cipriani because of the extensive media coverage over the last week and other external factors. Gloucester Statement:  …

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RFU Charge Danny Cipriani As England Star Issues Apology

The RFU have charged Danny Cipriani due to his conviction for common assault and resisting arrest at a Jersey nightclub during the week.  Cipriani was fined £2000 and paid £250 in compensation. The out-half, who was called up by Eddie Jones for the recent tour of South Africa, will now undergo disciplinary proceedings from the RFU as outlined in a statement …

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RFU Fire Warning To Premiership Clubs Over Skyrocketing Salaries

The RFU have issued a warning to Premiership clubs that the ever-increasing salaries for their players are unsustainable.  The salary cap for Premiership clubs currently stands at £7 million, this figure was established last season when the cap was increased by £500,000. A caveat of this salary cap was that clubs could sign two ‘marquee players’ who would not contribute to …

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RFU Tackle Height Law Trial Aims To Combat Concussion

WORCESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 15: Ben Te'o of Worcester puts a high tackle in on Sam Simmonds of Exeter during the Aviva Premiership match between Worcester Warriors and Exeter Chiefs at Sixways Stadium on September 15, 2017 in Worcester, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The legal height of a rugby tackle will be lowered next season during a trial aimed at cutting down on concussion and other injuries, rugby bosses announced on Wednesday. The trial will take place in the 43-match Championship Cup competition, which is contested by clubs in English rugby’s second tier. The definition of a high tackle will be lowered from …

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NZRU Take A Pop At The RFU For Brad Shields Situation

There are no shortage of talking points from this morning’s England squad announcement.  Eddie Jones has named a 34-man squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa which will see England take on the Springboks in three Tests throughout June. Danny Cipriani has been included in the squad where he could make his first appearance in the famous white shirt since …

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