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Lions captain Conor Murray with head coach Warren Gatland during a training session on Thursday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A previous trend in picking Lions captains has been to anoint players who have captained their country on a regular basis. Ireland’s Conor Murray buck(...)

England’s fifth-place finish in the Six Nations that has seen them drop to fourth in the world rankings. File photograph: Getty Images

England players are set to have a significant say over whether Eddie Jones keeps his job as head coach with the squad invited to give their feedback i(...)

The 2023 Rugby World Cup in France will have increased rest periods for all teams as part of a new player welfare package. File photograph: Getty Images

The 2023 Rugby World Cup in France has been extended by one week to allow all teams at least five days preparation before pool matches. Player squad (...)

Ireland head coach Andy Farrell and assistant coach Mike Catt look on in the Ireland-Georgia match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rejoice for 2021 Like so many others, The Offload is ignoring the three pillars of rugby union (racism, doping and concussion) to focus on a brighter(...)

 A memorial for NFL legend Junior Seau in San Diego, California. File photograph: Getty Images

Cautionary tale Junior Seau was the epitome of an NFL linebacker. A 12-time Pro Bowler for the Chargers, the Dolphins and the Patriots, Seau is the c(...)

Referee Nigel Owens sorts out the France and Italy frontrows during  his 100th and final international at the Stade de France. Photograph: Dave Winter/Inpho

Referee Nigel Owens has announced his retirement from the international game after controlling 100 Test matches. Welshman Owens, 49, became the first(...)

New Zealand are the defending Rugby World Cup champions, after lifting the trophy in Belfast in 2017. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

The number of teams participating in the women’s Rugby World Cup will be increased from 12 to 16 from the 2025 edition, the sport’s governing body ann(...)

Pacific Rugby campaigners have called for a review into Bill Beaumont’s re-election as World Rugby chairman in May. File photograph: PA

Pacific Rugby campaigners have called for a review into Bill Beaumont’s re-election as World Rugby chairman in May. Pacific Rugby Players Welfare all(...)

Ireland are set to play their Six Nations match against France at Stade de France in Paris on October 31st. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Bernard Laporte, the president of the Fédération Française de Rugby (FFR), has confirmed that the postponed 2020 Guinness Six Nations match between Fr(...)

 Daniel Leo, the former Samoan lock: “I’ve been contacted by four or five high-profile players, in the prime of their careers, Wallabies and current All Blacks, who have said ‘My heart wants to play for my Pacific Island nation – when is that going to happen?’” Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty

Rugby is a cosy cartel. Always has been and recent events suggest it always will be. We are talking about the pandemic and about Bill Beaumont’s re-(...)

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