Scotland’s new semi-pro teams to play Welsh sides as part of Super Six

The Super Six competition begins in season 2019-20 Scotland’s new semi-professional rugby teams will face Welsh opposition as part of the forthcoming Super Six. The competition’s six Scottish franchises will play cross-border fixtures against the top six sides in Wales’ Principality Premiership. SRU chief executive Mark Dodson confirmed the move at the group’s annual general […]

Paul O’Connell: Stade Francais name former Ireland captain as forwards coach

Paul O’Connell’s Test career included seven appearances for the British and Irish Lions Former Ireland captain Paul O’Connell has been appointed as forwards coach by French Top 14 club Stade Francais. O’Connell, 38, will link up with his former Munster team-mate Mike Prendergast, who is also part of Heyneke Meyer’s coaching staff. “Paul will bring […]

Ex-All Blacks coach Mitchell is England target

John Mitchell coaches the Blue Bulls in South Africa Former New Zealand boss John Mitchell is understood to be head coach Eddie Jones’ number one target to replace Paul Gustard as England defence coach. Mitchell is head coach at the Blue Bulls in Pretoria and was assistant to Clive Woodward with England between 1997 and […]

Scotland coach Townsend extends contract until 2021

Gregor Townsend took charge of Scotland last year Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has extended his contract until 2021. Assistant coach Matt Taylor has also signed a new three-year deal, while attack coach Mike Blair has agreed a new contract until 2020. Townsend took over from Vern Cotter last year and has secured nine victories […]

Johnson gets backdated six-month ban after taking wife’s dietary supplement

Ashley Johnson claimed that he mistook his wife’s fat burner for his own, legal supplement Wasps forward Ashley Johnson will be available for the start of the Premiership season despite receiving a six-month ban for failing a drugs test. The 32-year-old convinced an independent panel that he mistakenly consumed his wife’s dietary supplement before failing […]