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RFU to cut 139 jobs to deal with £107m loss

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced it is to cut 139 jobs in a bid to cope with a £107 million shortfall due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Survey paints uneasy picture for All Blacks coach

Almost half of New Zealand's top flight rugby union players believe New Zealand Rugby had not made the right choice in appointing Ian Foster as the All Blacks coach, according to a survey released on Monday.

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Super AU R1: Just enough to be excited about Aussie rugby

It was far from perfect and there were too many penalties, but the opening week of Super Rugby AU provided enough entertainment to be optimistic about what the next few months might hold for Australian rugby.

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Hurricanes fight off red card to beat Chiefs

The Hurricanes virtually ended the Chiefs' Super Rugby Aotearoa title ambitions with a 25-18 victory, despite playing most of the second half with 14 men.

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Rebels to host Reds in Sydney for R2

The Melbourne Rebels have confirmed their Round 2 clash with the Queensland Reds will be played in Sydney at Brookvale Oval, following a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Melbourne.

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Brumbies strike late to see off Rebels rally

Replacement Will Miller scored a 77th-minute try as the Brumbies held off a fast-finishing Melbourne Rebels to record a 31-23 victory in Super Rugby AU in Canberra on Saturday.

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Carter wows locals, says he was 'a bit rusty'

Dan Carter gave himself a pass mark after his first game of rugby in New Zealand since 2015 but was not expecting to make a marketers' dream debut for the Blues next week against the Crusaders.

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Ruthless Crusaders teach Highlanders a lesson

The Crusaders relentlessly ground down the Highlanders to record a 40-20 victory in their Super Rugby Aotearoa clash in Dunedin on Saturday, the hosts counting the cost of one golden opportunity blown.

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Barrett signs in Japan, miss Super Rugby in 2021

New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett will miss Super Rugby next year and play for Suntory Sungoliath in Japan's Top League, but he will be available for the three-times world champions' international programme, the Blues said on Friday.

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Super Rugby AU is here, but can law trials rescue Aussie rugby?

Super Rugby AU at last launches on Friday night after it looked at one stage that there might be no rugby in Australia at all. And the competition has an added challenge outside of the COVID-19 pandemic: Making the 15-man game exciting again.

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England's Tuilagi leaves Leicester amid wage cuts

Leicester Tigers have confirmed England centre Manu Tuilagi has left the Gallagher Premiership club after opting not to sign a new contract on reduced terms in line with the league's revised salary cap rules.

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Former Springbok hooker handed eight-year doping ban

Former South Africa player Chiliboy Ralepelle has been handed a career-ending eight-year ban for doping, some 18 months after testing positive for a banned substance, South Africa's Institute for Drug-free Sport said on Wednesday.

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Rugby Australia, players agree to interim pay deal

Rugby Australia has struck an interim pay deal with the Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) that will see players looked after until the end of the Super Rugby AU season.

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Super AU opener the best of Australian rugby's old and new

The oldest rivalry in Australian rugby will have a distinctly vibrant look about it when the latest chapter is written on Friday night. In a new competition, amid dark times, the presence of youth shines through.

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England star Itoje wants education, not ban, on 'Swing Low'

England lock Maro Itoje says the singing of 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' by fans at Twickenham makes him uneasy but the Rugby Football Union (RFU) should try to educate supporters on its origins rather than ban the popular anthem altogether.

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Lawes, Ludlam extend Northampton deals

England internationals Courtney Lawes and Lewis Ludlam have signed contract extensions at Northampton Saints, the club announced on Tuesday.

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World Sevens Series off, New Zealand named champs

New Zealand were awarded the men's and women's World Sevens Series titles on Tuesday after World Rugby cancelled the remainder of the season because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Tahs '100 percent committed' as NSW Rugby reveals cuts

NSW Rugby boss Paul Doorn says he has received no indication from Waratahs players about potential strike action, a move that would be met with severe backlash after NSW Rugby revealed its staffing cuts on Tuesday.