Rugby Union News

Wales captain Sam Warburton faces the media at the team announcement, ahead of their RBS six nations match against England on sunday, at the Vale Hotel on March 4, 2014
Sam Warburton predicts "wide open" Six Nations
Wales captain Sam Warburton believes that this year's Six Nations will be "wide open" following his side's hardfought 27-23 victory over Scotland.
22:38
Eddie Jones watches on during the Six Nations game between Scotland and England on February 6, 2016
England make three changes for Six Nations clash against Italy
England head coach Eddie Jones makes three changes for Sunday's Six Nations clash against Italy, introducing Mako Vunipola, Courtney Lawes and Ben Youngs.
Feb 12, 10:11
Dan Biggar kicks a penalty for Wales during the Rugby World Cup game with England on September 26, 2015
Sam Warburton hails Dan Biggar recovery
Wales captain Sam Warburton praises the professionalism shown by Dan Biggar to recover from a sprained ankle in time to start against Scotland in the Six Nations.
Feb 11, 22:57
England's centre Jonathan Joseph scores a try during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on February 6, 2015
Jonathan Joseph wants "destructive" England backline
England centre Jonathan Joseph hints that his side will look to play an aggressive and expansive game when they face Italy in the Six Nations.
Feb 11, 22:28
Dan Biggar in action for Wales during the Rugby World Cup game with England on September 26, 2015
Wales fly-half Dan Biggar making "excellent progress" following ankle injury
Wales confirm that fly-half Dan Biggar has made "excellent progress" in his recovery from an ankle injury and could feature against Scotland this weekend.
Feb 9, 14:35
Ireland captain Paul O' Connell in action during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match against France on October 11, 2015
Paul O'Connell announces retirement
Former Ireland captain Paul O'Connell is forced to retire after failing to overcome a hamstring problem that he sustained at the World Cup.
Feb 9, 10:23
Taulupe TOBY Faletau scores during the Six Nations game between Ireland and Wales on February 7, 2016
Rory Best: 'We will take positives from Wales draw'
Ireland skipper Rory Best admits that he and his side have mixed feelings having let slip a 13-point advantage before eventually drawing 16-16 with Wales in the Six Nations.
Feb 7, 18:15
Vern Cotter, Head Coach of Scotland looks on prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between Australia and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on October 18, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
Vern Cotter 'frustrated' by Scotland defeat
Scotland head coach Vern Cotter admits that his side wasted their opportunities in their Six Nations defeat to England, but believes that the problems can be fixed.
Feb 6, 22:22
Billy Vunipola in action during the Six Nations game between Scotland and England on February 6, 2016
Eddie Jones: 'Billy Vunipola can become best number eight in world rugby'
England head coach Eddie Jones insists that he has "no doubt" about Billy Vunipola's ability to become the best number eight in world rugby.
Feb 6, 22:14
Eddie Jones watches on during the Six Nations game between Scotland and England on February 6, 2016
Eddie Jones pleased with England attitude
England head coach Eddie Jones praises his side's attitude after getting off to a winning start with a 15-9 victory over Scotland in the Six Nations.
Feb 6, 21:14
Chris Ashton of Saracens dives over to score a try during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Worcester Warriors at Twickenham Stadium on November 28, 2015
Chris Ashton's appeal against 10-week ban rejected by appeal committee
Saracens winger Chris Ashton loses his appeal against a 10-week ban, meaning that he will not play in England's Six Nations campaign.
Feb 4, 11:48
Eddie Jones, the new England Rugby head coach, poses at Twickenham Stadium on November 20, 2015
Eddie Jones names first England XV
Danny Care and Joe Marler both feature in Eddie Jones's first England starting lineup for the Six Nations game away to Scotland.
Feb 4, 10:17
Eddie Jones, the new England Rugby head coach, poses at Twickenham Stadium on November 20, 2015
Eddie Jones shrugs off England 'arrogant' tag
New England head coach Eddie Jones insists that he does not mind his side being labelled as arrogant as long as they win matches.
