Henry Trinder: Gloucester centre says chronic injuries left him close to retirement

Henry Trinder has played 101 times for Gloucester but has never won an England cap Henry Trinder says chronic injury problems left him contemplating retirement, but he is determined to “enjoy and embrace” his England recall. The Gloucester back, 29, will start at outside centre against the Barbarians on Sunday. He played in the same […]

Australia prop Slipper banned after taking cocaine

Slipper made his international debut against England in 2010 Australia prop James Slipper has been banned for two months after twice testing positive for cocaine. The Queensland Reds front row, 28, said he had been suffering depression and “recognises now that I was not coping”. Slipper, capped 86 times for the Wallabies, was fined £15,000 […]

Quins name England defence coach Gustard as new boss

Newcastle-born Paul Gustard (centre) won four Premiership titles as a player with Leicester Premiership side Harlequins have named England defence coach Paul Gustard as their new head of rugby. The 42-year-old will join the London club after England’s tour to South Africa next month and will replace John Kingston, who left by mutual consent. Gustard […]

Saracens beat Wasps in record-breaking semi to reach Premiership final

Alex Lozowski’s opening try was three seconds off Matt Banahan’s 2015 record for the fastest-ever try in a Premiership semi-final Aviva Premiership semi-final Saracens: (23) 57 Tries: Lozowski, Koch, Wyles, Figallo, Itoje, Spencer Cons: Farrell 6 Pens: Farrell 5 Wasps: (5) 33 Tries: Le Roux 2, Cooper-Woolley, Young, Wade Cons: Gopperth 2, Cipriani 2 Saracens […]

Scarlets cruise past Glasgow to reach Pro14 final

Pro14 semi-final highlights: Glasgow 13-28 Scarlets Pro14: Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets Glasgow Warriors (3) 13 Tries: Gray, Grigg Pens: Russell Scarlets (21) 28 Tries: Patchell, Davies, Evans, Owens Cons: Patchell 4 Defending champions Scarlets reached next weekend’s Pro14 final in Dublin after outclassing Glasgow Warriors. The Welsh side took advantage of an error-strewn first half […]

Farrell will put own stamp on team – Jones

Farrell needs to remain ‘aggressive’ as captain – Jones England tour of South Africa 1st Test: Saturday, 9 June in Johannesburg (kick-off 16:05 BST) 2nd Test: Saturday, 16 June in Bloemfontein (kick-off 16:05) 3rd Test: Saturday, 23 June in Cape Town (kick-off 16:05) Coverage: Live text coverage on BBC Sport website and app England head […]