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Harlequins: John Kingston, Mark Mapletoft and Graham Rowntree extend contracts

John Kingston has been on the coaching staff at Harlequins since 2001 and became director of rugby in 2016, replacing Conor O’Shea Harlequins director of rugby John Kingston, head coach Mark Mapletoft and forwards coach Graham Rowntree have all extended their contracts with the club. Kingston took charge of Quins in the summer of 2016 and led the south west London club to sixth place in the Premiership table last season. “Harlequins is on an exciting journey both on and off the field,” chief executive David Ellis said. “The trio…

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Eddie Jones: England coach’s new deal does not rule Lions role in 2021

‘Can’t be arrogant or presumptuous’ about the England job – Jones England head coach Eddie Jones’ new deal does not rule him out of coaching the British and Irish Lions in South Africa, says RFU boss Steve Brown. The Australian has signed a contract extension to remain at Twickenham until 2021 – when the Lions next tour. But although he will still be committed to England at that point, Brown is open-minded. “We certainly wouldn’t preclude him from doing the Lions,” Brown told BBC Sport. “We are planning for success,…

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Eddie Jones: ‘Can’t be arrogant or presumptuous’ about the England job

England head coach Eddie Jones has signed a two-year contract extension to stay in the role until 2021. The 57-year-old Australian’s previous deal ran until the the end of the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year. Jones has won 22 of his 23 Tests since taking the role in November 2015, and says extending his deal was “not a difficult decision”. READ MORE: England boss Jones extends contract Listen to the BBC’s Rugby Union Weekly podcast. Source link

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Eddie Jones: England head coach signs contract until 2021

The RFU has started succession planning for when Jones leaves the role England head coach Eddie Jones has signed a two-year contract extension to stay in the role until 2021. The 57-year-old Australian’s previous deal ran until the the end of the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year. Jones has won 22 of his 23 Tests since taking the role in November 2015, and says extending his deal was “not a difficult decision”. “Coaching England is a dream job for me, and I was delighted to be asked to…

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Ireland winger Tommy Bowe announces retirement

Ireland and Ulster winger Tommy Bowe says he will retire from rugby at the end of this season. The 33-year-old won 69 caps for Ireland and played for the British and Irish Lions in 2009 and 2013. Bowe scored a memorable try in March 2009 when Ireland beat Wales in Cardiff to clinch the Grand Slam. Video available to UK users only Bowe relives ‘special’ try against Wales Source link

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London Irish: Brophy-Clews, Fowlie and Hobbs-Awoyemi sign contract extensions

London Irish trio Theo Brophy-Clews, Tom Fowlie and Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi have signed contract extensions. London Irish trio Theo Brophy-Clews, Tom Fowlie and Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi have signed contract extensions at the Premiership club. Fly-half Brophy-Clews, 20, centre Fowlie, 22, and prop Hobbs-Awoyemi, 23, have agreed undisclosed-length deals. Brophy-Clews scored four tries as the Exiles beat Russian side Krasny Yar 47-17 last weekend. London Irish are bottom of the Premiership having won once in the league all season. Source link

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Six Nations 2018: Wales name James Davies and Josh Adams in squad

James Davies helped Scarlets win the Pro12 title in 2017 Wales have named uncapped pair James Davies and Josh Adams in their squad for the Six Nations. Flanker Davies, 27, has been rewarded for his excellent form with Scarlets, while Worcester wing Adams is the top try scorer in the English Premiership. Bath number eight Taulupe Faletau is included despite being ruled out of the first two rounds of the Six Nations with a knee injury. Harlequins centre Jamie Roberts and Bath lock Luke Charteris are left out. The 39-man…

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Tommy Bowe: Ireland and Ulster wing to retire at end of season

Tommy Bowe made his senior Ireland debut against the USA in November 2004 Ireland and Ulster wing Tommy Bowe has announced that he will quit the sport at the end of this season. The 33-year-old, who won 69 caps for Ireland after making his debut in 2004, also played for the British and Irish Lions in 2009 and 2013. A shoulder injury sustained earlier this month ended his slim hopes of being in Ireland’s Six Nations squad. In a tweet Bowe said he “had some incredible years but it’s time…

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Mathieu Bastareaud & James Haskell to face independent disciplinary committee

Mathieu Bastareaud made the comment at the end of Sunday’s win over Benetton Treviso Toulon’s Mathieu Bastareaud and Wasps’ James Haskell will face an independent disciplinary committee in London on Wednesday following incidents in weekend European Champions Cup games. France centre Bastareaud made a homophobic comment during Sunday’s win over Italian side Benetton Treviso. England forward Haskell was sent off for a high tackle on Harlequins’ Jamie Roberts in Saturday’s defeat. Both player are at risk of missing the Six Nations if banned. France play Ireland on 3 February and…

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Tom Stephenson: Northampton Saints centre encouraged by injury return

Tom Stephenson signed his most recent Northampton deal in February Northampton centre Tom Stephenson says he is slowly returning to his best after nearly two years out with injury. The 23-year-old had been touted as a “huge prospect” by coach Phil Dowson and played his 50th club game as Saints defeated Clermont in the Champions Cup. “I’m not back to where I was, I know that, but it’s something I have to work on,” he told BBC Radio Northampton. “It’s been a long journey and I finally feel I’m coming…

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