Saracens: Premiership Rugby urge club to be more transparent
21/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 567
Saracens have been urged to be more transparent with fans over how they came to be relegated to the Championship, says Premiership Rugby chief executive Darren Childs.
Steve Borthwick to join Leicester Tigers as head coach after England duties end
21/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 104
Steve Borthwick will join Leicester Tigers as head coach once he has completed his coaching commitments with England.
England: Six Nations will be good for Saracens players, says coach Eddie Jones
20/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 368
Eddie Jones says his Saracens players will thrive in adversity during the Six Nations, despite the salary cap crisis at the club.
Six Nations 2020: England call up eight uncapped players
20/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 556
England head coach Eddie Jones names eight uncapped players in his 34-man squad for the Six Nations.
Saracens relegated from Premiership at end of 2019-20 season for salary cap breaches
19/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,827
Premiership Rugby confirms Saracens will be relegated to the Championship this season after salary cap breaches.
Heineken Champions Cup: Permutations for final pool-stage matches
18/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 241
Saracens, Northampton, Gloucester, Glasgow and Ulster are set to duel it out for three quarter-final spots in the final round of pool matches in the Heineken Champions Cup.
Six Nations: Johnny Sexton to captain Ireland as Andy Farrell's reign begins
15/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 138
Johnny Sexton will succeed Rory Best as Ireland captain after being chosen to lead Andy Farrell's first squad.
Six Nations: Louis Rees-Zammit and Nick Tompkins called up by Wales
15/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 485
Teenage wing Louis Rees-Zammit and Saracens centre Nick Tompkins are among five uncapped players in Wayne Pivac's first Six Nations Wales squad.
Stuart Lancaster: Leinster redemption for former England coach
15/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 104
How former England coach Stuart Lancaster rebuilt his reputation in Dublin and helped develop one of Europe's most dominant teams.
Stuart Hogg: Exeter Chiefs full-back to captain Scotland in Six Nations
15/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 289
Stuart Hogg is named Scotland captain as head coach Gregor Townsend includes six uncapped players in his 38-man squad for this year's Six Nations.
James Hook: Ospreys and Wales back to retire at end of season
13/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 176
Wales back James Hook will retire from rugby at the end of the season as he eyes coaching and becoming a children's author.
Anthony Watson injured as Bath lose to Harlequins in Champions Cup
10/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 101
England winger Anthony Watson suffers another injury as he limps out of Bath's 25-19 defeat by Harlequins in the Champions Cup.
Six Nations: France coach Fabien Galthie unveils squad with 19 uncapped players
08/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 206
Fabien Galthie marks the start of his reign as France coach with a new-look squad for the Six Nations, featuring 19 uncapped players.
Chris Ashton: Sale Sharks winger aims for Premiership try century
07/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 95
Sale's Chris Ashton says he is aiming for a record 100 Premiership tries before his club career is over.
Jonny Gray: Scotland lock nears Exeter Chiefs move
01/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 141
Glasgow lock Jonny Gray is expected to join Scotland team-mate Stuart Hogg at Exeter Chiefs next season.
Premiership: Exeter Chiefs beat Saracens 14-7 with superb defensive display
29/12/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 244
Exeter produce a superb defensive display to beat champions Saracens and return to the top of the Premiership.
Premiership: Northampton beat Gloucester 33-26 in thriller despite Rees-Zammit hat-trick
28/12/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 71
Welsh wing Louis Rees-Zammit claims a first hat-trick but Gloucester's narrow loss puts Northampton back top of the Premiership.
Dragons: 'We want to control our own destiny' - chairman Buttress
23/12/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 63
Chairman David Buttress wants Dragons to return to private ownership and says talks are "ongoing" to achieve that aim.
Greig Laidlaw is third Scotland player to announce international retirement after World Cup
19/12/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 318
Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw announces his retirement from international rugby after 76 caps.
Rob Kearney: Leinster full-back left out of Andy Farrell's 45-man Ireland squad
16/12/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 70
Full-back Rob Kearney is omitted from a 45-man squad for Andy Farrell's first training session as Ireland coach in Dublin next week.
Rob Baxter: Exeter boss content to rule out England after signing new deal
16/12/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 155
Exeter boss Rob Baxter says he is not a "career coach" after ruling himself out of an England role until at least 2023 by signing a new contract.
Johnny Sexton: Ireland fly-half an injury doubt for Six Nations opener
13/12/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 72
Johnny Sexton is in a race to be fit for the start of Ireland's Six Nations campaign in February after injuring his knee.
Scotland's Tommy Seymour retires from international duty
11/12/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 276
Glasgow Warriors back Tommy Seymour announces he is retiring from Scotland duty at the age of 31 after earning 55 caps.
George North eyes 100 Wales caps and Shane Williams' record
10/12/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 171
Wales wing George North says he has his "bounce back" as he targets 100 caps and Shane Williams' national try-scoring record.
Munster 10-3 Saracens: Irish side remain unbeaten in Heineken Champions Cup
07/12/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 204
Munster compounded Saracens' Heineken Champions Cup woes and remain second in Pool Four after a gritty victory at Thomond Park.
Champions Cup: Bath 17-34 Clermont Auvergne
07/12/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 46
Clermont Auvergne come from behind to go top of Pool Three and extend bottom-placed Bath's European Champions Cup misery.
Premiership: Northampton Saints 36-13 Leicester Tigers
30/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 84
Northampton run in five tries in a comprehensive East Midlands derby win over Leicester to go top of the Premiership.
Wales 43-33 Barbarians: Wayne Pivac begins Wales reign with Baa-Baas win
30/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 318
New coach Wayne Pivac marks his first match in charge of Wales with victory over a Barbarians side coached by predecessor Warren Gatland.
