rugby union

Back pages: ‘Never assume rugby is a racism-free zone’
England’s Maro Itoje in training at the Rugby World Cup in Japan
In Brief

Back pages: ‘Never assume rugby is a racism-free zone’

A round-up of the sport headlines from UK newspapers on 17 October
17 Oct 2019
RWC diary: Australia and England’s verbal war begins
Australia head coach Michael Cheika and England head coach Eddie Jones
In Depth

RWC diary: Australia and England’s verbal war begins

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is glad to avoid host nation Japan in the last eight
15 Oct 2019
RWC: Japan make history as quarter-finals take shape
Japan celebrate their victory over Scotland at the Rugby World Cup
In Depth

RWC: Japan make history as quarter-finals take shape

Scotland are sent packing by the Brave Blossoms in Yokohama
14 Oct 2019
Back pages: Japan honour typhoon victims after stunning win
Japan celebrate their victory over Scotland at the Rugby World Cup
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Back pages: Japan honour typhoon victims after stunning win

A round-up of the sport headlines from UK newspapers on 14 October
14 Oct 2019
Scotland threaten legal action as RWC nightmare unravels
Scotland are set to play a pool A decider against Rugby World Cup hosts Japan on 13 October
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Scotland threaten legal action as RWC nightmare unravels

Typhoon concerns for pool A decider spark a ‘furious row’ between the SRU and World Rugby in Japan
11 Oct 2019
Typhoon plunges RWC into crisis as matches are cancelled
A sign outside of the Yokohama Stadium at the Rugby World Cup in Japan
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Typhoon plunges RWC into crisis as matches are cancelled

England’s game against France and New Zealand’s clash against Italy are called off
10 Oct 2019
RWC diary: Wales qualify while Scotland keep hopes alive
Wales winger Josh Adams touches down against Fiji in the Rugby World Cup pool D clash
In Brief

RWC diary: Wales qualify while Scotland keep hopes alive

Six Nations champions Wales will play England or France in the last eight
9 Oct 2019
Super Typhoon Hagibis threatens to ruin the Rugby World Cup
Super Typhoon Hagibis
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Super Typhoon Hagibis threatens to ruin the Rugby World Cup

Wild weather could disrupt England and Scotland pool games in Yokohama
9 Oct 2019
RWC diary: Springboks score a perfect ten against Canada
South Africa scrum-half Cobus Reinach scored the fastest hat-trick in Rugby World Cup history
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RWC diary: Springboks score a perfect ten against Canada

England No.8 Billy Vunipola is a major doubt for the match against France
8 Oct 2019
RWC: England qualify but what about the other home nations?
Argentina’s Tomas Lavanini (No.5) was sent off for a high tackle on England’s Owen Farrell
In Brief

RWC: England qualify but what about the other home nations?

Should Wales beat Fiji on Wednesday they will join England in the last eight
7 Oct 2019
England’s RWC conundrum: win pool C or finish second?
England captain Owen Farrell trains ahead of the Rugby World Cup pool C clash with Argentina
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England’s RWC conundrum: win pool C or finish second?

Should they top the group England would likely be on a collision course with Australia and the All Blacks
4 Oct 2019
RWC diary: Ireland have ‘no chance’ against the All Blacks
Andrew Conway scored Ireland’s fourth try against Russia at the Rugby World Cup
In Depth

RWC diary: Ireland have ‘no chance’ against the All Blacks

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland side close in on the quarter-finals, but Matt Dawson doesn’t rate their chances
3 Oct 2019
RWC diary: Argentina ready for ‘war’ against England
Agustin Creevy (right) belts out the Argentine national anthem
In Brief

RWC diary: Argentina ready for ‘war’ against England

Jamie George says England will not be rattled by the pre-match talk
2 Oct 2019
RWC diary: Ireland make 11 changes and name Sexton captain
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt speaks with fly-half Jonathan Sexton during training
In Brief

RWC diary: Ireland make 11 changes and name Sexton captain

Scotland coach Townsend delighted to get maximum points against Samoa
1 Oct 2019
RWC: what Wales’s win over Australia means for the quarters
Wales centre Hadleigh Parkes celebrates his try against Australia at the Tokyo Stadium
In Depth

RWC: what Wales’s win over Australia means for the quarters

With Wales now likely to top pool D Australia could face a potential last-eight clash against England
30 Sep 2019
RWC diary: Scotland braced for a battering against Samoa
Samoa beat Russia 34-9 in their opening match of Rugby World Cup pool A
In Review

RWC diary: Scotland braced for a battering against Samoa

Scots must beat Samoa to stand a chance of qualifying from pool A
27 Sep 2019
Back pages: England caught up in World Cup tackling storm
England’s Owen Farrell receives treatment during the Rugby World Cup clash against the USA
In Brief

Back pages: England caught up in World Cup tackling storm

A round-up of the sport headlines from UK newspapers on 27 September
27 Sep 2019
RWC diary: magnificent seven for England and Italy
Joe Cokanasiga scored two of England’s seven tries against the United States in Kobe
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RWC diary: magnificent seven for England and Italy

