Fiji sevens player Savenaca Rawaca will not be joining Premiership and European Champions Cup winners Saracens because of personal reasons in his homeland. The 25-year-old, who helped his country win gold at the Olympic Games last month, signed a “multi-year” contract with Sarries in January. “We are naturally disappointed Save has decided not to take
Former Bath boss Mike Ford is set to be named first-team coach of three-time European champions Toulon. Ford, who has worked as an assistant coach for both England and Ireland, is set to start his new job on Monday. It is understood the 50-year-old will be responsible for shaping the team’s attack, defence and overall
Cornish Pirates shareholders have agreed a “recapitalisation” of the club which will lead to a £1.5m share issue. A new ownership structure was agreed between former owner Dicky Evans, shareholder Martin Hudson and businessman Colin Groves on Thursday. Groves, who grew up in Truro, is chairman of Waikato Rugby Union, the home union of Super
Rugby union bosses have said they banned Saracens winger Chris Ashton for 13 weeks after finding his description of events “less plausible”. Ashton was found guilty of biting Northampton prop Alex Waller during Saracens’ 27-12 Premiership victory. The Rugby Football Union called Waller’s evidence “consistent and compelling”, but described Ashton’s version as “less convincing”. Saracens
Hull FC stalwart Kirk Yeaman is to retire at the end of the season. The ex-England international centre, 33, has played for the Black and Whites – his hometown club – for 15 years, making 371 appearances. Yeaman is discussing a potential future behind-the-scenes role at Hull. “It was a really tough call to make.
A fell-running champion has admitted stabbing three top athletics staff at a major UK stadium. Lauren Jeska, 41, admitted attempting to murder former Bristol rugby player Ralph Knibbs at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on 22 March. She also pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm to Kevan Taylor and Tim Begley, who tried to
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Warrington Wolves boss Tony Smith hopes their loss to Wigan will help them as they look to avenge their Challenge Cup final defeat by Hull FC to win the League Leaders’ Shield. Victory against Wigan could have won the Wire the minor premiership but the Warriors came from behind to win. “Those sorts of things
Qualifiers Venue: Headingley Date: Thu 22 Sep Kick-off: 20:00 BST Coverage: Commentary on BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Radio Manchester via the BBC Sport website and app, plus live scores online. Leeds have added youngsters Sam Hallas and Cameron Smith to their squad in place of the injured Keith Galloway (Achilles) and Rob Burrow (knee).
Exeter head coach Rob Baxter wants clarity over the interpretation of the rules as Tomas Francis was banned for two weeks for kicking an opponent. The Chiefs prop was sent off against Harlequins on Saturday for making contact with the head of Danny Care. Baxter has already defended the 24-year-old, saying there was “no malice”