Rugby World Cup likely to expand number of competing countries

Next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan could be the last to feature 20 teams, as the governing body looks to expand its horizons and reach out into new territories. Potentially following football's lead, rugby might increase the number of competing sides at its showpiece event as early as France 2023, but almost certainly four years later. Expansion: File photo […]

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Former Super Rugby player pleads not guilty over teammate assault

Ex-Super Rugby player Amanaki Lelei Mafi denies assaulting a teammate at a party after they lost a match against the Highlanders in Dunedin. Mafi, 28, was charged with intent to injure Lopeti Timani on July 15, after their team, the Melbourne Rebels, lost 43-37 to the Highlanders in Dunedin the night before. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five […]

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England’s Cipriani turns to wellness coach who teaches Beckham yoga

England rugby bad boy Cipriani turns to clean-living wellness coach who teaches David Beckham yoga Revealed: England rugby bad boy Danny Cipriani turns to clean-living wellness coach who teaches David Beckham yoga to rekindle his World Cup dream Cipriani, 30, was pictured with yoga teacher Heather Driver, 31, leaving a nightclub last month The pair are said by friends to […]

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Premiership clubs to vote on huge £275m deal to sell controlling stake to ex-F1 owners

Private equity powerhouse CVC want to buy a 51 per cent stake and turn the game into a dominant global force. At the current price each of the 12 top flight clubs, plus stakeholder London Irish, would immediately pocket £17m. And that cash would be ringfenced so it couldn’t go straight into the pocket of players and boost their already […]

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English rugby side Leicester sack Australian coach O'Connor

Matt O'Connor has left the Leicester Tigers with immediate effect after just one game of the new English Premiership season. Australian O'Connor had been in charge at Welford Road since April 2017 but departs following Saturday's 40-6 thrashing at the hands of Exeter Chiefs. Relieved: Former Leicester coach Matt O’Connor. The 47-year-old former Wallabies international and Queensland Reds coach, who […]

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Teen rugby star, 16, left with severe injuries in Turkish hospital after being thrown from quad bike on holiday with girlfriend

Tyler Hutchinson, 16, was riding with Courtney Heald, 17, when a car turned into their path and they smashed into it on Monday. The pair, from Sheffield were taken to an intensive care unit where Tyler remains after suffering bleeding to his brain, an injured lung and shoulder. Courtney is due to fly home today, but Tyler's distressed mum Nicola, 35, […]

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Female police officer injured by England rugby star Danny Cipriani

FEMALE police officer injured when England rugby star Danny Cipriani grabbed her by the collar while screaming ‘Get the f*** off me’ in nightclub bust-up – as player issues ‘heartfelt apology’ Cipriani ordered to pay Jodie Botterill, 33, £250 compensation by magistrates England star, 30, reportedly told her: ‘These wrists are gold, loosen the cuffs’ PC Botterill is a star […]

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'Twiggy' recruits World Rugby deputy to head mining push in Argentina

Political intrigue has hit international rugby with Australian officials fuming over Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest's recruitment of a high-ranking World Rugby official to head up his Latin American mining interests. As Rugby Australia (RA) and the billionaire iron ore magnate are locked in an increasingly adversarial arm-wrestle over the fate of Forrest's rebel World Series Rugby competition, it emerged that Forrest […]

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