‘Such a tiny creature’: Former English rugby star details Lyme disease nightmare – Washington Post

A bite from a tick, like this deer tick, started Matt Dawson’s problems. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP) The bite was minuscule, so tiny that Matt Dawson, England’s former international rugby star, didn’t really think much about it until he began feeling awful. But that tick bite led to Lyme disease and 18 […]

WA premier threatens to bankrupt ARU over axing of Super Rugby’s Force – The Guardian

The Western Australian government has threatened to bankrupt the Australian Rugby Union if the Western Force are not reinstated. Premier Mark McGowan says the state government is getting legal advice and the options include suing for restitution of more than $100m, which would bankrupt the ARU, or suing for reinstatement. “My ultimatum to the ARU […]

England full of youthful enthusiasm ahead of Women’s Rugby World Cup semi-final – Telegraph.co.uk

There will be a fearless streak to the England side that take on France in the semi-final of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Belfast tomorrow due to the youthful and feisty front row selection. Tight-head prop Sarah Bern is just 20 years old, and 21 year-old hooker Amy Cokayne are starting along side 27 […]

Australian rugby looks dysfunctional and delusional – is there any hope left? – The Guardian

Quo vadis rugby union? Where on earth is the game going in this country? Just when you thought things could not get any worse, they did on Saturday night and the Wallabies’ record 54-34 loss to the All Blacks in Sydney may have been the last nail in the coffin of Australian rugby, which has […]

All Blacks rugby union legend Colin Meads dies aged 81 – The Guardian

Colin Meads, the famously tough All Blacks captain hailed as New Zealand’s greatest rugby player of the 20th century, has died after suffering from cancer. He was 81. Meads played 55 tests among 133 games for New Zealand between 1957 and 1971 – a prodigious number in an era in which the All Blacks seldom […]

Western Force backer Andrew Forrest says a breakaway competition will be formed if Force culled – dailytelegraph.com.au

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