Premiership: Bath 12-25 Saracens - Owen Farrell leads champions to victory
29/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 188
Owen Farrell kicks 20 points as Saracens beat Bath in their first Premiership game since opting not to contest penalties for breaching salary cap rules.
Pro14: Ulster ease to bonus-point 29-5 win over Scarlets
29/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 39
Ulster ease to a 29-5 bonus-point win over Scarlets to reduce their deficit to Leinster at the top of Pro14 Conference A to four points.
Pro14: Munster 16-18 Edinburgh: Visitors win to go second in Conference B
29/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 53
Edinburgh move within two points of Pro14 Conference B leaders Munster with their first away win over the depleted province in five years.
Ospreys: Coach Allen Clarke no longer in charge of rugby at region
27/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 130
Ospreys confirm discussions with Allen Clarke who will depart his role as Ospreys head coach after winning only one of their eight games this season.
Scott Wisemantel: England attack coach leaves Eddie Jones' backroom team
25/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 135
Australian Scott Wisemantel leaves his role with England, leaving coach Eddie Jones with another position to fill before the Six Nations.
Gordon Reid: Scotland prop has no regrets over fire rescue, despite man 'running away'
25/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 65
Scotland prop Gordon Reid has no regrets about running into a smoke-filled house - despite the man he rescued then "legging it down the road like Usain Bolt".
Saracens 44-3 Ospreys: Defending European champions win with bonus point
23/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 252
Defending champions Saracens return to winning ways in the Heineken Champions Cup with a bonus-point victory over Ospreys in Pool four.
Exeter Chiefs v Glasgow Warriors: Dave Rennie can still add to legacy
22/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 13
Tom English previews Stuart Hogg's Glasgow Warriors reunion as the Pro14 side take on Exeter in the Champions Cup.
Tom Smith: Former British and Irish Lions prop reveals stage four cancer diagnosis
21/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 348
Former British and Irish Lions forward Tom Smith, 48, reveals he has had a "daunting" stage four cancer diagnosis.
Australia appoint Dave Rennie, Danny Wilson replaces him at Glasgow
19/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 115
Glasgow coach Dave Rennie will take charge of Australia next summer - with Scotland forwards coach Danny Wilson confirmed as his replacement at Warriors.
Wayne Pivac: New Wales head coach picks McNicholl and Halaholo in first squad
19/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 412
New Wales coach Wayne Pivac picks New Zealand-born backs Johnny McNicholl and Willis Halaholo in his first squad.
Saracens salary cap breach: Premiership champions will not contest sanctions
18/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 659
Premiership champions Saracens will not contest their 35-point deduction and £5.36m fine for breaching the league's salary cap.
Eddie Jones: Scotland should take inspiration from Japan, says England coach
18/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 195
Scotland should take inspiration from Japan and might have got their World Cup conditioning wrong, says England coach Eddie Jones.
Sam Warburton and Byron Hayward join Wales coaching set-up
15/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 91
Ex-Wales captain Sam Warburton and former fly-half Byron Hayward join the coaching staff under new national coach Wayne Pivac.
Jamie Roberts: Bath centre hopes to catch new Wales boss Wayne Pivac's eye
14/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 76
Bath centre Jamie Roberts says he will not give up on his Wales ambitions as he bids to impress new head coach Wayne Pivac.
Jonathan Davies: Injured Wales centre to miss 2020 Six Nations
12/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 313
Wales will be without centre Jonathan Davies for the 2020 Six Nations after he was ruled out by a knee injury suffered at the World Cup.
Rugby World Cup: USA set to host 2031, Australia leads 2027 race
08/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 211
A first Rugby World Cup in the Americas could take place in the United States in 2031, with Australia emerging as a prime contender to host in 2027.
Typhoons & a torrent of tribulations: Scotland's storm with World Rugby rages on
07/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 359
BBC Scotland's chief sports writer Tom English on the brewing stand off between Scottish Rugby and the world governing body.
Dylan Hartley: England and Northampton Saints hooker retires because of injury
07/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 351
Northampton and England hooker Dylan Hartley retires from professional rugby after failing to recover from a long-term knee injury.
Rugby World Cup: Scottish Rugby fined £70,000 for Mark Dodson legal threat and criticism
07/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 783
Scottish Rugby is fined, reprimanded and ordered to apologise for Mark Dodson's criticism of World Rugby over a possible cancellation of their World Cup game with Japan.
Tendai Mtawarira: South Africa prop retires from internationals after World Cup
06/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 127
South Africa's World Cup-winning prop Tendai Mtawarira announces his retirement from international rugby aged 34.
Saracens appeal against 35-point deduction and £5.36m fine for breaching salary cap rules
05/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,713
Premiership champions Saracens will appeal against a 35-point deduction and £5.36m fine for breaching salary cap regulations.
Wales coach Wayne Pivac inherits quality and expectation from Warren Gatland
04/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 193
As Warren Gatland's 12-year tenure ends, new Wales coach Wayne Pivac has a tough act to follow, but firm foundations to build on.
Rugby World Cup 2019: Memorable moments from Japan
04/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 851
Brilliant tries, a devastating typhoon, wonderful fans and Owen Farrell's haka stare - the 2019 World Cup had more than its fair share of unforgettable moments.
England: Player ratings for Rugby World Cup campaign in Japan
02/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 936
Former England fly-half Paul Grayson rates each player's performance in the final and contribution during the World Cup.
England 12-32 South Africa: Springboks win World Cup for record-equalling third time
02/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 6,058
South Africa overpower England in the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama to become champions for a third time.
Rugby World Cup final: Siya Kolisi, South Africa's first black captain & legacy of 1995
02/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 317
South African success in Saturday's World Cup final sees their first black captain Siya Kolisi lifting the trophy in a landmark moment.
Warren Gatland: Wales coach says Welsh rugby must not return to doldrums
01/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 184
Departing Wales coach Warren Gatland says it would break his heart if Welsh rugby returned to the doldrums.
