Scotland flanker Hardie ‘suspended from duty’

Hardie started Edinburgh’s Challenge Cup win at London Irish last week Edinburgh’s Scotland flanker John Hardie has been suspended from duty pending an internal investigation. The New Zealand-born back-rower, 29, will not be considered for selection for either his club or for Scotland. No further details were given, with a Scottish Rugby statement adding only […]

North, Baker and Webb injury worries for Wales

George North, Dan Baker and Rhys Webb all had injury scares after a potentially damaging day for Wales before the autumn internationals. Forward Baker was carried off on a stretcher in the Ospreys’ 26-21 defeat by Clermont on Sunday with Rhys Webb also leaving the game hurt. Winger North suffered a knee injury as Northampton […]

Exeter grind out victory over Glasgow

Jonny Hill joined Exeter from Gloucester in 2015 European Rugby Champions Cup – Pool Three Exeter (14) 24 Tries: Williams, Hill, Simmonds Cons: Steenson 3 Pens: Steenson Glasgow (10) 15 Tries: Seymour, Jones Con: Russell Pen: Russell Premiership champions Exeter ground out a winning start to their Champions Cup campaign and inflict a first defeat […]

Piutau orchestrates Ulster victory over Wasps

Ulster’s second try-scorer Stuart McCloskey tackles Wasps fly-half Jimmy Gopperth European Champions Cup: Ulster v Wasps Ulster: (3) 19 Tries: Stockdale, McCloskey Pens: Cooney, Lealiifano 2 Wasps: (6) 9 Pens: Daly 1, Gopperth 2 Two tries in two minutes helped Ulster to a scrappy European Champions Cup win over Wasps at the Kingspan Stadium. Jacob […]

‘Open and unpredictable’ – Guscott’s European Champions Cup guide

Saracens captain Brad Barritt lifted the trophy last season after a 28-17 win over Clermont In the past five years, the European Champions Cup has been under a duopoly. Saracens have won the past two titles, successfully defending the trophy in May with victory over Clermont. Before that, big-spending French superpowers Toulon won an unprecedented […]