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    Dean Richards would snub England to keep working miracles at Newcastle

    Newcastle are going places but Dean Richards will be going nowhere.We can clear that up immediately because his position is emphatic. The RFU need not bother calling.The former England No 8 has been touted as a successor to England head coach Eddie Jones in recognition of his work on Tyneside but his retort is convincing. Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards has insisted that he doesn't want the England job'When someone suggested it, I laughed. I've no interest in it at all. I just don't fancy it,' said the 54-year-old Falcons' director of rugby as he looked forward to Saturday's ...

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    Channel Four make Scotland v Argentina fourth summer Test they will show live in June

    Channel Four have snapped up another rugby Test match with Scotland's June fixture against Argentina their latest scalp.The news means four home nations internationals will be shown on the free-to-air channel next month.On Wednesday Wales confirmed Sportsmail's story from a fortnight ago that all three of their summer matches will be shown on Channel Four. Scotland coach Gregor Townsend and star man Stuart Hogg celebrate after beating England Wales will play South Africa in Washington DC, and Argentina twice in South America - and it is understood the Scotland match came part of that rights package and has been added to ...

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    Michael Cheika admits fans 'will no longer consider Israel Folau idol' after homophobic messages

    Australia coach Michael Cheika has admitted that fans may no longer consider star fullback Israel Folau as their idol after he repeatedly made homophobic posts on social media.Cheika was speaking on the issue for the first time after Folau caused mass outrage with is controversial views.The fullback believes gay people will be condemned to hell if they do not repent and also shared a video of an evangelical Christian who warned of 'sexual perversions beyond description' and took aim at same-sex marriage Israel Folau may no longer be an idol after his homophobic comments, says Michael Cheika There has been huge ...

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    Gatland 'extremely disappointed' three key players will miss Wales tour

    Warren Gatland has expressed his disappointment at three England-based players missing out on Wales' summer tour.Worcester wing Josh Adams, Exeter prop Tomas Francis and Bath lock Luke Charteris will not be part of the 30-man group.Wales' June 2 clash against South Africa in Washington DC falls outside World Rugby's June Test window, and England-based players will not be made available by Premiership Rugby for the Springboks fixture. Warren Gatland is disappointed that three England-based players will miss Wales' summer tour Worcester wing Josh Adams is among the players that will not be part of the 30-man groupThe Welsh Rugby Union ...

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    Russia qualify for 2019 Rugby World Cup

    Russia have automatically qualified for next year's World Cup after Spain, Belgium and Romania were penalised for fielding ineligible players.An independent committee sanctioned the offending nations, docking points to force a revision of the 2018 Rugby European Championship table, which also determines entry into the global showpiece in Japan.It sees Russia replace Romania in second place, resulting in their elevation into Japan 2019 behind Georgia who had already made it through on the strength of their performance at the last World Cup. Russia have automatically qualified for next year's Rugby World Cup in JapanSpain had hoped for a reprieve following ...

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    Scarlets star Leigh Halfpenny out of Pro14 semi-final clash against Glasgow with hamstring tear

    Leigh Halfpenny will miss the Scarlets' Pro14 semi-final clash against Glasgow Warriors on Friday due to a torn hamstring.The Wales and British and Irish Lions full-back will be absent when the Scarlets bid to reach a second successive league final.Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac says that Halfpenny could be available for the final in 11 days' time if Scarlets topple Glasgow. Wales and Scarlets full-back Leigh Halfpenny will miss the Pro14 semi-final against Glasgow 'Leigh has a small tear there so with any luck, should we get through the semi-final then he may be available for the final,' said Pivac, per ...

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    James Haskell signs one-year deal with Northampton from Wasps

    Northampton have signed England back-row forward James Haskell on a one-year contract from Wasps.The 77-times England capped forward is the seventh close-season signing to arrive at Franklin's Gardens ahead of the 2018/19 season.He made over 200 appearances during a 12-year career with Wasps and has also played for Stade Francais, Ricoh Black Rams and the Highlanders. James Haskell has officially signed a one-year contract with Northampton from Wasps The veteran England flanker is looking to keep his 2019 World Cup hopes alive 'I'm really excited and humbled to be joining a giant of English rugby in Northampton Saints,' said Haskell.'Having had ...

