UK & Ireland mooted to host Lions tour
05/01/2021 | sport | rugbyunion | 738
The British and Irish Lions series with South Africa could be held in the UK and Ireland if Covid-19 prevents fans from travelling.
Exeter beat Gloucester for fourth win
26/12/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 131
Reigning Premiership champions Exeter ease to their fourth straight bonus-point league win of the season at home to Gloucester.
Champions Cup rules 'too harsh' - Monye
22/12/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 266
Heineken Champions Cup rules handing a 28-0 defeat to sides responsible for coronavirus-related cancellations are "far too harsh", says former England wing Ugo Monye.
Ireland and Scotland in same RWC pool
14/12/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,090
Ireland and Scotland will face each other in the pool stages of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
Exeter overpower Glasgow in Champions Cup
13/12/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 288
Exeter begin their Heineken Champions Cup defence in dominant style, keeping Glasgow scoreless as fans return to Sandy Park.
England and Wales top seeds in RWC draw
13/12/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 413
Wales and England are among the top seeds for the 2023 Rugby World Cup draw on Monday, with Ireland in band two and Scotland in the third band.
'England need to recognise prime time to attack'
07/12/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 980
England showed they can adapt under pressure in the Autumn Nations Cup final but there is room for improvement in their attack, says Matt Dawson.
England beat France in dramatic final
06/12/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 2,215
Owen Farrell finally finds his kicking boots to land a sudden-death penalty to subdue a stand-in France and win the Autumn Nations Cup at Twickenham.
Roll on 2021 after year to forget for Pivac's Wales
06/12/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 332
Wales rugby fans will be glad to see the end of 2020 despite Wayne Pivac's side finishing the year with victory over Italy.
Wales 38-18 Italy
05/12/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,196
Wales end 2020 as they started it, claiming victory over Italy to finish fifth in the Autumn Nations Cup in Llanelli.
'We're not underestimating France'
04/12/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 535
England head coach Eddie Jones says his side will not underestimate the inexperienced French team they face in Sunday's Autumn Nations Cup final.
Van der Walt 'taken game to new level'
03/12/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 677
Edinburgh's Jaco van der Walt has "taken his game to another level", says Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend, as the fly-half prepares to make his debut against Ireland on Saturday.
North returns at centre to face Italy
02/12/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 642
Wales recall George North at centre in a much-changed side to face Italy in the Autumn Nations Cup fifth-place play-off.
Wales change will take time - Owens
01/12/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 351
Wales need more time to adapt to head coach Wayne Pivac's attempted change in style, says hooker Ken Owens.
'Rugby needs to change its laws'
29/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,258
Former England scrum-half Matt Dawson says rugby needs to change its laws to keep it entertaining for all fans.
'France is our grand final of 2020'
28/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 692
England head coach Eddie Jones says his side have still not reached their peak as they prepare to face France in the Autumn Nations Cup final.
Wales 13-24 England
28/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,964
England will face France in the Autumn Nations Cup final following a 24-13 win over an improved Wales in Llanelli.
England venture into the not-so-wild West
27/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 872
Without the febrile atmosphere of the Principality Stadium, Wales go into Saturday's meeting hoping for, rather than believing in, victory.
Ford starts for England against Wales
26/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,083
Fly-half George Ford returns to the starting XV for England's Autumn Nations Cup match with Wales in Llanelli on Saturday.
'A heavy defeat & the world may implode'
26/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 304
After the All Blacks lose back-to-back Tests for the first time in nearly a decade, the New Zealand public asks if the right man is in charge.
Scrum-half Williams starts for Wales
26/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 467
Scrum-half Lloyd Williams will make his first Wales start for four years against England but Liam Williams and Justin Tipuric are injured.
Injured Lawrence to miss Wales game
24/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 395
Centre Ollie Lawrence will miss England's Autumn Nations Cup match against Wales in Llanelli on Saturday with a minor hip issue.
Wales are miles behind England - Jones
24/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 953
Former captain Gwyn Jones believes Wales are "miles behind" England as the teams prepare to meet in the Autumn Nations Cup on Saturday.
Impressive May scores twice in England win
21/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,513
Wing Jonny May scores a superb solo try as England claim an emphatic and entertaining Autumn Nations Cup victory against Ireland at Twickenham.
Simmonds hat-trick helps Exeter win
20/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 286
Sam Simmonds scores a hat-trick as Premiership champions Exeter start their title defence with victory at Harlequins.
Scotland make five changes for France
20/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 261
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has made five changes to his team for the Autumn Nations Cup Pool B decider against France at Murrayfield.
