RFU 'not behind' in search for Jones successor

England rugby bosses insist they are not lagging behind rivals like Wales in planning to appoint a new head coach to start work after the 2019 World Cup.Head coach Eddie Jones intends to stand down after the tournament, leaving the Rugby Football Union (RFU) already assessing their options for

RFU boss wants more Twickenham NFL games

The Rugby Football Union is keen to host further NFL games at Twickenham and discussions are ongoing over whether the sport will return to the home of English rugby next year.The RFU penned a three-game deal with NFL in 2015 and it started with one game in 2016 and

Bath charged over Faletau release

4:24 PM GMTESPN staffBath have been charged with breaching Premiership Rugby policy after allowing Taulupe Faletau to play for Wales against South Africa last Saturday.Premiership rules dictate that clubs should not release non-England players for fixtures that fall outside of World Rugby's international window, as Wales' victory did.It waived

Who could replace Noves as France coach?

Judgement day is looming. Almost two weeks after France's November debacle stuttered to a conclusion against Japan at the U Arena, French Rugby Federation (FFR) president Bernard Laporte admitted he is no closer to reaching a decision on the futures of key members of Les Bleus' set up --

Itoje a Six Nations doubt with fractured jaw

12:50 PM GMTESPN staffMaro Itoje could be a doubt for England's Six Nations opener in Italy after Saracens confirmed he fractured his jaw against Harlequins.Itoje was taken to hospital for scans after being taken off in the 48th-minute of his side's 20-19 defeat at the Stoop Sunday with blood

Launchbury signs new Wasps deal

1:41 PM GMTESPN staffWasps captain Joe Launchbury has become the latest player to sign a new contract with the Aviva Premiership club.The England lock made his Wasps debut in 2011 and has gone on play 117 matches for the Ricoh Arena club, captaining them in last season's Premiership final.Wasps

Top 14: Players of rounds 11 & 12

4:42 PM GMTTom MayRugby Columnist Close• Played for Toulon, Newcastle Falcons, Northampton Saints and London Welsh• Capped by England in 2009We are 12 rounds into the French domestic season and the table is beginning to take shape, with just a dozen points separating the top 10.Former Toulon centre Tom May casts

Scotland boss Townsend visits Guardiola

10:15 AM GMTESPN staffGregor Townsend doesn't seem keen to rest on his laurels following an impressive start to life as Scotland coach.Fresh from overseeing a November campaign that included a record win over Australia -- the second victory of his short tenure against the Wallabies -- and narrow defeat

End-of-year Tests: Team-by-team review

10:30 AM GMTESPN staffNovember, and the first week of December, offered international coaches a chance to experiment as they trained their sights on the 2019 Rugby World Cup.Scotland and Gregor Townsend grasped the opportunity with both hands, while England, Ireland and New Zealand all ended their campaigns with perfect

European review: Player of the week, flop & more

2:15 PM GMTESPN staffSights in the Northern Hemisphere were once again set on domestic matters -- events in Cardiff aside -- as Test stars returned to club action.But who caught the eye and who had a weekend to forget?Player of the weekendDanny Care was instrumental in Harlequins victory over