Tag Archives: Rugby union

Club World Cup to be put forward as radical new rugby union competition | Sport

A radical proposal for an annual Club World Cup featuring 20 teams from around the globe will be put to leading unions this week as part of an effort to boost rugby’s finances. The competition, proposed by the French federation president, Bernard Laporte, could mean the end of the European …

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RFU hopes to avoid using autumn international proceeds to help others | Sport

The Rugby Football Union is hoping it will not have to offer struggling governing bodies elsewhere any financial handouts after the autumn internationals, according to its chief executive. The RFU is reluctant to agree to sharing its revenue should the summer tours to the southern hemisphere fall victim to the …

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My favourite game: Wales v England, Five Nations 1999 | Sport

Max Boyce singing with a choir pre match before the 5 Nations match against England at Wembley Stadium on 11 April.

Wembley is on loan but today it really must belong to Wales for the final Five Nations game of the 1999 tournament. With Cardiff’s sporting Asgard being rebuilt, the ageing London edifice teems with scarlet-clad fanatics determined to see English noses rubbed in their own hallowed turf. Tom Jones leads …

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Australia’s future rugby landscape to be shaped by pay cut talks | Bret Harris | Sport

The good news from Rugby Australia’s annual general meeting on Monday was that the game is still solvent. But after the game’s governing body posted an operating deficit of $9.4m, there are doubts over how much longer that will be the case. The loss might have been expected after a …

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British and Irish Lions allay fears over 2021 tour’s clash with Tokyo Olympics | Sport

The British and Irish Lions have played down concerns over next year’s tour of South Africa clashing with the rescheduled Olympic Games, with evening kick-offs for the three-Test series against the Springboks ensuring no crossover with major events in Tokyo. Tour organisers have also allayed fears revenue will be hit …

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Australia may cancel autumn tour to Europe because of coronavirus | Sport

Australia have warned that tours to Europe in November may be sacrificed if the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic extends, a move that would have a significant impact on the four home unions who either have or are about to agree wage cuts to combat a sharp fall in …

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Coventry rugby club take legal advice as coronavirus insurance row escalates | Sport

Coventry have taken legal advice and launched a petition that has been signed by thousands of businesses in the leisure industry after the Championship club’s insurer refused to pay out when the season ended prematurely. Income from the club’s stadium, Butts Park Arena, stopped abruptly because of the coronavirus lockdown. …

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My favourite game: Cardiff v Coventry at Cardiff Arms Park, 1972 | Sport

Players, including Barry John and Gareth Edwards (seated on ground right and left respectively), and staff of Cardiff rugby club ahead of the 1971-72 season.

There are many images of Barry John, but a personal favourite is of the outside-half sitting on the ball where the touchline met the 22 on the side of the main stand as Cardiff slid towards defeat against a club that was then one of the strongest in Britain. He …

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Richard Parks: from record-breaking solitude in Antarctica to flat isolation | Sport

Richard Parks passes the ball out during the Powergen Cup semi-final between Leeds Tykes and London Irish at Headingley in March 2005.

As each of us languishes in isolation, one man is about to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for being on his own. When the next edition of every aspirant child’s bible comes out later this year, Richard Parks will be included for skiing more miles (2,299) in Antarctica, …

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