First women’s contracts for 2019 announced

  • Three full-time women’s contracts announced
  • Hunt, Scarratt Breach will transition from Sevens
  • RFU will confirm 28 full-time contracts on 3 Jan 2019

The first England Women XV contracts for the 2019 season have been awarded to three players transitioning from the England Women Sevens programme.

2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup finalists Natasha Hunt and Emily Scarratt will move to the England Women XVs programme from 1 January 2019 alongside rising star Jess Breach.

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Article source: https://www.englandrugby.com/news/first-women-contracts-for-2019-announced/

Wales completely sell out their most expensive Six Nations tickets in history

Wales’ most expensive Six Nations tickets in history have completely sold out.

Top-priced tickets for Wales’ two home games at the Principality Stadium during this year’s tournament were priced at £110.

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Article source: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/wales-completely-sell-out-most-15671804

England star reveals he fled to dressing room and broke down in tears after beating Wales

Former England skipper Chris Robshaw has revealed he was so overcome with emotion after beating Wales he had to flee to the dressing room in tears.

Wales’ sensational win over England during the 2015 World Cup at Twickenham is remembered fondly here as one of the greatest performances under Warren Gatland.

After World Cup humiliation in their own backyard, Robshaw was determined to secure revenge of sorts.

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Article source: https://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/england-star-reveals-fled-dressing-15656862

Six Nations 2019: England’s Jonathan Joseph set for Bath return

Jonathan Joseph injured at Saracens
Jonathan Joseph was injured in a Premiership game against Saracens in April 2018

England centre Jonathan Joseph could return for Bath next weekend after nine months out injured, says the club’s director of rugby Todd Blackadder.

The 27-year-old’s comeback is a lift for England head coach Eddie Jones with the Six Nations starting on February 1.

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Article source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/46853095

Gallagher Premiership relegation debate: Coventry Rugby chairman hits out over ring-fencing proposal

Scrapping relegation from the Gallagher Premiership is ‘entirely the wrong solution’ according to Coventry Rugby chairman Jon Sharp.

The debate over ring-fencing the elite level of English Rugby intensified with the Daily Mail recently reporting that Premiership clubs are considering forming a breakaway league free from the RFU if changes are not made.

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Article source: https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/sport/rugby/premiership-ringfencing-relegation-coventry-rugby-15658957

Dan Robson’s timely Wasps return ahead of England Six Nations squad selection

Dan Robson was arguably at the peak of his powers when a cruel ankle injury struck to end his hopes of featuring in England’s Autumn series.

Having endured a frustrating summer touring South Africa without earning that elusive first international cap, the scrum-half was a key factor behind Wasps’ impressive start to the season winning four of their first five games.

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Article source: https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/sport/rugby/england-six-nations-dan-robson-15667237

England and Harlequins star Mike Brown issues warning about rugby’s future

A week after Mike Brown made history as Harlequins’ most-capped player of all time, the full-back has a word of warning for the future: Protect the players or no-one will ever get near my record.

Concerns about player welfare continue to plague the sport that saw Brown last weekend make his 308th career appearance for Quins – passing Graham Murray’s record that had stood for 46 years.

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Article source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/england-harlequins-star-mike-brown-13843671

Six Nations Captains: Italy

The 35-year-old is widely regarded as one of the greatest No.8s of the modern era, and has long been the heartbeat of the Azzuri.

With an exciting young generation of Italian talent emerging, along with a selection of ever-improving senior figures, Italy have been tipped by many for their strongest showing at Rugby’s Greatest Championship this year, and none will be more desperate to live up to the billing than Parisse.

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Article source: https://www.sixnationsrugby.com/2019/01/11/six-nations-captains-italy/