Scarlets beat La Rochelle to reach Champions Cup semis

Scarlets are through to their first European Cup semi-final in 11 years Champions Cup Scarlets (12) 29 Tries: Patchell, S Williams Cons: Halfpenny 2 Pens: Halfpenny 5 La Rochelle (10) 17 Tries: Sazy, Boudehent Cons: Bales, Noble Pen: Bales Scarlets reached a first European semi-final since 2007, beating Champions Cup debutants La Rochelle to set […]

Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding not guilty of rape

Image copyright PacemakerImage caption Both Stuart Olding and Paddy Jackson were found not guilty in unanimous verdicts Ireland and Ulster rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding have been cleared of rape. They both denied raping the same woman in Mr Jackson’s house in the early hours of 28 June 2016. Blane McIlroy, who was […]

London Irish: Club ‘moving closer’ to London return from Madejski Stadium

London Irish are getting close to returning to London, says the club’s chief executive London Irish are “getting close” to confirming their return to the capital. Chief executive Brian Facer says the club, who are bottom of the Premiership, are looking at “serious alternatives” to Reading’s Madejski Stadium, their home since 2000. A ground-share at […]

Lancaster up there with Schmidt as a coach – Heaslip

Stuart Lancaster joined Leinster in September 2016 Ex-England boss Stuart Lancaster is “up there” as a coach with Grand Slam winner Joe Schmidt, says Ireland and Leinster great Jamie Heaslip. After a dispiriting end to his time in charge of England, Lancaster has been successfully repairing his reputation as senior coach of Pro14 side Leinster. […]

Itoje inspires Saracens to win over Harlequins

A sell-out crowd of 57,000 packed into the London Stadium Aviva Premiership Saracens (18) 24 Tries: Williams, Itoje Con: Lozowski Pens: Lozowski 4 Harlequins (6) 11 Try: Horwill Pens: Catrakilis 2 Saracens beat local rivals Harlequins in the first Premiership match at London Stadium to boost their hopes of earning a home play-off semi-final. With […]

Rugby World Cup 2019: Spain’s players described as ‘hooligans’ after Belgium defeat

Spanish players confronted Romanian referee Vlad Iordachescu after the final whistle Spain’s players acted like “hooligans” after the controversial defeat that saw them miss out on an automatic place for the 2019 World Cup, says the Romanian Rugby Federation president. Alin Petrache was speaking after Spain’s 18-10 loss to Belgium, which saw Romania qualify instead. […]