Rugby World Cup

England’s pack out to bulldoze France in battle for World Cup final place

• England select strongest side to date for Belfast semi-final • Sarah Hunter says rugby team determined to emulate cricketers<p>Sarah Hunter is determined to end a golden summer of women’s sport for England the way it began after revealing how watching the cricketers seal World Cup success two months …

Sport (UK)

The top 14 signings ahead of the new Top 14 season

Big budgets mean big signings, and the recruitment strategy of France's elite clubs has certainly delivered on that front ahead of the 2017/2018 Top 14 season, which kicks off on August 26.<p>With Clermont heading into the new campaign as defending champions, leading rivals Montpellier and Toulon have …

Sport (UK)

Germany coach thrilled by potential Flood switch

3:01 PM BST<p>The German Rugby Federation (DRV) will explore the possibility of having former England fly-half Toby Flood play for their national side …

Rugby Union

England must stand up to a fast French start and justify their tag as World Cup favourites 

Time for the real England to stand up<p>I believe England have been holding something back for the knockout stages of this competition and I think we will see what they are really made of on Tuesday. Simon Middleton named three completely different sides for each of the Pool matches, but that was to …

Rugby Union

It’s not all doom and gloom: Nathan Grey sees positives despite Bledisloe drubbing

AS the wounded Wallabies returned to the training paddock on Monday, a couple of bursts of sunshine broke through an otherwise cloudy and chilly …

New Zealand All Blacks

Women's Rugby World Cup: England's Thompson fit to play in semi-final v France

<b>Lydia Thompson will start on the wing for England in their Rugby World Cup semi-final with France on Tuesday, after recovering from a knee injury that saw her miss the win over the USA in the final pool match.</b><p>England's most-capped player, prop Rochelle Clark, will start from the bench with …

Sport (UK)

Wake up Wallabies, rugby is an 80 minute game

Where does Wallaby coach Michael Cheika go from here after last night’s 54-34 hammering by the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium?<p>The humiliating defeat is …

New Zealand All Blacks

New Zealand star Carla Hohepa tackles task of balancing family with World Cup title tilts

Carla Hohepa is clutching a piece of a jigsaw puzzle. Printed on it is a happy family selfie: Hohepa the smiling mum, with her fiancé Karne and their five-year-old son Cohen.<p>Each member of New Zealand’s Black Ferns squad contributed a family photo for one piece of the puzzle. When all the pieces …

Sport (UK)

What it feels like to ... be a professional woman rugby player

In June 2016 the strength and conditioning coach asked me to go to the manager’s office. My unpaid, or stage two, contract was about to finish, so I …

Sport (Australia)

Rugby: All Blacks hit back after horror week off field

By Neil Reid The All Blacks hit back after a horror week to smash the Wallabies in record-breaking style in last night's Bledisloe Cup test in …

New Zealand All Blacks

All Blacks end weird week with perfect half followed by remarkable Aussie comeback

Ryan Crotty dives over to score against the Wallabies in Sydney.<p><b>OPINION</b>: Captain Kieran Read giving evidence in court the day before. Jerome Kaino …

Rugby Union

Beaumont hails 'special' Dublin as WC heads for Belfast

Just 10 days after this Women's Rugby World Cup kicked off, we're hurtling towards the finishing line.<p>The UCD campus in Dublin has been awash with …

Rugby Union

Five reasons for Wallabies fans to believe they can upset the All Blacks

<b>FIVE REASONS WALLABIES FANS CAN HOPE FOR A BLEDISLOE BOILOVER IN SYDNEY</b>

New Zealand All Blacks

Footy star’s excruciating moment

Rugby star Sarah Hunter loses her shorts0:33<p>English rugby star Sarah Hunter has her shorts pulled down as England power through for a try against USA …

Australian News

World Rugby refute claims that their approach to Women's World Cup is 'discriminatory'

World Rugby have reaffirmed their support for the Women’s Rugby World Cup with their general manager for the women’s game Katie Sadleir speaking of the detailed review process that will take place upon the tournament’s conclusion.<p>In an exclusive interview with The Daily Telegraph<i>,</i> USA head coach …

