Ireland flyhalf Jonathan Sexton will not resume playing until he is fully fit following a blow to the head last month, his Racing Metro coach said on Thursday.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is unfazed about a possible mass exodus of players after next year’s World Cup following the departures of veterans James Horwill and Adam Ashley-Cooper.
Australia’s post-World Cup exodus is already in motion with former captain James Horwill and utility back Adam Ashley-Cooper confirming they will join European clubs after next year’s global showpiece.
All Black great Dan Carter will leave New Zealand rugby after next year’s World Cup to play for French Top 14 club Racing Metro, the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) said Thursday.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has signed a contract extension until 2017, ensuring he will remain in charge of the national side until after the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.
South Africa defended their title on home soil by beating current Series holders New Zealand 26-17 in an enthralling final of the third round of the world sevens circuit on Sunday.
Air Force put up a spirited fight against defending champions Navy before they were beaten 40-22 in their first round inter club League rugby match at Ratmalana yesterday.
South Africa won the second leg of the Sevens World Series on Saturday, beating Australia in a one-sided final at Dubai, to edge closer to sealing a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
South Africa captain Jean de Villiers says he is hopeful of being fit for the World Cup in England in September after having reconstructive surgery on his left knee on Thursday.
The first five weeks of the current Dialog sponsored inter club league rugby tournament has seen five foreign referees, in Australian Callum Stewart, Spaniard Eduardo Martin, Irishman Muiris Buitleir, Singaporean Thahil Ng and New Zealander Norman Drake been flown in by the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union at a huge cost to fill the void created by this critical arm that controls play on the field.
The Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union has orchestrated anti-doping checks in keeping with the strict IRB rules and regulations and already commenced testing beginning with two players from each side in the last weekends Dialog sponsored ‘A’ Division inter club tournament game played between Police and CR & FC at Longden Place.
Police pulled off a shocking win when they upset the much fancied CR & FC outfit on their own home turf at Longden Place in a performance reminiscent of their champion sides of the 80’s crossing their opponents line on six occasions in a brilliant display of fast running rugby.
Jean de Villiers will be out of action for at least eight months, casting a huge doubt over the South Africa captain’s availability for the World Cup in England next year.
Reigning champions New Zealand remained the team to beat less than a year out from the World Cup in England after yet another successful November campaign in Europe.
England captain Chris Robshaw believes the way in which the side beat Australia in their “must-win” November finale at Twickenham was an encouraging sign ahead of next year’s World Cup on home soil.
Former Wallaby captain David Pocock was issued with a formal warning by the Australian Rugby Union on Monday after he was arrested and charged over a protest at a coal mine.
Wales ended a six-year wait for a southern hemisphere scalp when they beat South Africa 12-6 in a war of attrition on Saturday to ease the pressure on under-fire coach Warren Gatland.
England coach Stuart Lancaster insisted his side were “on track” for next year’s home World Cup after they ended 2014 with a 26-17 win over Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.
Ben Morgan scored two tries as England beat Australia 26-17 at Twickenham on Saturday less than a year out from the teams’ World Cup pool clash at the London ground.
Wales centre Jamie Roberts was named man-of-the-match for his bulldozing display in defeat by New Zealand, but insisted he was ready for South Africa on Saturday despite being unable to run for four days after his exploits against the All Blacks.