Rugby

Wales are determined to begin a two-year World Cup countdown on Saturday by ending their dismal run of defeats against Australia. The countries will square up as 2019 World Cup pool rivals in Japan, and Australia currently boast a 12-Test winning sequence that began eight years ago. A new-look Wales team — one that contains
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Gloucester’s Jonny May looks set to miss England’s first autumn international against Argentina due to a hamstring injury, while Anthony Watson and Elliot Daly look poised to start on the wings. May’s hamstring strain has made him unlikely to participate at Twickenham on Saturday, according to forwards coach Steve Borthwick, to simplify the back three
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4:03 PM GMT ESPN staff Munster and Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray has slammed critics of newly qualified centre Bundee Aki ahead of Ireland’s first autumn international against South Africa this Saturday. Aki could make his Ireland debut against the Springboks having completed three years of residency in his adopted country. From the end of 2020
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Keith Earls expects Ireland to end up “battered” by South Africa’s physicality, even if Joe Schmidt’s men defeat the Springboks. Munster wing Earls predicted another bruising encounter against South Africa, when Ireland open their autumn Test series at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. The 30-year-old insists the Springboks have turned the corner from the side
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Flanker Justin Tipuric and scrum-half Rhys Webb are understood to be major doubts for Wales’ autumn series opener against Australia on Saturday. Tipuric has a thigh injury, while Webb is nursing a knee problem ahead of a demanding schedule that also sees Wales tackle Georgia, New Zealand and South Africa. England’s unprecedented training session against
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