RugbyPass | Official Rugby News Partner en Copyright 2024 RugbyPass Ltd Fri, 26 Apr 2024 03:32:21 -0500 Rugbypass RSS Generator RugbyPass | Official Rugby News Partner Waisea Nayacalevu: 'Fiji can win the Rugby World Cup' The Sale-bound Fijian captain recounts his cherished village upbringing and searing rise to international history-maker. Jamie Lyall 2024-04-26 07:33:26 Brave Lupus fired up for Fuchu derby despite Richie Mo'unga absence While both clubs are already semi-final-qualified, west Tokyo rivals Toshiba Brave Lupus Tokyo and Tokyo Suntory Sungoliath have a fierce rivalry that goes beyond the arrival of the semi-professional Top League in 2003. Matt McILraith 2024-04-26 07:12:54 Western Force look to experienced players in bid to end away win drought The Western Force hope an influx of experienced players combined with some relaxing sleep-ins will help them snare an away win for the first time in nearly two years. AAP 2024-04-26 06:31:12 Brothers to take on SVNS world as New Zealand squads named for Singapore Cody Vai will look to help the All Blacks Sevens win more silverware alongside his brother Kitona. Finn Morton 2024-04-26 04:36:04 NRL star Joey Manu insists All Blacks ‘not the main focus’ in rugby switch Joey Manu insists an All Blacks cap remains a distant goal, even if his impending switch to the 15-man game has experts excited. AAP 2024-04-26 03:43:57 Brumbies look for Alaalatoa to spark response after ‘embarrassing’ defeat The ACT Brumbies hope the return of some big names can spark a lift as they look to bounce back from their "embarrassing" Super Rugby Pacific hammering by the Blues. AAP 2024-04-26 03:38:22 Ex-All Black believes 2024 Hurricanes may be ‘better’ than 2016 champs Mils Muliaina believes the 2024 Hurricanes are “possibly a better team” compared to the side that delivered the first Super Rugby title to the nation’s capital in 2016. Finn Morton 2024-04-26 02:07:25 ‘Might just catch them out’: Crusaders set for ‘must-win’ Rebels clash Former All Black Mils Muliaina has labelled the Crusaders’ clash with the Melbourne Rebels as a “must-win” match. Finn Morton 2024-04-26 01:12:25 Son of a Wallaby legend set for Aussie Sevens debut in Singapore The son of former Wallaby and Rugby World Cup winner David, Wilson is one of two changes to John Manenti’s side from Hong Kong. Liam Heagney 2024-04-25 20:55:12 Disciplinary verdicts as puzzling as ever – even when consistent to a fault Arguments of inconsistency in SANZAAR's judicial process are mostly superficial, but it is still prone to some puzzling verdicts. Bryn Palmer 2024-04-25 19:58:07 New Premiership salary cap report names best, worst paid positions The document, which covers the 2022/23 season, is the third annual report to be publicly published by the English league’s administrators. Liam Heagney 2024-04-25 16:48:30 Ten Top 14 matches to be shown free in UK and Ireland, including final French broadcaster TV5Monde will show ten matches of this current Top 14 season, including the final, allowing audiences in the United Kingdom and Ireland to watch for free. Josh Raisey 2024-04-25 16:34:09 Sixways statement: Financial collapse of Worcester owners Atlas It was last May when the Jim O'Toole and James Sandford Atlas consortium became owners of the Sixways-based club that hasn't played since its suspension by the RFU in September 2022. Liam Heagney 2024-04-25 16:13:09 One change for six-in-a-row title-chasing England heading to France The English, who are chasing a sixth successive championship title but a first with their Kiwi coach in charge, turned on the style last Saturday to blitz Ireland 88-10 in front of a near-50,000 attendance at Twickenham. Liam Heagney 2024-04-25 16:00:31 The simple way to prove Boks also hold the 'unofficial world title' There is precedent for lineal championships. The Ranfurly Shield in New Zealand domestic rugby has garnered enough interest to create “Shield fever”, as Algie puts it. Ivory Coast, the current champions of Africa, are the present holders of the 'Unofficial Football World Championships' . This might come as a surprise to casual football fans but, as Algie explains, part of the joy of lineal competitions lies in their unpredictability. Daniel Gallan 2024-04-25 15:06:07 Aaron Cruden explains the reason why he turned down Ulster The 2011 Rugby World Cup winner is currently a free agent having returned to New Zealand last year to play for Waikato in the NPC following three years in Japan. Liam Heagney 2024-04-25 14:37:01 Newly capped Scotland prop Alec Hepburn agrees URC switch Scotland loosehead prop Alec Hepburn will bring his time at Exeter Chiefs to a close at the end of the season