England v South Africa: Owen Farrell - England's World Cup talisman
01/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,092
How a lifetime in elite sport has acclimatised England captain Owen Farrell to the pressure cooker atmosphere that awaits in a Rugby World Cup final.
Rugby World Cup 2019 bronze match: Wales 17-40 New Zealand
01/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,362
Wing Ben Smith leads the way with two tries as New Zealand dominate Wales to win 40-17 in Friday's World Cup bronze match in Tokyo.
England v South Africa, Rugby World Cup final: Eddie Jones says players can inspire nation
01/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 215
England head coach Eddie Jones challenges his players to "inspire the whole country" by beating South Africa in the World Cup final.
Warren Gatland: Wales' greatest coach, a 'scientist, crooner and rugby god'
31/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 520
Who is Warren Gatland? The people who know him best reveal what Wales' greatest coach is really like, on and off the field.
Rugby World Cup final: England team unchanged for South Africa match
31/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,002
England's Owen Farrell, Jonny May and Kyle Sinckler are all fit for Saturday's Rugby World Cup final against South Africa.
England v South Africa: 'George Ford has moved out of Owen Farrell's shadow' - Paul Grayson
30/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 359
How England fly-half George Ford is set to take centre stage in a World Cup final alongside his boyhood friend after battling back into favour.
Wales v New Zealand: Owen Lane to start as one of nine changes
30/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,315
Warren Gatland makes nine Wales changes for Friday's World Cup bronze medal match against New Zealand.
England v South Africa: Cheslin Kolbe set to return for World Cup final
29/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 168
Winger Cheslin Kolbe is likely to return to the South Africa squad for their World Cup final with England, says head coach Rassie Erasmus.
New Zealand v Wales: Robin McBryde relishes All Blacks challenge
29/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 373
Forwards coach Robin McBryde says he is glad Wales' World Cup bronze match is against deposed champions New Zealand.
England v South Africa: Can Faf de Klerk be stopped in World Cup final?
29/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 997
South Africa's 5ft 7in scrum-half Faf de Klerk is the man looking to bring down England, so how do Eddie Jones's side stop him?
Wales prepare for life after Warren Gatland following World Cup defeat
28/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 678
Wales' World Cup journey in Japan has resembled a rollercoaster ride and Warren Gatland's reign will finish with a bronze medal match against New Zealand.
England v South Africa: Springboks will grind out Rugby World Cup final - Rassie Erasmus
27/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 707
Coach Rassie Erasmus promises South Africa will stick to their physical, confrontational style in Saturday's Rugby World Cup final against England.
Wales 16-19 South Africa: Warren Gatland laments not meeting England in World Cup final
27/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 856
Warren Gatland laments his dream of starting and finishing his Wales career against England being dashed by their World Cup semi-final defeat by South Africa.
Rugby World Cup semi-final: Wales 16-19 South Africa
27/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 2,909
Wales fall agonisingly short of a first Rugby World Cup final as Handre Pollard's 76th-minute penalty hands the Springboks victory.
Haka: Owen Farrell says England had to stand up to New Zealand in semi-final
26/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 570
Captain Owen Farrell says England's 'flying V' response to the New Zealand haka showed they were ready to take hold of their Rugby World Cup semi-final.
England's World Cup semi-final win over New Zealand 'the finest of their lives'
26/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,483
It was impossible to find an area in which England were not superior to the All Blacks, writes Tom Fordyce.
England 19-7 New Zealand: Eddie Jones' side beat All Blacks to reach World Cup final
26/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 2,925
England beat two-time defending champions New Zealand and reach the World Cup final for the first time in 12 years.
Wales v South Africa: Jonathan Davies fit, Leigh Halfpenny replaces Liam Williams
25/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 827
Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny replaces Liam Williams for Sunday's World Cup semi-final against South Africa while centre Jonathan Davies is passed fit to start.
Liam Williams: Wales full-back will miss rest of World Cup through injury
25/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 432
Wales full-back Liam Williams is ruled out of the World Cup following an ankle injury suffered in training.
Alun Wyn Jones can lift Rugby World Cup, says 2007 South Africa coach Jake White
24/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 80
World Cup-winning South Africa coach Jake White says Alun Wyn Jones may be destined to lift the Rugby World Cup and join the sport's legends.
England v New Zealand: George Ford recalled for Rugby World Cup semi-final
24/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,014
George Ford returns at fly-half as England shuffle their backline for their Rugby World Cup semi-final against New Zealand on Saturday.
England v New Zealand: Scott Barrett into back row as Sam Cane dropped
24/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 245
New Zealand spring a surprise by dropping flanker Sam Cane and picking Scott Barrett for to face England on Saturday.
Wales v South Africa: Cheslin Kolbe ruled out of World Cup semi-final for Springboks
24/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 250
South Africa wing Cheslin Kolbe has been ruled out of Sunday's World Cup semi-final against Wales.
England v New Zealand: John Mitchell says 'no advantage' in spying
23/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 448
Speaking before the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand, England defence coach John Mitchell says he "doesn't see any advantage" in opponents spying.
Wales v South Africa: Jenkins expects Davies and Parkes to be fit for semi-final
23/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 434
Wales expect centres Jonathan Davies and Hadleigh Parkes to be fit for Sunday's World Cup semi-final against South Africa.
Rugby World Cup: No clubhouse but there is karaoke - the club game in Japan
22/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 25
Japan's wonderful home support at the Rugby World Cup was met with superb performances on the field, but what state is the club game in?
Rugby World Cup: Wales add Owen Lane to squad as Josh Navidi ruled out
22/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 447
Wales call up Cardiff Blues wing Owen Lane to the World Cup after back row Josh Navidi is ruled out by injury.
