Lewis Ludlam is in, but Ben Te’o misses out while Ruaridh McConnochie makes the squadNorthampton flanker Lewis Ludlam and uncapped Bath wing Ruaridh McConnochie have earned shock call-ups to England’s Rugby World Cup squad, with centre Ben Te’o a glaring omission.The inexperienced pair are included in coach Eddie Jones’ 31-man group, along with another Test…

Ireland play England at Twickenham and then Wales home and away in their other World Cup warm-up gamesWorld Cup warm-up match: Ireland v ItalyIreland (19) 29Tries: Carbery, D. Kearney, Conway, Murphy, Marmion Cons: Carbery 2Italy (10) 10Tries: Mbanda, CannaIreland kicked off their World Cup preparations with a five-try win over Italy in Dublin.Joe Schmidt’s experimental…

Scott Barrett became only the fourth All Black ever to be sent offAustralia recorded their highest-ever score against the All Blacks as they beat the world champions 47-26 in the Rugby Championship in Perth.It was the Wallabies’ first win over New Zealand since 2017.The All Blacks were reduced to 14 men when Scott Barrett was…

Tackle height has become a hot topic in the sportPlayers at the 2023 Rugby World Cup would not be able to tackle above the waist if a trial of new laws, aimed at making the sport safer, is successful.World Rugby will limit tackling to the waist and empower referees to warn players over their tackle…

Image copyright EPA Image caption Rugby Australia sacked Folau for making anti-*** comments Sacked rugby player Israel Folau has launched court action against Rugby Australia (RA) in a case which may set a legal precedent for religious expression in Australian workplaces.The former Wallabies player was fired in May after he wrote on social media that…

New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett made the break which resulted in Jack Goodhue’s tryRugby ChampionshipNew Zealand (7) 16Tries: Goodhue Cons: Barrett Pens: Barrett, Mo’unga 2South Africa (6) 16Tries: Jantjies Cons: Pollard Pens: Pollard 3Herschel Jantjies scored a late try as South Africa fought back to claim a 16-16 draw with New Zealand and continue to lead…

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jarryd Hayne denies allegations of sexual assault Australian rugby league player Jarryd Hayne has pleaded not guilty to charges that he raped a woman last year.Mr Hayne, 31, is accused of attacking a 26-year-old woman in Newcastle, north of Sydney, last September.He was arrested in December and charged with…

Image copyright EPA Image caption Folau was sacked by Rugby Australia for his social media posts A second fundraiser for sacked rugby player Israel Folau has drawn more donations within 24 hours than a previous campaign that was shut down on Monday.Folau had his contract terminated by Rugby Australia (RA) in May after he said…

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Israel Folau’s Rugby Australia contract was terminated last month A controversial fundraising page set up by sacked Australian rugby player Israel Folau has been shut down for promoting the exclusion of LGBT people, website GoFundMe says.Folau had his contract with Rugby Australia (RA) terminated in May after he said…

Bastareaud, who has 54 caps, made his test debut in 2009Mathieu Bastareaud and Morgan Parra have been left out of France’s 37-man squad for the Rugby World Cup.Centre Bastareaud, 30, previously captained Les Bleus in the absence of regular skipper Guilhem Guirado.Scrum-half Parra, also 30, is ruled out with an ankle injury sustained playing for…