World Rugby

Kelter helps US grab spot in World Cup rugby semifinals

One more victory in Ireland, and Eagle River's Alev Kelter and her teammates will win a medal at the Women's Rugby World Cup.Two more victories and …

Rugby Union

Australia register first win of Women's Rugby World Cup against Japan

Australia 29-15 Japan Samantha Treherne scores two tries in Wallaroos’ win<p>Australia held off a resurgent Japan in the second half to secure their first 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup victory with a 29-15 win in Dublin.<p>The Wallaroos were 19-0 up just before half-time at Billings Park after Samantha …

Sport (UK)

France beats Ireland in Rugby World Cup, United States earns runner-up spot in semifinals

France advanced to the semifinals of the Women’s Rugby World Cup with a 21-5 victory over the host nation Ireland Thursday. France led 21-0 at the …

Rugby Union

Old Mutual Wealth Series kick-off times update

• Buy tickets for the Old Mutual Wealth Series<br>• Care urges improvement ahead of Old Mutual Wealth Series<p><b>Kick off times for England’s three Test matches</b> …

The City

Irish players 'heartbroken' after World Cup exit

By Brendan O'Brien<p>Ireland coach Tom Tierney has described his squad of players as "heartbroken" after a defeat to France on Thursday night that ended …

News (Ireland)

Superb French put paid to Irish World Cup dream

Ireland 5 France 21<p>By Brendan O’Brien, UCD Bowl<p>The temptation is to say ‘game over’ for Ireland after the host nation came out a distant second-best …

News (Ireland)

England seal Rugby World Cup semi-final place after overpowering USA

• England 47-26 USA • England top Pool B with three wins out of three<p>As responses go, this was an emphatic answer to New Zealand’s earlier statement of intent. England scored seven tries in their most authoritative performance to date, squeezing the life out of the USA in Dublin to clinch a third …

Sport (UK)

Women's Rugby World Cup: Wales 39-15 Hong Kong

<b>Wales avoided an embarrassing defeat against Hong Kong to win their final World Cup pool match.</b><p>Hong Kong took a shock lead as Natasha Olson-Thorne broke through, but Wales rallied with tries for Jess Kavanagh-Williams and Jasmine Joyce.<p>World Cup debutants Hong Kong refused to buckle and scored …

Rugby Union

'World Cup gone' - Devlin reacts to latest All Blacks team

"That's it. We've lost. World Cup gone."That's the (over) reaction of Radio Sport host Martin Devlin after seeing the All Blacks' starting side to …

Rugby Union

Championship made Franks 'stronger'

Aug 16, 2017<p>It took just 308 days for Ben Franks to transform from Rugby World Cup-winning All Black to RFU Championship prop. But, having helped …

Rugby Union

Canada’s Women’s Rugby World Cup title hopes dashed by New Zealand

When you’re playing New Zealand in rugby, just like when you’re playing Canada in hockey, you just can’t afford to make mistakes.Up against the …

Rugby Union

Defending champions England move into Women's Rugby World Cup semi-finals

<b>England Women 47 USA Women 26</b><p>Marlie Packer led the charge with two tries as defending champions England swatted the USA aside 47-26 to book their …

Rugby Union

New Zealand power into the last four of the Women's Rugby World Cup with win over Canada

New Zealand powered into the Women's World Cup semi-finals after crushing Canada 48-5 in Dublin to finish top of Pool A.

Sport (Australia)

Red Roses secure Women’s Rugby World Cup semi-final spot

• <b>England:</b> Tries – Scarratt, Penalty try, Packer 2, Mclean, Wilson Hardy, Cokayne. Conversions – Scarratt 5, Penalty try.• <b><br>USA:</b> Tries – Zackary, Emba, …

Rugby Union

Tampa teams dedicate funds for Confederate monument removal

The three major professional sports teams based in the Tampa Bay area say they have “dedicated funds” to help remove a Confederate monument from the city in the wake of a deadly car attack at a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday.<p>The NFL’s Buccaneers, NHL’s Lightning and …

Cincinnati Masters