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Friday, July 3, 2020

Premiership Rugby clubs can return to contact training on Monday in “significant milestone” towards the league’s planned resumption on August 15.

Saracens centre Brad Barritt has stressed his memories of his time with the club have not been tarnished.

Former England centre Brad Barritt will leave Saracens at the end of the 2019-20 season, having agreed a contract extension to see out the delayed campaign.

Australia lock Will Skelton is the latest big name to be confirmed as leaving Saracens.

The Rugby Football Union is undertaking a review into the “historical context” of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – a favourite song among England supporters which has roots in American slavery.

Lord Myners has warned rugby union players it would be “foolhardy” to feel they need to go on strike after his review prompted clubs to announce a substantial cut to the salary cap from next season.

Premiership rugby stars could go on strike over contractual issues arising from the league’s expected confirmation of a reduction of next season’s salary cap by up to 25 per cent.

RFU chief Bill Sweeney has pointed to the success of rugby league to show that union could work as a summer sport.

Premiership Rugby has announced its plan to resume the Gallagher Premiership season on August 15.

Premiership and Championship clubs have been given provisional authorisation to begin non-contact training amid the coronavirus pandemic.

England’s three-match Ashes series with Australia has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The European Tour will resume in July with a run of six tournaments over six weeks in the UK, but the Dutch Grand Prix has been put back until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Wales scrum-half Aled Davies is joining Saracens ahead of their Championship campaign.

Former Rugby Football Union chief executive Francis Baron believes a ‘Coronavirus Cup of World Rugby’ next summer could significantly ease the economic hardship facing the global game because of the pandemic.

England lock George Kruis will end a 12-year association with Saracens at the end of the 2019-20 season and head to Japan after agreeing a switch to Panasonic Wild Knights in the Top League.

England lock George Kruis will end a 12-year association with Saracens at the end of the 2019-20 season and head to Japan after agreeing a switch to Panasonic Wild Knights in the Top League.

The summer’s rugby union international schedule, including England’s tour of Japan, has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Maro Itoje and Mako Vunipola have been backed to ‘make good decisions’ about their future at Saracens by England’s defence coach John Mitchell.

Five Saracens players have apologised after they were pictured breaking social distancing rules on Monday.

Rugby Football Union chief executive Bill Sweeney has described the prospect of the sport being postponed into 2021 as “catastrophic”.

Sports leaders will spell out the impact of the coronavirus pandemic at a parliamentary session next week.

Saracens have announced their intention to furlough some members of staff and ask higher-earners to take a partial wage deferral.

Hendon were finally able to celebrate after having their promotion to London Three North West confirmed by the RFU late last week.

The Premiership Rugby season has been suspended indefinitely due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Saracens hooker Jamie George says he is hopeful of featuring in the 2023 World Cup for England but admits it is going to be “tough” to make the cut.

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