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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...

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...

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)...

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...

French Rugby tackles below waist could improve player safety

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...

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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...