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Ulster players express ‘sadness’ at exit of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding

Ireland hooker Rob Herring read an Ulster players’ statement Ulster players have expressed their “sadness” at the departures of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding following the termination of their contracts. Jackson and Olding had their contracts revoked by Ulster and the IRFU on Saturday after being cleared of rape last month following a nine-week trial. Ireland hooker Rob Herring read a short prepared statement from Ulster players. “It is with a great deal of sadness that the players and pro staff have learnt of this outcome,” said Herring. “We know…

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Israel Folau: Rugby Australia will not punish full-back for anti-gay remarks

Israel Folau is one of the Australia team’s star players Australia full-back Israel Folau will not be punished by Rugby Australia (RA) for anti-gay comments on social media. Earlier this month, Folau, 29, suggested gay people would end up in hell and the governing body said it did not support his view. In a Players Voice column titled “I’m a sinner too” on Monday, he offered to “walk away” from his contract “if the situation had become untenable” for RA. He also tried to explain his remarks and RA says…

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Bristol adopt Bears name and change club crest for Premiership return

Bristol says it had “carefully considered” its long-term future, which included its name, for the past 18 months Bristol have incorporated ‘Bears’ into their name and changed their club crest to an image of the animal’s head in a relaunch to mark their return to the Premiership next season. It is the second time in the past 20 years that the club has adopted a nickname, having taken the name Bristol Shoguns as part of a sponsorship deal. The club hopes the the name change to Bristol Bears will “attract…

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Bryan Redpath to coach Scotland Under-20s at World Championship

Redpath’s Yorkshire Carnegie side were beaten in the English Championship play-off final last year Former Scotland scrum-half Bryan Redpath will take charge of Scotland Under-20s for their World Championship campaign in France next month. Redpath, 46, returns to coaching after leaving English side Yorkshire Carnegie last year to take up a business role. He will head up the Scottish coaching team, with ex-Edinburgh hooker Steven Lawrie as forwards coach and former Scotland wing Nikki Walker backs coach. Walker was attack coach under Stevie Scott during the Under-20s Six Nations. That…

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Tom Arscott: Newcastle sign former Sale winger from next season

Tom Arscott made his Premiership debut for Bristol in 2007 Newcastle have signed former Bristol, Worcester and Sale winger Tom Arscott. Arscott, 30, has scored 29 Premiership tries in 104 games and will move to Kingston Park from French club Rouen ahead of next season. “It’s a league I always wanted to return to, and I feel I have something to offer Newcastle,” he said. Arscott had his contract at Sale terminated in January 2017 when he was found guilty of passing on team information before a game with Bristol….

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Premiership: London Irish 5-45 Exeter Chiefs

Sam Simmonds has 12 Premiership tries this season Aviva Premiership London Irish (0) 5 Try: Cokanasiga Exeter (21) 45 Tries: Moon, S. Simmonds 3, Lees, Yeandle Cons: Steenson 6 Pens: Steenson Sam Simmonds scored a hat-trick as Exeter outclassed London Irish to seal a top-two finish and put their opponents on the verge of relegation. The Premiership leaders were 21-0 up after a dominant first half, with two Simmonds tries after Ben Moon’s opener. England forward Simmonds ended a fine move for his treble but Joe Cokanasiga scored to get…

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Premiership: Saracens 41-6 Bath – BBC Sport

England’s Owen Farrell, playing at fly-half, scored Saracens’ fourth try against Bath Aviva Premiership Saracens (15) 41 Tries: Brits, Williams, Wigglesworth, Farrell, Burger, Spencer Cons: Farrell 4 Pen: Farrell Bath (6) 6 Pens: Priestland 2 Saracens confirmed their place in the Premiership play-offs with a resounding bonus-point victory over Bath. Sarries were 14-0 up inside 21 minutes at Allianz Park, with Schalk Brits and Liam Williams both touching down. Two Rhys Priestland penalties kept the visitors in touch, but England scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth crossed to make it 22-6 early in…

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Pro14: Leinster 15-17 Benetton – BBC Sport

Noel Reid of Leinster is tackled by Benetton’s Sebastien Negri Guinness Pro14 Leinster (12) 15 Tries: Strauss, Daly Con: Carbery Pen: Carbery Benetton (5) 17 Tries: Biggi, Ruzza, Allan Con: Allan Benetton boosted their hopes of qualifying for a Champions Cup play-off place by beating Conference B leaders Leinster in the Pro14 in Dublin. The Italian side trailed 12-5 at half-time but bounced back to secure a shock victory and move to within a point of Ulster, who lie fourth in the table. Luca Bigi, Federico Ruzza and Tommaso Allan…

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Premiership: Leicester Tigers 21-27 Northampton Saints

Cobus Reinach (left) was instrumental for Northampton, scoring their second try and setting up their third Aviva Premiership Leicester Tigers (12) 21 Tries: Veain, Toomua, Cons: Ford Pens: Ford 3 Northampton Saints (17) 27 Tries: Foden, Reinach, Tuala Cons: Myler 3 Pens: Myler 2 Northampton inflicted a heavy blow on Leicester’s play-off hopes with a dramatic victory at Welford Road. Saints lost centre Rob Horne after just 13 seconds. He was taken to hospital after injuring himself as he attempted to make the first tackle of the game. Despite the…

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