Australia captain Stephen Moore to quit Wallabies

Share this withEmailFacebookMessengerMessengerTwitterPinterestWhatsAppLinkedInCopy this linkThese are external links and will open in a new window The 34-year-old hooker also told the Australian Broadcasting Corp that he was stepping down as captain immediately. "I think it's the right time to call time on my career at this level," said Moore, who has played 120 Tests. Flanker Michael Hooper is set to take over the captaincy of the Wallabies, according to local media. Moore, who has played in three World Cups since his debut in 2005, said he had been considering the "very tough" decision for months. Injuries "were not a factor", he added. "It has been a big part of my life and it means a lot to me playing for Australia," he told the...

Wilhelm van der Sluys: Exeter Chiefs sign South African lock

The 25-year-old previously played in the top flight with Worcester Warriors, and ended last season with the Southern Kings in Super Rugby. Van der Sluys started just one competitive match for the Warriors and returned to South Africa in March. "I can't ask for a better club to join. I am looking forward to (this new challenge)," he told the club website.

Ulster’s Jackson and Olding face rape prosecution

Share this withEmailFacebookMessengerMessengerTwitterPinterestWhatsAppLinkedInCopy this linkThese are external links and will open in a new window Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were arrested in June 2016 with two other men, and questioned about allegations of a sexual assault in south Belfast. The PPS confirmed a decision has been taken to prosecute four men in relation to allegations of rape. Both Mr Jackson, 25, and Mr Olding, 24, deny the allegations. The Public Prosecution Service said: "Following a careful review of all of the available evidence, in accordance with our Code for Prosecutors, it has been decided that there is sufficient evidence to prosecute four individuals." Solicitors representing Mr Jackson and Mr Olding confirmed their clients are to be prosecuted for alleged rape. Another man is...

Tomas O’Leary: Grand Slam-winning Ireland scrum-half retires aged 33

O'Leary won the Six Nations Grand Slam in 2009 and was a two-time Heineken Cup winner while playing for Munster. He joined London Irish from Munster in 2012, and completed his career with French team Montpellier. "I have had an incredible career from my academy days in Munster to my last game in Montpellier," said O'Leary, who played 24 times for his country. O'Leary, who started four games in Ireland's Grand Slam, was named in the 2009 British and Irish Lions squad but did not tour because of a broken ankle. He won the Heineken Cup in 2006 and 2008. O'Leary said: "I have realised my ambition of representing Munster and Ireland - wearing the red and green jerseys has been a real honour. "Highlights...

Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond says European competition ‘adds stress’

Diamond's side finished bottom of their Champions Cup pool last term, losing five of their six games. After an inconsistent season, Sale finished 10th in the Premiership, 20 points above the relegation place. "Our form was good. We lost to Toulon and Saracens and beat Scarlets but it takes its toll," Diamond said. Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester, he continued: "The problem is that in the domestic league, that's where your bread and butter is. In a competition that has relegation, one thing you can't afford to do as a franchise is get relegated. "So all your intentions are good in all competitions but you've really got to put the hard graft in and make sure you stay in the league and we...

Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017: ‘Deep concern’ over end of England contracts

In a letter seen by BBC Sport, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan tells chief executive Ian Ritchie of her "deep concern". Despite England preparing to defend the World Cup next month, the RFU said its focus will switch to the sevens game after the tournament. "To make this decision is deeply disappointing," wrote Allin-Khan. "Asking players to pause and resume their professions every two years puts their futures at considerable risk." The RFU, which announced record revenues last year of more than £400m, said its priorities shift between the XVs and sevens programmes, with the World Cup Sevens and Commonwealth Games taking place next year. It said the England XV side will continue to take part in competitions, and that it has invested millions of pounds...

Darren Dawidiuk: London Irish sign Gloucester hooker

The 29-year-old made 145 appearances for the Cherry and Whites after joining from Cornish Pirates in 2009. "I'm extremely grateful to have the opportunity to join London Irish, a club that's very much on the up at present," he said. Dawidiuk is Irish's 11th summer signing before they return to the Premiership against Harlequins on 2 September.