The Rugby World Cup moves a step closer

The RFU has confirmed the venues for the 2025 RWC. They stretch from Sunderland in the north-east to Exeter in the south-west. Attempts have been made to cover every region; the fact that they don’t (East Anglia, West Midlands?) only proves what a gigantically large country England is. Pause for guffaws. Three of the venues

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Source: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

Australia and Argentina crowned HSBC SVNS Cape Town champions

Australia women and Argentina men win HSBC SVNS Cape Town titles Australia hold-off huge French fight-back to claim back-to-back titles with 29-26 win in epic women’s final Argentina produce dominant display to beat Australia 45-12 in men’s final Bronze medals for Fiji men and New Zealand women Australia and Argentina lead the men’s and women’s

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Source: Bruce Perkins

Trailfinders break their Duck

PWR Round Four The table (see below) becomes even more disjointed than last week. The absence of full medical support at the Hartpury University Stadium meant Sale’s journey south was in vain. That is not the first time this unwanted shortage has occurred. Only three games completed is not a good look for the league.

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Source: Harlequins

Hele to start against Chiefs at The Stoop

Harlequins Head Coach Amy Turner has named her squad to take on Exeter Chiefs Women in the fourth round of The Allianz PWR at The Stoop. Italian international Silvia Turani returns to the front-row, accompanied by Hannah Sims and Babalwa Latsha, who once again start at loosehead and tighthead respectively. Sarah Bonar and Kaitlan Leaney

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Rowland, Mataitoga and Kabeya return for Lightning

Head coach Nathan Smith makes five changes to his Loughborough Lightning starting line-up this weekend, with an all-star trio of Helena Rowland, Bulou Mataitoga and Sadia Kabeya returning to action and a home debut in store for Kathryn Treder. Lightning face off against Bristol Bears on Saturday (kick-off: 2pm) in their first league clash on

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Source: PWR

PWR – Round Four Preview

Fixtures for Saturday 9 December Gloucester-Hartpury v Sale Sharks, KO 14.00 Loughborough Lightning v Bristol Bears, KO 14.00 Harlequins v Exeter Chiefs, KO 15.00 Trailfinders Women v Leicester Tigers KO 15.00 Saracens bye The really telling match will be at the Stoop, as Quins try to recapture their best form. But Chiefs don’t look as

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Source: SRU

A new extended Celtic Challenge

The Celtic Challenge got under way last year. The good news is that the second version will see a dramatic extension in scope. The programme extends across eleven weeks from late December to 3 March; that is, to leave good time to prepare for the Six Nations. Ireland, Scotland and Wales will each provide two

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