Rugby World Cup 2019

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Foreign coach required to revive France team: Fitzpatrick

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French rugby chiefs need to swallow their pride and appoint a foreign coach if they are to become a rugby superpower again, former New Zealand hooker Sean Fitzpatrick has told AFP. Fitzpatrick, 55, said it was no accident the top four sides in the world had the best coaches and… Read

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Rebel Cooper back after being frozen out at Reds for whole season

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Being frozen out at the Queensland Reds for a whole season looks to have been a blessing in disguise for former Australia flyhalf Quade Cooper, who rekindled his love for rugby away from the spotlight and found a welcoming home at the Melbourne Rebels. With rave reviews penned in the… Read

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Brumbies won't rush Pocock back after latest concussion

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The ACT Brumbies will ease superstar David Pocock back into Super Rugby slowly, after the Wallaby took a heavy knock in their loss against the Melbourne Rebels last week. Pocock was forced from the field when he failed a head injury assessment in the opening five minutes after a hit… Read

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Halfpenny trains with Wales ahead of England clash

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Leigh Halfpenny has returned to training with Wales ahead of Saturday's Six Nations clash with England in Cardiff. The Scarlets full-back has not played since suffering concussion in Wales' win over Australia on Nov 10. It would be a major surprise if the ace goalkicker, who did not play for… Read

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Scots still hopeful over Russell as Hogg ruled out of France match

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Scotland fly-half Finn Russell remains in contention to play in Saturday's match away to France despite suffering a head injury but full-back Stuart Hogg has been ruled out of the Six Nations fixture. Influential playmaker Russell, now with Paris-based Racing 92, was substituted before half-time in Sunday's loss to Toulouse… Read

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Parra and Lopez dropped as France turn to youth

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France head coach Jacques Brunel dropped scrumhalf Morgan Parra and flyhalf Camille Lopez for Saturday's Six Nations clash against Scotland but denied it had anything to do with their criticism of the staff following their Twickenham debacle. Vice-captain Parra and Lopez pointed at the management's share of responsibility in the… Read

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Nonu's Super Rugby return may herald new era

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Over the years New Zealand rugby has become accustomed to saying "goodbye" to top players. But "welcome back?" Not so much. Since rugby union went professional, New Zealand accepted that leading players near the end of their careers would seek financial security by signing lucrative contracts in Britain, France and… Read

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NZ media slam Toulon boss as Savea says he'll stay

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New Zealand media railed at Julian Savea's "disgraceful" treatment by Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal Monday, as the out-of-form ex-All Black vowed to stay at the French club. Boudjellal told French radio Savea "was no longer welcome" at his club, adding: "I'm going to ask for a DNA test, this isn't… Read

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Squire latest All Black to exit NZ; to play in Japan

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Liam Squire is the latest All Blacks player to confirm he is leaving New Zealand after this year's Rugby World Cup, with the loose forward saying on Monday he has agreed to join Japanese club NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes. The 27-year-old, who has signed a two-year contract, had been expected… Read

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Suntory Holdings appointed official soft drinks supplier of RWC 2019

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World Rugby has announced the appointment of Suntory Holdings Limited as the official soft drinks supplier for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. A major player in the Japanese soft drinks market, Suntory is an important supporter of rugby within the host nation through the domestic Top League competition, owning… Read

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