Maggie Alphonsi: Olympics can encourage more girls to take
England World Cup-winner Maggie Alphonsi has dismissed criticism of rugby sevens' inclusion in the Olympic Games and insists it will play a vital role in encouraging more young girls to take up the sport.Alphonsi retired shortly after helpi
England Women announce 48 player contracts for next season
Professional player contracts are to be introduced in English women's rugby for the 15-a-side game.A total of 48 contracts will be available next season, including 16 full-time deals that will concentrate on the sport's 15-a-side element.
Ollie Phillips: Rugby sevens will make for great viewing at
Former England captain Ollie Phillips has predicted that rugby sevens will provide "a cracking spectacle" at the Rio Olympics. The Great Britain squads for men's and women's competitions are set to be announced in London on Tuesday.
Chiefs run in eight tries to beat Stormers in quarter-finals
A first-half blitz from two-time champions the Chiefs saw them cruise to a dominant 60-21 win over the Stormers in the Super Rugby quarter-finals.
Lions thrash Crusaders in Super Rugby quarter-final
Lions crushed Crusaders in their Super Rugby quarter-final, running out 42-25 winners at Emirates Airlines Park.The South African franchise
Wasps sign England centre Kyle Eastmond
Wasps have announced the signing of England international Kyle Eastmond.The former Bath centre, 27, missed out on selection for the World Cu
Simon Hardy ends 22-year association with England
England coach Simon Hardy is to leave the international set-up after 22 years of service.Hardy has been an England coach for 18 years, prima