England women’s 15-a-side players to get full-time contracts

England women won the World Cup in 2014 The Rugby Football Union will reintroduce contracts for their England women’s 15-a-side players to make them fully professional. Twenty-eight full-time deals will be available from 1 January, along with seven elite player squad agreements. Contracts were previously awarded based on the next major tournament. “We are at […]

Exeter maintain 100% start to Premiership season

Alex Cuthbert’s try secured a bonus point for Exeter Gallagher Premiership Exeter (14) 35 Tries: Cordero, Hill, Maunder, Cuthbert, Lawday Cons: Simmonds 3, Steenson 2 Sale (13) 18 Tries: Yarde, Evans Con: MacGinty Pens: MacGinty 2 Exeter Chiefs scored five tries as they easily saw off Sale Sharks to continue their 100% start to the […]

Du Preez ‘unable to speak for four weeks’ after throat injury less than five minutes into debut

Cornell du Preez is a Scotland international, with six caps for his country Worcester Warriors forward Cornell du Preez has revealed on social media that he will be unable to speak for the next four weeks as he continues his recovery from a throat injury. Worcester have confirmed the 27-year-old will spend at least the […]

‘Anyone who takes England lightly is a fool’

Eddie Jones took charge of England after the 2015 World Cup, replacing Stuart Lancaster in the role England coach Eddie Jones “will reinvent himself” to resurrect his side’s form for next year’s Rugby World Cup, says Wallaby great John Eales. After losing once in two years under Jones, England have lost six of their nine […]

UK tourist cleared of assaulting ex-Australia Sevens captain Stannard

Image copyright PAImage caption Sam Oliver has been cleared over a late-night confrontation in Sydney A British tourist has been found not guilty of assaulting Australia’s former Rugby Sevens captain James Stannard. Sam Oliver, 23, had been accused of knocking Stannard to the pavement with a single punch, leaving him with a fractured skull. The […]

Vunipola scores on return as Saracens beat Bristol

Billy Vunipola, wearing protection on his right arm, scored on his return for Saracens Gallagher Premiership Saracens (13) 44 Tries: Gallagher, Lewington, B Vunipola, L Williams 3 Cons: Farrell 4 Pens: Farrell 2 Bristol Bears (18) 23 Tries: Leiua 2, Haining Con: Sheedy Pens: Sheedy 2 England number eight Billy Vunipola scored a try on […]