Rugby

It wasn’t a great day for the African teams on the second day of the Cape Town Sevens, with the favourites South Africa losing in the semi-finals and Kenya and Uganda playing off for 13th place. The Blitzboks narrowly beat surprise packages Canada 19-12 in the bronze medal match, after they were stunned by old
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Johann van Graan enjoyed a memorable Champions Cup coaching debut as his Munster side thumped Leicester 33-10 at Thomond Park. Beaten 38-0 in this corresponding fixture last season, Leicester’s Limerick woes continued as European debutant Chris Cloete’s 67th-minute bonus-point score moved Munster four points clear at the top of Pool 4. Rhys Marshall’s first European
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Bath director of rugby Todd Blackadder was dealt a double blow as Taulupe Faletau suffered a knee injury during the 24-20 Champions Cup defeat at Toulon. A moment of individual brilliance from Toulon’s new France international Anthony Belleau atoned for Chris Ashton’s howler, which almost gifted Bath a notable away win. Chris Ashton had his
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It is unlikely that David Strettle will be knocking on doors in Hendon when he returns to Saracens with Clermont Sunday. Had he done so following either of his two Aviva Premiership-winning campaigns with the north London club, though, the winger doubts it would have elicited much excitement. Strettle, 34, arrives back at Allianz Park
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1:27 PM GMT ESPN staff The Champions Cup returns with some mouthwatering clashes, but injuries from the recent autumn internationals have had an impact. ESPN brings you the latest team news ahead of the weekend’s round three action. FRIDAY Glasgow Warriors vs. Montpeller Scotstoun Stadium, 7:45 p.m. Glasgow will again be without Stuart Hogg as
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London Irish captain David Paice has received a five-week ban following his red card against Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership. Paice, 34, was sent off just before half-time in Saturday’s 39-15 defeat for dangerous charging and making contact with the head of opposing skipper Willi Heinz. Paice appeared before an independent disciplinary panel Wednesday —
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Dec 4, 2017 ESPN staff November, and the first week of December, offered international coaches a chance to experiment as they trained their sights on the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Scotland and Gregor Townsend grasped the opportunity with both hands, while England, Ireland and New Zealand all ended their campaigns with perfect records. But what
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Judgement day is looming. Almost two weeks after France’s November debacle stuttered to a conclusion against Japan at the U Arena, French Rugby Federation (FFR) president Bernard Laporte admitted he is no closer to reaching a decision on the futures of key members of Les Bleus’ set up — including head coach Guy Noves. That
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PRINCIPALITY STADIUM, Cardiff — Siya Kolisi mounted a heartfelt defence for the Springboks’ underfire coach Allister Coetzee in the wake of their defeat to Wales as speculation continues over his long-term future in charge of South Africa. Coetzee was bullish after he saw his side fall to their fourth defeat of the year and when
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