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Byrne earns first Ireland call

22nd August 2019, 12:47

Fly-half Ross Byrne will make his first start for Ireland when they face England at Twickenham in Saturday's World Cup warm-up match.

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Warriors allay Duncan concerns

22nd August 2019, 07:26

Coach Rory Duncan is set to see out the last year of his contract with Worcester Warriors, director of rugby Alan Solomons has said.

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Te'o heads to Toulon on short-term contract

21st August 2019, 19:10

England international Ben Te'o has joined French Top 14 club Toulon on a short-term contract.

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Townsend targets Scots turnaround

21st August 2019, 12:23

Gregor Townsend says he expects his Scotland players to show a "much truer picture of themselves" against France on Saturday.

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Vunipola relieved to be back for England

21st August 2019, 09:24

Mako Vunipola has declared he is fit, raring to go and looking forward to returning to the England side against Ireland.

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Forward blow for South Africa

20th August 2019, 15:27

Marcell Coetzee has been ruled out of the up and coming World Cup for South Africa due to an ankle injury.

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Argentina announce World Cup squad

20th August 2019, 15:23

Argentina head coach Mario Ledesma has announced his 31-man squad for the upcoming World Cup.

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Sheedy extension has Lam buzzing

19th August 2019, 19:01

Bristol Bears director of rugby Pat Lam was delighted that fly-half Callum Sheedy has opted to extend his time at the club.

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England set for Vunipola return boost

19th August 2019, 14:57

Prop Mako Vunipola is set to return from a three-month injury absence in time to feature in England's Test against Ireland on Saturday.

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England man says team will learn from errors

18th August 2019, 18:29

England scrum-half Ben Youngs is confident his side will learn from their 13-6 loss to Wales at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.

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France battering leaves Townsend rattled

18th August 2019, 16:21

Coach Gregor Townsend has warned Scotland they have "a lot of work to do" ahead of the World Cup after the 32-3 defeat against France.

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All Blacks revenge as Aussies crumble

18th August 2019, 13:01

New Zealand put 36 unanswered points past Australia to hit back from last weekend’s defeat to the Wallabies.

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Hansen facing long World Cup deliberation

18th August 2019, 13:00

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen says a number of players are in contention for his 2019 World Cup squad.

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Wales top rankings after seeing off England

17th August 2019, 18:09

Wales will move to the top of the world rankings for the first time on Monday after seeing off England 13-6 on Saturday.

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McInally talks up Scotland ahead of World Cup

16th August 2019, 16:54

Stuart McInally feels Scotland's injury troubles during the Six Nations could actually work in their favour at the World Cup.

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McConnochie may have to wait for England debut

16th August 2019, 16:51

Ruaridh McConnochie may have to wait a little longer before he can make his England debut due to a muscle problem.

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Brunel confirms Doumayrou blow

15th August 2019, 17:33

France boss Jacques Brunel has revealed centre Geoffrey Doumayrou will miss this year's World Cup due to an Achilles injury.

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Biggar comes in for injured Anscombe

15th August 2019, 12:19

Dan Biggar has replaced the injured Gareth Anscombe at fly-half for Wales' World Cup warm-up clash with England on Saturday.

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The Burning Question - Can England Win The Rugby World Cup?

15th August 2019, 10:10

It is now 16 years since Johnny Wilkinson landed a last-minute drop-goal to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in the World Cup.

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Trio omitted from Ireland squad

15th August 2019, 07:43

John Cooney, Finlay Bealham and Mike Haley have been omitted from Ireland's World Cup squad.

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Nowell regrets rushed return

14th August 2019, 14:44

England's Jack Nowell has admitted he put his World Cup place at risk by returning too early to training from injury.

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Taylor ends Scotland exile to face French

14th August 2019, 13:42

Saracens' Duncan Taylor has been named in a Scotland starting line-up for the first time in two years as they get set to face France.

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Wales legends Warburton and Williams join Cardiff

13th August 2019, 18:06

Ex-Wales rugby captains Sam Warburton and Martyn Williams have been brought in as new board members at Cardiff Blues.

