NEW BOSS NONU’S BACK RED ROSES DEAL ROUTE TO TOKYO TV TESTS
Ex-France back-row Thomas Lièvremont has taken over as Romania coach, saying: “I want to bring back the smiles of all those who love rugby in this country.” All Black centurion Ma’a Nonu (right), 36, has signed a one-year contract at the Blues and will play Super Rugby in 2019. In January, 28 England women’s 15s players will be given full-time contracts. RFU director of professional rugby Nigel Melville said: “We want to lead the way for driving standards in women’s rugby.” The top four teams at the end of this season’s men’s and women’s World Sevens Series will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A further six men’s and women’s teams will qualify via regional tournaments, with the final two places determined by a repêchage event. Ireland’s home Tests for the next four years will be broadcast live on Channel 4, starting with this November’s clashes with Argentina, New Zealand and USA.