Rugby

7:37 PM GMT Premiership champions Saracens will be relegated at the end of the 2019-20 season for breaching salary cap rules, the league announced on Saturday. Saracens were deducted 35 points in this season’s league table and fined £5.3 million in November after an independent disciplinary panel said Saracens failed to disclose player payments in
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11:11 AM GMT Saracens could face relegation from the Premiership if they fail to prove they are under the salary cap this year. Photo by Bob Bradford – CameraSport/Getty Images Saracens interim chief executive Edward Griffiths has said that no decision has been made on the club’s future amid reports that the club are on the
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1:43 PM GMT Scotland international Richie Gray will return to Glasgow Warriors ahead of the 2020-21 season, the club announced on Thursday. The second-rower, who began his career with the Warriors and re-joins from French Top14 champions Toulouse on a two-year deal, marks the first signing by incoming head coach Danny Wilson. 1 Related The
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11:15 AM GMT Wayne Pivac handed a surprise Six Nations call-up to Saracens centre Nick Tompkins on Wednesday, while 18-year-old Gloucester wing Louis Rees-Zammit was also included in the Wales squad for the first time. With an injury crisis plaguing Pivac’s midfield, the New Zealander turned to former England under-20 international Tompkins, 24, in the
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Jan 15, 2020 Stuart Hogg was named Scotland captain on Wednesday as coach Gregor Townsend announced his 38-man squad for the Six Nations. The Exeter Chiefs full-back, 27, takes over from Stuart McInally, who captained Scotland to a group-stage exit at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan and is also included in Townsend’s squad.
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10:06 AM GMT Wales will take on Japan and New Zealand in three test matches in June and July as part of their 2020 summer tour, the Welsh Rugby Union said on Friday. Wales, who reached the semifinals of the Rugby World Cup in Japan last year, will face the Brave Blossoms on June 27.
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9:44 AM GMT Exeter Chiefs second-row Sam Skinner is set to be fit for Scotland’s Six Nations campaign, having been out for five months with a hamstring injury. The 24-year-old missed the Rugby World Cup after injuring his hamstring during Scotland’s World Cup warm-up game against France at Murrayfield. Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter
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4:11 PM GMT Munster and Ireland fly-half Joey Carbery will miss the 2020 Six Nations following surgery on a wrist ligament injury, the Irish club announced on Wednesday. With starting fly-half Johnny Sexton also sidelined as he recovers from knee ligament damage, Ireland head coach Andy Farrell faces a possible headache at the position ahead
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1:32 PM GMT New France coach Fabien Galthie named a young 42-man squad spearheaded by Charles Ollivon for this year’s Six Nations, featuring 19 uncapped players. Toulon back-row Ollivon, who has played just 11 times for France, has battled injury throughout his career but made three impressive appearances for France during the Rugby World Cup
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9:30 AM GMT Italy’s most-capped player Sergio Parisse will retire after this year’s Six Nations, ending his 18-year international career in front of home fans in the Stadio Olimpico. The 36-year-old was set to retire after the Rugby World Cup in Japan but was unable to play a farewell match when Italy’s final pool game
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1:33 PM GMT Exeter Chiefs have donated the £350,000 given to them after Saracens’ salary cap ban to charity, the club have announced. Saracens were deducted 35 points and fined £5.3 million in November after an independent disciplinary panel said that the club failed to disclose player payments in each of the last three seasons.
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12:09 PM GMT Toulon scrum-half Rhys Webb has possibly made his last appearance for the club, owner Bernard Lemaitre said on Sunday Ospreys announced last week that Webb would be rejoining them next season after Toulon agreed to release him a year early from his contract. 1 Related However, majority owner Bernard Lemaitre told France’s
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