Play was stopped on 'health and safety grounds' after Paul Sackey, Maurie Fa'asavalu and Tom Guest
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Tuesday 08 October 2013
England coach stopped by RFU agreement from bringing in impressive No 8 for autumn Tests
Monday 07 October 2013
Italian rugby folk have frequently had cause to bemoan their misfortune – the Azzurri are no strangers to being diddled out of important victories by referees or being betrayed by World Cup fixture planners – so it would be just their luck to host a Heineken Cup final for the first time in a season when no one turns up. Yesterday, the tournament organisers declared that the 2015 showpiece would be played at the 80,000-capacity San Siro in Milan. It may prove a year too late.
Thursday 03 October 2013
The Rugby Football Union have confirmed that New Zealand would be the team launching next year's autumn series at Twickenham – the last round of cross-hemisphere matches before the home World Cup in 2015 – and presented it as headline news.
Tuesday 01 October 2013
Leicester, the reigning English champions, have some serious rugby ahead of them over the next month: a humdinger derby with high-performing Northampton this weekend, quickly followed by a horribly difficult Heineken Cup trip to Belfast, a must-win home match with Treviso in the same competition and an awkward Premiership contest at Wasps – a game they will have to play without their England personnel, who will be in red-rose camp by then.
Monday 30 September 2013
Neither side prepared to give ground in TV row that threatens to sink competition
Monday 23 September 2013
England’s top-flight clubs already have a name for the tournament they say will fill the gap in the fixture list left by their abandonment of the Heineken Cup and the second-tier Amlin Challenge Cup at the end of the season. It will be called the Rugby Champions Cup. More significantly at this stage of the political game, they confirmed yesterday that together with the leading French teams, their partners in rebellion, they would not engage in any mediation process aimed at saving the two existing European competitions.
Australia utility back James O'Connor suspended for alleged drunken airport incident ahead of South Africa and Argentina matches
Friday 20 September 2013
23-year-old was reportedly refused from boarding a flight in Perth for being 'intoxicated' last weekend
Monday 16 September 2013
Nick Wood, the Gloucester prop sent off at Saracens for using the flanker Jacques Burger as a human doormat, will face a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel in Bristol on Tuesday to answer for his crime. It should not take him long – he has already apologised to all and sundry, both for stamping on Burger’s head and for leaving his team a man short for 79 minutes of an 80-minute game – but his suspension could drag on for quite a while. He will be very lucky indeed if he plays again before the end of November.
Sunday 15 September 2013
Britain's longest-serving current Lib Dem, Sir Alan Beith, says 'silly things' happen because people don't understand principles of secularism
Rugby Union round-up: Dan Cole cleared of bite accusation, Eastmond doubtful for Leicester match, WRU call on English clubs to resolve Heineken Cup issue
Monday 09 September 2013
A brief round-up of the latest rugby news
Sunday 08 September 2013
This was not what the lawmakers or more than 60,000 spectators wanted. The start and the finish, yes, plenty of excitement there but the intervening period demonstrated that the new scrummage criteria have yet to bed in and the sumptuous entertainment these two clubs laid on in the 2012 double header was completely absent.
Saturday 07 September 2013
Harlequins have been the least active of England’s top-flight brigade when it comes to recruitment – just three signings, none of them in the first flush of youth, and some tinkering at academy level has been the extent of their summer business dealings – but the Londoners have no plans to change their hyperactive style of rugby. Conor O’Shea, the man in charge at The Stoop, is promising more of the same, with added attitude.
Leicester Tigers boss Richard Cockerill claims RFU have set a dangerous precedent that he expects to be maintained
Friday 16 August 2013
Tigers director of rugby was banned for using foul and abusive language and expects anyone who swears in the future to face the same punishment
Monday 17 June 2013
Brian Barwick, the new boss of the RFL, tells Dave Hadfield he wouldn't mind a Super League with no London club
Saturday 01 June 2013
The Barbarians will have to turn in one hell of a performance in 80-degree evening heat to persuade a veritable army of critics that this peculiarly misplaced opening fixture of the British and Irish Lions 125th anniversary tour was not a lot more trouble than it was worth.
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
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