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  England captain Eoin Morgan: ‘There’s nothing untoward about’ using coded signals from the balcony. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/PA Wire

England will continue using coded signals from the balcony during the one-day series in South Africa that begins on Friday, with Eoin Morgan insistin(...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell speaks to his players at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Lineout and maul Once an almost guaranteed source of possession and launch plays, and even – if not directly – of tries, Ireland’s lineout and catch(...)

Former Wallaby Phil Kearns speaks to the media during The Rugby Championship 2021 fixture announcement at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

New Zealand Rugby has broken ranks with its southern hemisphere partners and demanded a change to the Rugby Championship schedule in Australia, compla(...)

Leinster could face Munster in a Pro 14 game at the Aviva Stadium on the first weekend of rugby’s proposed resumption in August. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Such is the desperate need to restore Test rugby before the end of the year within Ireland and elsewhere that hosting the cancelled July tours in the (...)

Matt Proudfoot will join the England coaching staff after being part of Rassie Erasmus’s coaching ticket that helped South Africa win the Rugby World Cup. Photograph:  Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images

Ten weeks and three months after South Africa’s pack laid the foundation for World Cup victory over England, Eddie Jones has turned to the Springboks’(...)

South Africa centre  Damian de Allende will join Munster next season on a two-year deal. Photograph: Ashley Western/PA Wire

Damian de Allende, the Springboks’ World Cup winning centre, has agreed a two-year deal with Munster. The Irish province and head coach Johann van Gra(...)

 South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus and  captain Siya Kolisi after victory over England  in the World Cup  final  at the International Stadium, Yokohama, Japan.Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

By the end of the 2019 World Cup, all felt right in the rugby world. This feel-good tournament had the ultimate feel-good story; a head coach free of (...)

 Lukhanyo Am: his  skills and vision as a playmaker for South Africa had been largely kept under wraps until the final. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

(1) Scrums still matter The game pivoted on the third-minute incident when Maro Itoje’s elbow accidentally caught Kyle Sinckler, leaving Dan Cole(...)

 The England scrum is pushed back during the World Cup final  in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Who saw that coming? Not me, for starters. The final produced a match that couldn’t really have been anticipated. England never got going, weren’t al(...)

 Faf de Klerk, Mazakole Mapimpi and Tendai Mtawarira celebrate after the Rugby World Cup final win over England at International Stadium Yokohama in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph:  Juan Jose Gasparini/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa 32 England 12 Entering the last 15 minutes of South Africa’s third final, it seemed the Boks were set to complete a third World Cup triu(...)

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