Thursday Morning Round Up

Thursday Morning Round Up

Rugby's elite in talks over new ring-fenced world championship

World Rugby’s proposed 12-team Nations Championship was abandoned in June, however, according to a report by Matt Hughes in the Dailymail, the major nations are keen to build on the success of the World Cup.

Sportsmail report says that any new competition would be less demanding on the players than World Rugby's Nations Cup idea and would not involve every country playing each other every season.


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Ronan O’Gara reveals his frosty relationship with Steve Hansen

Former Crusaders assistant coach Ronan O’Gara has revealed that he had a frosty relationship with All Blacks' head coach Steve Hansen.

The former Ireland International flyhalf assisted the Crusaders for two Super Rugby seasons, helping the side complete the Super Rugby three-peat before being appointed as head coach of French side La Rochelle.

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Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira announces retirement from international rugby

Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok legend, Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira has announced his retirement from international rugby, confirmed the Springboks.



Van Graan won't rush Carbery's return

Munster head coach Johann van Graan is hopeful that Joey Carbery will be fit and available by Christmas after he returned from the World Cup with a recurrence of his ankle injury.


Saracens won't be offloading stars says Nigel Wray despite salary cap punishment

Saracens chairman Nigel Wray has insisted the club's team will not have to be ripped apart after being deducted 35 points and fined more than £5million for breaching the salary cap.


Taulupe Faletau back in training following a collarbone injury

Bath and Wales back row Taulupe Faletau has returned to training after being sidelined with collarbone injury which he suffered while training with Wales ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

South Africa open to 2027 RWC bid

Speaking on the arrival of victorious captain Siya Kolisi and coach Rassie Erasmus, South African Rugby Union President Mark Alexander indicated that his union could set forth a proposal to bring the tournament back to South African shores after what would be 32 years

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Pollard sidelined with a broken cheekbone

Warren Gatland in the mix for All Blacks job on one condition

According to a report by AFP, Warren Gatland is in the running for the job but it is understood he has been told he could not coach the All Blacks and keep his contract as the British and Irish Lions coach for the 2021 tour to South Africa.

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