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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! 

64 Articles

Olympian McConnochie commits to Bath

Ruaridh McConnochie has renewed his contract with Bath Rugby, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2025.

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
13 May 2024, 7:30
Exclusive

Coventry sign Welsh-qualified Will Rigg replacement

Coventry have added some more Tongan firepower to their squad for next season with the signature of Dafydd-Rhys Tiueti from Nottin…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
09 May 2024, 9:24

Cornish Pirates statement: Survival 'down to the RFU'

CORNISH Pirates majority shareholder and Life President Dicky Evans has warned the RFU that the future of professional rugby in th…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
03 May 2024, 6:03

Northampton issue injury update, react to Croke Park history talk

Croke Park was the location of the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1920 – when British forces opened fire and killed 14 people at a Ga…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
30 Apr 2024, 11:35

Sophie de Goede leads from the front in big win for Canada

Canada's captain Sophie de Goede scored twice in a 50-7 win against USA in the opening match of this year's World Rugby Pacific Fo…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
28 Apr 2024, 18:31
Interview

Danny Care: 'My old man texted I've played at Twickenham 90 times'

In the case of the hallowed turf of Twickenham Stadium, other than former long-standing RFU groundsman Keith Kent, no one knows wh…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
26 Apr 2024, 5:26
Interview

Charlie Ewels: 'That’s my role, to beat Maro in those little battles'

Now 29, the only way Ewels knew was the Bath way, whatever the Bath way was, as it had become increasingly difficult to fathom in …

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
24 Apr 2024, 5:51

Double jeopardy for GB7s after SVNS Singapore draw

The draw for HSBC SVNS Singapore has put Great Britain's men's and women's teams in the same pool as their main rivals for a place…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
18 Apr 2024, 11:19
Interview

Laumape the latest ex-All Black to commit to Tonga

Assistant coach Nili Latu has revealed that former All Blacks star Ngani Laumape has made himself available to Tonga ahead of the …

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
16 Apr 2024, 9:44
Exclusive

Will Skelton: 'I didn’t want the gig'

Australia’s reluctant Rugby World Cup 2023 captain gives his take on the Wallabies’ disastrous campaign in the first episode o…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
12 Apr 2024, 3:05

Rob Baxter: New World Club Cup could cripple clubs financially

Exeter Director of Rugby Rob Baxter insists that all the numbers must add up before the idea of a World Club Cup can be properly e…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
11 Apr 2024, 4:39

Bath celebrate heritage with unique player numbers

Bath Rugby have honoured each of the 2,952 players to have played a competitive fixture for the club since it was founded in 1865 …

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
09 Apr 2024, 10:00

Cadan Murley: “It is a massive chance to make Harlequins history”

Facing Scottish opposition in the Champions Cup is almost as rare as Harlequins' presence in the latter stages of Europe’s premi…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
04 Apr 2024, 13:30
Interview

Lowe wary of Leicester’s Grand Slam deniers

James Lowe expects the ghosts of Ireland’s Grand Slam failure to be re-awoken by Leicester’s triumphant England contingent in …

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
02 Apr 2024, 3:16

Manu Samoa appoint Mahonri Schwalger as their new head coach

The 45-year-old replaces Seilala Mapusua who has paid the price for what the Samoan Rugby Union feel was a disappointing Rugby Wor…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
31 Mar 2024, 3:32

Bath add Regan Grace to European roster; Sale re-sign WillGriff John

Regan Grace appears to be even closer to making his competitive debut for Bath after the winger was added to the high-flying Premi…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
28 Mar 2024, 9:15

Fijian legend Niko Matawalu signs for Caerphilly

Welsh National League side Caerphilly have announced the signing of Fijian legend Niko Matawalu as backs/attack coach for the 2024…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
28 Mar 2024, 2:22

Dean Richards set for return to rugby management

National 2 North outfit Tynedale have announced that Dean Richards will be part of an impressive coaching team for the 2024/25 sea…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
26 Mar 2024, 10:11

Poland part company with head coach Christian Hitt

Christian Hitt has lost his job as head coach of Poland after a winless campaign in the recently completed Rugby Europe Championsh…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
22 Mar 2024, 12:28

Rugby Europe Championship: Hugos bossing it for Portugal

Young half-backs, Hugo Camacho and Hugo Aubry, have played starring roles for Portugal in the 2024 Rugby Europe Championship and a…

Jon Newcombe
Jon Newcombe
15 Mar 2024, 14:13
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