after agreeing to join United Rugby Championship outfit Scarlets, as reported by RugbyPass. Josh Raisey 2024-04-25 14:28:52 Faletau ruled out for season after injury 30 minutes into comeback Cardiff and Wales No8 Taulupe Faletau has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after fracturing his shoulder in his comeback against Ulster on Friday in the United Rugby Championship. Josh Raisey 2024-04-25 13:12:19 Cameron Redpath makes swift recovery from injury to face Saracens Bath and Scotland centre Cameron Redpath has recovered from the “significant ankle ligament damage” suffered at the beginning of the month to take his place on the bench against Saracens on Friday in the Gallagher Premiership. Josh Raisey 2024-04-25 12:31:20 Wales alter four – all backs – for history-making game in Cardiff The Welsh have lost all four matches so far in this year’s championship and they are set to finish last as they trail fifth-place Ireland by five points on the table and have an inferior points difference of 45. Liam Heagney 2024-04-25 12:14:22 Ireland change three following last Saturday's hammering by England The Irish embarrassingly lost out 10-88 at Twickenham against the defending champions and the reaction for this Saturday’s third-place decider at home to Scotland in Belfast has been to alter two back, one forward, and also include an uncapped player on the bench. Liam Heagney 2024-04-25 11:36:17 Romane Ménager ‘ready to fight’ against England France back-row Romane Ménager discusses the state of the French team as they prepare for a crunch Guinness Women's Six Nations 2024 finale against the Red Roses. Jérémy Fahner 2024-04-25 11:28:18 France recall quartet for Grand Slam decider France coaches Gaëlle Mignot and David Ortiz have made four changes to their starting line-up for Saturday’s crunch Guinness Women’s Six Nations 2024 encounter with England in Bordeaux. Willy Billiard 2024-04-25 10:29:47 Scotland change three for Ireland, name two uncapped players as sub The Scots bounced back from their round three disappointment against England to defeat Italy 17-10 in Parma last Saturday, a victory that lifted them to third in the championship with one game remaining. Liam Heagney 2024-04-25 10:21:26 Thierry Futeu: 'The policeman chased me, I pretended to throw a stone at his head and ran for the border' The Cameroon-born Spain prop has the most arresting back story of robbery, refugee camps and a quest for citizenship. Francisco Isaac 2024-04-25 10:20:15 Munster have much to play for after blowing best Champions Cup shot in years A tantalising European opportunity has been squandered, but the proud province are intent on defending their URC title. Jamie Lyall 2024-04-25 10:12:38 Bulls No10 Johan Goosen cops ban after red card in Munster loss Bulls fly-half Johan Goosen has received a three-match ban following his red card on Saturday against Munster in the United Rugby Championship. Josh Raisey 2024-04-25 10:11:47 'There is a point to it - and that is progress, we can all contribute to this' As an Irish supporter, this tournament has been mostly enjoyable for a few reasons. For example the performances from some of the young players who are working hard to make the green jersey their own. Anna Caplice 2024-04-25 09:25:59 Rugby Australia statement: Melbourne Rebels' administration The Rebels went into voluntary administration in January with Rugby Australia taking over their competition licence and covering player and staff payments until the end of this season. Liam Heagney 2024-04-25 07:58:12 Brett Cameron on his All Blacks cap and his promising second stint with the Hurricanes In 2024 Brett Cameron (27) has been vital in the Hurricanes best ever start to Super Rugby. The Wellington based franchise has won eight successive matches. Adam Julian 2024-04-24 23:07:24 Sam Warburton: 'It surprises me how few people are prepared to put in the hard work' The former Lions captain and now respected broadcaster has his say on academy pathways, rugby's doomsayers and Louis Rees-Zammit Owain Jones 2024-04-24 20:41:54 'He was the one guy who truly kept Semi Radradra under wraps' Bristol Bears boss Pat Lam has hailed South African centre Benhard Janse van Rensburg as a “coach’s dream” who has become a key weapon in the West Country club’s bid for a Gallagher Premiership play-off place. Chris Jones 2024-04-24 17:45:26 Steve Diamond: 'It was like going to a funeral for six hours' The bottom-of-the-table Falcons slumped to their 15th successive Gallagher Premiership defeat this season, getting annihilated 85-14 at Ashton Gate on a 13-2 try count. Liam Heagney 2024-04-24 17:04:50 Tigers' Kata may only miss 1 Premiership