New Zealand's Super Rugby teams will be able to replace red-carded players and drawn matches may be decided by a golden-point tiebreaker when the country's domestic competition starts on June 13, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) said on Tuesday.
Former All Blacks captain Kieran Read is backing calls for an integrated international rugby season but is concerned money "coming out of the north” might frustrate attempts to create a global calendar.
Rugby Australia is in talks with the government about allowing New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina's teams to enter the country and be based in a "hub" for a condensed Rugby Championship later in the year.
Rugby Australia (RA) have laid off a third of its full-time staff as well as dozens of contractors and casual workers as part of restructuring efforts to alleviate the financial pressures brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus has left Super League’s two overseas teams with the prospect of playing home games in England and could hinder further expansion in North America
For 125 years, rugby league’s greatest strength has perhaps been its instinct for innovation.
Crisp manufacturer Tyrrells will not renew rugby union deal
Premier 15s confident of finding more active sponsor
News on Tuesday that Tyrrells would not be renewing their title sponsorship of the Premier 15s for next season seemed on the face of it a blow for top-flight women’s rugby, but with clubs having been assured that their funding from the RFU remains ringfenced, and some in the sport not exactly mourning the crisp manufacturer’s departure, mood at the top of the game remains buoyant.
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Howley banned for betting and sent home from 2019 World Cup
Former scrum-half is keen to return to rugby union in future
Former Wales coach Rob Howley has opened up about the grief over his sister’s death that led to him being sent home from the World Cup after long-term gambling issues.
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Study finds players need six weeks of training before matches
Also warns of increased risk of injury and anxiety
The Premiership is unlikely to return until late July at the earliest following a study – co-authored by the Rugby Football Union’s chief doctor – which finds that players will need six weeks of training before matches can begin.
The study, written by a group of leading medics including the RFU’s Simon Kemp, also warns of the increased risk of both injury and anxiety among players when returning to training and competitive matches. Continue reading...
Boris Johnson’s advisor ridiculed on social media
‘He doesn’t give a shit!’ tweets rugby league fan
Dominic Cummings may have weathered the storm of anger which engulfed him for apparently flouting the government’s own coronavirus lockdown guidance, but that has not stopped Boris Johnson’s top adviser being ridiculed on the other side of the world.
As Australia’s NRL season restarted this week, the Fan in the Stand initiative allowed the public to pay $22 for a cardboard cutout of themselves to be placed in a seat to ‘watch’ their teams in action.
The latest instalment of the oldest and fiercest rivalry in Australian rugby league ended in a 28-12 victory for the Sydney Roosters over the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Friday but it was quite unlike any of the 246 derbies that preceded it.
The billionaire owner of the Western Force has agreed to back his club's return to a Super Rugby competition in a move that increases the likelihood of a revamped Australian league kicking off on July 3.
Second wave of virus would be major threat to small teams
‘Clubs need a different way of running businesses,’ says Onward
The leading thinktank Onward has called on the government to encourage fans to take a financial stake in rugby and football clubs in order to create sustainability and offer greater protection during times of crisis.
Findings also advise eliminating upright tackles
Change to law guidelines to be considered this week
Doing away with reset scrums and eliminating “upright face-to-face” tackles would significantly reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission, according to a new study by World Rugby.
World Rugby also advises making a change of jerseys and head gear at half-time compulsory, banning huddles on the pitch and outlawing spitting.
Stephen Vaughan is not alone in regarding the Premiership’s lockdown, which has dropped Wasps into a financial black hole, as an opportunity to reset
“It is not like George Best turning up in town.” Ask Stephen Vaughan, the chief executive of Wasps, about whether marquee players add to the opposition’s gate receipts when they visit and he gives a blunt response.
Rugby Australia do not expect a rush of players to walk away from their contracts after they agreed to release three Queensland Reds team-mates who refused to take pay cuts during the COVID-19 shutdown.
Six Nations could move back a month to March-April
Unprecedented joint statement sets new tone
Plans to shift the Six Nations’s traditional slot by a month to March and April and play the Rugby Championship in the same window as part of a synchronised global calendar have moved a step closer following an unprecedented joint announcement by the respective tournament organisers.
Both the Six Nations and Sanzaar, who run the Rugby Championship, have committed to further discussions in the coming weeks, amid increasing optimism that a joint accord could be rubber-stamped by early July.