South Africa name first black Test captain

Siya Kolisi also captains Super Rugby team Western Stormers Flanker Siya Kolisi will become South Africa’s first black Test captain in the three-match series against England next month. The 26-year-old – who has played 28 international Tests – replaces the injured Warren Whiteley as captain. Pieter-Steph du Toit will captain the Springboks in Saturday’s match […]

England exile Ashton inspires Baa-Baas to victory

Ashton broke France’s Top 14 try-scoring record this season International match England (28) 45 Tries: Daly, Francis 2, Mercer, Launchbury, May; Pens: Ford; Cons: Ford 6. Barbarians (35) 63 Tries: Ashton 3, Vito 2, Russell, Radradra, Timani, Laidlaw; Cons: Russell 7, Laidlaw 2. Chris Ashton scored a hat-trick as the Barbarians beat England for the […]

Leinster beat Scarlets in Pro14 final to seal historic double

Leinster are crowned league champions for the fifth time Pro14 final: Leinster v Scarlets Leinster (21) 40 Tries: Toner, Lowe, Cronin, Larmour, Conan Cons: Sexton (2), Carbery Pens: Sexton (3) Scarlets (11) 32 Tries: McNicholl(3), Kruger Cons: Halfpenny (2) Jones Pens: Halfpenny (2) Leinster completed a historic double after adding the Pro14 title to their […]

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 […]