Rugby Union

The All Blacks face fitness concerns of their own

With Billy Vunipola ruled out of the tour, the All Blacks fans cannot afford to gloat as they have a number of fitness concerns ahead of the</b> …

New Zealand All Blacks

All Blacks update: 10 New Zealand Test contenders who impressed in Super Rugby this weekend

Sport (UK)

Warren Gatland fears Lions will lose up to 10 players to injury

• Coach tried to convince Billy Vunipola to have second medical opinion • Ireland prop Jack McGrath’s arm injury just a bruise, X-ray shows<p>Warren Gatland fears the Lions will lose up to 10 players to injury over the next month following Billy Vunipola’s withdrawal from the squad heading for New …

Sport (UK)

Boks to tackle New Zealand in Cape Town

The Springboks will host New Zealand in Cape Town for the first time since 2008 in the 2017 Rugby Championship, South African Rugby confirmed as they named the Boks' home venues for this year’s Southern Hemisphere championship on Monday.<p>The test will take place on Oct. 7 and will be the final match …

South African Rugby

Scarlets Wales forwards Owens and Ball to miss Pro12 final

<b>Wales hooker Ken Owens and lock Jake Ball will miss Scarlets' Pro12 final against Munster in Dublin on Saturday.</b><p>Owens has an ankle problem and Ball has not recovered from a shoulder injury.<p>Head coach Wayne Pivac had hoped both players would be fit for the final, but says neither will recover in …

Pro12

British and Irish Lions continue New Zealand tour preparation in Ireland training camp

Sport (UK)

Billy Vunipola ruled out of the Lions tour through injury

The 34-cap Saracens and England No 8 has paid for the unrelenting nature of season in what is a significant blow to Warren Gatland's touring Lions<p>The …

Warren Gatland

World Rugby agrees biggest ever US broadcast rights deal with NBC

World Rugby has landed its most lucrative ever US rights deal after announcing a multi-year partnership with NBC.<p>The seven-year contract will see NBC …

Women's Rugby World Cup

Plans to extend domestic season to ten months 'unanimously rejected' by Rugby Players’ Association

The Rugby Players’ Association has “unanimously rejected” plans to extend the domestic season to ten months – 11 months for international players – from the 2019-20 season.<p>After World Rugby announced a new global calendar in March, Premiership Rugby has proposed extending the domestic season from …

Sport (UK)

London Sevens: Scotland upsets hosts England in season finale

<b>Twickenham Stadium, London (CNN) —</b> In a final between two of rugby's greatest rivals, Scotland upset home favorites England 12-7 to win back-to-back London Sevens titles at Twickenham Stadium.<p>Having lost to South Africa in the final of the Paris Sevens last week, Scotland went one step further in …

Saints and sinners: The weekend’s talking points

Sizzling Scarlets take top billing on a semi-final weekend to savour, Scotland reign at Twickenham and a hammer blow for the Lions as Billy Vunipola …

James Haskell replaces injured Billy Vunipola in Lions squad for New Zealand tour

Saracens number eight withdraws from 41-man travelling party due to a shoulder injury.<p>The British and Irish Lions have suffered a major blow ahead of …

Sport (UK)

This rugby player's incredible run is worthy of an NFL contract

As an American, it’s easy to watch an awesome rugby performance and say, “Yeah, that dude should be in the NFL.” But seriously, Daniel Norton of England should be in the NFL.<p>Watch this run from Sunday’s London Sevens Cup. Everything about it was jaw-droppingly impressive.<p>First, that speed. Norton …

Sports

Scotland boss Strachan omits Leipzig winger Burke for England clash

The highly-rated forward will not figure against the Three Lions after being left out of the senior squad and freed to play in the Toulon Tournament<p>Oliver Burke has been left out of Scotland's squad to face England in next month's World Cup qualifier as Gordon Strachan tries to ease the pressure on …

Soccer

Local knowledge behind Slade's 'great kick'

10:00 AM BST<p>• Joined ESPN in 2011<br>• Grew up in Bath but has New Zealand roots<br>• Covered England's tour of New Zealand in 2014 and Australia in 2016<br>• …

