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Concussion in sport: Five sports gather to discuss head injury prevention

Three Australian rugby league sides received record fines for breaching concussion protocols earlier this year Medics from five sports have met to work out a “unified approach” to tackling concussion and head injuries. Representatives from rugby union, rugby league, American football, ice hockey, and Australian rules football met in Dublin on Thursday. Earlier this year a panel of experts suggested ways to address what is becoming a growing issue in sport. Thursday’s meeting was aimed at looking into how best to put those recommendations in place. “Concussion is a top…

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Peter Stringer: Worcester Warriors sign veteran scrum-half on six-month contract

Peter Stringer made 39 appearances for Sale Sharks before being released at the end of the 2016-17 season Worcester Warriors have signed veteran scrum-half Peter Stringer on a six-month deal before the 2017-18 season. Stringer, 39, joins the Warriors as cover for Francois Hougaard, who is on international duty with South Africa for the first half of the campaign. The former Ireland international left Sale Sharks at the end of last season after two years with the club. “I’m feeling as fit and ready as ever and am genuinely excited…

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Ed Jackson: Former Dragons player walks as he recovers from broken neck

Former Dragons back-rower Ed Jackson has walked for the first time as he continues his recovery from a broken neck. A hundred days after he jumped into the shallow end of a pool and suffered the injury, Jackson has posted a video on his Facebook page of him walking with the help of his girlfriend Lois Rideout. After more than 11 weeks in hospital, Jackson returned to his father’s home in Bath and this footage show he is on the mend. Jackson wrote on Facebook: “There’s been some dark times…

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Dylan Hartley: England captain signs new Northampton Saints deal

Dylan Hartley (left) captained England to victory in their two-Test summer tour of Argentina England captain Dylan Hartley has signed a new contract with Northampton Saints and has been reappointed as the Premiership side’s skipper. The 31-year-old, capped 86 times by his country, was replaced by Lee Dickson as club captain in 2015, having previously held the role for seven years. The hooker has made 229 appearances for Saints since joining them from Worcester Warriors in 2006. His old deal had been due to expire at the end of the…

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Southern Kings scrum-half Schroeder excited by Pro14 switch

Southern Kings scrum-half Ricky Schroeder is relishing the chance to play in the new Pro14 after a deal was agreed to add two South African sides to the league. The Kings and Cheetahs are joining the league next season after losing their Super Rugby status. The Pro14 will have two conferences of seven teams – each having one Scottish side, one South African side, one Italian side and two each from Wales and Ireland. Source link

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Pro12 agree deal to expand next season to include South African sides

The Cheetahs and the Kings will join the Pro14 for the beginning of the season in September A deal to expand the Pro12 to 14 teams from next season has been agreed, BBC Scotland understands. The South African sides Cheetahs and Southern Kings will join the league after losing their Super Rugby status. The six-year deal is likely to benefit the league to the tune of an extra £6m per season from the South African Rugby Union and additional television income. All elements of the deal have been agreed and,…

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Pro12 rugby: Who are the Cheetahs and Southern Kings?

Cheetahs beat Southern Kings in the teams’ final Super Rugby game on 14 July The Cheetahs and the Southern Kings are set to be invited to join the Pro12 after it was announced they would leave Super Rugby which is cutting its number of teams from 18 to 15. The South African franchises, who played their final Super Rugby game on Friday with the Cheetahs defeating the Kings 21-20, would join 12 teams from Wales, Italy, Ireland and Scotland from September. Pro12 board members are set to meet in Dublin…

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Pro12: Cheetahs and Southern Kings’ entry to be confirmed next week

Pro12: South African teams would be ‘a positive’ – Kirchner Governing body Celtic Rugby is expected to confirm next week that South African teams Southern Kings and Cheetahs will be invited into the Pro12 competition. Board members are set to meet in Dublin on Tuesday, 18 July to discuss the tournament’s immediate future. The South African franchises, who play their final Super Rugby game on Friday, would join 12 teams from Wales, Italy, Ireland and Scotland from September. The revamp could see the league divided into two conferences of seven…

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Ken Owens: British and Irish Lions’ draw in New Zealand will give Wales confidence

Ken Owens came off the bench in two of the Lions’ three Tests in New Zealand in 2017 The British and Irish Lions’ drawn series in New Zealand could help Wales beat the All Blacks for the first time since 1953, says hooker Ken Owens. Five Welsh players started the Lions’ drawn final Test in Auckland on Saturday, while Owens was one of two more to come on as replacements. The 30-year-old hopes Wales can use that experience when they host the All Blacks in Cardiff on 25 November. “I…

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