Rugby

12:25 PM BST Ireland captain Johnny Sexton has been passed fit to play in the second test of their three-match series against New Zealand in Dunedin on Saturday. Sexton was taken off with a suspected concussion during their 42-19 defeat to the All Blacks in the series opener in Auckland last weekend but Ireland assistant
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10:03 AM BST England flanker Tom Curry will play no further part in the tour of Australia after suffering a concussion in the series opener in Perth last weekend, the team said on Monday. Curry started at openside flanker in the 30-28 loss to the Wallabies but was withdrawn at halftime and replaced by Lewis
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8:24 AM BST The Wallabies will wear a special shirt with an indigenous design and sing the national anthem in the language of the local First Nation’s people ahead of the second Test against England in Brisbane on Saturday. The anthem will be sung in the Yugambeh language in honour of the late Lloyd McDermott,
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7:07 PM BST Fullback Damian Willemse kicked a pressure penalty after the hooter to secure South Africa a 32-29 victory over ill-disciplined Wales in a see-saw test at a raucous Loftus Versfeld on Saturday. Wing Louis Reece-Zammit crossed for two tries and Dewi Lakea got a third for the visitors, who took the world champions
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1:30 PM BST Ireland coach Andy Farrell has held out hope Johnny Sexton will be available to face New Zealand on Saturday in Dunedin after the fly-half passed the second of three concussion tests following his removal from their loss against the All Blacks. Sexton left the game in the 31st minute after a collision
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5:31 AM BST Cameron Spencer/Getty Images The Wallabies have overcome injury and ill-discipline to pull off a famous 30-28 victory over England in Perth and snap an eight-game losing streak. The Australians were forced to play a man down for more than half the match on Saturday night after lock Darcy Swain was marched for
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6:32 AM BST Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has sprung a selection shock for the first Test against England, with 33-year-old Brumbies lock Cadeyrn Neville to make his Test debut at Optus Stadium in Perth on Saturday night. Neville will be the third oldest Wallaby debutant since World War II at the age of 33 years
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6:38 AM BST Liam Napier What a wild week for the All Blacks. Just when you thought COVID’s far-reaching effects on major sports events had largely dissipated, the All Blacks opening Test week against Ireland moved from one deflection to the next. First All Blacks head coach Ian Foster, chief assistant John Plumtree and Crusaders
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1:16 AM BST ESPN staff Leicester Fainga’anuku will make his Test debut on the left wing against Ireland as All Blacks coach Ian Foster named all three Barrett brothers in the run-on side to face Ireland. Foster has preferred Beauden Barrett over Richie Mo’unga, while brothers Jordie and Scott start at fullback and blindside breakaway
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Jun 29, 2022 Sam Bruce Close ESPN Associate Editor Sam was brought up on long drives and the dusty fields of north-west New South Wales, where he developed his love of rugby from an early age. He joined ESPNscrum after a five-year stint heading up Fox Sports Australia’s digital rugby coverage. Tom Hamilton Close Senior
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Jun 27, 2022 Spain’s appeal against their disqualification from next year’s Rugby World Cup has been dismissed, World Rugby announced on Monday. Spain were disqualified from the tournament in France for fielding an ineligible player during the 2021-22 Rugby Europe Championship. “The Independent Appeal Committee reviewed the original decision of the Independent Judicial Committee based
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10:59 AM BST The Rugby Football Union and Premiership Rugby have issued an apology to Luther Burrell after he said racism was “rife” in the sport. Burrell, 32, told the Daily Mail that racist “banter” was common among teammates, with the former England centre saying he was subjected to discriminatory language including comments about slavery.
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6:21 AM BST Ahead of the opening Test against England in Perth, Wallabies veteran Quade Cooper says his exchanges with the old enemy’s playmaker Marcus Smith are mutually beneficial and for the good of rugby. Connecting over social media, Smith recently revealed Cooper, 11 years his senior at 34, had “helped me a lot”. That
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3:09 AM BST New Zealand’s preparations for their opening Test against Ireland have been rocked with head coach Ian Foster, his assistants John Plumtree and Scott McLeod, as well as two key players all testing positive for COVID-19. Midfielders David Havili and Jack Goodhue as well as the coaches are in isolation after contracting the
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