Extended season ‘isn’t about more games, it’s about more breaks’

Tony Rowe, left, celebrates with hooker Jack Yeandle after Exeter’s Premiership final win over Wasps in May The proposed extended Premiership season will result in a more “balanced out” schedule for club players, says Exeter chairman Tony Rowe. Premiership Rugby’s plans to lengthen the domestic campaign by a month from 2019-2020 have been opposed by […]

Club coaches concerned by plan to extend season

The Rugby Players’ Association “unanimously rejected” proposals for an extended 10-month Premiership season in March Leading club directors of rugby have voiced their opposition to the proposed Premiership season extension. In March, Premiership Rugby announced plans to lengthen the season to 10 months from 2019-2020 onwards, in order to reduce the overlap between international and […]

Fresh call to ban tackling in school rugby

Image copyright Getty Images The UK’s chief medical officers (CMOs) are being urged to protect children from the risks of rugby injuries by removing contact from the school game. Prof Allyson Pollock, from Newcastle University, is presenting new evidence that banning tackling would reduce concussion, head and neck injuries. A spokesman for World Rugby said […]

Vunipola limps off as Saracens beat Sale

Billy Vunipola was named in a 33-man England training squad for a camp in Oxford this week Aviva Premiership Saracens (17) 41 Tries: Spencer 2, Williams, Koch, Earle Cons: Farrell 5 Pens: Farrell 2 Sale (3) 13 Tries: McGuigan 2 Pen: de Klerk England’s Billy Vunipola left the field with a knee injury as Saracens […]