British Irish Lions to reduce fixtures for 2021 South Africa tour

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• Organisers believe there is not enough ‘meaningful’ opposition
• Premiership clubs concerned about workload of leading players

The British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa in 2021 will be cut to eight matches in a move that will be welcomed by England’s Premiership clubs, but future trips could be restored to 10 fixtures with the four home u

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Marcus Smith the flower in Eddie Jones’ blossoming England vision

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Marcus Smith the flower in Eddie Jones’ blossoming England vision

Head coach wants more attacking ingenuity in his team to close the gap on the All Blacks and he will cast his net wide to find exceptional talents

Eddie Jones has given himself a licence to skill. The coach who plucked Matt Giteau from the obscurity of club rugby in Canberra at the start of the decade to make him a Wallaby sees the same potential

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France promises to prevent ‘death of rugby’ if awarded 2023 World Cup

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• France bidding for 2023 tournament with Ireland and South Africa
• French bid leader: ‘I think rugby will die in five-10 years if we do nothing’

France has promised to prevent the “death of international rugby” if it is awarded the 2023 World Cup and has claimed a successful bid would help in attempts to stop its Top 14 clubs luring southern hem

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Damp squib in Philadelphia exposes distance of American rugby dream

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Only just over 6,000 turned up to watch Saracens and Newcastle to illustrate that the Premiership’s American adventure still has a long way to go

The Premiership Rugby chief executive, Mark McCafferty, put a brave face on a poor crowd for Newcastle v Saracens in Philadelphia, saying: “Obviously we know the size of the task, and it’s a big one.”

The

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Late blitz seals comeback victory for Wallabies against Argentina

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Late blitz seals comeback victory for Wallabies against Argentina
  • Australia 45-20 Argentina - as it happened
  • Five tries in second half for Wallabies

Australia scored five second-half tries to rally to their first victory of this year’s Rugby Championship with a 45-20 win over Argentina at a chilly Canberra Stadium on Saturday. Fullback Israel Folau scored tries either side of halftime and Sekope Kepu, Will Genia, N

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Owen Farrell seals Saracens’ American dream with win over Newcastle

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• Newcastle 7-29 Saracens
• Farrell kicks five penalties and a conversion in Philadelphia

On a hot evening at the home of Philadelphia’s soccer team, a Saracens side featuring six 2017 Lions won “away” against Newcastle, with a try by Chris Wyles, a penalty try at the death and 17 points from Owen Farrell’s boot, to end the two teams’ week in Pennsyl

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