Rugby Union News

Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Bath at Allianz Park on September 22, 2013
Mark McCall "thrilled" by dominant Saracens display
Mark McCall says that Saracens will take a great deal of confidence away from their crushing 78-7 victory over London Welsh this afternoon.
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Coach Dean Richards of Newcastle Falcons looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Newcastle Falcons and London Irish at Kingston Park on October 27, 2013
Dean Richards: "We shot ourselves in the foot"
Dean Richards reveals his disappointment at Newcastle Falcons's failure to pick up a surprise victory over Harlequins this afternoon.
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Ma'a Nonu of New Zealand celebrates his try with Aaron Smith during the International Test Match between the New Zealand All Blacks and England at Forsyth Barr Stadium on June 14, 2014
Diego Dominguez and Ma'a Nonu to join Toulon
Toulon announce that Diego Dominguez will succeed Bernard Laporte as head coach and Ma'a Nonu will join the French side after next year's World Cup.
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Tom James to make Cardiff Blues return
Exeter Chiefs confirm that Welsh wing Tom James will rejoin Cardiff Blues at the end of the season.
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Rob Baxter, Head Coach of Exeter Chiefs looks on ahead of the LV= Cup match between Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester at Sandy Park on November 1, 2014
Rob Baxter accepts Exeter Chiefs defeat
Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter admits that his side deserved to be beaten by Sale Sharks.
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Danny Cipriani of Sale Sharks converts a try against Worcester Warriors during the Aviva Premiership match between Worcester Warriors and Sale Sharks at the Sixways Stadium, on February 22, 2014
Steve Diamond hopeful of Danny Cipriani stay at Sale Sharks
Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond is confident that fly-half Danny Cipriani will sign a new contract with the club.
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Matt Garvey of Bath looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Sale Sharks at the Recreation Ground on March 28, 2014
Bath back-row trio agree new deals
Back-row trio Matt Garvey, Leroy Houston and Guy Mercer agree to renew their contracts with Bath.
Dec 19, 19:45
Delon Armitage of Toulon passes the ball during the European Rugby Champions Cup pool three match against Leicester Tigers on December 13, 2014
Toulon owner threatens to sue Leicester Tigers supporters
Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal threatens to sue Leicester Tigers supporters who provided evidence against Delon Armitage on the grounds of "false testimonies".
Dec 19, 07:59
Joe Launchbury looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 12, 2013
England's Joe Launchbury out for three to four months with neck injury
England second row Joe Launchbury is out of the Six Nations, as he requires neck surgery which will keep him out for three or four months.
Dec 18, 12:43
Dan Carter of New Zealand lines up a kick at goal during the QBE International match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on November 16, 2013
Dan Carter to join Racing Metro after 2015 World Cup
Crusaders fly-half Dan Carter announces that he is to join Racing Metro in 2015 on a three-year deal.
Dec 18, 06:59
London Irish Director of Rugby Brian Smith poses during the Aviva Premiership Rugby 2014-2015 Season Launch at Twickenham Stadium on August 27, 2014
London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith dismisses exit talk
London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith plays down speculation claiming that he could leave the club at the end of the season.
Dec 17, 18:21
Tommy Taylor of Sale Sharks poses for a portrait at the photocall held at AJ Bell Stadium on August 19, 2014
Tommy Taylor pens Sale Sharks extension
Sale Sharks hooker Tommy Taylor signs a one-year contract extension with the club.
Dec 17, 17:19
Adam Ashley-Cooper of Australia in action during the Australia Captain's run ahead of tomorrows game against Ireland at Aviva Stadium on November 21, 2014
Adam Ashley-Cooper makes Bordeaux Begles switch
Australia international Adam Ashley-Cooper pens a two-year contract with French side Bordeaux Begles.
