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Jon Newcombe

Once editor of Rugby Times (2002-11), the UK's first weekly newspaper devoted to Rugby Union, and now owner of Heads Up Sports Media; Not the former Aussie tennis player of the same name, nor the son of well-known former rugby writer Barry Newcombe! 

115 Articles

Scotland and USA through to U20 Trophy final

Scotland will play USA in the World Rugby U20 final on Wednesday after both teams topped their respective pools with wins over Jap…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
12 Jul 2024, 16:58

Doncaster confirm signing of ex-England winger Semesa Rokoduguni

Six weeks after RugbyPass first broke the news of his impending arrival, ambitious Championship side Doncaster Knights have today …

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
11 Jul 2024, 14:32
Exclusive

'Challenges are there, they always have been for me' - Simon Mannix

Simon Mannix’s career as an international head coach gets underway for real this Saturday when Portugal take on Namibia in Windh…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
11 Jul 2024, 11:09

Andy Farrell to reach major milestone in Springbok rematch

Ever since Murray Kidd was abruptly removed from office and replaced by Brian Ashton, who came and went just 13 months into his si…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
10 Jul 2024, 7:55
Analysis

Are the Springboks the new 'wide' boys of rugby?

One thing that is up for discussion in the next episode of Boks Office, available soon on RugbyPass TV, is how much width South Af…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
09 Jul 2024, 13:07

Rampant Scotland hit another century in World Rugby U20 Trophy

Scotland racked up another century of points at Hive Stadium in Edinburgh as they cruised to a second bonus-point win of the World…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
07 Jul 2024, 16:54

‘I haven’t been as excited for a Test since I played’ – CJ Stander

As an Afrikaner by birth and a former Ireland international, CJ Stander is one of the few people to have a foot in both camps when…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
05 Jul 2024, 10:45

Antoine Frisch among eight France debutants

Fabien Galthié has selected an inexperienced matchday 23 for Saturday's match against Argentina in Mendoza, his 50th Test in char…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
05 Jul 2024, 5:41

Son of former RWC player handed Fiji debut

Fiji’s Kitione Salawa joins new Italian call-up Matt Gallagher as the son of a famous rugby-playing father making their Test deb…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
04 Jul 2024, 8:23

A game-changer and all-time greats: Brodie Retallick's Top 5 All Blacks

Over 1,200 players have played for the All Blacks since the New Zealand men's national team made their debut in the early 20th cen…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
04 Jul 2024, 6:25

Steve Boden back in rugby with Coventry

Coventry Rugby have further strengthened their coaching group with the appointment of Steve Boden as first team assistant and acad…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
03 Jul 2024, 8:00

'The Godfather of Bath Rugby' Jack Rowell dies, aged 87

Bath Rugby legend and former England coach Jack Rowell passed away on Monday at the age of 87.

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
03 Jul 2024, 7:00

Records tumble as Scotland and Japan win big on day one of U20 Trophy

The opening day of the World Rugby U20 Trophy produced the two highest scores in the history of the competition, with hosts Scotla…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
02 Jul 2024, 15:16

Saracens finalise Harry Wilson signing

RFU Championship 2023/24 Dream Team forward Harry Wilson is on the verge of securing a move to Saracens.

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
01 Jul 2024, 5:26

South Africa vs Ireland - the battle to be ranked number one

Ireland will replace South Africa as the number one ranked team in the world if they pull off a sensational win against the Spring…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
01 Jul 2024, 8:56

‘The most incredible half-time team talk I have ever heard’

Springbok centre Damian de Allende has revealed the surprise source of inspiration for South Africa’s Rugby World Cup win in 201…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
27 Jun 2024, 7:25

Are Ireland and Leinster the biggest chokers in world rugby?

In the latest episode of RPTV's Boks Office, Springbok legends Jean de Villiers and Schalk Burger discuss the mental barrier that …

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
25 Jun 2024, 9:46

Bath confirm Stooke exit

Gallagher Premiership 2023/24 finalists Bath have confirmed that popular lock Elliott Stooke is leaving the club.

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
25 Jun 2024, 6:59

Michael Leitch ready to lead Japan into another rugby ‘revolution’

Michael Leitch is looking forward to captaining Japan again and lead the Brace Blossoms into a new era of 'Chosoku' rugby, startin…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
21 Jun 2024, 10:47
Interview

South African rugby has a new Springbok-ready ‘beast’

Rampaging Bull Cameron Hanekom could have played himself into the Springbok team, according to South African rugby legends Jean de…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
20 Jun 2024, 5:30
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