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World Rugby’s new concussion rules means longer sideline stints for players

7:01pm, June 20, 2022 Players will face an increased minimum stand-down period of 12 days in a significant concussion protocol change announced by World Rugby. Under new criteria, which is implemented in the global elite game since July 1, the vast majority of players diagnosed with concussion are set to miss their next match. It …

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CEO Wray thought ‘powerful’ letter to Saracens fans after Prem finale

3:43am, 21 June 2022 Saracens CEO Lucy Wray penned an extensive open letter to her club’s fans while sitting in the car on her way home from Twickenham following last Saturday’s agonizing defeat for Mark McCall’s side in the Gallagher Premiership final. The 2021 Championship champions continued their rebound from their automatic relegation from the …

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Today’s rugby news as Shaun Edwards reveals Phil Bennett videos inspired humiliation of England and Eddie Jones explains what happened

Here are your rugby headlines for Monday, June 20. Shaun Edwards pays respects to Phil Bennett after Barbarians win Barbarians assistant coach Shaun Edwards has revealed the team watched old videos of the late, great Phil Bennett last week ahead of an inspired and dominant 52-21 victory over England. Before the win, the Barbarians players …

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Billy Vunipola recalled to solve No 8 problem for England’s tour of Australia | England rugby union team

Billy Vunipola has been handed a recall for England’s summer tour of Australia by Eddie Jones, who has summoned the No 8 into his squad for the first time since the 2021 Six Nations. Jones has also included the 19-year-old London Irish full-back Henry Arundell in his 36-man squad as an apprentice and as one …

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England 18-4 Combined Nations: Highlights, player ratings and talking points

England’s World Cup hopes received an almighty boost today as they defeated a Combined Nations All Stars team with plenty of quality in it. England though were dominant from the word go with a very accomplished and complete performance. Not one we’re likely to remember or re-watch again and again but one which demonstrated the …

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Scott Robertson applauds last-ever performance of Crusaders halves partnership

1:48pm, 18 June 2022 It may have been the work of the Crusaders at the set-piece that really undermined any chance of the Blues scoring a victory in the rugby Pacific final on their home turf, but the work of well-oiled halves pairing Bryan Hall and Richie Mo’unga didn’t go unnoticed by senior Crusaders figures. …

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England U20s squad club breakdown: Bath Rugby best represented again

England men’s U20 head coach, Alan Dickens, has named his 32-man squad to travel to Italy for the Six Nations Under-20 Summer Series, and we take a look at which Gallagher Premiership clubs are producing the most young talent. The good news for last season’s bottom of the table side Bath is the club have …

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Stormers’ detail, Barbarians and how rest was key in Top 14

This week we will mostly be concerning ourselves with preparation, time off, and investment… The value of fun Loose Pass has frequently extolled the virtues of detailed and thought-out game-plans over the past few weeks, holding up La Rochelle as a shining example. Added to the list of well-executed and cleverly-designed plans from this season …

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England’s grim Barbarians loss and Dad’s Army platoon raise big questions | England rugby union team

Welcome to The Breakdown, the Guardian’s weekly (and free) rugby union newsletter. Here’s an extract from this week’s edition. To receive the full version every Tuesday, just pop your email in below: This was meant to be the week when English rugby union shifted the narrative. For all involved – players, coaches, even the media …

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