Rugby Mar 15, 2019

World Rugby says controversial shake-up could earn billions for game

World Rugby has defended its controversial Nations Championship concept, saying the proposed annual global tournament could earn the sport £5 billion ($6.6 billion) in 12 years. Rugby chiefs want to launch a new cross-hemisphere contest in 2022, in which the winners of the Six Nations ...

Wales survives Scotland to stay on path to Grand Slam

Rugby Mar 10, 2019

Wales survives Scotland to stay on path to Grand Slam

Scotland on form looked like it would only be a pothole on Wales' road to Six Nations glory. The thing about potholes, though, is they can be bigger than expected. Wales was cruising by halftime at Murrayfield on Saturday, with a 15-6 lead that wasn't as ...

More Sports / Rugby Jun 25, 2016

England holds off Australia to complete series swep

A ruthless England side beat Australia 44-40 in a thrilling rollercoaster of a third test on Saturday to inflict a first 3-0 home series sweep on the Wallabies since 1971. Tries from prop Dan Cole, fullback Mike Brown, No. 8 Billy Vunipola and replacement hooker ...

England tops France to complete Grand Slam

More Sports / Rugby Mar 20, 2016

England tops France to complete Grand Slam

Six Nations champion England completed its first Grand Slam in 13 years after beating France 31-21 in an error-strewn finale on Saturday. England, handed the title last weekend after France lost to Scotland, scored three tries to none but kept giving away kickable penalties to ...

England edges Wales in Six Nations

More Sports / Rugby Mar 13, 2016

England edges Wales in Six Nations

England moved within sight of the Six Nations title and a first Grand Slam since 2003 by beating Wales 25-21 on Saturday, thanks to a punishing first-half display and flawless goalkicking from Owen Farrell. Farrell kicked six penalties and converted Anthony Watson's 32nd-minute try at ...

All Blacks to face Ireland in Chicago

More Sports / Rugby Feb 17, 2016

All Blacks to face Ireland in Chicago

The last time New Zealand's defending Rugby World Cup champion All Blacks team played in the U.S., the game was a record-setting sellout. It also was a blowout, as the storied All Blacks routed the USA Eagles national squad 74-6 before 61,500 people — the ...

Rugby veteran O'Connell announces retirement

More Sports / Rugby Feb 9, 2016

Rugby veteran O'Connell announces retirement

Paul O'Connell has been forced to retire from rugby due to injury before having the chance to end a glittering career with European champion Toulon, the former Ireland captain said on Tuesday. O'Connell, whose retirement from international rugby came sooner than he had hoped when ...

France shuts out Italy in ugly match

More Sports / Rugby Mar 16, 2015

France shuts out Italy in ugly match

France beat Italy 29-0 in a turgid, error-strewn match in the Six Nations on Sunday, with little at stake for either side apart from pride. Yoann Maestri scored the opening try at the start of the second half after a fantastic break from Scott Spedding, ...