Ireland v England: Dylan Hartley not in squad for Six Nations opener

Dylan Hartley
Hartley scored tries against New Zealand and Japan in the autumn, only his third and fourth scores in 97 England caps

Co-captain Dylan Hartley is absent from England’s initial Six Nations squad because of a knee injury.

The Northampton hooker has not played in nearly four weeks and will not be available for England’s tournament opener against Ireland on 2 February.

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Article source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/46904505

Officials ready for return of Gallagher Premiership Rugby

The men in the middle have been selected as Gallagher Premiership Rugby returns from the European hiatus for Round 10.

Experienced official Wayne Barnes takes charge of the weekend’s opening clash as Worcester Warriors welcome Northampton Saints to Sixways under the Friday night lights.

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Article source: https://www.premiershiprugby.com/2018-2019/officials-ready-for-return-of-gallagher-premiership-rugby/

09 Jan 2019 Professional Rugby in England taking action on injuries

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. 

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Article source: https://www.englandrugby.com/news/professional-rugby-england-taking-action-player-injuries/

Jack Nowell: England back ‘still a winger’ despite impressing at 15 on Exeter return

Jack Nowell
Jack Nowell has played 28 times for England and featured in two British and Irish Lions tests in New Zealand

England’s Jack Nowell still looks upon himself as a winger, despite impressing at full-back for Exeter.

Nowell scored a try within four minutes against Castres on his return after two months out with a hamstring injury.

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Article source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/46862854

Johan Ackermann: player fatigue could harm England’s Six Nations prospects

Eddie Jones has been warned he faces a struggle to keep his England squad fresh given the demands placed on some players by the Champions Cup. Saracens and Exeter are still in contention for qualification and Gloucester’s head coach, Johan Ackermann, believes fatigue could impact on the national team’s prospects at the Six Nations.

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Article source: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/jan/14/johan-ackermann-england-six-nations-eddie-jones

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