Harlequins stutter to victory over Gloucester

Harlequins 21 Gloucester 12 Harlequins proved they can win the hard way at the Stoop, as a steely defensive display was enough to repel Gloucester on Friday night. Perhaps it was the fact this round 11 match was Quins’ first Premiership game since round eight at the end of October. Or perhaps it was Gloucester’s almighty … Read more

Rugby chiefs told to ‘consider resignation’ as MPs hammer Worcester collapse

Massie-Taylor, meanwhile, who took over as the chief executive of PRL in October last year, was told that if a similar situation had occurred in the Premier League, with 16 per cent of its clubs folding in a season, it would be a resigning matter. “If that happened the head of the Premier League would … Read more

Eddie Jones drops vice-captains Ellis Genge and Jack Nowell to bench for South Africa

Eddie Jones, the England head coach, has stressed that rugby must do more to look after referees, while joking that South Africa’s banned director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus, might turn up to Twickenham in “a laundry box”. Erasmus was given a two-match ban from all matchday activities last week by World Rugby following his latest … Read more

Jamie George: England forwards ready for ‘ultimate test’ of Springboks

Jamie George is confident that England’s forwards will be much improved in the tight ahead of the “ultimate test” against South Africa on Saturday. The Springboks will arrive at Twickenham armed with the customary heavy artillery up front: Franco Mostert, a lock by trade, will start at blindside flanker while the infamous ‘bomb squad’ of … Read more

Inside Georgia’s plan to ensure Wales win is not a one-off

After two euphoric days in 2022, therefore what would it take for Georgia to push on and become a dominant, global rugby force? Paul Tito, the former Cardiff Blues captain and current Georgia assistant coach, believes the answer is straightforward. “The captain [centre Merab Sharikadze] has been pretty outspoken about this,” Tito told the Telegraph … Read more

John Smit: Rassie Erasmus has made Springboks ‘so easy to dislike’

South Africa’s Rugby World Cup-winning captain John Smit has criticised Rassie Erasmus following the director of rugby’s latest two-match suspension by World Rugby for criticising referees. Erasmus has been suspended from all matchday activities by World Rugby following his latest tweets about referees in the wake of South Africa’s defeat to France on November 12, … Read more

Kyran Bracken: ‘I see Head Injury Assessment at its worst again’

Kyran Bracken, England’s World Cup-winning scrum-half, has criticised the Head Injury Assessment process that saw Nic White return to the field after appearing to be concussed in Australia’s loss to Ireland on Saturday night. The Wallabies’ scrum-half confirmed to Telegraph Sport after the match that he had not been knocked out, that he felt fine, … Read more

Ireland v Australia live: Score and latest updates from Aviva Stadium

Under pressure Australia coach Dave Rennie picks only four starters from the shock 28-27 defeat to Italy last weekend as he looks for a statement win against the current world No 1 side in Dublin. The Wallabies lost to France the previous weekend and survived a scare against Scotland in their first Autumn International Test, … Read more

Scotland thump 14-man Pumas in chaotic clash at Murrayfield

Darcy Graham scored a hat-trick of tries as Scotland capitalised on Argentina’s indiscipline to round off their autumn series with a 52-29 victory at BT Murrayfield. The Pumas had Marcos Kremer red-carded in the first half and then received three yellow cards after the break, leaving them with 12 men at one point, while Scotland … Read more