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Dec 08

NSW plans to spend $2bn on Sydney stadiums, but will that mean bigger crowds?

Melbourne has a culture of people going to sporting fixtures in huge numbers, Sydney doesn’t, and state-of-the-art stadiums are unlikely to change that The New South Wales government, in concert with the powerful SCG Trust, has adopted an “If we build …

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Dec 05

RFU considers scrapping promotion and relegation for Premiership

• Changes on the way as game grapples with global calendar• Chief executive Steve Brown says RFU ‘looking at all options’The Rugby Football Union is open to the possibility of getting rid of promotion and relegation to and from the Premiership, accordi…

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Dec 05

Sunwolves name 2018 Super Rugby squad

Sunwolves Super Rugby head coach Jamie Joseph has named his squad for the 2018 Super Rugby season. Joseph’s restructured Super Rugby squad features five inluding lock Grant Hattingh, prop Ruan Smith, wing Gerhard van den Heever and loose forwards…

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Dec 05

Pulu named Blues Super Rugby captain for 2018

Auckland Super Rugby franchise the Blues have named halfback Augustine Pulu as the team captain for the 2018 Super Rugby season. Coach Tana Umaga said Pulu, along with previous captains Jerome Kaino and James Parsons, form part of the senior leadership…

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Dec 05

Reds confirm 2018 Super Rugby squad

The Queensland Reds have confirmed their Super Rugby squad and coaching staff for the 2018 Super Rugby season which begins in February. Joining the Reds coaching staff for the first time in 2018 will be former Queensland and Wallabies winger Paul Caroz…

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Dec 04

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

Danny Care continues to improve for Harlequins (and England), Northampton are on the ropes and Exeter are really hitting the high notesThe rivalry between England’s two leading scrum-halfs, Ben Youngs and Danny Care, is becoming every bit as intense as…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/dec/04/premiership-talking-points-rugby-union

Dec 03

Tim Visser seals stirring comeback as Harlequins leave it late against Saracens

• Harlequins 20-19 Saracens• Saracens counting the cost following a third consecutive Premiership defeatThere are few sports so compelling when played like this. Quins waited to the last‑but‑one minute to overturn the deficit they had wrestled with pra…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/03/harlequins-saracens-premiership-match-report

Dec 02

Wasps’ Nizaam Carr makes the difference in epic battle with Leicester

• Wasps 32-25 Leicester• Fine play by No8 who recently became first Muslim to play for SpringboksA murky, wintry evening in Coventry but this was a performance to give Wasps supporters a warm feeling as they left the stadium on Saturday night after an …

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Dec 02

Exeter’s Luke Cowan-Dickie sparks six-try rout of depleted Bath

• Exeter 42-29 Bath• Chiefs lead 28-3 at half-time as leaders beat third-placed rivalsExeter extended their lead at the top of the Premiership with a breathtaking first-half performance as they demolished third-placed Bath 42-29 at a sell-out Sandy Par…

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Nov 29

Exeter’s Jack Nowell set for return after recovery from fractures

• England wing likely to play against Bath on Saturday• Scotland flanker suspended for three months over ‘gross misconduct’England’s Jack Nowell is set to return to Premiership action on Saturday for the first time in eight weeks as the leaders, Exeter…

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Nov 28

Premiership may be reduced to 10 teams in bid to avert player strike

• Idea to be discussed at Professional Game Board meeting on Wednesday• Plans would free up internationals to play more matches for their clubs Reducing the Premiership to 10 teams is one of a host of ideas being floated as a potential solution to the …

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Nov 24

O’Gara to coach Super Rugby champion Crusaders backline

Super Rugby champions the Crusaders have announced that former Ireland international Ronan O’Gara will join the team as their back-line coach for 2018 Super Rugby season. O’Gara will leave his role as Assistant Coach with French Top 14 side, Raci…

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Nov 21

Bulls to warm up for Super Rugby against Sharks

The Bulls have confirmed that they will warm up for the 2018 Super Rugby season against the Sharks in Polokwane at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on 27 January next year. The Bulls have travelled north with regular intervals since playing a friendly match in…

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Nov 17

England’s Jessica Breach scores six tries on debut in rout of Canada

• England 79-5 Canada• Rampant Red Roses run in 13 tries in first TestThe debutant Jessica Breach scored six tries as England’s women marked a milestone game with an emphatic victory against Canada.The Red Roses, in their first game since the Rugby Foo…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/17/england-canada-womens-rugby-union-international

Nov 15

Bulls name wider Super Rugby training squad

Bulls Executive Rugby and Head Coach, John Mitchell has named his first wider training squad for the 2018 Super Rugby season and included new signings Frans van Wyk and Thembelani Bholi (flank) in the group that will assemble for pre-season training. M…

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Nov 14

Stormers and Bulls to play in Los Angeles

The Stormers and Bulls will prepare for the 2018 Super Rugby season by breaking new ground and playing each other pre-season encounter in Los Angeles on February 3, 2018. The match will be played as a curtain-raiser for the clash between the USA Eagles…

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