Cardiff Blues’ Matthew Rees banned for seven weeks after stamp

Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees has been suspended for seven weeks following his red card for stamping on Harlequins number eight Nick Easter. Former Wales captain Rees, 34, was sent off during the Blues’ Challenge Cup defeat by Quins. Judicial officer Pat Barriscale issued Rees with a 12-week ban but reduced the penalty because of Rees’ guilty plea and “clean disciplinary record”. Rees can return on … Continue reading Cardiff Blues’ Matthew Rees banned for seven weeks after stamp

Andy Marinos: Sanzar appoints ex-Wales centre as chief executive

Former Wales and Newport Gwent Dragons centre Andy Marinos has been appointed chief executive of southern hemisphere rugby’s governing body Sanzar. Marinos won eight caps for Wales and played for Natal, Western Province and Newport RFC. The 43-year-old, who played Super Rugby for Sharks and Stormers, has held a number of rugby administration roles. Between 2004 and 2005 he was Newport Gwent Dragons chief executive and has … Continue reading Andy Marinos: Sanzar appoints ex-Wales centre as chief executive

RFU investigates claims over England kit man

England kit man Dave Tennison is under investigation by the Rugby Football Union over claims he urged players to buy shares which fell in value. The players in question are believed to include Sam Burgess and Danny Care. Reports suggest they invested in an oil-drilling firm and lost a combined total in excess of £100,000. England boss Stuart Lancaster and his coaching team are understood to have … Continue reading RFU investigates claims over England kit man

Glasgow Warriors: Scotland’s Finn Russell extends contract

Scotland fly-half Finn Russell has signed a new three-year contract with Glasgow Warriors. He joined the Pro12 champions in 2012 and made his debut the following December. Russell secured a full-time contract at the start of the 2014-15 season, has now made 32 appearances for the Warriors and his new deal takes him to May 2018. He has just returned to Scotstoun after being part of Vern Cotter’s squad … Continue reading Glasgow Warriors: Scotland’s Finn Russell extends contract

Dragons ask WRU to sell Wales

Newport Gwent Dragons have asked the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) for permission to sell Wales number eight Taulupe Faletau. Bath have expressed an interest in signing the 24-year-old. Faletau has a year left on his current deal and as a Wales player head coach Warren Gatland would need to approve such a transfer. In May, the WRU withdrew its offer of a national dual contract … Continue reading Dragons ask WRU to sell Wales

World Rugby was “unfair” to referee Craig Joubert

World Rugby was “unfair” to referee Craig Joubert by saying he was wrong to award Australia a late, match-winning penalty against Scotland, according to Wallabies coach Michael Cheika. The governing body issued a statement on saying the he had not made the “appropriate decision”. Former top referee Jonathan Kaplan, who has mentored Joubert during his career, questioned whether World Rugby should be “criticising one if … Continue reading World Rugby was “unfair” to referee Craig Joubert