Ben Youngs desperate for rugby to return so he can get off 99 England caps

The Ireland star was asked by Brian O’Driscoll, as part of the BT Sport series Lions Call, who he sees as the main contenders to wear the No.9 jersey in next summer’s three-Test series with South Africa.

Saracens pledge to have England stars ready for Test duty despite relegation

For all that, the club’s demotion for multiple salary cap breaches means the build-up to the 2021 Lions for potential tourists will be far from ideal – involving second tier games at clubs such as Ampthill and Jersey.

England could be without front-line stars for Six Nations finale in Italy

Jack Maunder was speaking on behalf of Gallagher’s Rugby Club of the Season competition, in which his local Devon club Kingsbridge RFC are finalists. Find out more at ajg.com/uk/news-and-insights/2020/january/gallagher-rugby-club-competition

Shoaib Malik to leave for England on Aug 15 if he clears two Covid-19 tests

The former Pakistan skipper, who is married to India’s tennis star Sania Mirza and has a one-year-old son Izhaan, had not met his family since the start of the year in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak .

Home series against England put off to 2021

“BCCI and ECB [England and Wales Cricket Board] are in consultation with a view to confirming the 2021 schedules for an all-formats England men’s tour to India to run from late January to late March and for India’s Test tour to England due in the summer of 2021,” the BCCI said in a statement.

Coronavirus: Face covering use expanded in England and Scotland

What are the rules for face masks or face coverings? How to stay cool in a face mask Stricter lockdown measures introduced in Preston UK ‘won’t hesitate’ to add to quarantine list And lockdown measures were reintroduced in Preston from midnight after a rise in Covid-19 cases. Residents in the Lancashire city are facing stricter […]

Players union threaten strike action as civil war breaks out in English rugby

“But it’s difficult for us to entirely rule out any options when we’re in the current situation where we’ve got members with existing, fixed-term contracts in some senses essentially being strong-armed into thinking they have no choice but to sign an inferior contract.”

Prince Harry would back move to ban rugby’s ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’ anthem

A spokesman for the Duke told The Sunday Times: “The Duke is supportive of the comments that the RFU made this week regarding the review and he will follow the lead of the RFU on the matter.”

Courtney Lawes to sign new deal with Northampton to stay in English rugby

“His performances on the field and his leadership and friendship off it all add up to him being a massive part off what this club has been about these last 10 years. He’s been instrumental in setting the tone and driving stuff.”

Manu Tuilagi could be on way out of Leicester after contract ‘deadline’ passes

“Then something switched and I’ll never forget this moment, even though we’d had a few beers. Adam said to me, ‘Mate, if you want to play for England you kind of need to buck your ideas up’.