Dec 17, 16:39
France's hooker Dimitri Szarzewski evades Italy's prop Martin Castrogiovanni during the Six Nations international rugby union match France vs Italy, on February 9, 2014
Martin Castrogiovanni escapes ban, receives fine
Toulon's Martin Castrogiovanni receives a suspended four-game ban and is given a fine for his verbal attack on Leicester Tigers head coach Richard Cockerill.
Dec 17, 15:05
Dylan Hartley of Northampton Saints is tackled by Thom Johnson of Exeter Chiefs during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Exeter Chiefs at Franklin's Gardens on September 7, 2013
Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes sign new Northampton Saints deals
England duo Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes are among seven players to sign contract extensions with Northampton Saints.
Dec 17, 11:07
Tom Youngs of Leicester Tigers during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and Wasps at Welford Rd. on November 29, 2014
Leicester Tigers trio sign new long-term contracts
Tom Youngs, Dan Cole and Marcos Ayerza all pen new long-term contracts with Leicester Tigers.
Dec 16, 13:25
All Blacks coach and selector Steve Hansen during the New Zealand All Blacks squad announcement at the Southern Cross Hotel on October 20, 2013
Head coach Steve Hansen pens New Zealand contract extension
New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen pens a new deal with the All Blacks until 2017.
Dec 16, 11:48
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South Africa claim home sevens tournament with win over New Zealand
South Africa win their home leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series as they beat New Zealand 26-17 in the final of the Port Elizabeth-based tournament.
Dec 15, 01:17
Munster's Peter O'Mahony in action during the Heineken Cup quarter final match against Ulster on April 8, 2012
Peter O'Mahony: 'Munster can still reach knockout stage'
Peter O'Mahony insists that Munster can still reach the knockout stage of the European Champions Cup despite a damaging defeat to Clermont Auvergne.
Dec 14, 22:19
Joe Launchbury looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 12, 2013
Joe Launchbury doubtful for Six Nations opener
England lock Joe Launchbury could miss the Six Nations due to problems with his recovery from a neck injury.
Dec 14, 19:58
Gregor Townsend, the Glasgow coach issues instructions during the Heineken Cup Pool 2 match between Toulon and Glasgow Warriors at the Felix Mayol Stadium on October 13, 2013
Gregor Townsend: 'Errors cost us against Toulouse'
Gregor Townsend insists that his Glasgow Warriors side put in the effort in their European defeat to Toulouse, but were let down by errors across the 80 minutes.
Dec 14, 15:15
Dan Carter of New Zealand lines up a kick at goal during the QBE International match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on November 16, 2013
Report: Racing Metro closing in on Dan Carter
New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter could be poised to join Racing Metro after the World Cup, reports claim.
Dec 14, 12:53
Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill during an interview on August 29, 2013
Richard Cockerill: 'Leicester Tigers lacked accuracy'
Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill admits that his side were not accurate enough during their European Rugby Champions Cup defeat to Toulon.
Dec 14, 11:23
Billy Vunipola of Saracens in action during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Northampton Saints at Allianz Park on April 13, 2014
Billy Vunipola: "Win is most important thing"
Billy Vunipola admits that the victory over Sale Sharks was "really tough", but shows his delight at claiming the points which keep Saracens' European hopes alive.
Dec 14, 06:59
Dan Biggar of the Ospreys kicks a penalty during the Heineken Cup pool 1 match between Northampton Saints and Ospreys at Franklin's Gardens on October 20, 2013
Ospreys fly-half Dan Biggar: 'We will learn from "crazy" game'
Ospreys fly-half Dan Biggar is disappointed by the "crazy" defeat to Racing Metro, but thought that they edged the game despite losing 18-14.
Dec 13, 21:14
Bath's English centre Sam Burgess looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup rugby union match between Bath and Montpellier at the Recreation Ground in Bath, south west England on December 12, 2014
Sam Burgess has "mixed feelings" after first Bath start
Bath centre Sam Burgess admits that he has "mixed feelings" after making his first start since switching codes in the 32-12 win over Montpellier.
Dec 13, 17:52
England's Chris Robshaw looks on dejected following his side's defeat to New Zealand on June 07, 2014.
