Rugby

Delon Armitage is ready to face the Australian rugby barrage at Twickenham

England's new full-back Delon Armitage lived on nervous tension for his debut last weekend and now he aims to grow into the No 15 shirt as the Australians relentlessly probe for weaknesses at Twickenham this Saturday.

England see off gritty Islanders

Stephen Jones at Twickenham Times Online 09.11.2008
Steve Borthwick of England is tackled by Sililo Martens of the Pacific Islanders side  (David Rogers)

MARTIN Johnson’s first selection in charge of England seemed ideal for a Sevens tournament played in somewhere like subtropical Queensland. However, on a wet, dark and atmosphere-free afternoon at Twickenham, it only barely passed muster.


Austraian rugby coach denies 'get Carter' policy

HONG KONG (AFP) - Australia coach Robbie Deans on Thursday denied he was targeting New Zealand star Dan Carter after naming a physical midfield for this weekend's Bledisloe Cup match here.

Lions make Wales coaches backbone of touring party

Gatland, Edwards and Howley to join setup McGeechan plans smaller squad for South Africa


Cronk backs Bellamy spray

Steve Mascord Melbourne Herald Sun 30.09.2008
Cronk backs Bellamy spray

MELBOURNE halfback and captain Cooper Cronk says coach Craig Bellamy had the full support of his players in delivering Friday night's $50,000 'spray'.

Frustrated stopper to sign with Gold Coast

Gold Coast United will tomorrow unveil former Juventus goalkeeper Jess Vanstrattan as the A-League expansion club's first signing.


Danny Cipriani has cut out the late nights so he can be in peak condition for Wasps and England. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Wasps' prodigal son returns from injury tomorrow a reformed and fitter No10

Hong Kong have included three new caps in their Sevens squad for next weekend's World Cup qualifers.


England stars agree new pay deal

Andrew McKenzie BBC Sport 13.08.2008
England stars agree new pay deal

England's elite rugby players have ended their dispute with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) after signing a new performance-related pay deal.

Some New Zealand rugby fans were shocked by unexpected pornography

New Zealand rugby fans watching a regular sports programme found themselves viewing hardcore pornography instead on Sunday afternoon.


Tahu included in Tri-Nations squad

BigPond Sport 07.07.2008
Timana Tahu impressed Wallabies coach Robbie Deans with his Australia A performances. Photo: Getty Images

Former rugby league international centre Timana Tahu was named Monday in a 30-man Australian squad for the Tri-Nations rugby tournament against New Zealand and South Africa.

Johnson has a big task to turn England back into contenders

English rugby enters a new era on Tuesday as Martin Johnson formally takes charge as team manager.


Martin Johnson is to create new rules governing England player behaviour. Photograph: Tom Shaw/Getty Images

Martin Johnson's second job as England team manager, after picking his first elite squad, will be to draw up a new code of behaviour for players to avoid a repeat of the after-match events in Auckland earlier this month which yesterday prompted th...

Deans names unchanged line-up

BigPond Sport 24.06.2008
Time for consistency... Robbie Deans calls on his players to deliver  Photo: Getty Images

Australia coach Robbie Deans has named an unchanged 22-man side for Saturday's first Test against France in Sydney.


Francis Baron defends England players accused of rape

Times Online and Agencies 20.06.2008
The incident was alleged to have taken place at the Auckland Hilton Hotel

Francis Baron, the RFU's chief executive, has defended the four England players at the centre of lurid allegations of serious sexual assault after they refused to be interviewed by detectives last night.

Captain Steve Borthwick said it would be "a massive achievement" for England to beat New Zealand following the allegations. Photograph: Wayne Drought/AP

Auckland police have confirmed they are investigating an allegation of "serious sexual assault" against four England rugby players. The police said they were continuing their enquiries and revealed that the players, via their legal representatives...


England rugby players face police investigation

Mark Souster in Christchurch, Paul Larter and Times Online 18.06.2008
The incident allegedly took place at the Hilton Hotel, Auckland

Four England rugby players are being investigated by police after a “serious allegation” was made against them in the aftermath of their match against New Zealand.

England rugby players face police investigation

Mark Souster in Christchurch, Paul Larter and Times Online 18.06.2008
The incident allegedly took place at the Hilton Hotel, Auckland

Four England rugby players are being investigated by police after a “serious allegation” was made against them in the aftermath of their match against New Zealand.


Paterson Inspires Scotland Win

Sporting Life 15.06.2008
Paterson Inspires Scotland Win

Scotland obtained their first away triumph over Argentina after beating them 26-14 in the second Test in Buenos Aires to draw the series 1-1.

Peacock to Stake Captaincy Claim

Andy Hampson Sporting Life 14.06.2008
Peacock - out to stake captaincy claim.

Jamie Peacock has the chance to show his World Cup captaincy credentials as he returns for Leeds at Harlequins tonight.



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