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New Zealand release women's sevens world champs to play for clubs

福利网站New Zealand women's rugby received another boost on Thursday with the majority of the world champion national sevens squad released to return to domestic rugby including making rare appearances for their local clubs.

Rugby: WRU seeks loan to recover from coronavirus crisis

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) is working on securing a loan that will help keep the professional game alive in Wales as it recovers from the financial shock of the COVID-19 pandemic, the governing body said on Wednesday.

English players' union says new contract situation a 'circus'

福利网站English rugby clubs are scrambling to amend contracts before a Thursday deadline in order to exploit a provision in new salary cap rules, with some players being told they have a day to sign a new deal, the chief executive of the players' union said.

Sale Sharks players, staff take permanent pay cuts

Sale Sharks players have agreed permanent pay cuts to alleviate the financial pressures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Premiership team said on Wednesday.

World Cup was always going to end in tears: former Wallabies selector

Former Australia selector Michael O'Connor has said the Wallabies' World Cup campaign in Japan was doomed to failure due to confusion over coach Michael Cheika's game plan and appalling training standards within the playing group.

Fisher sees grounds for optimism in Australian game

福利网站Influential ACT Brumbies forwards coach Laurie Fisher sees grounds for optimism for Australian rugby over the next couple of years under the leadership of new Wallabies boss Dave Rennie.

World Cup was always going to end in tears: former Wallabies selector

Former Australia selector Michael O'Connor has said the Wallabies' World Cup campaign in Japan was doomed to failure due to confusion over coach Michael Cheika's game plan and appalling training standards within the playing group.

Italy's Zanni retires at the age of 36

Italy's Alessandro Zanni has ended his playing career to join the coaching staff of Benetton, where he played club rugby since 2009, the national federation said on Tuesday.

Japan winger Fukuoka skipping Olympics to begin medical studies

Winger Kenki Fukuoka, who helped Japan reach the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals last year, has said he will not be available for the rugby sevens tournament at the Tokyo Olympics as he will be studying for medical school.

Test prop Ainsley heading home to Highlanders

Melbourne Rebels prop Jermaine Ainsley has signed a two-year deal with the Otago Highlanders that will see him return home from Australia and become ineligible for the Wallabies.

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