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The French Rugby Federation has proposed lowering the height of tackles to below the waist in response to the death of a teenage player.Stade Francais academy flanker Nicholas Chauvin died at the age of 19 after breaking his neck...

Leigh Halfpenny doubtful for Wales’ Six Nations opener after being ruled out for 3...

Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny looks set to miss his country's opening matches in the Six Nations.Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac revealed Tuesday the fullback has been ruled out for between three and five weeks after seeing a concussion specialist.Halfpenny...

Gloucester edge Newcastle, Bath overcome Wasps

Bath moved into the top six in the Gallagher Premiership thanks to an inspired performance from Freddie Burns as they beat Wasps 24-14.Fly-half Burns scored 19 points including a fine first-half try and Will Chudley also crashed over for...

RFU awards England Women’s squad full-time professional contracts

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced England Women's first squad of full-time professional players and has set its sights on regaining the Women's Six Nations championship in March.The organisation revealed plans for the team to go fully professional...

France include five uncapped players in Six Nations squad

France have included five uncapped players in their 31-man Six Nations squad.Demba Bamba and Romain Ntamack, two members of France's winning Under-20 World Cup squad, are joined by forwards Dorian Aldegheri and Gregory Alldriit and full-back Thomas Ramos.Prop Bamba,...

stats behind the 2018 international rugby year

A New Zealand columnist who should know better, but quite often does not, asked why the All Blacks should not be handed the World Cup now, just in time for first South Africa, then (without quite closing the deal)...

Faf de Klrek extends Sale Sharks contract until 2023

Springboks scrum-half Faf de Klerk has extended his contact with Sale Sharks until 2023, the Premiership side announced Monday.De Klerk, who was named on a five-man shortlist for World Rugby's player of the year for 2018, made 25 appearances...

Exeter Chiefs end Saracens’ 22-game unbeaten run and go top of Premiership

Exeter Chiefs ended Saracens' 22-game unbeaten run with a dominant 31-13 victory to move above them at the top of the Gallagher Premiership.Tries from Luke Cowan-Dickie, Harry Williams and Matt Kvesic alongside a second-half penalty try secured victory with...

Saracens reach quarterfinals, Exeter keep hopes alive

Saracens progressed to the Champions Cup quarterfinals with a convincing 28-10 victory over Lyon in pool three.Nick Tompkins crossed the line twice for the two-time winners who stay top and remain unbeaten in the competition this season.England international Maro...

Premiership Rugby denies reports of breakaway and rift with RFU

Premiership Rugby has moved to dampen suggestions of a rift with the Rugby Football Union after reports claimed the organisation could break away.The Mail on Sunday claimed it had seen minutes from a Premiership board meeting which discussed the...

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The big pictureThe result of the Test series may be as disappointing for Mickey Arthur as it was gratifying for Otis Gibson, but in...