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PLANNED MERGER BETWEEN PARISIAN RUGBY CLUBS RACING 92 AND STADE FRANCAIS CANCELLED - RACING 92 PRESIDENT

PLANNED MERGER BETWEEN PARISIAN RUGBY CLUBS RACING 92 AND STADE FRANCAIS CANCELLED - RACING 92 PRESIDENT

Rugby-Merger of Paris powerhouses cancelled - Racing 92 president

PARIS, March 19 (Reuters) - A planned merger between Parisian rugby powerhouses Racing 92 and Stade Francais has been cancelled amid strong opposition, Racing 92 president Jacky Lorenzetti said on Sunday.

Racing 92 and Stade Francais merger off

A merger between top French sides Racing 92 and Stade Francais has been called off, says Racing president Jacky Lorenzetti.

Rugby-Ireland defeat gave England a 'reality check', says Hartley

March 19 (Reuters) - England's first defeat in 16 months against a depleted Ireland side on Saturday was a "reality check", captain Dylan Hartley has said.

Scotland vs Italy: The Player Ratings

Alan Kerr runs the rule over the Scotland team in their final appearance of the 2017 RBS Six Nations. Who repaid the faith shown by Vern Cotter The post Scotland vs Italy: The Player Ratings appeared first on Scottish Rugby Blog.

Watch: Great tries from the 2017 Women's Six Nations

Watch some of the best tries from the 2017 Women's Six Nations as England win the Grand Slam and their first title since 2012.

Rugby-Heads on the block for struggling Waratahs, says coach

SYDNEY, March 19 (Reuters) - Frustrated New South Wales Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson has warned his players that heads will roll if they do not rapidly turn around their spluttering Super Rugby season after they suffered a 28-12 loss to the ACT Brumbies on Saturday.

Rugby-France's Maestri hits out at referee Barnes after Wales win

PARIS, March 18 (Reuters) - France lock Yoann Maestri lashed out at English referee Wayne Barnes after they were denied a penalty try in the chaotic finale to their 20-18 Six Nations win over Wales on Saturday.

Six Nations 2017: Was this the day rugby lost its head?

There was plenty of material for pub quizzes of the future as Wales endured a chaotic defeat in Paris, writes Richard Williams.

Women's Six Nations highlights: France 39-19 Wales

Watch the highlights as France's women seal a bonus-point win over their Welsh counterparts in Brive to end the Women's Six Nations.

Rugby-Moyano hat-trick helps in-form Jaguares rout Cheetahs

BUENOS AIRES, March 18 (Reuters) - Wing Ramiro Moyano scored a hat-trick of tries as the Jaguares crushed the Cheetahs 41-14 for a third victory in four Super Rugby matches at Velez Sarsfield on Saturday.

We'll have more setbacks, warns England boss Jones

Eddie Jones says England are "14 months into a four-year project" after hopes of a second straight Grand Slam are ended by Ireland.

UPDATE 1-Rugby-Resurgent Ireland deny England grand slam

DUBLIN, March 18 (Reuters) - Ireland stunned England 13-9 in the Six Nations on Saturday to deny their old rivals a second successive grand slam and end their hopes of a world record 19th victory in a row.

UPDATE 1-Rugby-I take blame for England loss, says Jones

DUBLIN, March 18 (Reuters) - England coach Eddie Jones blamed himself for his team's 13-9 defeat by Ireland on Saturday that ended their hopes of a second successive Six Nations grand slam and a world record 19th victory in a row.

Rugby-Six Nations Championship Ireland v England summary

March 18 (Gracenote) - Summary from the Six Nations Championship match between Ireland and England on Saturday at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland Ireland 13 England 9 Half Time: 10-3 Scorers: Ireland : Try: Iain Henderson (24) Conversion: Jonathan Sexton (24) Penalty Goals: Jonathan Sexton (11, 63) England : Penalty Goals:Owen Farrell (18, 51, 67)

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