December 12 2013 Latest news:
London Irish’s new owners have ruled out paying over the odds to retain England wing Marland Yarde and dismissed the prospect of a Toulon-style recruitment drive.
There are surprisingly few rugby players that have made the switch from union to American football but Saracens’ newest recruit Hayden Smith is an even rarer breed that has done it and swapped back.
London Irish have announced that a consortium of London-based Irish businessmen has completed a takeover of the club.
South Africa international and World Cup winner, CJ van der Linde has signed for London Irish for the remainder of the season and will join up with the squad next week.
Hayden Smith says he feels “very lucky” to have sealed a return to Saracens, having completed a remarkable conversion back to rugby union from American football.
Sports minister Helen Grant does not believe the law needs changing to make match-fixing a specific criminal offence.
The Rugby Football Union believes the English game has yet to be affected by spot-fixing but is determined to remain vigilant to prevent it occurring.
Senior officials from the five leading sports have been called into a summit meeting with the Government today on how to tackle the scourge of match-fixing, it can be revealed.
Talented lock forward Hayden Smith has returned to Saracens after spending 18 months with the American Football franchise New York Jets.