Ben Ryan: ‘If rugby were a company people would be comparing it to an Enron’

Fiji’s gold-medal winning sevens coach is unhappy with the direction he believes the game is moving in – from the treatment of tier-two nations to laws being overlooked by refereesIf you love rugby union what follows will be a tough read. According to one of the world’s leading coaches, however, the time has come for the sport to get real. “If rugby were a company people would be comparing it to an Enron,” says Ben Ryan, Fiji’s Olympic gold-medal winning sevens mastermind. “It’s completely dysfunctional.”Ryan’s charge sheet is long and chilling. With Japan set to visit Twickenham this weekend he says tier-two nations continue to be treated with almost feudal disregard, that the sport’s law-book is being wilfully ignored and that skilful players are becoming disillusioned with where 15-a-side rugby is heading. Central to it all, he believes, is the selfish decision-making of certain stakeholders which is steering the global game into deeply worrying territory. Continue reading...

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BBC African Footballer of the Year 2018: Nominees named for award

Medhi Benatia, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sadio Mane, Thomas Partey and Mohamed Salah are up for the 2018 BBC African Footballer of the Year award.

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Wayne Rooney: some ex-players cannot come to terms with this England team

• Rooney says some ex-teammates bitter about successes• ‘That is wrong. I’m not like that. I’m a fan now’Wayne Rooney believes some of his former international teammates are struggling to embrace England’s success under Gareth Southgate. The former captain made sure not to cause any embarrassment by revealing who he was talking about, though the DC United forward stressed that he has not been weighed down by any bitterness since his retirement from international football last year.“I know there are some ex-players who I’ve spoken to who can’t come to terms with England doing well,” Rooney said. “That is wrong. I’m not like that. I’m a fan now. I want England to do well. I am proud to have played for England so many times and I always have been. I’ve had my time. I am happy with what I’ve contributed to the national team and I look forward now to the next few years and watching this team progress.” Continue reading...

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Women's World Twenty20 highlights: England and West Indies make semi-finals

Watch the best moments from day eight of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 as England and hosts West Indies make the semi-finals.

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RFU in turmoil after chief executive Steve Brown’s shock resignation

• Concern over RFU’s financial position triggers departure• News follows 64 staff redundancies at TwickenhamIncreasing disquiet about the Rugby Football Union’s financial position has triggered the abrupt departure of Steve Brown as chief executive. Brown will leave the world’s wealthiest union next month after less than 15 months in the role amid claims by one of his predecessors, Francis Baron, of financial mismanagement at Twickenham.The former England captain Nigel Melville is to act as interim chief executive until a replacement is found for Brown, who joined the RFU in 2011 and held a number of roles including chief financial officer before he replaced Ian Ritchie in the top job. Despite the huge windfall of hosting the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the RFU had to make 64 people redundant this summer and its finances are under growing scrutiny. Continue reading...

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Albania 0-4 Scotland: Alex McLeish's side stroll past 10-man Albania in Nations League

Scotland thump 10-man Albania to go level on points with Israel at the top of Nations League Group C1.

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Smriti Mandhana dazzles as India thrash Australia in Women's World T20

India 167-8; Australia 119 Alyssa Healy leaves field with concussion in first inningsAustralia fell to a heavy 48-run defeat to India in their last game before the finals at the women’s World Twenty20 in Guyana.With both teams already progressing, Australia’s in-form wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy was taken from the field having sustained concussion and did not bat after her head collided with the shoulder of her teammate Megan Schutt in the first innings, as India stormed to 167 for eight. Continue reading...

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ATP Finals: Roger Federer beaten by Alexander Zverev in semi-finals

Watch highlights as Alexander Zverev beats Roger Federer 7-5 7-6 (7-5) in a controversial semi-final at London's O2 Arena.

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ATP Finals: Novak Djokovic beats Kevin Anderson to reach final

World number one Novak Djokovic puts in a ruthless display to beat Kevin Anderson and reach the final of the ATP Finals in London.

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Wales v Tonga: Aled Davies scores 'try of the autumn'

Aled Davies scores a superb second-half try as Wales thump Tonga 74-24 in their autumn international at the Principality Stadium.

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Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic to speak to Dejan Lovren after Ramos elbow brag

• Lovren appeared to hint he deliberately elbowed Sergio Ramos• Croatia face England in winner-takes-all Nations League matchThe Croatia coach, Zlatko Dalic, has said he will speak to Dejan Lovren after the Liverpool defender appeared to brag on social media about deliberately elbowing Sergio Ramos during the victory over Spain on Thursday.Lovren, who is expected to start against England on Sunday in the winner-takes-all Nations League showdown at Wembley, had previously accused Spain of showing a lack of respect during their 6-0 victory over the World Cup finalists in September, before being captured on an Instagram live video apparently stating he “elbowed him good” in reference to the Real Madrid defender. Continue reading...

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Jacob Stockdale scores only try as Ireland earn historic win over All Blacks

• Ireland 16-9 New Zealand• Ireland see out their second victory over New ZealandBrutal does not even begin to describe the contest but, for Ireland, the outcome was as beautiful as any in their rugby history. For the first time they have beaten the All Blacks on Irish soil and not a single Kiwi can say it was undeserved. If New Zealand are still officially the world’s best team, it did not particularly feel that way at the final whistle.It made for a legendary Dublin night. New Zealand may have escaped against England at Twickenham but not this time; the world champions were hassled and harried to a virtual standstill by a home team as composed and clinical as they were physical and powerful. A solitary 48th-minute try scored by Jacob Stockdale did not entirely reflect Ireland’s compelling efforts with and without the ball. Continue reading...

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