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Kyle Sinckler Receives Ban For Making Contact With Michael Paterson’s Eye

British and Irish Lions substitute Kyle Sinckler reacts after the third rugby union Test match between the British and Irish Lions and New Zealand All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland on July 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BRADLEY (Photo credit should read MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP/Getty Images)

The RFU Disciplinary Panel have on Tuesday evening decided on Harlequins tighthead prop Kyle Sinckler’s punishment after he was found to have made contact with the eye of Michael Paterson.  Facing Northampton Saints last weekend, the 24-year-old was adjudged to have come in contact with eye by the disciplinary panel despite the referee, Luke Pearce, only awarding a penalty following …

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Who Is England’s Most Irreplaceable Player?

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: England line up for the anthem during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Allianz Stadium on June 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

England’s lengthening injury list ahead of the 2016 autumn internationals has raised the question: who is Eddie Jones’ most irreplaceable player? As a shortlist of five, I would say that England’s key players thus far under Jones have been Dylan Hartley, Maro Itoje, Billy Vunipola, Owen Farrell and Anthony Watson. England, quietly, are building a squad with significant depth. And …

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All Blacks Demand Double Their Test Match Fee

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 01: The All Blacks perform the haka before the International Test Match between the United States of America and the New Zealand All Blacks at Soldier Field on November 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The New Zealand Rugby Union are reported to be demanding a fifty-fifty split with the Rugby Football Union for an out-of-window international test match against England next year. This means that New Zealand are doubling their fee from before their second successive World Cup victory of £1.5 million pounds to £3 million of the overall £6 million which is generated from …

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The RFU Could Be Changing The Name Of Twickenham Stadium

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: A general view of Twickenham Stadium on July 6, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Twickenham remains the only national rugby stadium in Ireland and Britain to not have sold its naming rights. The Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Principality Stadium in Wales and BT Murrayfield in Scotland have all been sponsored, and it appears that England may follow suit. Speaking to the Guardian, CEO of the RFU Ian Ritchie said that the union would be …

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Professionalism At Loggerheads With One-Off Fixtures

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 21: Bakkies Botha of Barbarians attempts a conversion during the Killik Cup match between Barbarians and Argentina at Twickenham Stadium on November 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images for Barbarians)

One-off fixtures, such as those involving the Barbarians, are being threatened by the growing financial demands of professionalism, writes Paul Wassell. Digging through some old programmes that had been passed on to me from my grandfather, I came across one from the 1970 ‘RFU Centenary Match’ to celebrate 100 years since the formation of the Rugby Football Union. For such …

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Opinion: England’s Coaches Aren’t The Problem, It’s The RFU Itself

It’s 2003, Jonny’s drop goal sails through the posts marking the pinnacle of England Rugby. The footage is more or less ingrained on any England rugby fan’s psyche because, quite frankly, not much has happened since.  Yes, there have been some great performances; the destruction of New Zealand at Twickenham, that evening at the Millennium Stadium in this year’s Six …

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Sam Burgess Exit Is A Tragedy For Rugby Union

Sam Burgess’ exit comes despite weeks of guarantees from Bath’s senior management that he was steadfastly remaining at the Rec. You could be forgiven for thinking the same. This is a man who played 79 minutes with a broken cheekbone and eye socket. He’s not one to shy away from a challenge. So why did he leave? We await the …

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Ex-England Centre Halliday Suggests Some Pretty Radical Ideas For The RFU’s Future

Former England centre Simon Halliday believes that ‘serious structural change’ must occur within English rugby following a disastrous World Cup campaign.  After becoming the first nation to be knocked out of a World Cup at the pool stage of the tournament, Halliday is calling for some major shakeups within the organisation, even suggesting the RFU becomes a separate entity to …

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England Confirm Training Ground Incident Involving Cipriani & Catt Prior To World Cup

England confirm that there was an incident between backs coach Mike Catt and Danny Cipriani prior to the World Cup but that it ‘played no bearing on selection.’ According to The Guardian, the incident happened just hours after Cipriani had learned of his exclusion from England’s 31-man World Cup squad and the day before the official announcement. The aforementioned daily …

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