fixture despite 3-match ban Leicester Tigers centre Solomone Kata has been banned for three matches following his red card against Northampton Saints on Saturday in the East Midlands Derby. Josh Raisey 2024-04-24 15:29:32 The Newcastle update on the GB7s Olympics approach for Adam Radwan The tournament at the Stade de France, which is set to see Antoine Dupont represent France and Michael Hooper play for Australia, is scheduled to take place across three days in late July, starting with the preliminary round on Wednesday, July 24. Liam Heagney 2024-04-24 15:17:35 Exeter Chiefs duo sign new deals Exeter Chiefs have tied down their back three duo of Tommy Wyatt and Ben Hammersley, who have both signed new contracts. Josh Raisey 2024-04-24 14:34:59 Saracens urge England to sort hybrid deals 'as quickly as possible' Maro Itoje and Jamie George have yet to be offered finalised hybrid contracts by England amid an appeal from Saracens boss Mark McCall to speed up the process. PA 2024-04-24 14:08:11 Gabrielle Vernier: 'We're not far off an achievement' against England Gabrielle Vernier has faced England nine times in her career. And never, never has the French women’s centre beaten the Red Roses. The closest they have come is 20 points, a 10-33 home defeat on 14 November 2020 in Grenoble. Twice the margin has been just two points: 17-15 at Exeter on 16 November 2019 and by the exact same score at Villeneuve-d’Ascq on 30 April 2021. Willy Billiard 2024-04-24 13:14:33 Grassroots rugby 'needs to fit around people's lives or face further challenges' Rugby's inability to adapt to changing times means the grassroots game is struggling as other formats prosper. Sam Larner 2024-04-24 13:09:00 O'Gara shares dream of winning RWC, but not necessarily with Ireland La Rochelle boss Ronan O'Gara has set his sights on winning a World Cup in the future as a coach. Josh Raisey 2024-04-24 12:39:57 Ex-Springboks assistant Frans Ludeke a shock contender to land URC job Kubota Spears boss Frans Ludeke has emerged as a shock contender to take over the reins at the financially troubled United Rugby Championship outfit Ulster next season. Neil Fissler 2024-04-24 11:49:01 Bristol confirm three new signings, including recruit from Leicester A recent renaissance in results has fired the Bears into the end-of-season play-off positions, but they also believe they have recruited well with a view to next season. Liam Heagney 2024-04-24 11:15:57 Rhona Lloyd: Whales, Scotland, and Great Britain Music has played a big part throughout Rhona Lloyd’s Scotland career to date and now, after reaching the 50-cap milestone, she wants her country to keep making positive noises in the world of women’s rugby going forward. Gary Heatly 2024-04-24 11:05:37 Charlie Ewels: 'That’s my role, to beat Maro in those little battles' Now 29, the only way Ewels knew was the Bath way, whatever the Bath way was, as it had become increasingly difficult to fathom in the years preceding Johann van Graan’s arrival as head of rugby. Jon Newcombe 2024-04-24 10:51:39 Regan Grace signs permanent deal with Bath Bath have signed former Wales rugby league international Regan Grace on a permanent contract after completing his rehabilitation at the club, as reported by RugbyPass. Josh Raisey 2024-04-24 10:40:28 Mark McCall launches centre search after serious Olly Hartley setback The 22-year-old is set to miss the rest of 2024 after it was revealed he suffered ACL damage in the 46-24 victory in London, which has prompted director of rugby Mark McCall to open a search for another centre. Neil Fissler 2024-04-24 10:20:40 'Although I was boogying and smiling away I just felt empty' Writing this column isn’t easy… One because I still don’t think I’ve fully processed how I feel about Saturday and two, because I have a broken thumb so I am having to type with one hand. Rosie Galligan 2024-04-24 09:50:18 The day Sonny Bill Williams lost respect for All Blacks teammate Playing in two World Cup-winning All Blacks sides would teach a player a lot about who his teammates are, but Sonny Bill Williams learned the greatest lesson about one of his teammates away from the pitch or training paddock. Josh Raisey 2024-04-24 08:37:16 The Wallabies team Joe Schmidt must pick to win back Bledisloe Cup Here’s a look at the Wallabies team that Joe Schmidt must pick by the time the two September Bledisloe Cup tests roll around. Finn Morton 2024-04-24 06:46:12 Brumby Allan Alaalatoa to end more than 260 day wait against Hurricanes Wallabies prop Allan Alaalatoa will make his long-awaited return from injury on Saturday afternoon after being named to start for the Brumbies. Finn Morton 2024-04-24 06:20:19