Feb 1, 23:22
England captain Chris Robshaw poses at the kit launch for the Rugby World Cup on July 6, 2015
Chris Robshaw: "It's a new chapter"
Chris Robshaw reveals that he 'fully understands' the reason he was dropped as England captain and looks ahead to "a new chapter".
Feb 1, 07:15
Eddie Jones, the new England Rugby head coach, poses at Twickenham Stadium on November 20, 2015
Eddie Jones releases 10 England players
Elliot Daly is one of 10 players to have been released from the England squad for the Six Nations opener against Scotland at Murrayfield.
Jan 26, 19:14
Chris Ashton of Saracens dives over to score a try during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Worcester Warriors at Twickenham Stadium on November 28, 2015
Chris Ashton to appeal suspension
Saracens winger Chris Ashton confirms that he will appeal the 10-week suspension that has ruled him out of the Six Nations.
Jan 26, 10:23
Dylan Hartley of Northampton Saints during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Wasps at Franklin's Gardens on March 27, 2015
Dylan Hartley takes over England captaincy
Northampton Saints hooker Dylan Hartley takes over from Chris Robshaw as the new captain of England.
Jan 25, 14:04
Semesa Rokoduguni of Bath takes on Henry Slade of Exeter Chiefs during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Bath Rugby at Sandy Park on February 28, 2015
Semesa Rokoduguni called up to England squad
Bath wing Semesa Rokoduguni is called up to the England squad as cover for the suspended Chris Ashton.
Jan 24, 21:10
Rory Best passes the ball during the British and Irish Lions training session held at Scotch College on June 27, 2013
Rory Best takes over Ireland captaincy
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt picks Rory Best to captain the team for their Six Nations opener against Wales next month.
Jan 20, 14:54
Chris Ashton of Saracens dives over to score a try during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Worcester Warriors at Twickenham Stadium on November 28, 2015
Ten-week ban rules Chris Ashton out of Six Nations
Chris Ashton receives a 10-week ban, ruling him out of England's upcoming Six Nations campaign.
Jan 20, 13:47
Wales player Leigh Halfpenny kicks at goal during the Autumn international match between Wales and Australia at Millennium Stadium on November 8, 2014
Leigh Halfpenny 'staying at Toulon'
Toulon head coach Bernard Laporte claims that Leigh Halfpenny is going nowhere and will sign a contract extension with the European champions.
Jan 18, 15:01
Eddie Jones, the new England Rugby head coach, poses at Twickenham Stadium on November 20, 2015
Eddie Jones offers Jonny Wilkinson England coaching role
New England head coach Eddie Jones reveals that he is in talks with Jonny Wilkinson over the World Cup-winning fly-half joining the national coaching set-up.
Jan 16, 22:27
Chris Ashton of Saracens celebrates scoring their second try during the Aviva Premiership match between Harlequins and Saracens at Twickenham Stoop on September 12, 2014
Paul Gustard: 'Chris Ashton defence is improving'
England defence coach Paul Gustard insists that he is not worried about Chris Ashton's tackling ability after the winger was included in the initial Six Nations squad.
Jan 14, 22:17
Japan head coach Eddie Jones ahead of the Rugby World Cup game with Scotland on September 23, 2015
Eddie Jones highlights importance of England front row
Eddie Jones admits that getting the front row right is one of his top priorities after naming a forward-heavy first England squad for the Six Nations.
Jan 13, 15:50
Eddie Jones, the new England Rugby head coach, poses at Twickenham Stadium on November 20, 2015
Eddie Jones names first England squad for Six Nations
Eddie Jones names his initial 33-man England squad for the Six Nations and includes seven new faces, omitting the likes of Tom Youngs and Danny Cipriani.
Jan 13, 14:04
Alex Corbisiero of Northampton looks on during the Aviva Premiership semi final match between Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers at Franklin's Gardens on May 16, 2014
England international Alex Corbisiero leaves Northampton Saints
England international prop Alex Corbisiero leaves Northampton Saints with immediate effect due to ongoing injury troubles.
