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Struggling Montpellier Hérault sign Gabriel Ibitoye

Following reports that Bath back row Zach Mercer will sacrifice his chances of England caps by joining Montpellier Hérault, it has been announced that Gabriel Ibitoye will join the club as a ‘medical joker’.  Neither will be impressed by their new club’s current form, however. In Round 14 they lead 19-0 at half time away […]

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División de Honor Rugby: Race for the Spanish crown is heating up
División de Honor Rugby: Race for the Spanish crown is heating up
Edward Anderson - Jan 20, 2021

With the Champions Cup called off, you could be forgiven for thinking that the only top-flight Union of note on the continent was taking place in France. However, despite Covid and Filomena, a hardy bunch have kept this Spanish Rugby Union season on the road. División de Honor Rugby: race for the Spanish crown is […]

The Dallas Jackals will not play games in the 2021 MLR season
The Dallas Jackals will not play games in the 2021 MLR season

The Dallas Jackals have decided not to play in the 2021 MLR (Major League Rugby) season. Instead, they plan to play in the 2022 MLR season. This does not mean the Jackals are folding or that there is a problem with the ownership group. There are other professional sports teams in other sports that have […]

Fiji rugby sevens update: new Super Sevens Series scheduled
Fiji rugby sevens update: new Super Sevens Series scheduled

Here is your Fiji rugby sevens update: & it’s good news. There will be Fiji rugby sevens in the new year. It will take the form of a new Super Sevens Series scheduled for this weekend. Good news for any fans of 7s although, organizers will surely be observant of both Covid-19 as well as […]

European Professional Club Rugby season overloaded
European Professional Club Rugby decision proves season is overloaded

Forced to do it, the executive for European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) has taken the drastic decision to not rescheduled postponed matches in European competition. “The decision was made by the EPCR executive,” said Darren Childs. Premiership Rugby’s chief executive added: “The reason we can’t reschedule those is that there are no available weekends. Our season […]

Gallagher Premiership deptartures
Gallagher Premiership: Most Influential Departures
David Jones - Jan 16, 2021

Gallagher Premiership: most influential departures The 2019/2020 Gallagher premiership season seems a long time ago, and in many ways it was. However, it was completed in a way that allowed for a preview of the playing squads that would be expected in the 2020-2021 season. With the rugby restart commencing after the completion of transfers […]

More Covid-19 postponements: Women's Six Nations, Under 20s delayed
More Covid-19 postponements: Women’s Six Nations, Under 20s delayed

Yet more Covid-19 postponements in rugby mean the 2021 Women’s Six Nations and Under 20s programs have been delayed. Organizers still intend for the much-anticipated men’s Six Nations to be played as scheduled. Though, that would only be as so far as the conditions permitted play. Postponing the women’s Six Nations and Under 20s tournaments […]

Cardiff Blues
Mid-table Purgatory; Hard Truths: What’s Wrong with Cardiff Blues
T.J. Davies - Jan 13, 2021

Cardiff Blues’ Director of Rugby, John Mulvihill, has left his role six months prior to its planned three-year expiry. The region shiftily cited “personal reasons”. Dai Young, original Blues coach, has returned as interim Director of Rugby. Blues are stalled in fourth place, having won five of eleven games in the Guinness Pro14 this season. […]

Should relegation be scrapped
Should relegation be scrapped due to the pandemic?
Robert Mitchell - Jan 10, 2021

With more and more games being called off in the English Premiership and the result decided by which team caught the virus, questions have been raised about whether relegation should be scrapped for this year. Should relegation be scrapped? With the Premiership’s current system to deal with Covid cancellations awarding 4 points and a victory […]