USA Rugby announces steps towards World Cup bid, backed by MLR owners

The bidding process will include a “dialogue phase”, in February 2021, which USA Rugby described as “an opportunity for open communication between World Rugby, unions, governments and other key stakeholders in order to understand the business and delivery model, how each will partner with World Rugby and ultimately build a compelling bid proposal”.

USA men and women knocked out of Rugby World Cup Sevens

Captain Madison Hughes put the Eagles ahead after a pass by Maka Unufe, before two England tries made it 12-7 at the half, both by Dan Norton, the second a video referee call. Ollie Lindsay-Hague put England 19-7 up straight from the kickoff for the second seven-minute half before Folau Niua and world player of […]

Weekend Super League and Challenge Cup talking points

“I feel a bit nervous watching us. Since the resumption I feel our skills are a bit down and our general game is a bit down. We need a good performance on Sunday, but it will be tough to get.”

The brutal, bitchy world of the billionaire wives: After marrying media tycoon Conrad Black, BARBARA AMIEL revelled in her new-found wealth. But as she reveals in the final part of her new memoir, she soon confirmed that money can’t buy true friends

As I settled into my new position, I began to get oxygen deprivation at the thought of the steep domestic mountain in front of me. I was consumed by fear of not doing it right. I was no bloody savage, but now I was gathering up homes of monumental size in London, Palm Beach and […]

Women’s soccer in England returns with optimism

“The WSL right now has an unbelievable opportunity, just because of the way that 2020 has panned out,” said Wales international Jess Fishlock, who joined Reading this year on loan from OL Reign in the United States. “This year is going to be pretty special.”

A cup of joe, a lot of joy

Over the years, my irresistible devotion inspired me to search for the untold story of the origins of the world of coffee. I learnt that consumers of coffee woke up to the bliss of Arabica rather late in the 20th century. Among the wild groves of the Kafa Region between the Great Rift Valley and […]

Ex All Black Sir John Kirwan reconnects with his past in new travel documentary, JK’s Japan

“It was a really special time for me,” he says. “I was at the end of my career, but I still wanted to win and I was still competitive. And you know, those boys there, we just had so much fun and to connect back with them, we just had a laugh.”

Mandela funeral: Inside massive security efforts to protect world leaders

Steyn now runs a private firm providing protection for 25 dignitaries coming to South Africa this week. He says the scope of the funeral proceedings would challenge any country: Tuesday’s massive memorial in a Johannesburg stadium; the body of the former president lying in state in the capitol, Pretoria, for three days for citizens to […]

Barry Richards not surprised, says SA cricket needs overhaul

Ever since the South Africa Sports Confederation of Olympic Committee (SASCOC), the country’s overarching sports body, suspended Cricket South Africa, not many pundits have condemned the move. Former CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat welcomed the decision and now Barry Richards (right) has said he saw it long coming. “South Africa cricket needed a major overhaul. They […]

Staydium glamping, Eden Park: World-first glamping experience for New Zealand

Our tour ends in the players’ tunnel leading onto the park, where the teams run out. Walton turns on a recording of the crowd noise from the 2011 Rugby World Cup final, adjusted to the volume the All Blacks would have heard. And then, among an almost-deafening roar, we’re invited to walk (or run) onto […]