Rugby

Former England international Joe Marler will line up against his country for the first time after accepting an invitation to represent the Barbarians invitational side at Twickenham on June 2. Marler, who won 59 caps for England between 2012 and 2018, retired from international rugby last year at the age of 28 in order to
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Gloucester fly-half Danny Cipriani was named Premiership player of the season on Wednesday, becoming only the second man to win the award in the same year as claiming the Players’ player of the year prize. Cipriani led Gloucester to their first appearance in the playoffs since 2011 in his first season at the club. They
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Waratahs and Wallabies hooker Tolu Latu has been stood down by his Super Rugby club until a court appearance for alleged drink driving. Latu will also be subject to a Rugby Australia code of conduct process, pending the outcome of his court appearance on June 6. “I’m disappointed with my actions, because I recognise the
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The rugby players’ union (RUPA) is to set up a committee to review how players can express their faith and beliefs after the Israel Folau sacking saga. RUPA said on Monday the decision to tear up Folau’s Rugby Australia contract was “a sad outcome for Israel, his family, friends, teammates, opponents and all associated with
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6:34 AM BST ESPN staff Israel Folau has opted not to appeal his contract termination by Rugby Australia [RA]. The 72-hour window Folau had to lodge an appeal expired early on Monday afternoon [AEST], the governing body confirming it had received no communication from the now-former Wallabies star. Just a short while later, Folau himself
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Tolu Latu has some explaining to do, his NSW Waratahs coach says, after the hooker’s failure to inform the Super Rugby club of an alleged drink driving offence that could ruin his World Cup aspirations. Latu has been banished from the Wallabies’ Brisbane training camp, instead set to meet with Rugby Australia’s Integrity Unit on
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Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle is confident the decision to terminate Israel Folau’s contract won’t alienate some of his former teammates and undermine the Wallabies’ World Cup campaign. Folau’s religious beliefs are understood to be shared by several other professional players in Australia, particularly his fellow Polynesians. Players from that group filled nine out of
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While former Wallabies coach and radio broadcaster Alan Jones blasted Rugby Australia over its decision to sack Israel Folau, some Australian players used social media to show their love and support for their ex-teammate. Jones has been in Folau’s corner since his inflammatory Instagram post, which resulted in his four-year contract being torn up on
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