Billy Vunipola’s Lions withdrawal is a sucker-punch but not an unmitigated disaster

Rarely can the collective outlook surrounding a tour have hurtled from optimism to trepidation in the time it takes to digest the headline on a Sunday evening press release.<p>But last night, when the British and Irish Lions announced that Billy Vunipola would not be travelling to New Zealand due to …

British and Irish Lions

5 talking points: Super Rugby Week 13

Herman Mostert - Sport24<p>Cape Town - Sport24’s <b>Herman Mostert</b> highlights <b>FIVE</b> talking points after Round 13 of the 2017 Super Rugby competition:<p><b>1.</b> …

NBCUniversal to Televise Rugby World Cup in 2019, 2023

Seven-year agreement with World Rugby includes guaranteed payments of just under $10 million but includes profit sharing<p>NBCUniversal has reached a deal to televise the next two Rugby World Cups in an attempt to make a sport that is wildly popular in other parts of the world more mainstream in the …

Rugby World Cup

Players' body rejects English season extension over welfare concerns

The Rugby Players' Association (RPA) on Monday unanimously rejected a proposal for an extended 10-month English domestic season, saying it would be detrimental to players' welfare.<p>Premiership Rugby were invited to present their scheduling plans in more detail to the RPA Players' Board earlier this …

Bristol Rugby

Exeter 18-16 Saracens: Saracens undone by Henry Slade's moment of magic on weekend of misery for Billy Vunipola

Henry Slade booked himself a shot at Twickenham redemption by killing Saracens’ ‘double-double’ dream with a moment of magic.<p>The Plymouth-born …

Sport (UK)

George Smith open to Wallabies return but only if he’s not preventing the next generation

WALLABY great George Smith says he will happily pull on a gold jersey again, but only if Michael Cheika runs out of options and he is left to cross …

Australian Rugby

Rugby union: Premiership, Champions Cup, Pro12 and Top 14 talking points

Exeter still on the up, Wasps feel the noise, Scarlets in nod to Super Rugby and Leigh Halfpenny provides good news for Lions and Richard Cockerill<p>Exeter continue remarkable rise<p>The Premiership semi-final victory over Saracens was another coaching triumph for Rob Baxter and his management team at …

Sport (UK)

The Teams of the 35th America's Cup

Here's a look at the teams vying to be king of the mountain at the 35th America's Cup.<p>Billions of dollars have been spent challenging for and …

Sailing

Donnacha Ryan bids farewell but there’s no room for sentimentality

Donnacha Ryan managed to elude his teammates and the media as both sought to mark the significance of his final match at Thomond Park following a …

News (Ireland)

Ankeny, Centennial end rugby season at state

Ankeny and Ankeny Centennial rugby teams played their final games of the season May 12 in the Iowa high school rugby tournament at Williams Stadium …

Des Moines

Robinson glad to have 'world-class' Taylor back

Mark Robinson, England women's coach, has admitted that Sarah Taylor's comeback will bring challenges for the team, as well as the player herself

League stars’ candour about mental health can help those in union

More and more voices from elite rugby union are talking about mental health, but inspiration and encouragement can come from other fields too<p>IT WAS a …

Mental Health

Joe Launchbury: This Premiership final must not be a flash in the pan for Wasps

Joe Launchbury epitomises Wasps. Not the Wasps of big, cheque-book signings such as Kurtley Beale, nor the Wasps of mouth-watering turnovers at the cash-cow Ricoh Arena, but the Wasps that are unfussy, unpretentious, gritty, grafting and tight-knit.<p>When we speak of Leicester we are familiar with …

Sport (UK)

Welsh rugby's winners and losers as Halfpenny does something special

It was very much a rollercoaster ride of emotions for Wales' regional stars and those plying their trade in foreign fields.<p>But the upshot of …

English Premiership Rugby

Cruden's kicking shocker in Suva a Test concern

2:38 AM GMT<p>Sam was brought up on long drives and the dusty fields of north-west New South Wales, where he developed his love of rugby from an early …

Super Rugby