Ford on the bench against Ireland
19/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 625
George Ford will start on the bench as he returns from injury for England's Autumn Nations Cup match against Ireland, with captain Owen Farrell starting at fly-half.
Botham to make Wales debut against Georgia
19/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 271
Cardiff Blues flanker James Botham will win his first Wales cap against Georgia on Saturday as one of 13 personnel changes made by Wayne Pivac.
Premiership returns after 27-day gap
19/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 151
Less than a month since Exeter Chiefs were crowned Premiership champions, English top-flight rugby is ready to return.
Four Ireland changes for England game
18/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 150
Ireland draft in Bundee Aki, Keith Earls, Ross Byrne and CJ Stander for Saturday's Autumn Nations Cup game against England.
Willis out and Underhill in for England
17/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 383
Flanker Jack Willis is left out of England's squad preparing for the Autumn Nations Cup match against Ireland, as Sam Underhill returns.
Ryan to captain Ireland against England
17/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 252
Leinster lock James Ryan will captain Ireland in Saturday's Autumn Nations Cup match against England at Twickenham, with regular skipper Jonny Sexton injured.
Willis' unusual Twickenham debut
14/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 316
You see the line. You drive hard with your legs, twist, turn and you are across. A capacity crowd of 80,000 screams. That is how it should have been for Jack Willis.
England's George scores hat-trick
14/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 594
Hooker Jamie George's hat-trick helps England to a comfortable six-try victory against Georgia in their first match at Twickenham since March.
Scotland have much to improve - Townsend
14/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 73
Scotland still have "a number of things to improve" despite beating Italy to register five wins in a row for the first time since 2011, says head coach Gregor Townsend.
Scotland earn comeback win in Italy
14/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 557
Scotland recovered from a slow start to beat Italy 28-17 in their Autumn Nations Cup opener and earn a fifth win in a row.
Argentina beat All Blacks for first time
14/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 751
Argentina beat New Zealand for the first time in their history with a shock 25-15 win in the Rugby Championship.
Ireland surge past Wales in opener
13/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,465
A dominant first half and a late James Lowe try help Ireland to a 32-9 victory over Wales in the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup match in Dublin.
Willis to make debut against Georgia
12/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 559
Wasps flanker Jack Willis will make his England debut against Georgia in the Autumn Nations Cup on Saturday.
Rowland gets first England XVs start
12/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 47
Former sevens player Helena Rowland will make her first XVs start for England at fly-half against France on Saturday.
Tipuric back for Wales against Ireland
11/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 374
Flanker Justin Tipuric returns from illness in the only Wales change for the Autumn Nations Cup opener against Ireland in Dublin on Friday.
Autumn Nations Cup - all you need to know
09/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 567
Eight nations, four weekends, one new concept. How the Autumn Nations Cup will work, the stars it might create and how to follow.
Scarratt & Dupont win Six Nations awards
06/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 216
England's Emily Scarratt and France's Antoine Dupont are named the respective Six Nations women's and men's player of the championship.
Can stingy Scotland take the next step?
01/11/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 308
After Scotland conclude their Six Nations campaign with three wins, Tom English asks whether Gregor Townsend's team can challenge for the title next season.
England win 2020 Six Nations title
31/10/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,275
England win the Six Nations title after France beat Ireland on a thrilling final day of the delayed tournament.
England beat Italy with bonus point
31/10/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 594
England's bonus-point victory against Italy proves to be enough to win the Six Nations title after France beat Ireland in Saturday's final fixture.
Scotland win in Wales to end 18-year wait
31/10/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 580
Scotland win in Wales for the first time since 2002 as Stuart McInally's try underpins a 14-10 Six Nations win at Parc y Scarlets.
NZ thrash Australia to win Bledisloe Cup
31/10/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 143
New Zealand win the Bledisloe Cup for an 18th consecutive year after a record 43-5 victory over Australia in Sydney.
Why England have the Six Nations edge
30/10/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 946
The Six Nations concludes this weekend - 237 days after it was stopped by coronavirus - with either Ireland, England or France to be crowned champions.
Six Nations title permutations
30/10/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 15
What results do Ireland, England and France need to win the Six Nations on Saturday's finale?
England's Hill to make debut against Italy
29/10/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 410
Exeter's double-winning lock Jonny Hill will make his England debut in Saturday's Six Nations match against Italy in Rome.
