Category: Rugby

Rugby News

Apr 17

British and Irish Lions: Jonathan Joseph & Joe Launchbury set to miss out

Lock Joe Launchbury and centre Jonathan Joseph are set to lead a list of shock English exclusions from the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39624348

Apr 17

St Helens continue habit of recent times and sink lofty Castleford

• St Helens 26-22 Castleford
• Tigers’ run without victory at Saints reaches 25 years

The tide is turning for rugby league in Castleford but some things seem destined never to change. Twenty-five years have passed since Cas won a competitive fixture at St Helens and, try as they might, they just cannot get the job done in this part of Merseyside.

Knowsley Road, Anfield, even across the M62 in Widnes for a one-off fixture six years ago – and now eight attempts without succeeding at the new stadium.

Related: Declan Patton keen to help Warrington back to another ‘real high’

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/17/st-helens-castleford-super-league-match-report-round-up

Apr 17

A hell of a job: why the Lions selection process is almost as tough as the tour

The particulars of the selection and announcement of the Lions squad may have changed a bit since 1888, but the tension players and selectors feel has endured

Suffice it to say the process of Lions selection has changed over the years. The first tour in 1888 was dreamt up by three cricketers and was on the whole comprised of players from northern England looking to make a few quid. One of them, Jack Clowes, was even banned from playing any of the matches by the RFU for accepting a generous £15 kit allowance on the eve of the tour – he spent eight months away without officially playing a game.

Related: Ben Youngs makes a ‘nice little last push’ for Lions squad place

Related: Lions squad: two-tone approach may throw Warburton and Hartley a lifeline | Paul Rees

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/17/british-lions-squad-announcement-selection-new-zealand-tour

Apr 17

Munster receive Stander fitness boost for Champions Cup semi-final

Munster back-rower CJ Stander returns to training as the Irish province prepare for a Champions Cup semi-final with Saracens.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39623301

Apr 17

Leinster’s Kearney suffers fresh injury blow

Leinster winger Dave Kearney faces a fresh injury blow as his side prepare to take on Clermont Auvergne in the Champions Cup semi-final.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39622545

Apr 17

WRU plate final: Penallta win on try count after 16-all draw with Ystalyfera

Penallta captain Ross Morgan receives the WRU Plate from union president Dennis Gethin after a thrilling match against Ystalyfera.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39622311

Apr 17

Pundits have their say on Ulster’s season as they chase Pro12 play-off semi-final spot

BBC analysts Eddie O’Sullivan, Tony McWhirter and Ian Humphreys have their say on Ulster’s Pro12 play-off semi-final prospects following the defeat by Munster.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39621271

Apr 17

RGC 1404: North Wales team presented with Welsh Cup after beating Ponty

Welsh Rugby president Dennis Gethin presents RGC 1404 with the Welsh Cup after their victory over Pontypridd in Cardiff.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39622308

Apr 17

RGC 1404: Appetite for more rugby union in North Wales – Mark Jones

RGC 1404 coach Mark Jones says rugby in North Wales has to be grown “at the right speed” after first-ever cup success.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39620504

Apr 17

AUDIO: Shane Williams relives Bowl success with Amman United

Ex-Wales star Shane Williams relives Amman United’s National Bowl final triumph against Caerphilly at Principality Stadium where he says his home town club’s success was ‘the cherry on the cake’ for him, especially as he was able to taste victory alon…

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wru.co.uk/eng/news/38661.php

Apr 17

Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Premiership action

Alex Lozowski stakes further England claim, Ben Te’o gives reminder to Lions and Eddie Jones is busy casting his eye over options for tour of Argentina

Related: Alex Lozowski sparks Saracens revival to defeat dominant Northampton

Related: Bristol go down fighting after spirited battle against Wasps

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/apr/17/rugby-union-talking-points-from-weekend-premiership-action

Apr 17

Parramatta stage thrilling NRL comeback to topple Wests Tigers

  • Parramatta Eels 26-22 Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium
  • Eels trailed 22-10 before remarkable comeback with 25 minutes to play

Parramatta have come from behind to end their four-game NRL losing streak with a 26-22 victory over the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium. After trailing 22-10 with 25 minutes to play, the Eels scored three tries to take control as the club’s future five-eighth, Mitchell Moses, endured a mixed day.

Two weeks after signing with the Eels for next season but requesting an immediate release, Moses opened the scoring against his future club. However he failed to close out the match for the Tigers, instead providing the crucial match-turning misdirected pass that allowed the Eels to streak away and score after tries to Josh Hoffman and Kirisome Auva’a had drawn them close.

Related: NRL: Sharks shut out Penrith in fourth straight win

Continue reading…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/17/parramatta-stage-thrilling-nrl-comeback-to-topple-wests-tigers

Apr 17

Edinburgh Rugby: Boss Duncan Hodge handed baptism of fire, says Marcus Di Rollo

Ex-centre Marcus Di Rollo says Edinburgh interim boss Duncan Hodge has been subjected to a baptism of fire by Scottish Rugby.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/39616279

Apr 16

Blues v Hurricanes Rd.8 Full Super Rugby match

Auckland’s Blues hosted current Super Rugby champions the Hurricanes in Round 8 at Eden Park.

The post Blues v Hurricanes Rd.8 Full Super Rugby match appeared first on Super Rugby | Super 18 Rugby and Rugby Championship News,Results and Fixtures from Super XV Rugby.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.superxv.com/blues-v-hurricanes-rd-8-full-super-rugby-match/

Apr 16

Reds v Southern Kings Rd.8 Full Super Rugby match

The Reds hosted the Southern Kings in Brisbane in Round 8 and it was the first time that the two teams had ever met.
The post Reds v Southern Kings Rd.8 Full Super Rugby match appeared first on Super Rugby | Super 18 Rugby and Rugby Championship News,R…

Permanent link to this article: http://www.superxv.com/reds-v-southern-kings-rd-8-full-super-rugby-match/

Apr 16

Shane: Amman win “cherry on the cake”

Shane Williams says winning with his hometown club at the home of Welsh rugby was “the cherry on the cake” of his stellar career.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.wru.co.uk/eng/news/38660.php