Mako Vunipola adds to lengthening England injury list

Mako Vunipola limped off midway through the first half of the 13-3 win in Glasgow on Sunday England have been dealt a further injury blow before the autumn internationals after prop Mako Vunipola was ruled out for about six weeks. Vunipola strained his calf in Saracens’ Champions Cup win over Glasgow. The 27-year-old’s brother Billy […]

Newcastle stun three-time European champions Toulon

Joel Hodgson (right) scored 14 points for the visitors Heineken Champions Cup Toulon (19) 25 Tries: Taofifenua, Lakafia, Guirado Cons: Trinh-Duc 2 Pens: Trinh-Duc 2 Newcastle (14) 26 Tries: Cooper, penalty try Cons: Hodgson Pens: Hodgson 4 The Premiership’s bottom side Newcastle withstood severe late pressure from three-time Champions Cup winners Toulon to record a […]

England lock Launchbury to miss autumn Tests

Joe Launchbury played in two of England’s three Tests against South Africa in June England lock Joe Launchbury has been ruled out of the autumn internationals after having knee surgery. The 27-year-old, who has 54 caps for his country, will be sidelined for 10 to 12 weeks. Launchbury picked up the injury while captaining club […]

Who is going to win the European Cup? Predictions, debate and vote

Leinster’s 2018 triumph followed successes in 2009, 2011 and 2012 After finishing bottom of their pool two seasons previously, Leinster completed a remarkable turnaround by lifting the Champions Cup for a record-equalling fourth time in Bilbao in May. Their defence starts on Friday as they entertain Wasps in this season’s tournament opener. English champions Saracens, […]

Conor Murray: Ireland scrum-half agrees new deal

Murray has scored 12 tries in 67 Tests for Ireland Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray is to remain at Munster until at least the end of June 2022 after signing a contract extension. The British and Irish Lions star has ended speculation over his future by agreeing a new central contract with the Irish Rugby Football […]