England coach Eddie Jones says pressure is on New Zealand in World Cup semi-final
22/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,318
Eddie Jones claims England's training session was spied on and says all the pressure is on semi-final opponents New Zealand.
Wales v South Africa: Cheslin Kolbe 'similar to Jason Robinson' - Edwards
22/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 143
Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards says South Africa wing Cheslin Kolbe reminds him of England's 2003 World Cup winner Jason Robinson.
Rugby World Cup 2019: Wales lay 2011 ghosts to keep Warren Gatland era alive
20/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,069
Wales lay to rest ghosts of 2011 with a near mirror image of events against France in Auckland eight years ago, writes Dafydd Pritchard.
South Africa 26-3 Japan: Springboks through to Rugby World Cup semi-finals
20/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 303
South Africa end Japan's dream World Cup run to reach the semi-finals with a bruising win against the hosts.
Wales beat France 20-19 to reach Rugby World Cup semi-finals in thriller
20/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 2,633
A dramatic late Ross Moriarty try books Wales a World Cup semi-final place as Warren Gatland's side come from behind to beat France 20-19.
England demolish Australia but All Blacks await in Rugby World Cup semi-finals
19/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 730
England impressed in their 40-16 win over Australia, but now face the test of holders New Zealand for a place in the World Cup final.
England beat Australia 40-16 to make Rugby World Cup semi-finals
19/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,453
England are into the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 12 years as they ruthlessly dispatch old rivals Australia.
Rugby World Cup: New Zealand overpower Ireland to reach semi-finals
19/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 650
Holders and tournament favourites New Zealand score seven tries in a 46-14 win over outplayed Ireland who fall at the quarter-final stage yet again.
Sir Gareth Edwards: World Rugby's drive against dangerous challenges can boost the sport
17/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 84
Wales and Lions legend Sir Gareth Edwards believes World Rugby's drive against dangerous challenges can improve the sport.
Rugby World Cup: England v Australia - Jordan Petaia to start
17/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 176
Nineteen-year-old Jordan Petaia will win his third Test cap as he starts at centre in Australia's World Cup quarter-final against England on Saturday.
Rugby World Cup: Ireland v New Zealand - Kearney, O'Mahony & Retallick start
17/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 265
Experienced duo Rob Kearney and Peter O'Mahony are restored to the Ireland team for Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand.
Rugby World Cup: England v Australia - George Ford dropped for quarter-final
17/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,285
Head coach Eddie Jones drops George Ford for England's World Cup quarter-final against Australia, with Owen Farrell at fly-half and Henry Slade in the centre.
Rugby World Cup: Are Tier Two nations closing the gap?
15/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 889
The 100-point winning margins of yesteryear are gone, so are rugby union's lesser lights starting to challenge the Rugby World Cup's established powerhouses?
Rugby World Cup: England ready for Australia despite low-key start, says Ben Youngs
14/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 559
England scrum-half Ben Youngs says his team will be ready for their World Cup quarter-final with Australia despite a truncated group stage.
Rugby World Cup 2019: Sexton surprised by 'negativity' around Ireland's campaign
14/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 318
Johnny Sexton says the downbeat assessments of Ireland's World Cup form are "strange" and believes they are ready for the All Blacks.
Japan 28-21 Scotland: Gregor Townsend's side out of Rugby World Cup
13/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 3,048
Scotland crash out of the World Cup at the pool stage for only the second time after being beaten by an irrepressible Japan in Yokohama.
Rugby World Cup 2019: Wales injury problems ease for France quarter-final
13/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 288
Wales coach Warren Gatland expects to have a fully fit squad to chose from for the World Cup quarter-final against France.
Wales 35-13 Uruguay: Win sets up France World Cup quarter-final
13/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 818
Wales labour to a 35-13 Rugby World Cup win over Uruguay to seal top spot in Pool D and set up a quarter-final against France.
Ireland 47-5 Samoa: Bonus-point win puts Irish into last eight
12/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 601
Ireland are through to the World Cup quarter-finals after beating Samoa 47-5 in their Pool A match in Fukuoka.
Rugby World Cup: Scotland omit captain Stuart McInally for Japan decider
11/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,042
Scotland captain Stuart McInally is on the bench for Sunday's crucial World Cup Pool A decider against Japan after a loss of form.
Rugby World Cup 2019: Ireland play down Fukuoka pitch concerns for Samoa game
11/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 88
Scrum coach Greg Feek says Ireland cannot be fixated by potential playing surface problems during the vital World Cup game against Samoa.
Rugby World Cup: Japan coach Jamie Joseph says team want to play Scotland
11/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 422
Japan coach Jamie Joseph says his team are desperate to face Scotland at the Rugby World Cup on Sunday, and believes the Blossoms deserve more respect for their unbeaten campaign so far.
Wales v Uruguay: Justin Tipuric captains side with 13 changes
11/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 504
Justin Tipuric leads Wales for the first time as Wales make 13 changes for their final Rugby World Cup pool game against Uruguay on Sunday.
Rugby World Cup: Gregor Townsend has 'faith' in Japan game going ahead
10/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 752
Gregor Townsend is confident Sunday's game against Japan will go ahead despite Typhoon Hagibis threatening Scotland's World Cup progress.
Rugby World Cup: Typhoon Hagibis forces England-France off; Scotland wait & Ireland play
10/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,050
England's World Cup match against France is called off because of Typhoon Hagibis, but Scotland must wait on their crucial game, while Ireland's fixture is set to go ahead.
England: Squad prepared for typhoon World Cup disruption against France
09/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 404
England are preparing for their World Cup match with France to be moved or cancelled because of Typhoon Hagibis.
