Georgia replaces Japan in Europe's new Autumn Nations Cup

Rugby Sep 11, 2020

Georgia replaces Japan in Europe's new Autumn Nations Cup

Georgia will replace Japan in the new eight-team Autumn Nations Cup competition being held in Europe in November, with the format and fixtures confirmed by organizers on Thursday. After the original November internationals were cancelled because of travel restrictions impacting the Southern Hemisphere nations, an ...

Scotland coach Townsend backs call for fewer international windows

Rugby May 31, 2020

Scotland coach Townsend backs call for fewer international windows

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has welcomed moves to reduce the number of international windows in rugby union's calendar. Europe's Six Nations traditionally takes place in February and March, with the southern hemisphere then staging tests from July and the northern hemisphere in November. Some critics argued ...

Rugby Mar 13, 2020

Wales, Scotland to clash in Six Nations match despite virus fears

Wales' final Six Nations match with Scotland is to go ahead with spectators permitted to attend despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Welsh Rugby Union announced on Friday. This decision comes despite the other two games — France at home to Ireland and Italy hosting England ...

Rugby Feb 26, 2020

Irish government urges cancellation of Six Nations clash over COVID-19

Ireland's Six Nations rugby match with Italy in Dublin next month should be cancelled due to the coronavirus epidemic, the health minister said Tuesday. The National Public Health Emergency Team, convened to help coordinate Ireland's response to the outbreak, advised that the upcoming match on ...

England coach Eddie Jones apologizes for 'half-Asian' joke

Rugby Feb 21, 2020

England coach Eddie Jones apologizes for 'half-Asian' joke

England coach Eddie Jones apologized to a reporter who he suggested could not tell half-Asians apart in a barbed answer to a question on Thursday. Jones, the son of a Japanese-American mother and an Australian father, was speaking during a news conference at England's training ...

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 ...

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 ...