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Barrett banned for three weeks

13th August 2019, 12:13

New Zealand lock Scott Barrett has been handed a three-week ban for his sending off in Saturday's defeat to Australia.

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McConnochie makes England's World Cup squad

12th August 2019, 15:29

Uncapped Bath ace Ruaridh McConnochie has been named in England's World Cup squad although there have been some high-profile omissions.

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Gatland waiting on duo's scan results

12th August 2019, 12:14

Wales duo Gareth Anscombe and Tomos Williams will undergo scans on injuries picked up over the weekend, Warren Gatland has revealed.

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No worries for Gatland

11th August 2019, 17:27

Warren Gatland says there is no reason for Wales to panic on the back of Sunday's 33-19 defeat to England.

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Ford not resting on laurels

11th August 2019, 17:26

George Ford admits England are still far from the finished article despite beating Wales 33-19 on Sunday.

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Farrell urges Irish improvement

10th August 2019, 16:33

Centre Chris Farrell says Ireland must produce better displays at the 2019 World Cup than on Saturday against Italy.

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Aussies thrash All Blacks in Perth

10th August 2019, 14:00

Australia thrashed New Zealand 47-26 in the Rugby Championship, scoring six tries to claim the first Bledisloe Cup match of the year.

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Bears hand one-year deal to 'raw talent'

9th August 2019, 17:00

Bristol Bears have handed a one-year contract to former American Footballer Tyrese Johnson-Fisher.

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England turn to Heinz and McConnochie for Wales test

9th August 2019, 15:21

England will hand debuts to Willi Heinz and Ruaridh McConnochie in Sunday's friendly clash with Wales as they chase a World Cup spot.

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Cheika placing faith in O'Connor

8th August 2019, 15:21

Michael Cheika says utility back James O'Connor has earned his faith ahead of returning to the starting XV for Australia.

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Ireland must 'fire into' warm-up games - Best

8th August 2019, 13:22

Rory Best wants Ireland to build up a winning run ahead of the World Cup by producing performances in their warm-up matches.

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Jones hoping leaders come to the fore

7th August 2019, 18:08

England coach Eddie Jones has urged some of his team to prove they can be leaders in the build up to the World Cup.

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England wing facing fitness race

7th August 2019, 17:20

Exeter winger Jack Nowell faces a race against time to be ready for the World Cup and might not feature in any warm-up matches.

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Coles highlights Bledisloe focus

6th August 2019, 16:15

New Zealand hooker Dane Coles says his side's immediate focus is on retaining the Bledisloe Cup.

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Itoje talks up England's 'common goal'

6th August 2019, 08:02

Maro Itoje says England's "common goal" is to banish the demons of four years ago by winning this year's World Cup.

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All Blacks status questioned by Waugh

5th August 2019, 19:07

Former Australia captain Phil Waugh is unsure whether New Zealand are currently the team they were as the World Cup approaches.

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Currie Cup comeback for Kolisi

5th August 2019, 17:23

Springbok skipper Siya Kolisi is set to make his long-awaited return to action in a South African Currie Cup match this week.

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Wales forward excited by World Cup warm-ups

4th August 2019, 16:57

Wales forward Cory Hill says the Test matches against England and Ireland before the World Cup will be “flat out”.

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Daly wants intensity from England in World Cup prep

4th August 2019, 16:51

Elliot Daly says England have to be at their best in their World Cup warm-up matches and must put any fears of injury to one side.

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Hansen hints at strong All Blacks to face Aussies

3rd August 2019, 16:22

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen will look to field a full-strength side when they play Australia in the Rugby Championship.

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Five-star Japan thrash Tonga

3rd August 2019, 16:04

Japan hammered Tonga 41-7 on Saturday as they continue to build towards hosting the World Cup later this year.

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Wallabies receive Pocock boost

2nd August 2019, 17:25

Back-row forward David Pocock has returned to Australia's squad for next week's Rugby Championship clash with New Zealand.

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Springbok kicker defends Barrett against accusations

2nd August 2019, 17:11

Beauden Barrett has been defended by Springbok kicker Curwin Bosch over accusations of cheating in the recent Test draw in Wellington.