Wales 29-17 Fiji: Josh Adams hat-trick helps clinch quarter final spot
09/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,380
Josh Adams scores a hat-trick as Wales survive a fright against Fiji to claim a place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
Scotland 61-0 Russia: Scots set up Rugby World Cup showdown with Japan
09/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 367
George Horne scores three of nine tries as Scotland batter Russia 61-0 to set up a World Cup showdown with Japan.
South Africa 66-7 Canada: Springboks seal Rugby World Cup quarter-final place
08/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 188
South Africa score 10 tries to seal their place in the World Cup quarter-finals with a dazzling victory over Canada in Kobe.
Scotland at crossroads on quest for Rugby World Cup quarter-finals
08/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 229
Scotland need to build on the controlled aggression shown against Samoa and put Russia away to set up a World Cup showdown with Japan, writes Tom English.
Rugby World Cup: England's Billy Vunipola still an injury doubt to face France
08/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 373
Doubts continue to grow about the fitness of England's Billy Vunipola as the number eight sits out training wearing a surgical boot.
Rugby World Cup: England's Billy Vunipola being monitored over ankle knock
07/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 207
England's Billy Vunipola must wait another 24 hours to find out the full extent of his ankle injury picked up in the win over Argentina.
Wales v Fiji: Ross Moriarty and James Davies come into back row
07/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 535
Ross Moriarty and James Davies are Wales two changes to face Fiji in the Rugby World Cup, Dan Biggar starts.
France beat Tonga to set up England Rugby World Cup showdown
06/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 467
France will play England next Saturday to decide who tops Pool C after they finally subdued a battling Tonga at the Rugby World Cup.
New Zealand 71-9 Namibia: All Blacks win to go top of Rugby World Cup Pool B
06/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 173
New Zealand secure a comprehensive 62-point winning margin over Namibia but only after the underdogs' brave first-half display.
George Ford: England's first-choice fly-half after impressing against Argentina?
05/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 274
George Ford steers England to victory over Argentina but has he done enough to remain Eddie Jones' first-choice fly-half, asks Tom Fordyce.
Rugby World Cup: New Zealand's Brodie Retallick 'nervous' for return from injury
05/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 35
New Zealand second row Brodie Retallick admits he is "nervous" about making his comeback from injury against Namibia.
Owen Farrell: England captain dismisses head injury fears
05/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 211
England captain Owen Farrell says he "feels fine" after being on the receiving end of a dangerous tackle for the second time in this World Cup.
England 39-10 Argentina: Eddie Jones' side qualify for World Cup quarter-finals
05/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,201
England qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals with a game to spare thanks to a bonus-point victory over 14-man Argentina in Tokyo.
Rugby World Cup: England taking nothing for granted against Argentina
04/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 527
England are taking nothing for granted before facing Argentina on Saturday, with a place in the quarter-finals at stake, writes Tom Fordyce.
South Africa 49-3 Italy: Springboks cruise to Rugby World Cup Pool B win
04/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 159
South Africa score seven tries as they cruise to a bonus-point win over 14-man Italy to keep their Rugby World Cup hopes alive.
Wales: Shaun Edwards expects Rugby World Cup semi-final spot
04/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 332
Shaun Edwards will be "unbelievably disappointed" if Wales fail to at least reach the Rugby World Cup semi-finals via games against Fiji and Uruguay.
Ireland 35-0 Russia: Joe Schmidt's side labour to World Cup win
03/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 284
Ireland labour to a five-try bonus-point win over Russia to move a step closer to the World Cup quarter-finals.
England name team to face Argentina at Rugby World Cup
03/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 658
George Ford is again at fly-half with captain Owen Farrell at inside centre in the England team to face Argentina in the World Cup on Saturday.
Rugby World Cup: Fiji beat Georgia to claim first win of tournament
03/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 99
Fiji cruise to their first victory of the 2019 World Cup with a thumping 45-10 bonus-point win over Georgia.
New Zealand 63-0 Canada: All Blacks score nine tries in Rugby World Cup win
02/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 320
Defending champions New Zealand run in nine tries to thrash Canada and record their second convincing win at the World Cup.
Rugby World Cup: France beat United States 33-9 in Japan
02/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 116
France need three late tries to survive a scare and beat the United States 33-9 with a bonus point for their second win of the World Cup.
Rugby World Cup: Ireland can be motivated by loss - Andy Farrell
02/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 83
Defence coach Andy Farrell says Ireland can use the shock defeat by Japan to their advantage during the rest of the World Cup.
Rugby World Cup: Wales' Ross Moriarty on Australia, famous father and big hits
01/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 222
Wales' Ross Moriarty discusses his special family link to the win over Australia and why he has been "smashing" team-mates in training.
Rugby World Cup: England's Manu Tuilagi grateful to be in Japan
01/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 624
Centre Manu Tuilagi says he wants to "make the most" of his fresh chance with England after thinking he might "never play rugby again".
Scotland 34-0 Samoa: Gregor Townsend's side earn bonus-point victory
30/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 891
Scotland ease to a bonus-point victory over Samoa to revive their hopes of progressing from World Cup Pool A.
Australia 25-29 Wales: Gatland's men hold out to win World Cup thriller
29/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,830
Wales beat Australia 29-25 in a thriller in Tokyo to secure a second win from their opening two Rugby World Cup games.
Japan 19-12 Ireland: Shock victory 'will ignite Rugby World Cup'
28/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 250
Japan are praised for their "seismic" win against Ireland, which is predicted to be "so massive" for the tournament.
Rugby World Cup 2019: Australia v Wales match preview
28/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 389
Preview and match details as Wales take on Australia in a crucial Rugby World Cup match in Tokyo on Sunday.
Japan 19-12 Ireland: Dazzling display gives hosts shock victory
28/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,686
Hosts Japan produce the shock result of the Rugby World Cup by beating Pool A favourites Ireland 19-12 in Shizuoka.