Chris Robshaw facing four weeks on sidelines
England captain Chris Robshaw is ruled out for up to four weeks with a shoulder injury.
Dec 12, 12:14
England's Chris Robshaw celebrates his team's win over Italy at the end of their Six Nations match on March 15, 2014
Report: England's Chris Robshaw could miss Six Nations with injury
England captain Chris Robshaw may reportedly have to undergo shoulder surgery, which would rule him out of the Six Nations.
Dec 12, 10:03
Dan Lydiate of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 8, 2014
Chris Gibbes: 'Dan Lydiate providing valuable insight on Racing Metro'
Chris Gibbes reveals that Ospreys are using new signing Dan Lydiate's inside knowledge of former club Racing Metro to help them overcome the French outfit this weekend.
Dec 12, 07:26
Ben Morgan of England crashes over to score the opening try during the QBE international match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 29, 2014
Ben Morgan announced as QBE Internationals Man of the Series
Gloucester's Ben Morgan is named England rugby's Man of the Series for the QBE Internationals.
Dec 11, 13:26
Wasps director of football Dai Young during his team's match against Worcester Warriors on March 1, 2013
Dai Young: 'Big performance needed in Adams Park send-off'
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young claims that this weekend's meeting with Castres provides the club with a chance to leave Adams Park on a high.
Dec 11, 06:55
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Dafyyd Iwan: 'Wales should ban Delilah'
Wales are urged to ditch the Tom Jones classic Delilah as their unofficial anthem by former Plaid Cymru president Dafyyd Iwan.
Dec 10, 20:24
Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill during an interview on August 29, 2013
Richard Cockerill slams "petulant" Martin Castrogiovanni
Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill hits back at Martin Castrogiovanni following the Italy prop's verbal attack.
Dec 10, 17:51
David Paice of London Irish in action during the Aviva Premiership match between London Irish and Exeter Chiefs at Madejski Stadium on September 21, 2013
David Paice: 'London Irish feeling upbeat'
London Irish hooker David Paice insists that the team are in positive spirits despite losing their last six games.
Dec 10, 17:18
Aaron Jarvis of Wales during the International match betwwen Wales and South Africa at the Millennium Stadium on November 29, 2014
Wales prop Aaron Jarvis expected to miss six weeks with chest injury
Wales and Ospreys prop Aaron Jarvis is sidelined for around six weeks after tearing a pectoral muscle.
Dec 10, 16:49
Chris Robshaw of Harlequins looks to break during the Aviva Premiership match between Harlequins and Wasps at Twickenham Stoop on September 20, 2014
Harlequins duo Chris Robshaw, Nick Evans to miss Leinster clash
Harlequins duo Chris Robshaw and Nick Evans are to miss their side's European Rugby Champions Cup clash at home to Leinster through injury.
Dec 10, 13:52
Dan Lydiate of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 8, 2014
Dan Lydiate completes Ospreys dual contract move
Wales flanker Dan Lydiate admits that he is "delighted" to have completed his dual contract switch from Racing Metro to the Ospreys.
Dec 10, 07:25
Rabbitohs' Sam Burgess in action against the Storm on September 13, 2013
Sir Clive Woodward tips Sam Burgess for World Cup place
Sir Clive Woodward tips Sam Burgess to force his way into England's World Cup squad.
Dec 10, 04:41
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Rob Webber, Ross Batty pen new Bath contracts
Bath confirm that hookers Rob Webber and Ross Batty have both penned contract extensions with the club.
Dec 9, 16:07
Dan Biggar of the Ospreys kicks a penalty during the Heineken Cup pool 1 match between Northampton Saints and Ospreys at Franklin's Gardens on October 20, 2013
Dan Biggar: 'Ospreys deserve huge credit for Racing Metro draw'
After their 19-19 draw, Dan Biggar turns his attention to the return meeting against Racing Metro by admitting that it is "important" for Ospreys to secure victory.
Dec 7, 15:30