English rugby’s leading players and administrators want stricter penalties for high tackles following the release of statistics that show the severity of injuries in top-level rugby is on the rise. The idea of a visible line being printed on jerseys is among ideas being considered to try to reduce the professional game’s worrying attrition rate.Continue reading
South Africa-born Paul Willemse was one of five uncapped players named by Jacques Brunel in the France squad for the two opening matches of the Six Nations on Wednesday.Continue reading
Northampton Saints’ Cobus Reinach was today credited with “revitalising” his club after being named Gallagher Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for December 2018.
The South African scrum-half hit world-class form last month scoring two unforgettable tries as the Saints claimed back-to-back victories against Exeter Chiefs and Worcester Warriors.Continue reading
France have called up the son of Les Bleus legend Emile Ntamack to their squad preparing for the Six Nations Championship opener with Wales on February 1.
Toulouse outside-half Romain Ntamack is already an Under-20s World Cup winner and is one of five new faces drafted into the senior squad for the Paris showdown with Wales.Continue reading
James Haskell may be one of England rugby’s most recognisable stars, but he’s revealed his professional career could have been very different if he’d chosen to play for Wales instead.
The Northampton Saints back-rower made the unexpected admission that, due to being half Welsh, he could have played for Wales – or Ireland!Continue reading
Billy Vunipola has warned that rugby union is more brutal than ever but admits he does not know how the sport can fix the problem.
The Saracens and England No 8, who has started only three internationals in two years because of injuries to his shoulders, knees and arms, was responding to an RFU report that revealed the severity of injuries in top-level English rugby is on the rise.Continue reading
The Rugby Football Union (RFU), Premiership Rugby (PRL) and the Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) have set out the focus areas for their continued action to mitigate the risk of player injuries in the English professional game.Continue reading
Sale Sharks have announced the signing of Wasps prop Jake Cooper-Woolley for the 2019/20 season.
The 29-year-old joined Wasps ahead of the 2013/14 campaign and has amassed 122 appearances for the club in five seasons.Continue reading
THE Six Nations is nearly here with the Northern hemisphere’s best rugby teams gunning for glory ahead of the World Cup later this year.
Ireland will be looking to repeat last year’s incredible grand slam while England will hope to dramatically improve on a dreadful fifth placed finish in 2018.Continue reading
Premiership bosses have defended the 43-week season being faced by England rugby players next year by insisting mental and physical welfare will be protected by mid-season breaks, while presenting data to show that injuries are more likely to occur if a player does not play often enough.Continue reading