Media playback is not supported on this device Ireland skipper Rory Best announces retirementIreland and Ulster captain Rory Best will retire after this year’s World Cup in Japan.The hooker, 36, made his international debut in 2005 and his tally of 117 caps is the third highest for Ireland.”It is with mixed feelings that I announce…

Media playback is not supported on this device Six Nations Shuffle: Champions crowned, an astonishing draw & pain for ParisseThe battle for the Six Nations has only just reached its conclusion, but attention has already shifted to 2019’s showpiece event – the World Cup.The final day had just about everything as Wales cruised past 2018…

Daniel Leo represented Samoa at the 2007 and 2011 World CupsPacific Island nations are considering a boycott of this year’s Rugby World Cup in protest at plans to revamp the international Test calendar.A World Rugby proposal suggests creating a 12-team World League from 2020 – with nations such as Samoa, Fiji and Tonga potentially not…

Owen Farrell and his England team could face more competitive matches each year if World Rugby plans are approvedWorld Rugby’s proposals to revamp the game are harmful to player welfare, say some of the world’s leading players.The sport’s international governing body reportedly wants to introduce a 12-team World League starting in 2020.The International Rugby Players…

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ben Barba was the leading try-scorer in the Super League last year Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) has banned player Ben Barba from the competition after viewing footage of him in an alleged “physical altercation” with his partner.Barba, 29, was sacked by his new club, North Queensland Cowboys, last…

Old Trafford will host both the men’s and women’s World Cup finals in 2021Rugby League World Cup 2021Dates: 23 October-27 November 2021 in EnglandArsenal’s Emirates Stadium will be one of 21 host venues for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England.It will be the first non-football match to be played at the 60,260-capacity stadium,…