Tag Archives: Rugby union

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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The Joy of Six: Calcutta Cup clashes | Scott Murray | Sport

England’s Jonny Wilkinson touches down in the corner in 2007.

1) Scotland 1–0 England (1871) It’s “about three o’clock” on Saturday 5 March 1870, and at the Kennington Oval, south London, 22 “expert players” of the Association Football code set the ball in motion for a kickabout. But it’s no ordinary game: it’s the first-ever England versus Scotland international! Except …

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Wage cut row intensifies as Premiership players take legal advice | Sport

Premiership players have been given legal advice on how to challenge the blanket 25% pay cuts imposed by the clubs as domestic rugby’s row over wage reductions intensified on Thursday. In the Championship, Newcastle Falcons have been plunged into turmoil with their players expected to reject their proposed swingeing pay …

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World Rugby readying plan to save nations from financial collapse | Sport

World Rugby is drawing up an action plan to ensure leading unions do not go to the wall as the financial impact of coronavirus starts to bite. The governing body is examining the books of all tier one nations, pledging to quickly help the most needy and prioritising the Test …

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Premiership players considering claims for unlawful deduction of wages | Sport

Premiership clubs are likely to face claims of unlawful deduction of wages amid growing player unrest at the blanket 25% pay cuts imposed. It is understood there is a sense of frustration at a number of clubs, particularly from players whose contracts expire in the summer, and action is expected …

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Premiership could play midweek games and cut break to finish season | Sport

Premiership Rugby is considering midweek matches in order to finish the season as well as slashing the length of its summer break in a move that could seriously jeopardise player welfare. The PRL chief executive, Darren Childs, has claimed finishing the season is “the No 1 priority” with Harlequins on …

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Optimism flows for Premiership despite shutdown’s financial pressure | Sport

At a time when the domestic season in Europe should be gathering pace, rugby has ground to a halt. There will be no more matches in England below the Premiership this season, or Wales, the Pro14 has been suspended indefinitely with June’s final in Cardiff cancelled and there is no …

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