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Australia omit Beale from Test squad
published on Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:24:23 GMT
Kurtley Beale is not selected for Australia's autumn internationals after being fined for a breach of conduct. ... [read more]
IRB fights to discourage drug cheats
published on Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:58:36 GMT
Rugby's governing bodies are keen to discourage players tempted to bulk up their bodies by using prohibited substances. ... [read more]
Munster 14-3 Saracens
published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:55:13 GMT
David Kilcoyne scores the only try as Munster defeat last year's beaten finalists to top European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 1. ... [read more]
Grenoble 15-25 London Irish
published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:33:29 GMT
London Irish make it two wins from two in the European Challenge Cup with a bonus-point victory against Grenoble. ... [read more]
Bath v Toulouse
published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:07:49 GMT
Team news as Bath host Toulouse in the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 fixture at The Recreation Ground (15:15 BST). ... [read more]
Scarlets v Leicester (Sat)
published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:01:50 GMT
Team news as Scarlets host Leicester in the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 3 fixture at Parc y Scarlets (19:45 BST). ... [read more]
Ulster make two changes for Toulon
published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:46:52 GMT
Ulster make two changes for their Champions Cup game against Toulon, with Stuart Olding and Roger Wilson coming into the side. ... [read more]
Northampton v Ospreys (Sat)
published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:23:17 GMT
Team news as Northampton host Ospreys in the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 5 fixture at Franklin's Gardens (17:15 BST). ... [read more]
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors
published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:36:57 GMT
Alex Dunbar and Josh Strauss return for Glasgow Warriors' European Rugby Champions Cup match in Montpellier. ... [read more]
Exeter v Connacht (Sat)
published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:21:32 GMT
Exeter Chiefs host Connacht at Sandy Park in pool two of the Challenge Cup on Saturday (15:00 BST). ... [read more]
Oyonnax v Gloucester (Sat)
published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:33:12 GMT
Gloucester travel to French side Oyonnax in pool five of the Challenge Cup on Saturday (19:45 BST). ... [read more]
Navidi leads Blues for Rovigo trip
published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:05:10 GMT
Josh Navidi is named captain as head coach Mark Hammett makes eight changes for Cardiff Blues' trip to face Rovigo. ... [read more]
Landman rues costly Dragons errors
published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:30:59 GMT
Two tries from charge downs in Dragons' defeat by Newcastle left lock Rynard Landman "more gutted" than 33-13 loss to Glasgow. ... [read more]
Japan to host new Super Rugby team
published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:53:38 GMT
Japan is chosen as the preferred bidder for a new Super Rugby franchise when the competition expands to 18 teams in 2016. ... [read more]
Wasps clinch deal to keep Launchbury
published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:13:12 GMT
England lock Joe Launchbury commits his future to Wasps and their move to Coventry by signing a new deal. ... [read more]
Gloucester winger May signs new deal
published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:03:06 GMT
England international winger Jonny May signs a new long-term contract with Premiership side Gloucester. ... [read more]
England 'conservative' on Cipriani
published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:40:31 GMT
England should have "taken the risk" and picked Danny Cipriani for the autumn internationals, says Sale boss Steve Diamond. ... [read more]
Castres v Leinster (Sun)
published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:40:23 GMT
Luke Fitzgerald will make his first start for Leinster since March in Sunday's European Champions Cup game against Castres. ... [read more]
Clermont Auvergne v Sale
published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:35:09 GMT
Team news as Clermont Auvergne host Sale in the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 1 fixture at Parc des Sports Marcel Michelin (15:15 GMT). ... [read more]
Wasps v Harlequins
published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:31:04 GMT
Team news as Wasps host Harlequins in the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 2 fixture at Adams Park (17:15 GMT). ... [read more]
Beale fined for picture text offence
published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:27:29 GMT
Kurtley Beale is fined 24,600 for sending an offensive picture message to an Australian Rugby Union female team official. ... [read more]
Burrell feared for England place
published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:39:31 GMT
Northampton Saints centre Luther Burrell says he feared for his place in Stuart Lancaster's England squad. ... [read more]
Fresh injury blow for Osprey Walker
published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:13:47 GMT
Osprey wing Eli Walker's hopes of a late call-up for Wales in November are ended by fresh ankle ligament injury. ... [read more]
London Welsh 20-52 Bordeaux-Begles
published on Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:19:34 GMT
London Welsh are given a lesson in expansive rugby as Bordeaux run in seven tries in the European Challenge Cup. ... [read more]
World Cup ticket sales near 1m
published on Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:49:04 GMT
A total of 950,000 tickets were sold for the 2015 Rugby World Cup during September, organisers say. ... [read more]
VIDEO: Nowell excited by England recall
published on Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:44:25 GMT
Exeter winger Jack Nowell says he is excited to be back in the England squad after knee surgery in the summer. ... [read more]
VIDEO: Rokoduguni form rewarded - Lancaster
published on Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:29:59 GMT
England coach Stuart Lancaster says the inclusion of Semesa Rokoduguni in the squad for the autumn internationals reflects the Bath winger's form. ... [read more]
VIDEO: Halfpenny picks up French at Toulon
published on Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:54:30 GMT
Leigh Halfpenny tries out his French on Sport Wales TV and says life at Toulon is 'pas de probleme' after difficult start. ... [read more]
VIDEO: Why I dropped Jones & Hook - Gatland
published on Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:04:20 GMT
Wales coach Warren Gatland explains his decision to drop prop Adam Jones and fly-half James Hook for the autumn Tests. ... [read more]
VIDEO: Davies targets Welsh rugby 'unity'
published on Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:31:06 GMT
New Welsh Rugby Union chairman Gareth Davies says one of his main aims will be to restore "unity" to rugby in Wales. ... [read more]
VIDEO: Gilchrist 'honoured' by captaincy
published on Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:29:37 GMT
Edinburgh lock Grant Gilchrist talks to BBC Scotland's Kheredine Idessane after being named skipper for Scotland's autumn Test series. ... [read more]
Rokoduguni ready to fly for England
published on Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:29:32 GMT
Semesa Rokoduguni is electrifying for Bath and has the attributes to be the same for England, says BBC pundit Jeremy Guscott. ... [read more]
Fijian soldier set for England duty
published on Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:00:15 GMT
Having witnessed the horrors of war, Semesa Rokoduguni is making the most of rugby life as an England career beckons. ... [read more]
Toulon look to life after Wilkinson
published on Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:14:27 GMT
European champions Toulon want to prove there is life after Jonny Wilkinson as they bid for an unprecedented third title in a row. ... [read more]
Guscott previews the Champions Cup
published on Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:00:41 GMT
At the start of the new European Rugby Champions Cup, Jeremy Guscott explains why there will be humdingers from the off. ... [read more]
'Fans will follow' Wasps to Coventry
published on Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:59:18 GMT
A large proportion of supporters will stick with Wasps when they move to Coventry, says chief executive Nick Eastwood. ... [read more]
Dragons 26-30 Newcastle
published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:20:38 GMT
Newcastle recover from 20-13 down at the break to beat Newport Gwent Dragons in the European Challenge Cup second round. ... [read more]
Edinburgh 25-17 Lyon
published on Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:50:35 GMT
Edinburgh top Pool Four in the European Rugby Challenge Cup with a hard-fought Murrayfield victory over Top 14 side Lyon. ... [read more]

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