Rugby Australia’s bid to not fall behind in the fast-moving women’s sporting revolution has resulted in female players going unpaid, an advocate says. Outgoing RA boss Bill Pulver has conceded players in the national women’s XVs competition, re-branded this week as Super W, will not be renumerated for their efforts due to being considered amateurs.
All Blacks skipper Kieran Read will undergo surgery on Saturday on a prolapsed lumbar disc. Read has been reviewed by the All Blacks’ and Crusaders’ medical teams, as well as a back specialist, who will continue to monitor his recovery. Kieran Read is tackled during Bledisloe III in Brisbane Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images The expected recovery time
1:17 AM GMT ESPN staff Rugby Australia is hoping to host two Rugby World Cups within seven years of each other, after signalling its intention to bid for both the women’s and men’s tournaments in 2021 and 2027 respectively. The governing body was quick to build on Tuesday’s announcement of Raelene Castle as chief executive,
3:25 PM GMT ESPN staff Wales have suffered a huge blow ahead of the Six Nations with Taulupe Faletau ruled out for between 12 to 16 weeks. The timeframe will see him miss the start of the championship with the injury he suffered against Toulon on Saturday. He sustained a ‘grade three medial knee ligament
Director of rugby Jim Mallinder has left Northampton Saints with immediate effect. The news comes after a dismal run of form from the Saints and follows Saturday’s 42-32 defeat to the Ospreys in the Champions Cup. It was their eighth straight defeat across the Premiership and Europe’s top competition. Alan Dickens, the club’s attack coach,
Saracens owner Nigel Wray sided with Clermont as he hit out at Champions Cup organisers European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) over the handling of the pair’s rearranged fixture. Clermont made good on their promise to use the fallout as motivation as they ran out comfortable 46-14 winners at Allianz Park Monday night. Saracens’ Champions Cup
Saracens’ Champions Cup hopes look to be in tatters following an error-strewn 46-14 defeat to Clermont, their biggest ever European loss. Defeat is the reigning European champions’ sixth in a row in all competitions, and while early losses in the Anglo-Welsh Cup could be brushed aside this was a worrying performance from a side packed
10:39 AM GMT ESPN staff Leicester’s bid to wrestle back control of their Champions Cup destiny could be boosted by the return of Manu Tuilagi and Matt Toomua. The Tigers slipped to the bottom of Pool 4 following their 33-10 defeat to Munster Saturday and will face the Irish province again at Welford Road this
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
4:10 PM GMT ESPN staff Danny Cipriani remains undecided on his future and has not given up hope on an England call up. His contract is due to expire at the end of the season but if Eddie Jones continues to ignore the fly-half a move to the Top 14 may be on the cards.