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    Wasps fly-half Danny Cipriani to join Gloucester at the end of season

    Danny Cipriani has signed for Gloucester and will join the West Country club after leaving Wasps at the end of this season.The fly-half was recalled to the England squad last week, three years after his last Test appearance. The selection by Eddie Jones ended any prospect of a transfer to France, despite lucrative offers – with Champions Cup finalists Racing 92 thought to be among the interested parties across the Channel.Sportsmail understands that four Premiership clubs expressed an interest in signing Cipriani on the day the England squad was announced.  Danny Cipriani has signed for Gloucester and will join after leaving ...

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    Leinster 15-12 Racing 92: Irish side claim fourth Champions Cup title

    Captain Isa Nacewa kicked a penalty with two minutes remaining to hand Leinster a record-equalling fourth European title with a nervy 15-12 win over Racing 92 in Bilbao. The first-half could not separate the two sides with Jonny Sexton and Teddy Iribaren both firing two penalties over the posts at the San Mames Stadium in Bilbao.Iribaren then added a third moments after the restart while Sexton failed to take his third shot but quickly rediscovered his accuracy to make it 9-9. Iribaren added a fourth but Nacewa, kicking instead of a groggy Sexton, fired over two penalties to secure victory.More follows  Leinster have won a ...

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    Stuart Lancaster can complete his redemption with Champions Cup win on Saturday

    Everyone knows part one of this plot; England plummeted out of their home World Cup after the pool stage and Stuart Lancaster lost his job as head coach. Well, this is what happened next; part two of the plot - the redemption tale.It took the best part of a year before the healing could begin in earnest, but the process has been emphatic. Such has been the scale of the revival that a man who was widely vilified before being removed from his post by the RFU is now on the brink of overseeing the ultimate success in European club rugby ...

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    England appoint Scott Wisemantel as attack consultant for three-match tour of South Africa

    England have announced that Scott Wisemantel will join up with the squad for their tour to South Africa as an attack consultant. The Red Rose, who are looking to bounce back from their Six Nations misery, will play the Springboks in three Tests in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Cape Town next month.And Eddie Jones has brought in former colleague Wisemantel in an attempt to improve their attacking play. Scott Wisemantel will join up with the England squad for their tour of South Africa The 48-year-old Australian, who was recently backs coach for Top 14 club Montpellier, has worked with Jones at both Australia and Japan.The ...

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    Danny Cipriani has been deservedly picked for England tour of South Africa based on form and merit

    Eddie Jones' decision to recall Danny Cipriani for England's tour of South Africa is a triumph for selection on merit; rather than on out-dated reputation.The national coach has been wary about trusting the prodigious Wasps playmaker thus far, which has left the 30-year-old fly-half without a Test cap since August, 2015 and wondering if his ship had sailed, in terms of international recognition. But he never quite gave up all hope and that persistence and lingering belief has been rewarded. Danny Cipriani makes the England squad on merit following an excellent season with Wasps He has been rewarded for a string ...

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    Danny Cipriani returns to England squad for South Africa tour

    Danny Cipriani has earned a dramatic recall for England and will tour South Africa in June.The 30-year-old fly-half has been in dazzling form for Wasps this season and there has been renewed clamour for his inclusion.Cipriani last started for England in 2008 and has not featured in a Test since 2015 - but now is back in the big time.  Danny Cipriani has been called into the England squad for their summer tour of South Africa Cipriani last played for England in the build-up to the 2015 World Cup Brad Shields, who plays for Hurricanes in New Zealand, has been ...

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    New Zealand blast England selectors after allowing Brad Shields to join South Africa tour

    New Zealand are livid that Kiwi-born flanker Brad Shields will tour with England this summer - but have begrudgingly allowed his release while firing shots at the RFU.Wasps-bound Shields will be announced in Eddie Jones' England squad to tour South Africa on Thursday morning.The 27-year-old flanker who plays for the Wellington-based Hurricanes qualifies via his parents but has never played professional rugby on these shores. New Zealand have reluctantly released Brad Shields from his Hurricanes duties so he can tour South Africa with England this summer Shields will be named by Eddie Jones in the England squad for the tour ...

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    Leicester full-back Veainu named Rugby Players' Association players' player of the year

    Leicester full-back Telusa Veainu has been named the Rugby Players' Association players' player of the year.Tonga international Veainu, 27, topped a poll of his fellow professionals and was honoured at an awards ceremony in central London on Wednesday.'It's an enormous privilege to win this award,' Veainu said. 'I am very surprised, but also very thankful, for the awesome support shown by my peers. Leicester and Tonga full-back Telusa Veainu topped a poll of his fellow professionals Harlequins fly-half and England prospect Marcus Smith took the young player award'I must give credit to my Leicester team-mates and coaching staff.'Rugby is obviously ...

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