Rugby world is no longer marching to New Zealand’s drum

Amid all the bleating from New Zealand about the scheduling for The Rugby Championship, what was missing was an acknowledgment that the tournament was still alive and going ahead. True, one can never be too prescriptive about these things in Pandemic World. As it is, South Africa’s participation is still conditional on its government giving … Read more

One of Welsh rugby’s most iconic clubs in danger of folding with 30 more ‘on brink of extinction’ amid dire warning about the future

These are worrying times for the grassroots game in Wales The future of one of Welsh rugby’s most iconic clubs is in grave doubt amid a wider crisis that has reportedly left around 30 others on the brink of extinction. Merit Table winners in 1978 and 1979 and invincible in 1949-50, Maesteg RFC today reveal … Read more

Rugby Championship: New Zealand oppose schedule that means Christmas in quarantine

New Zealand Rugby has criticized December’s Rugby Championship schedule because it means players will be forced to spend Christmas in quarantine. The All Blacks play Australia in Sydney on 12 December and would need to self-isolate for 14 days on their return home under coronavirus protocols. 2020 Rugby Championship Argentina and South Africa will also … Read more

Ireland women’s team to play out final Six Nations fixtures with two Sunday games

Ireland’s women will complete their Six Nations campaign with a pair of Sunday fixtures against Italy and France. Adam Griggs’ team sat third in the table after three games when the competition was put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will hope to finish strong at the end of next month and the … Read more

Leo Cullen urges Leinster to ‘bottle up’ pain of Saracens defeats

Coach frustrated with ‘anti-climax’ to the season while Ulster rue mistakes against Toulouse Irish interest in the 2019-20 Heineken Champions Cup was duly extinguished in front of a noisy 5,000 fans in the Stade Ernest-Wallon yesterday, where Toulouse’s 36-8 quarter-final win over Ulster ensured both semi-finals will be Anglo-French affairs. Racing 92 will host Saracens … Read more