England secure a bonus point with victory over the USA in pool C
26 Sep 2019
RWC diary: Uruguay hope greatest result can inspire a nation
Uruguay players celebrate their victory over Fiji in Rugby World Cup pool D
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RWC diary: Uruguay hope greatest result can inspire a nation

Fly-half Felipe Berchesi urges more Uruguayans to start playing rugby union
25 Sep 2019
RWC diary: England make ten changes for United States clash
George Ford will captain England in the Rugby World Cup match against the United States
In Brief

RWC diary: England make ten changes for United States clash

Scotland suffer double injury blow with Ali Price and Hamish Watson ruled out of the tournament
24 Sep 2019
RWC is ‘a marathon not a sprint’, says England coach Jones
Manu Tuilagi celebrates his second try against Tonga with England team-mate George Ford
In Depth

RWC is ‘a marathon not a sprint’, says England coach Jones

Manu Tuilagi stars with two tries in opening pool C victory against Tonga
23 Sep 2019
Back pages: Man Utd are ‘so bad it’s scary’
Manchester United players look dejected after West Ham scored their second goal at the London Stadium
In Brief

Back pages: Man Utd are ‘so bad it’s scary’

A round-up of the sport headlines from UK newspapers on 23 September
23 Sep 2019
Rugby World Cup opening ceremony: videos and best pictures
Performers take part in the Rugby World Cup opening ceremony
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Rugby World Cup opening ceremony: videos and best pictures

Japan welcomes the world with a spectacular show at the Tokyo Stadium
20 Sep 2019
Pictures: Rugby World Cup opening ceremony
The 2019 Rugby World Cup logo on the pitchside flag
In Brief

Pictures: Rugby World Cup opening ceremony

20 Sep 2019
RWC: England at full-strength for ‘ferocious’ Tonga test
England head coach Eddie Jones receives the ball from flanker Billy Vunipola during the Captain’s Run in Sapporo
In Review

RWC: England at full-strength for ‘ferocious’ Tonga test

Eddie Jones’s side should expect fireworks at the Sapporo Dome
20 Sep 2019
RWC: Wales squad rocked by Howley’s departure
Rob Howley was sent home from Wales’s Rugby World Cup training camp on 16 September
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RWC: Wales squad rocked by Howley’s departure

Welsh World Cup hopes are hit following alleged betting scandal
18 Sep 2019
RWC 2019: Wales team profile, pool D fixtures, squad
Wales players celebrate winning the 2019 Six Nations, grand slam and triple crown
In Review

RWC 2019: Wales team profile, pool D fixtures, squad

Six Nations winners eye more glory in Japan but preparations are hit by Rob Howley’s departure
17 Sep 2019
RWC 2019: England team profile, pool C fixtures, squad
England players pose during a welcome ceremony at the Miyazaki Prefectural Government Hall
In Review

RWC 2019: England team profile, pool C fixtures, squad

After the horror show in 2015 can England peak in Japan this year?
17 Sep 2019
RWC 2019: Ireland team profile, pool A fixtures, squad
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt
In Review

RWC 2019: Ireland team profile, pool A fixtures, squad

The recent form of Joe Schmidt’s team belies their No.1 status
16 Sep 2019
RWC 2019: Scotland team profile, pool A fixtures, squad
Gregor Townsend is head coach of the Scotland rugby union team
In Review

RWC 2019: Scotland team profile, pool A fixtures, squad

Gregor Townsend’s Scotland team is brave, but inconsistent
16 Sep 2019
RWC diary: Japan PM Shinzo Abe predicts best-ever tournament
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pictured with the Webb Ellis Cup
In Brief

RWC diary: Japan PM Shinzo Abe predicts best-ever tournament

All Blacks forward Luke Jacobson is ruled out of the RWC with concussion
13 Sep 2019
RWC: Manu Tuilagi says ‘special’ England are raring to go
England centre Manu Tuilagi runs with the ball in the RWC warm-up against Ireland at Twickenham
In Depth

RWC: Manu Tuilagi says ‘special’ England are raring to go

Centre won’t waste his chance of playing at the highest level again
13 Sep 2019
Rugby World Cup squads: who will be playing in Japan?
New Zealand captain Kieran Read will lead the All Blacks as they aim to defend the Rugby World Cup
In Review

Rugby World Cup squads: who will be playing in Japan?

Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland have announced their squads
9 Sep 2019
England axe Cipriani from Rugby World Cup training squad
Gloucester fly-half Danny Cipriani was named the Premiership’s player of the year in 2018-19
In Brief

England axe Cipriani from Rugby World Cup training squad

Gloucester star dropped ‘without a word of explanation’ from Eddie Jones
23 Jul 2019
The Decathlon: Snooker’s £1m man Trump is ready to go wild
Judd Trump celebrates his victory at the 2019 Betfred World Snooker Championship final
Daily Briefing

The Decathlon: Snooker’s £1m man Trump is ready to go wild

Ten things from the world of sport on Tuesday 7 May
7 May 2019
Vunipola given formal warning by RFU over support for Folau
Saracens No.8 Billy Vunipola has won 36 international caps for England
In Depth

Vunipola given formal warning by RFU over support for Folau

Saracens and England No.8 ‘expressed genuine regret’ at his public comments
16 Apr 2019
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