Rugby World Cup: Owen Farrell standing up from John Quill tackle was England's main success
26/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 722
The stand-out success of England's win over the USA may be that Owen Farrell stood up from a hit that on a crueller night could have ended very differently, writes Tom Fordyce.
England thrash United States 45-7 in Rugby World Cup
26/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,087
England hit their World Cup straps with a seven-try demolition of the USA to make it two bonus-point wins from two.
Rugby World Cup: Italy secure bonus-point 48-7 win over Canada in Pool B
26/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 94
Italy score seven tries as they secure a bonus-point World Cup victory against Canada in Pool B in Fukuoka.
United States: Are USA the stirring superpower at Rugby World Cup?
25/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 215
A vast pool of athletes, a new professional league and sevens expertise, are the United States the next big thing in world rugby?
England v USA: Eddie Jones confident his side will deal with Rugby World Cup short turnaround
25/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 504
Head coach Eddie Jones is confident his reshuffled England team will cope with their short turnaround as they prepare for Thursday's game against the USA.
Rugby World Cup: Fiji on brink of exit after Uruguay pull off stunning 30-27 win
25/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 329
Uruguay leave Fiji on the brink of exiting the Rugby World Cup at the pool stage as they pull off a stunning win in Kamaishi.
Rugby World Cup 2019: 'Officiating not good enough' - World Rugby
24/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 444
The refereeing of the opening weekend of the Rugby World Cup has not been good enough, according to the world governing body.
England: Ruaridh McConnochie, Joe Cokanasiga & Piers Francis to make Rugby World Cup debuts
24/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 547
England make 10 changes to their starting line-up for the second game of their World Cup campaign as coach Eddie Jones looks to deal with the short turnaround between matches.
Wales lock Cory Hill is out of Rugby World Cup, Bradley Davies called up
24/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 119
Wales second row Cory Hill is ruled out of the World Cup without playing a game, as Bradley Davies is called up.
Ali Price: Scotland scrum-half out of World Cup with foot injury
24/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 263
Scotland scrum-half Ali Price is ruled out of the rest of the World Cup with a foot injury suffered in Sunday's defeat by Ireland.
Wales forecast good after stormy Rugby World Cup start
23/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 161
Wales' preparations for their opening World Cup game were far from tranquil but six tries and five points claimed against Georgia keep them on track.
Wales 43-14 Georgia: Warren Gatland's men open World Cup campaign with six-try win
23/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 926
Wales produce a display of contrasting halves, but secure a bonus-point win over Georgia in their opening Pool D World Cup encounter.
Hamish Watson: Scotland flanker out of rest of Rugby World Cup
23/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 330
Injured Scotland flanker Hamish Watson will play no further part in the Rugby World Cup and is replaced by Magnus Bradbury.
England: Rugby World Cup journey is under way - now it needs to pick up speed
22/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 539
You can cruise through the group stage but knockout games are decided by big displays and England's Manu Tuilagi is approaching his peak, says Tom Fordyce.
England 35-3 Tonga: Eddie Jones' side battle to opening World Cup win
22/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 767
England's World Cup campaign gets off to a spluttering 35-3 victory against unfancied Tonga in Sapporo.
Ireland 27-3 Scotland: Joe Schmidt's side win Rugby World Cup opener
22/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 891
Ruthless Ireland frank their status as the world's top-ranked side with a clinical Rugby World Cup victory against a meek Scotland in Yokohama.
New Zealand 23-13 South Africa: All Blacks hold off spirited Springboks
21/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 438
Defending champions New Zealand produce a clinical display to hold off a spirited South Africa in their World Cup Pool B opener.
Can Ireland regain form at Rugby World Cup that beat All Blacks in November?
21/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 328
Ireland must repeat the heights of 2018 to have any hope of achieving the country's long-held ambition of reaching a World Cup semi-final.
France 23-21 Argentina: Camille Lopez drop-goal denies Pumas in Tokyo thriller
21/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 35
France hold off a second-half comeback by Argentina to win a gripping World Cup Pool C match in Tokyo.
Australia 39-21 Fiji: Wallabies fight back to win opening World Cup match
21/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 96
Australia survive a potential shock to come from behind and beat Fiji in their opening match at the 2019 World Cup in Sapporo.
Japan 30-10 Russia: Hosts win opening match at Rugby World Cup
20/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 297
Kotaro Matsushima scores a hat-trick as hosts Japan begin the 2019 Rugby World Cup with victory against Russia in the tournament's opening game.
Rugby World Cup 2019: Who stands in Wales' path to the final?
20/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 184
BBC Sport Wales looks at who stands in Wales' way at the 2019 Rugby World Cup as they bid to lift the Webb Ellis Cup for the first time.
Rugby World Cup 2019: Duncan Taylor and Sam Johnson start at centre against Ireland
20/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 205
Duncan Taylor and Sam Johnson start together for only the second time at centre for Scotland in their World Cup opener against Ireland.
England name team for opening Rugby World Cup match v Tonga
20/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 599
George Ford will start at fly-half and Owen Farrell at inside centre in England's Rugby World Cup opener against Tonga.
Ireland: Andrew Conway & Jordan Larmour start World Cup opener against Scotland
20/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 155
Andrew Conway and Jordan Larmour are named in the Ireland team to face Scotland after Rob Kearney and Keith Earls fail to prove their fitness.
Rugby World Cup preview: England, Wales, Ireland & Scotland poised for start
19/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 185
The world's top rugby union nations and expectant hosts Japan are set for the start of the "most open World Cup in a long time".
Rugby World Cup: New Zealand pick Beauden Barrett at 15 to face South Africa
19/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 191
New Zealand pick Beauden Barrett at full-back and Richie Mo'unga at fly-half in their team to face South Africa on Saturday.
New Zealand: Is the All Blacks' era of rugby dominance coming to an end?
18/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 454
As they prepare for an opener against South Africa and a bid for a third straight Rugby World Cup, are the All Blacks wobbling on their throne?
