Ireland can cope without Schmidt – Browne

IRFU chief executive Philip Browne is adamant Ireland will be able to keep progressing even if Joe Schmidt doesn't sign a new deal.
Since taking charge of Ireland in 2013, Schmidt has guided the country to three Six Nations titles, including the 2018 Grand Slam, a series win in Australia and read more...

Cooper set for Rebels return

Quade Cooper has fired a dig at Reds coach Brad Thorn as he prepares to join the Melbourne Rebels for the 2019 season.
Cooper was just one season into a three-year deal with the Queenslanders, but Thorn slammed the door shut on him playing Super Rugby, despite calls for his return to the set read more...

Waldrom hangs up boots

Former England back-row Thomas Waldrom has revealed he has decided to retire from rugby at the age of 35.
The New Zealand-born forward, known often as 'The Tank', was prolific during his time in the Premiership with the Exeter Chiefs and was the competition's leading try-scorer in 2015 and 2 read more...

Mulvihill wants clinical Blues

John Mulvihill has called on Cardiff Blues to be more clinical following their defeat against Glasgow Warriors at the weekend.
The Scottish outfit moved above the Blues into second place in Pool Three of the Heineken Champions Cup thanks to an impressive bonus point victory at Cardiff Arms P read more...

Richards revels in dramatic Falcons win

Dean Richards has hailed his Newcastle Falcons side after they secured a dramatic 23-20 victory over Montpellier on Sunday.
The Falcons had at one stage held a 10-point advantage, but they were trailing heading into overtime of their European Rugby Champions Cup match at Kingston Park. Howev read more...

Hodge suffers ankle injury

Utility back Reece Hodge will miss Australia's clash with New Zealand on Saturday and the tour of Europe due to a fractured ankle.
Hodge has impressed this season and has played in all nine of Australia's Tests so far. The 24-year-old was set to play in the final Bledisloe Cup meeting but he read more...

No more excuses for Baxter

Exeter boss Rob Baxter says they cannot afford any further bad days following Saturday's European Champions Cup defeat at Castres.
The Chiefs opened their campaign with last week's 10-10 draw against Munster and despite a bright first half at the Stade Pierre-Fabre, at one stage finding them read more...

Ackerman calls for rethink

Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann has called for the sport to rethink its rules after Saturday's sending off of Danny Cipriani.
The fly-half was handed his marching orders after 29 minutes of the European Champions Cup trip to Munster for a high tackle on Rory Scannell and could now face read more...

Bath ask for Toulouse clash to be replayed

Bath have asked organisers to allow their European Champions Cup clash to be replayed against Toulouse due to

negligence
.
The English side have complained at the match officials following their 22-20 loss during the Pool 1 opener last weekend. Freddie Burns' late err read more...

Lawes pens new Saints deal

Northampton Saints lock Courtney Lawes has put pen to paper on a new contract through to the end of the 2020-21 season.
The England forward has played for the club for his whole career, making 211 appearances after progressing through the academy ranks at Franklin’s Gardens.
He has won read more...