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Streak over – Wounded Crusaders felt Tahs’ defensive fight

SYDNEY, Australia -- An under-strength, emotionally wounded Crusaders side were well below their best in Sydney on Saturday night as their 19-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of a determined NSW Waratahs.But the nine-time Super...

New Tottenham stadium to host Saracens vs. Harlequins derby from next season

Saracens will host future London derby matches against Harlequins at Tottenham's new White Hart Lane stadium, according to the club's director of rugby Mark McCall.The Premiership fixture was staged at Wembley in 2017 before it was relocated to West...

Wales can win the World Cup following Grand Slam success

Wales head coach Warren Gatland believes the newly-crowned Six Nations champions can lift the World Cup in November, if they continue the form they have shown over the past 12 months.Wales convincingly beat Ireland in Cardiff on Saturday to...

Super Rugby Round 5 Rebels’ penalty shocker keeps Aussie conference tight

8:55 PM ETSam BruceCloseESPN Associate EditorSam was brought up on long drives and the dusty fields of north-west New South Wales, where he developed his love of rugby from an early age. He joined ESPNscrum after a five-year stint...

Cardiff hums with anticipation for stormy end to Six Nations

CARDIFF, Wales -- On Friday afternoon, St Mary Street in Cardiff had a slightly nervous aura of expectation hanging above it. It was eerily quiet. The bars had already block-ordered and stored away excessive quantities of beer, the Welsh...

Super Rugby Round 5 Reds’ Sunwolves task just got tougher

10:13 PM ETSam BruceCloseESPN Associate EditorSam was brought up on long drives and the dusty fields of north-west New South Wales, where he developed his love of rugby from an early age. He joined ESPNscrum after a five-year stint...

Chiefs considering return to fullback for Damian McKenzie

The Chiefs are willing to try anything to repair their floundering season and could consider shifting Damian McKenzie back to fullback for their Super Rugby clash with the Hurricanes on Friday.The Chiefs have been a shadow of the side...

Don’t blame Italy for Twickenham rout — rugby’s problems run far deeper and there’s...

TWICKENHAM, London -- England's win over Italy served as the perfect example of the battle rugby is facing. Establishing a level playing field for years hence, and where there are more than a handful of contenders to win the...

Ireland feeling pressure of expectation, Steve Hansen says

Having gone from hunter to the "hunted" after a brilliant 2018 season, Ireland are struggling to deal with the pressure of being the "top dog" of world rugby during their Six Nations campaign, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has...

Ospreys deny merger with Scarlets and hit out at Professional Rugby Board

Welsh regional rugby was plunged into chaos on Tuesday as Ospreys denied they were on the verge of merging with Scarlets and lashed out at the Professional Rugby Board (PRB) who have proposed a drastic overhaul of the domestic...

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