Rugby World Cup 2019: Consistent Greig Laidlaw knows his worth to Scotland
18/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 174
Experienced scrum-half Greig Laidlaw has divided opinions in the past but, as he tells Tom English, he knows what he means to Scotland in what is likely to be his World Cup swansong.
Rugby World Cup: Wales' Aaron Wainwright set to start against Georgia
17/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 279
Aaron Wainwright looks set to fight off fierce back-row competition to start in Wales' World Cup opener against Georgia.
Rugby World Cup 2019: Ben Youngs wants new England chapter after past failures
17/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 466
Ben Youngs wants England to write a new chapter at the World Cup in Japan after the disappointments of the 2011 and 2015 campaigns.
Pick your England XV to face Tonga
16/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 72
Owen Farrell or George Ford at fly-half? Tom Curry, Sam Underhill or Mark Wilson as flankers? Pick your England team to face Tonga in Sapporo.
Rugby World Cup 2019: Poor discipline could cost England - Sir Clive Woodward
15/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 432
Poor discipline could be the only "chink" in England's chances of winning the Rugby World Cup, says former head coach Sir Clive Woodward.
Rugby World Cup 2019: Scotland flanker Jamie Ritchie to miss Ireland match
15/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 66
Jamie Ritchie will miss Scotland's World Cup opener with Ireland despite joining up with the squad in Japan, says head coach Gregor Townsend.
Rugby World Cup 2019: Wales' Adam Beard and Cory Hill out of Georgia match
15/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 230
Warren Gatland is "concerned" about Wales' lock options with Adam Beard and Cory Hill out of the World Cup opener against Georgia.
Rugby World Cup 2019: Humid conditions will suit England - Eddie Jones
14/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 175
England head coach Eddie Jones says the humid conditions at the Rugby World Cup in Japan will "give us an advantage".
Rugby World Cup: I'm still England's best full-back - Mike Brown
11/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 383
Mike Brown believes he is England's best full-back despite being left out of head coach Eddie Jones' Rugby World Cup squad.
RugbyX: One-on-one to decide drawn games in sport's version of Twenty20
09/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 86
RugbyX will see the introduction of rugby's version of the 'Super Over', with drawn matches decided by a revolutionary 'one-on-one' contest.
Rugby World Cup 2019: How Scotland are preparing for Japan
09/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 309
From train journeys to tackle bags, Gregor Townsend's team is taking no chances at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
Rugby World Cup 2019: Magnus Bradbury travels with Scotland as cover for Jamie Ritchie
08/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 122
Back-row Magnus Bradbury will join Scotland's World Cup travelling party on Monday as "precautionary injury cover" for Jamie Ritchie.
Rugby World Cup 2019: Inside story of England's past four campaigns
08/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 379
The inside story of England's past four Rugby World Cup campaigns, from victory in 2003 to pool-stage defeat in 2015, from the men who were there.
Rugby World Cup: Ireland beat Wales 19-10 in final warm-up game
07/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 524
Ireland beat Wales 19-10 in Dublin in the final warm-up game for both sides ahead of the World Cup.
Rugby World Cup: England grind out warm-up win over Italy
06/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 297
England improve after the break as they finish their Rugby World Cup warm-up with a stop-start 37-0 win over Italy at St James' Park.
Scotland 36-9 Georgia: Gregor Townsend's side win final World Cup warm-up
06/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 133
Scotland pull away from a stubborn Georgia in the second half at Murrayfield to earn their third win in four World Cup warm-up matches.
Rory Best: Ireland captain starts against Wales for final home appearance
05/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 111
Rory Best will captain Ireland against Wales in his final appearance at the Aviva Stadium before retiring after the World Cup.
Rugby World Cup warm-up: Rhys Patchell starts at fly-half for Wales against Ireland
05/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 665
Rhys Patchell will start at fly-half in Wales' final World Cup warm-up game, against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.
Scotland v Georgia: Ryan Wilson captains Gregor Townsend's team
04/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 151
Ryan Wilson captains Scotland against Georgia as Gregor Townsend opts not to start any of the players who missed out on selection for the Rugby World Cup.
Joe Marchant to start for England against Italy despite not being in World Cup squad
04/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 169
Harlequins centre Joe Marchant will start England's final warm-up match against Italy on Friday despite not being part of the World Cup squad.
England v Italy: Henry Slade may miss Rugby World Cup warm-up
03/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 108
England centre Henry Slade may head to the Rugby World Cup without playing in any warm-up matches as he continues his comeback from a knee injury.
Rugby World Cup: Stuart McInally to captain Scotland as Huw Jones and Rory Hutchinson miss out
03/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 585
Stuart McInally will lead Scotland at the Rugby World Cup in Japan as centres Huw Jones and Rory Hutchinson miss out on Gregor Townsend's 31-man squad.
Rugby World Cup: Devin Toner is a shock omission from Ireland squad for Japan
02/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 279
Leinster lock Devin Toner is a shock omission from the 31-man Ireland squad named by Joe Schmidt for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Wales World Cup squad: Durability counted against props Rob Evans and Samson Lee - Gatland
01/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 83
Wales coach Warren Gatland explains the reasons behind his World Cup squad selection, including dropping props Rob Evans and Samson Lee.
Wales World Cup squad: Rhys Patchell & Cory Hill in Warren Gatland's final 31 for Japan
01/09/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 548
Wales name their 31-man World Cup squad with Rhys Patchell getting the nod over Jarrod Evans at fly-half and lock Cory Hill selected despite injury.
Wales 17-22 Ireland: Jacob Stockdale brace gives Ireland edge over Wales
31/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 671
Two Jacob Stockdale tries help Ireland knock Wales off the top of the world rankings with a 22-17 victory in their World Cup warm-up match in Cardiff.