Exeter to play Toulouse and Glasgow
28/10/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 259
Holders Exeter will begin next season's Champions Cup defence with challenging group-stage matches against Toulouse and Glasgow in December.
Willis & Umaga called into England squad
26/10/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 638
Wasps flanker Jack Willis and fly-half Jacob Umaga are called up to the England squad for Saturday's Six Nations finale and the Autumn Nations Cup.
Are Exeter one of greatest English sides ever?
25/10/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 303
Having won a domestic and European double, how do Exeter Chiefs rank among the best club teams in English history?
Exeter hold off Wasps to clinch double
24/10/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 236
Exeter complete a historic domestic and European double as they beat Wasps 19-13 to win the Premiership title.
Scots warm up for Wales with Georgia win
24/10/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 420
Scotland warmed up for next Saturday's Six Nations game against Wales with a comfortable 48-7 win against Georgia at Murrayfield.
Lawrence may get Test chance - Jones
20/10/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 200
Uncapped Worcester centre Ollie Lawrence can provide the power needed at Test level, says England coach Eddie Jones.
'Russell best 10 in France for decade'
20/10/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 609
He's the best fly-half in France, but Gregor Townsend is still the boss... Johnnie Beattie discusses Finn Russell's return to Scotland.
Does dynasty beckon for European champions Exeter?
18/10/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 458
After clinching their first Champions Cup, could the next 10 years eclipse even Exeter's previous decade?
Exeter 31-27 Racing 92
17/10/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 676
Exeter Chiefs have just enough to keep Racing 92 at bay and clinch their first Champions Cup title in a thrilling final at Ashton Gate.
Bristol Bears win first European trophy
16/10/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 246
Bristol Bears outclass Toulon to win rugby union's Challenge Cup final and lift their first European trophy.
England include uncapped centre Lawrence
15/10/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 312
Worcester's uncapped centre Ollie Lawrence, 20, is added to England's training squad but scrum-half Ben Spencer misses out.
Cooney misses out on Ireland squad
08/10/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 142
Ulster's John Cooney is not among the three scrum-halves included in the Ireland squad for the final two rounds of the Six Nations.
England lock Lawes to miss autumn games
07/10/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 197
Northampton lock Courtney Lawes will miss England's autumn schedule with an ankle injury.
Lloyd and Sheedy named in Wales squad
06/10/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 375
Bristol pair Callum Sheedy and Ioan Lloyd are among seven uncapped players named in the Wales autumn squad.
Tuilagi out for six months with injury
01/10/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 171
England and Sale Sharks centre Manu Tuilagi is ruled out for six months with an Achilles injury.
Bristol stay in play-off hunt with Tigers win
30/09/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 46
Bristol move level on points with fourth-placed Sale and leave themselves in play-off contention after a bonus-point victory against Leicester.
WRU lifts Caerphilly ban after petition
29/09/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 21
The Welsh Rugby Union lifts suspension in Caerphilly after a petition to remove junior rugby lockdowns in some areas of Wales.
Exeter beat Toulouse to make landmark final
26/09/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 322
Exeter grind down free-running, fast-starting Toulouse to reach the Heineken Champions Cup final for the first time in the club's history.
Pro14 in South Africa expansion talks
23/09/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 159
Pro14 organisers confirm they are in talks with South Africa about increasing the amount of sides in the competition.
Saracens hold off Leinster in thriller
19/09/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 414
Reigning champions Saracens hold off a stirring Leinster fightback to win a thrilling European quarter-final in Dublin.
Wasps' turnaround & Leinster's dominance
14/09/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 269
BBC rugby union correspondent Chris Jones ponders Wasps' Premiership success, Leinster's dominance and whether Owen Farrell's five-match ban was the right decision.
McGeechan backs Lancaster for Lions
07/09/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 190
Sir Ian McGeechan says he would be "very surprised" if British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland does not contact Stuart Lancaster.
How Cockerill has reinvented Edinburgh
05/09/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 81
BBC Scotland charts the impact of Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill as the club prepares to play its first ever Pro14 semi-final against Ulster on Saturday.
Sale back on track, Saints deserve praise
01/09/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 132
BBC rugby union correspondent Chris Jones on Sale's disciplined revival, Northampton's team selections and why midweek training has "gone to zero".
South African sides to miss Pro14 start
25/08/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 113
South African sides Cheetahs and Southern Kings will not play in the Pro14 tournament for the rest of the year, missing the start of the 2020-21 season.
Six Nations to be completed in October
30/07/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 47
The men's and women's Six Nations will be completed in October after World Rugby approves a new temporary calendar.