Tag Archives: Rugby union

Former England rugby captain: ‘I feel we are in the shadows of the men’ | Sport

Scotland battle England in the snow this month.

Even now there are days when Catherine Spencer looks back with a mixture of incredulity and anger. “I felt like a second-class citizen for most of my rugby life,” she says flatly, recalling her time as one of England’s most prominent women’s rugby players. “Even when I did interviews as …

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England supporters urged to take stand against Championship cuts | Sport

England supporters have been urged to take a stand against the Rugby Football Union’s swingeing 50% cuts to the Championship’s funding during Sunday’s Six Nations match against Ireland. In a move that could cause great embarrassment to the RFU, supporters have also been encouraged to carry out a two-minute applause …

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James Haskell: ‘When you’re being choked in the MMA cage it’s horrific’ | Donald McRae | Sport

James Haskell and campmates in the ‘I’m a Celebrity...’ jungle in November 2019.

I’m in the dungeon in Wembley five times a week, training with fighters, and there is no let-up,” James Haskell says as he explains his transition from being an England rugby player who won 77 caps to the far darker and more dangerous world of mixed martial arts. Haskell has …

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George Ford warns England: ‘Ireland’s Farrell is a very competitive guy’ | Sport

George Ford has not forgotten the last time Ireland came to Twickenham during the Six Nations. Two years ago they inflicted what was at the time England’s first home defeat under Eddie Jones, doing so emphatically to clinch the grand slam and round off a thoroughly miserable campaign for Ford …

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Championship funding cut is ‘an awful thing and a sad day for rugby’ | Sport

Ealing supporters watch their team win against Bedford

As Storm Dennis caused chaos throughout the UK on Saturday, there was another tempest brewing in Ealing. The Rugby Football Union’s decision to cut its funding to Championship teams by 50% has caused widespread rage throughout the second tier and beyond. As Ealing Trailfinders beat Bedford Blues 38-5 amid appalling …

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No holds barred as Farrells collide in England’s clash with Ireland | Sport

Father and son in 2015 when Andy was coaching England

It has been four years since the Farrells first squared off against each other. Andy took over as Ireland’s defence coach in 2016 and ever since, whenever the Six Nations rolls around, he has had to drill his team in how to best stop England’s current captain, and playmaker, his …

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Elliot Daly becomes second England player to pledge future to Saracens | Sport

George Furbank earned a place in the England squad after impressing for Northampton.

Elliot Daly has become the second England player to pledge his future to Saracens, vowing to stick by the disgraced club in the Championship next season. Daly only arrived at Allianz Park in November following his World Cup exploits with England, joining a club in turmoil after their initial 35-point …

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Leigh Halfpenny confident Wales can breach Shaun Edwards’ defence | Sport

Shaun Edwards is now France’s defence coach.

One of the characteristics that made Wales successful under Warren Gatland was their power of recovery. In the 12 years the New Zealander was in charge they suffered successive defeats in a Six Nations campaign three times and an early test for his successor, Wayne Pivac, is how the champions …

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Alex Goode’s return inspires doomed Saracens to blow Sale away | Sport

So just the 88 points behind now. Saracens’ great escape had been turning into an interesting narrative, but recent developments in the saga that needs no introduction means they can rack up as many of these bonus-point wins as they like. It will not make any difference. That said, when …

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Candid and colourful Ellis Genge is just the voice modern rugby needs | Ugo Monye | Sport

Ellis Genge’s interview after England’s win over Scotland was one of the best I’ve heard for a long time. It was raw, it was honest, it was passionate and ultimately he was defending his team. I didn’t necessarily agree with everything he said but I loved the way he said …

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