Wales v Ireland: Will Addison to start at full-back in Cardiff
29/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 171
Ulster's Will Addison will make his first appearance since January as Joe Schmidt makes 11 changes for Ireland against Wales.
Georgia v Scotland: Centre Sam Johnson among 10 changes for Tbilisi Test
29/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 214
Centre Sam Johnson returns to face Georgia in one of 10 Scotland changes for their Rugby World Cup warm-up in Tbilisi.
Rugby World Cup: Wales make 14 changes for Ireland warm-up
29/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 636
Wales hand debuts to Owen Lane and Rhys Carre as they make 14 changes for Saturday's World Cup warm-up against Ireland in Cardiff.
England 57-15 Ireland: Where it went right - and wrong - for hosts at Twickenham
25/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 398
England's record win over Ireland offered plenty of positives, but there are still some areas for worry before the Rugby World Cup.
England 57-15 Ireland: Eddie Jones plays down Rugby World Cup chances
24/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 165
Coach Eddie Jones warns his England team that they are not ready to win the World Cup despite a record 57-15 win over Ireland.
England 57-15 Ireland: Eddie Jones' side dominate visitors in World Cup warm-up
24/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 734
England run in eight tries in a dominant performance as they beat Ireland 57-15 in a World Cup warm-up game at Twickenham.
Scotland 17-14 France: Gregor Townsend's side win World Cup warm-up at Murrayfield
24/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 170
Scotland avenge last week's rout in Nice with a battling World Cup warm-up victory over France at Murrayfield.
England v Ireland: Visitors can become number one in world at Twickenham
24/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 203
England and Ireland both name strong sides for their World Cup warm-up match at Twickenham on Saturday.
Champions Cup: Saracens begin defence against Racing 92
23/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 75
Holders and three-time winners Saracens will begin their Champions Cup defence against French giants Racing 92 in Paris on 17 November.
England v Ireland: George Ford and Owen Farrell both start
22/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 577
George Ford and Owen Farrell will start together for the first time in over a year when they line up for England against Ireland on Saturday.
England v Ireland: Ross Byrne to make full debut in World Cup warm-up game
22/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 140
Leinster fly-half Ross Byrne will make his full debut for Ireland in Saturday's World Cup warm-up game against England at Twickenham.
France 32-3 Scotland: Gregor Townsend's men crushed in Nice
17/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 292
Scotland were blown away by a France blitz as their World Cup warm-up began with a 32-3 defeat in Nice.
Wales 13-6 England: Eddie Jones says Wales are World Cup favourites
17/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 468
England head coach Eddie Jones says Wales are "favourites to win the World Cup" after they beat his side 13-6 to secure a rise to the top of the world ranking.
Wales 13-6 England: Wales top world with England revenge win
17/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,545
George North's try helps Wales to a 13-6 win over England in their World Cup warm-up in Cardiff and will see them top the world ranking for the first time.
Jonathan and James Davies: Reluctant roomies, Wales team-mates
15/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 148
Jonathan Davies refuses to share a room with his brother James but he will make an exception when the pair line up for Wales against England on Saturday.
Wales v England: Ruaridh McConnochie, Maro Itoje & Courtney Lawes start
15/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 526
Wing Ruaridh McConnochie will win his first England cap in Saturday's Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Wales in Cardiff.
Rugby World Cup: Lewis Ludlam and Ruaridh McConnochie's remarkable England rise
13/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 435
Neither Lewis Ludlam nor Ruaridh McConnochie were on the World Cup radar last summer but both have come from nowhere to earn a call-up to Eddie Jones' England squad.
England 33-19 Wales: Eddie Jones to name World Cup squad on Monday
11/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 228
England coach Eddie Jones jokes he will use "red wine" and "advice from his dog" to pick his World Cup squad, to be announced on Monday.
England beat Wales 33-19 in World Cup warm-up game
11/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,672
Wales are denied top spot in the world rankings after England withstand a second-half fightback to win their Rugby World Cup warm-up.
Australia thrash All Blacks 47-26 in Rugby Championship in Perth
10/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 252
Australia record their highest-ever score against the All Blacks as South Africa lift the Rugby Championship with victory over Argentina.
Rugby World Cup: Ireland 29-10 Italy
10/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 75
An experimental Ireland side score five tries to see off Italy in Saturday's World Cup warm-up match in Dublin.
England v Wales: Henry Slade, Sam Underhill and Ruaridh McConnochie ruled out
10/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 186
England trio Henry Slade, Sam Underhill and Ruaridh McConnochie are ruled out of the World Cup warm-up game against Wales at Twickenham on Sunday.
Australia beating New Zealand means Wales are unofficially top of World Rugby's rankings
10/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 240
Wales are provisionally top of the world rankings for the first time after Australia beat World Cup holders New Zealand.
England v Wales: Lock Alun Wyn Jones to set caps record against England
10/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 145
Alun Wyn Jones will become Wales' most capped rugby player when he captains them in Sunday's World Cup warm-up against England at Twickenham.
Warren Gatland: Criticism of Wales' World Cup warm-ups 'fair'
09/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 129
Head coach Warren Gatland says it is "fair" to criticise Wales' decision to play four World Cup warm-up matches.
England v Wales: Willi Heinz & Ruaridh McConnochie to make debuts
09/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 401
Willi Heinz and Ruaridh McConnochie will make their England debuts against Wales on Sunday as they bid for Rugby World Cup selection.
World Rugby to test waist-height tackles as part of trial
08/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 323
Limiting tackles to waist height and introducing a basketball-style team foul rule are among laws being trialled by World Rugby.
England: Mike Brown and Ben Te'o dropped from squad to face Wales
06/08/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 329
Centre Ben Te'o and full-back Mike Brown are not in the 33-man squad for the first World Cup warm-up match against Wales this weekend.