Rugby Union

Yawayawa joins Nottingham from Tigers

Leicester Tigers winger Sam Yawayawa has joined Championship side Nottingham on a year-long dual-registration deal. The Fiji-born 18-year-old has represented England Under-18s and is a regular in the Tigers’ second team. Nottingham head coach Ian Costello said: “Sam is an exciting young player with enormous potential. “He has extremely quick feet, he’s powerful in contact and dangerous with ball in ...

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Ioane signs new three-year deal at Sale

Flanker TJ Ioane has signed a new three-year deal with Sale Sharks. The 27-year-old Samoa international joined Sale in January 2015 and has gone on to score six tries in 24 games. Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond said: “TJ has been a revelation since he joined us. “His performances for Sharks were monitored by other clubs but he wanted ...

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Ex-England captain Easter retires

Former England and Harlequins captain Nick Easter has retired from playing at the age of 37. He won 54 England caps and played 281 times for Quins, more than any other player in the professional era. Number eight Easter took on a player-coach role working with Harlequins’ defence in April and will now concentrate on coaching full time. He played ...

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Harlequins sign Naoupu for new season

Harlequins have signed former Connacht number eight George Naoupu. The 32-year-old New Zealander recently left Connacht, having made 102 appearances and scored nine tries over two spells with the Irish club. Quins boss John Kingston said: “He has the ability to break the first tackle and is an excellent offloader and will provide further power to our pack. “I have ...

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Leicester's Slater fit for new season

Former Leicester Tigers captain Ed Slater expects to be fit for the start of the season following knee surgery. Slater was originally appointed to the role in 2014, but two injury-hit seasons have seen seeing Tom Youngs take over as skipper. “Injury and captaincy don’t really go hand in hand. For me I need to focus on getting fit and ...

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Kiwi Evans signs new Sale contract

Sale Sharks’ second-row Bryn Evans has signed a new three-year deal. The New Zealander, 31, moved to Sale last season from French side Biarritz after three seasons in the Premiership with London Irish. He has played Super Rugby for Blues and Hurricanes and won two caps for the All Blacks in 2009, both against France. “Bryn was outstanding during his ...

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Blackadder named Bath director of rugby

Premiership club Bath have named Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder as their director of rugby and his assistant Tabai Matson as head coach. Blackadder replaces former head coach Mike Ford, who was sacked in May after a ninth-placed league finish last term. The former New Zealand captain, 44, had been charge of Christchurch-based Super Rugby franchise Crusaders since 2009. “Bath ...

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Premiership to 'monitor' players' wages

Premiership Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty says the league must monitor player wage inflation at England’s top-flight clubs. On Monday, the Rugby Football Union and Premiership clubs signed new agreement in excess of £225m. However there are fears among some club bosses that extra revenue coming into the game will result in a drastic escalation in players’ salaries. “We have ...

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Sale bring in full-back McGuigan

Sale Sharks have signed former Exeter Chiefs utility back Byron McGuigan on a two-year deal. The Namibia-born 26-year-old has also spent time with Glasgow Warriors, New Zealand side Bay of Plenty and South Africa’s Border Bulldogs. McGuigan has represented Scotland Sevens and can play in number of positions across the back line. “It’s a great opportunity for me as it ...

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Glasgow lock Uanivi 'not the new Nakarawa'

New Glasgow Warriors lock Tjiuee Uanivi says he does not see himself as a replacement for Leone Nakarawa. Nakarawa, the hugely popular Fijian second-row, left the club in the summer to sign for French club Racing 92. Uanivi, who signed from Super Rugby side the Sharks on a one-year deal, thinks he brings different skills. “I’m probably a different player ...

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