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Worcester Warriors: Premiership club seek new investment, says managing director

Gus Mackay took over as Worcester managing director when chief executive Jim O’Toole left in June Worcester Warriors have confirmed that they are seeking new investment in the Premiership club, following reports of a potential takeover at Sixways. Warriors, who have been owned by Sixways Holdings Ltd since 2013, are reported to have been made an offer. But the club’s only response to various media rumours has been to issue a statement to season ticket holders from managing director Gus Mackay. “Any proposed funding structure has to be in our…

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Chris Jones and Ugo Monye discuss the scuffle between James Haskell and Joe Marler

Chris Jones and Ugo Monye discuss the decision to sin-bin James Haskell after he was involved in a scuffle with England team-mate Joe Marler during Harlequins’ victory over Wasps. Wasps flanker Haskell said he retaliated because Quins’ Marler choked him with his scrum cap and squirted water at him. Prop Marler, who was not punished at the time, has been given a citing commissioner’s warning, which equates to a retrospective yellow card. Download the latest episode of 5 live’s Rugby Union Weekly. Source link

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Danny Cipriani: Wasps fly-half likely to be out for three months with knee injury

Danny Cipriani has scored more than 1,000 Premiership points Wasps and ex-England fly-half Danny Cipriani could be out of action for up to three months with a knee injury. The 29-year-old, who won the last of his 14 international caps against France in August 2015, was hurt in Wasps’ 24-21 Premiership defeat by Harlequins on Sunday. Cipriani saw a specialist on Tuesday, who confirmed he has suffered a tear in the medial ligament in his knee. Wasps said the injury is likely to take eight to 12 weeks to heal….

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Edinburgh’s Richard Cockerill ready to wield axe v Scarlets after Benetton loss

Richard Cockerill’s side face Scarlets Richard Cockerill says some senior players will pay the price for Edinburgh’s home humbling by Benetton as they prepare to face Scarlets. The head coach held a “pretty robust” meeting with his squad on Monday. “A lot of those guys have international experience, some as recently as Scotland’s summer tour, so I would expect better from them,” he said. “Some of those guys will not be in the side this week and others will get opportunities.” Ahead of facing the reigning champions on Saturday, Cockerill…

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Cardiff Blues sign Bristol’s Robinson as open-side cover

Olly Robinson made 13 appearances in the 2016-17 Aviva Premiership for Bristol Cardiff Blues have signed Olly Robinson from Bristol on a short-term contract to cover back-row injuries. Robinson, 26, is the son of former England and British and Irish Lions open-side Andy Robinson, who also coached England, Scotland and Bristol. Sam Warburton, Ellis Jenkins and James Botham are sidelined and Robinson could be involved when Blues go to Connacht in the Pro14 on Saturday. He has played 55 games for Bristol, including in the Aviva Premiership. Bristol were relegated…

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Alex Corbisiero: Rugby union has ‘huge market’ in USA

One Premiership game a season will be staged in the United States for the next three seasons Rugby union has a “huge market” in the USA despite a crowd of just 6,000 watching Saturday’s Premiership match in Philadelphia, says American rugby expert Alex Corbisiero. Saracens beat Newcastle in front of banks of empty seats at the 18,500-capacity Talen Energy Stadium. But former Lions and England prop Corbisiero is sure rugby union can find a place in American sporting society. “I’m completely convinced of that,” the NBC analyst told BBC Sport….

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James Hanson: Gloucester sign Australia hooker from Melbourne Rebels

Hanson joined the Melbourne Rebels in 2016 from Brisbane’s Queensland Reds Gloucester have signed Australia international hooker James Hanson on a short-term deal from Super Rugby side Melbourne Rebels. The 29-year-old has joined the Cherry and Whites until the end of 2017, prior to the 2018 Super Rugby season. Hanson has 12 caps for the Wallabies since making his debut in 2012. “I am excited to be here,” Hanson said. “I have managed to play a few times at Kingsholm and have felt first-hand how passionate the supporters are.” Inspired…

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Rugby World Cup 2019 organisers ‘behind on preparations’

The World Cup trophy was displayed during an event to mark two years until the 2019 tournament begins Hosts Japan are behind on preparations for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, tournament director Alan Gilpin says. Gilpin expressed his concerns after a third round of tournament review meetings this year in Tokyo on Sunday. Wednesday marks two years until the event starts on 20 September 2019. “There are areas where the organising committee has not progressed as much as we would expect by this stage,” World Rugby chief operating officer Gilpin…

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