Jan 12, 17:45
Manu Tuilagi holds onto the ball during the England captain's run at the Millennium Stadium on March 15, 2013
Richard Cockerill: 'Manu Tuilagi not yet ready for England return'
Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill warns that it is too soon to be thinking about fit-again Manu Tuilagi making his England return.
Jan 10, 22:27
Jonny May in action during an England training session on August 4, 2015
England winger Jonny May out for the rest of the season after knee surgery
England winger Jonny May is ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.
Jan 7, 12:23
James Marshall in action for Hurricanes on February 6, 2015
London Irish sign Hurricanes fly-half James Marshall
London Irish announce that they have signed Hurricanes fly-half James Marshall on a deal that will begin at the start of the 2016-17 season.
Jan 6, 18:26
Andy Farrell, the England backs coach looks on during the England training session held at West Park Leeds Rugby Club on October 23, 2013
Andy Farrell to become Ireland defence coach
Former England assistant Andy Farrell will join the Ireland set-up as defence coach after the Six Nations.
Jan 6, 15:41
Ireland player Cian Healy in action during Ireland Captains Run ahead of their opening 2015 Rugby World Cup match against Canada at Millennium Stadium on September 18, 2015
Ireland prop Cian Healy a doubt for Six Nations opener after knee surgery
Ireland prop Cian Healy emerges as a doubt for the Six Nations opener against Wales having undergone a minor operation on his knee.
Jan 6, 15:37
Ed Slater of Leicester Tigers addresses the media during the 2014/15 European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup Tournament Launch at The Twickenham Stoop on October 8, 2014
England's Ed Slater suffers Six Nations injury blow
Leicester Tigers captain Ed Slater is ruled out for at least half of England's Six Nations campaign due to a knee injury.
Jan 5, 15:48
Guilhem Guirado in action for France at the Rugby World Cup on September 19, 2015
Guilhem Guirado named new France captain
New France head coach Guy Noves names Toulon hooker Guilhem Guirado as his captain following the retirement of Thierry Dusautoir.
Jan 4, 22:16
Stormers captain Schalk Burger chats to Referee Jaco Peyper during the Super Rugby match between DHL Stormers and Cell C Sharks at DHL Newlands Stadium on July 12, 2014
Schalk Burger to join Saracens
Former South Africa international Schalk Burger agrees a two-year contract with Aviva Premiership outfit Saracens.
Jan 4, 16:42
James Haskell and his beard address the media at an England press conference on August 17, 2015
James Haskell signs new Wasps contract
England international James Haskell agrees a new contract with Aviva Premiership outfit Wasps.
Jan 4, 12:13
Jonny May of England celebrates scoring the opening try during the QBE International match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2014
England wing Jonny May 'likely to miss Six Nations'
England wing Jonny May requires surgery on a knee injury that is likely to rule him out of the entirety of this year's Six Nations.
Jan 1, 11:14
Jake Ball of Wales in action during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 9, 2014
Wales lock Jake Ball to miss Six Nations?
Wales lock Jake Ball could miss the Six Nations after picking up a knee injury while playing for Scarlets.
Dec 30, 21:45
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw stands proudly with a bloody nose on August 15, 2015
Richie McCaw appointed to Order of New Zealand
Former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw is appointed to the Order of New Zealand - the country's highest honour.
Dec 30, 20:48
A general view of the Recreation Ground before the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Harlequins at the Recreation Ground on October 31, 2015
Bath confirm Dan Bowden signing
Bath confirm the signing of former Leicester Tigers and London Irish back Dan Bowden.
Dec 27, 19:52
England captain Chris Robshaw looks on during the Rugby World Cup game with Wales on September 26, 2015
Chris Robshaw unsure of England captaincy plans
Chris Robshaw admits that he is unsure of whether he will retain the England captaincy under new head coach Eddie Jones.
Dec 23, 17:37