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Eddie Jones: England head coach signs contract until 2021

England head coach Eddie Jones has signed a two-year contract extension to stay in the role until 2021. The Australian’s previous deal ran until the the end of the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year. Jones has won 22 of his 23 Tests since taking the role in November 2015, and says extending his deal was “not a difficult decision”. “Coaching England is a dream job for me, and I was delighted to be asked to stay on after the World Cup,” he said. More to follow. Source link

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Ireland winger Tommy Bowe announces retirement

Ireland and Ulster winger Tommy Bowe says he will retire from rugby at the end of this season. The 33-year-old won 69 caps for Ireland and played for the British and Irish Lions in 2009 and 2013. Bowe scored a memorable try in March 2009 when Ireland beat Wales in Cardiff to clinch the Grand Slam. Video available to UK users only Bowe relives ‘special’ try against Wales Source link

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London Irish: Brophy-Clews, Fowlie and Hobbs-Awoyemi sign contract extensions

London Irish trio Theo Brophy-Clews, Tom Fowlie and Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi have signed contract extensions. London Irish trio Theo Brophy-Clews, Tom Fowlie and Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi have signed contract extensions at the Premiership club. Fly-half Brophy-Clews, 20, centre Fowlie, 22, and prop Hobbs-Awoyemi, 23, have agreed undisclosed-length deals. Brophy-Clews scored four tries as the Exiles beat Russian side Krasny Yar 47-17 last weekend. London Irish are bottom of the Premiership having won once in the league all season. Source link

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Tommy Bowe: Ireland and Ulster wing to retire at end of season

Tommy Bowe made his senior Ireland debut against the USA in November 2004 Ireland and Ulster wing Tommy Bowe has announced that he will quit the sport at the end of this season. The 33-year-old, who won 69 caps for Ireland after making his debut in 2004, also played for the British and Irish Lions in 2009 and 2013. A shoulder injury sustained earlier this month ended his slim hopes of being in Ireland’s Six Nations squad. In a tweet Bowe said he “had some incredible years but it’s time…

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Mathieu Bastareaud & James Haskell to face independent disciplinary committee

Mathieu Bastareaud made the comment at the end of Sunday’s win over Benetton Treviso Toulon’s Mathieu Bastareaud and Wasps’ James Haskell will face an independent disciplinary committee in London on Wednesday following incidents in weekend European Champions Cup games. France centre Bastareaud made a homophobic comment during Sunday’s win over Italian side Benetton Treviso. England forward Haskell was sent off for a high tackle on Harlequins’ Jamie Roberts in Saturday’s defeat. Both player are at risk of missing the Six Nations if banned. France play Ireland on 3 February and…

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Semesa Rokoduguni: Six Nations to come too soon for injured Bath wing

Semesa Rokoduguni has played in four England Tests, starting two England’s Semesa Rokoduguni will be out for longer than expected after shoulder surgery and will miss the entire Six Nations, reports BBC Radio Bristol. The Bath wing, 30, had been set to miss two months after being forced off in 2 December’s Premiership loss to Exeter. A four-month recovery period is more likely for Rokoduguni, who was recalled to the national side in November. England’s Six Nations campaign begins in Italy on 3 February, ending against Ireland on 17 March….

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European Champions Cup: Castres 39-0 Leicester

Defeat by Castres means Leicester are out of Europe Castres (27) 39 Tries: Urdapilleta, Combezou 2, Batlle 2 Cons: Urdapilleta 3 Bourhis Pens: Urdapilleta 2 Leicester (0) 0 Leicester Tigers suffered their seventh defeat in their past eight matches as they were thrashed by Castres in the European Champions Cup. Defeat at the Stade Pierre Antoine confirmed the Tigers’ exit from Europe, just one win out of five meaning they will finish bottom of Pool Four. The Tigers rested their England players for the game and saw Castres run in…

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European Challenge Cup: Cardiff Blues 18-13 Toulouse

Cardiff Blues scrum-half Tomos Williams scores after Gareth Anscombe’s fine chip and gather European Challenge Cup Cardiff Blues (10) 18 Tries: T Williams, Anscombe Con: Evans Pens: Evans, Anscombe Toulouse (10) 13 Try: Kolbe Con: Ramos DGs: Ramos 2 Cardiff Blues booked their place in the European Challenge Cup quarter-finals with a game to spare as they held off Toulouse at Cardiff Arms Park. Full-back Gareth Anscombe was the catalyst, scoring a try and a penalty while kicking skilfully out of hand. Cheslin Kolbe had given Toulouse an early lead,…

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Mathieu Bastareaud: Toulon centre could face disciplinary action

Mathieu Bastareaud has won 42 caps for France Toulon’s Mathieu Bastareaud could face disciplinary action after television footage appeared to show him making a homophobic comment during a European Champions Cup victory over Benetton. European Professional Club Rugby said its citing commissioner is looking into the incident, which occurred in the final minute of Sunday’s match. Former England fly-half Andy Goode wants Bastareaud to be suspended. “No place in the game for homophobia,” he wrote on Twitter. “Absolutely disgusting. I hope [EPCR] make an example of Bastareaud and ban him…

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European Champions Cup: Exeter 41-10 Montpellier

Sam Simmonds scored Exeter’s second try European Champions Cup Pool Three Exeter (7) 41 Tries: Ewers, S Simmonds, Woodburn (2), White, Armand Cons: Steenson 3, J Simmonds Pen: J Simmonds Montpellier (0) 10 Try: Nadolo Con: Cruden Pen: Cruden Exeter secured a potentially crucial bonus point as they beat Montpellier to keep alive their hopes of reaching the European Champions Cup quarter-finals. The Premiership leaders scored six tries, five of which came in the second half, against their subdued Top 14 counterparts at Sandy Park. The win moved Exeter second…

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