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England Rugby and Gilbert Rugby extend partnership


The extension will see Gilbert provide their product exclusively to all levels of the game including all competitions run by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), including dedicated provision for the England Women’s team and Allianz Premier 15s.

Piutau appeal dismissed

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Bristol Bears' Siale Piutau appeared before an online independent disciplinary panel on Thursday 10 September. He appealed his three match suspension, which was given for punching or striking Worcester Warriors' Andrew Kitchener contrary to World Rugby Law 9.12.

Kitchener and Piutau accept disciplinary charges

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Kitchener was shown a red card by referee Wayne Barnes in the 79th minute of the match between Worcester Warriors and Bristol Bears on Friday 4 September 2020. Piutau was cited by independent citing commissioner Tony Diprose following the same match. In both cases this was for punching or striking, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.12.

Worcester’s Nanai and Wasps’ Fekitoa receive suspensions

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Nanai of Worcester Warriors appeared before a virtual independent disciplinary panel last night. He was shown a red card by referee Christophe Ridley in the 19th minute of the match between Worcester Warriors and Gloucester on Saturday 15 August 2020. This was for a dangerous charge on Gloucester's Jonny May, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.16.

Rugby player banned for four years for anti-doping violation


Mr Perry provided an out of competition urine sample at his home on 28 October 2019. The sample was found to contain an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for oxandrolone and its metabolites. Oxandrolone is a non-specified substance on the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List 2019.

A statement from Bill Sweeney, RFU CEO

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After the announcement that trials for spectators to return to sporting events from 1 October would now be cancelled because of a rise in coronavirus cases, it could be a number of months before fans return to stadiums. The COVID-19 alert level has moved to 4, meaning transmission is "high or rising exponentially."

Owen Farrell receives five-match suspension

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Farrell was shown a red card by referee Christophe Ridley in the 61st minute of the match between Saracens and Wasps on Saturday 5 September 2020. This was for a dangerous tackle on Wasps’ Charlie Atkinson, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.13.

Two players banned for anti-doping rule violations

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Mr Stafford was charged with an ADRV of Evading Sample collection in breach of World Rugby Regulation 21.2.3 (Evading, Refusing or Failing to Submit to Sample Collection). He has been banned from all sports for three and a half years, from 16 July 2019 to 15 January 2023.


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