England men to face France in Dubai Sevens Cup quarter-finals

England will face France in the Cup quarter-finals of the men’s Dubai Sevens after losing to South Africa in their final pool match. England’s loss came despite leading 14-0 early on, with the South Africans coming from behind with a pair of late Justin Geduld tries to set up a quarter-final against Argentina. World series champions Fiji failed to reach […]

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After hellish year, rugby faces its defining moment

The best part of this week's legal settlement between Israel Folau and Rugby Australia could be that it gives Raelene Castle the space to focus on the real make-or-break issue on her agenda: rugby's next television rights deal. The five-yearly ritual of RA selling its suite of competitions and personalities to the highest-bidding broadcaster is the financial foundation of the […]

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Dubai Sevens day one wrap

Dan Norton ran in two tries as England got their Dubai Sevens campaign off to a winning start with a 36-7 victory over Spain. Spain took the lead early on in the Pool D clash through a converted try from Francisco Hernandez, but Dan Bibby hit back by marking his 50th sevens appearance for England with an unconverted score. When […]

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Rúaidhrí O’Connor: 'It's clear those Joe Schmidt worked with hold him responsible for team's collapse'

DAVID NUCIFORA didn’t mention Joe Schmidt by name once during his 28-minute presentation to the media yesterday, but it was clear that the responsibility for the World Cup failure has been laid squarely at the former head coach’s door. After all, when the team’s tactics, preparations, mental state and skill-sets are being held up as the reasons for the team’s […]

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Rugby Australia defend Israel Folau settlement over anti-LGBT posts sacking

Rugby Australia (RA) CEO Raelene Castle has defended the governing body’s settlement with Israel Folau, insisting they “didn’t back down”. RA and Folau announced on Wednesday they had settled their unfair dismissal case, ending a long and bitter dispute after the former Wallaby was sacked in May for homophobic social media posts. Folau settles unfair dismissal case Rennie: Australia have […]

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‘Never say never’ but probably never: door closes on Folau return

Israel Folau's days chances of returning to the field look slim as NRL and Rugby Australia administrators issued a firm "thanks but no thanks" following Folau's seven-figure settlement with his former employers. While technically able to sign another contract in Australian rugby, RA boss Raelene Castle has revealed the organisation would look to beef up its protections around social media […]

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