Rugby World Cup

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 …

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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 …

World Rugby

Vunipola was the player Lions could not afford to lose

11:49 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>• …

Rugby Union

Rugby World Cup will open trade doors with Japan - New Zealand Technology Industry Association

22<br>May<p>The build up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup presents a huge opportunity for any New Zealand tech firms considering the Japanese market as the …

New Zealand All Blacks

Wayne Smith will leave huge legacy in NZ rugby

THE Professor is leaving but not before he plots how the All Blacks can retain the Bledisloe Cup and nurtures his successor.<p>Once that work is done, …

New Zealand All Blacks

Northern Ireland man's 2,000km drive across Mongolia

A rugby playing Northern Ireland man plans to golf his way around Mongolia in a bid to raise money for sporting charities.

UK News

Reds duo help England end 20 years of U20 World Cup hurt

Liverpool duo Sheyi Ojo and Ovie Ejaria featured as England got their U20 World Cup campaign off to a dream start on Saturday.<p>The Reds pair emerged …

Liverpool FC

Steenson pushing for another Exeter upset

10:00 PM 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>• …

Rugby Union

Celebration Time On Eve Of London Sevens

South Africa may have already won the 10-stop 2016-17 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, with last Sunday's Paris victory - the fifth in a remarkable season - confirming their first championship since 2009, but on the eve of the London curtain-closing tournament there is still so much to celebrate in …

Sport (UK)

Ian Ritchie has 'no regrets' over Stuart Lancaster's England reign

Outgoing Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie insists he has “no regrets” about hiring Stuart Lancaster as England head coach, despite …

Rugby Union

Anorexia and alopecia can't hold back England rugby star

<b>(CNN) —</b> For England star Heather Fisher, the remarks -- however unintentional and well meaning -- don't get any easier to bear.<p>Often mistaken as a cancer sufferer, strangers will ask her how long she's been stricken with the disease.<p>"Just last week, I was coming out of the women's toilets and this …

Sport (UK)

All Blacks to play Japan in 2018 to boost World Cup interest

| TOKYO<p>The All Blacks will travel to Japan next year to play the 2019 Rugby World Cup hosts in a test match aimed at boosting interest in the tournament.<p>Steve Hansen's side will meet the Brave Blossoms at a yet-to-be-decided venue on Nov. 3 before heading to Europe for their end of season tour, the …

New Zealand All Blacks

Argentina tour helps Chris Robshaw forget Lions snub pain

Former England captain Chris Robshaw insists that he has put any disappointment at missing out on Lions selection behind him so that he can focus fully on his country’s tour to Argentina, which has acquired extra resonance since the Pumas were drawn in England’s group for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.<p>A …

Sport (UK)

The ultimate sports fan's world trip: Sights and venues to see before the final buzzer sounds

Golden State Warriors | Ex-Bok finds peace after career-ending injury

Former Springbok lock Krynauw Otto had a prosperous future, but career-ending injury forced him to give up his ambitions and dreams.

South Africa Springboks

Some of Our Top Inspirational Under 30s

Entrepreneur Sam Ovens, 27, rugby player Beauden Barrett, 25, and singer Lorde, 20, are among eight young New Zealanders included on the 2017 Forbes …

Rugby Union

The Welsh and world rugby stars who've played their last game

They’ve called time on stellar careers taking in a combined 132 caps, four Grand Slams, three Lions tours and 26 years at the top of their profession.<p>…

World Rugby

Now THAT'S a wedding dance! Groom's rugby pals perform surprise Haka at reception after rehearsing for six weeks

This is the incredible moment a groom's rugby pals performed a surprise Haka for delighted wedding guests at his reception.<p>Bride Alyson Reid asked …


Saracens' winning culture the envy of Europe

8:00 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>• Was …

Rugby Union

Ugly stats show Wallabies require Beale spark

9:18 PM GMT<p>After more than 30 years with The Sydney Morning Herald and Fairfax Media in Australia, Greg Growden now writes exclusively online for …

Rugby Union

Sydney win third straight title at national women’s championship

SYDNEY has won the national women’s championship for a third year in a row after defeating ACT 34-0 at Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast on Sunday.<p>Three …

Sport (Australia)

Rugby - Japan ease past Hong Kong to maintain Asia dominance

Winger Amanaki Lotoahea scored the only try of the game as Japan secured the 2017 Asia Rugby Championship with a 16-0 victory in Hong Kong on Saturday after recording a fourth win in as many matches.<p>On a wet day at the Hong Kong Football Club, the Brave Blossoms won their 25th title and 10th in a …


Dylan Hartley can lead England into the 2019 World Cup, says Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones believes that Dylan Hartley can continue as England captain through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup.<p>It had been felt that there might be a natural mid-point break in the four-year cycle leading up to the tournament with a handover of the captain’s armband taking place at some point in the …

Sport (UK)

Adapting to conditions key to World Cup success - Jones

England will need to adapt to the vastly different conditions in Japan if they are to enjoy success at the 2019 World Cup, head coach Eddie Jones has said as he continues to fine-tune his preparations for the tournament in Asia.<p>Jones has experience of rugby in Japan, leading Suntory Sungoliath to …

Rugby Union

Eddie Jones to take England squad to Japan in 2018 to prepare for Rugby World Cup

EDDIE Jones intends staging a training camp in Japan next year to prepare his England players for the differences in culture and climate that await …

Rugby Union

Former Wallabies and Reds coach Richard Graham to plot Australia’s World Cup downfall with Georgia

DISCARDED Reds boss Richard Graham has rediscovered his love of coaching with Georgia, the obscure hurdle for the Wallabies at the 2019 Rugby World …

Rugby Union

Habana: Springboks will still lose talent under new rule

8:00 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>• Was …

World Rugby

The 2002 Leicester Tigers, the only English side to win back-to-back European titles: Where are they now?

Sport (UK)

Way-too-early predictions for RWC 2019

12:00 PM BST<p><i>England have drawn a fearsome group for the second successive tournament, New Zealand and South Africa will meet in pool play for the</i> …

Rugby Union

All Blacks will be happy, England quaking in their boots after Rugby World Cup pool draw

1 NEWS<p>The All Blacks will face the Springboks, Italy and two qualifiers in the tournament.<p><b>OPINION:</b> Beware Los Pumas.<p>Argentina were always going to be …

New Zealand All Blacks