Rugby

2:59 PM BST Newcastle Falcons’ promotion back to the Gallagher Premiership has been confirmed with Saracens relegated to England’s second tier. The Falcons are at the top of the Championship, 18 points clear of second-placed Ealing, and following the Rugby Football Union’s (RFU) decision to call off the rest of the 2019-20 season due to
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7:18 AM BST New Zealand Rugby has offered a grant of $[NZ]250,000 to each of the country’s five Super Rugby teams to help them get through the next three months while the game remains suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. The intercontinental Super Rugby competition was shut down after round seven when the New Zealand
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1:26 AM BST Associated Press NEW YORK — USA Rugby has decided to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because its financial woes have been exacerbated by the coronavirus shutdown. In financial strife since 2018, USA Rugby had a recent attempt to restructure set back this month, when it suspended all activities indefinitely in the face
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6:53 PM BST England coach Eddie Jones has accepted a pay cut of over 25% to help ease the financial burden on the Rugby Football Union (RFU) which is set to lose money due to the coronavirus pandemic. The RFU faces losses of up to £50 million over the next year-and-a-half due to the outbreak
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5:00 PM BST Rebecca Chaplin Sport is currently navigating unchartered waters, as the coronavirus wreaks havoc on fixtures, training and global participation. Rugby’s Six Nations tournament was one of the first events to feel the strain, when it was announced that Ireland vs. Italy in Dublin would be postponed at the start of March. Some
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12:00 PM BST The Rugby Football Union (RFU) have announced that they expect to make a £50 million loss over the next 18 months in part due to the coronavirus. The RFU have provided support for community clubs in England with a relief package worth £7m as domestic rugby continues to feel the negative financial
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12:50 PM BST England No. 8 Billy Vunipola has said he will “definitely” stay at Saracens next season despite their relegation to the Championship. The English and European champions will play in the second-tier after being relegated from the Premiership for breaching salary cap rules. Despite the sanction, Vunipola has said he intends to remain
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10:55 AM BST The European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) on Tuesday postponed the semifinal and final of this season’s Champions Cup and Challenge Cup tournaments due to the coronavirus pandemic. Quarterfinal fixtures of both tournaments from April 3-5 were already postponed last week. The organisers have now added the finales of the competitions, which had
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7:29 PM BST Gallagher Premiership organisers are determined to finish the season and could schedule multiple matches to be played behind closed doors at one venue, league chief executive Darren Childs has said. The Rugby Football Union (RFU) announced the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-20 domestic rugby season last week, excluding the Gallagher
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10:34 AM BST England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) have announced the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-20 domestic rugby season, excluding the Gallagher Premiership, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision means the end of this season’s RFU Championship among other competitions, including cup competitions. Subsequently, the Newcastle Falcons have finished top of the
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