Rugby Union News

Owen Farrell kicks at goal during the Six Nations game between Scotland and England on February 6, 2016
Eddie Jones: 'Owen Farrell in line for England captaincy'
Eddie Jones warns Dylan Hartley that his role as captain of England is "not a permanent position", as he prepares to hand the armband over to Owen Farrell.
Jan 20, 20:12
Eddie Jones, the new England Rugby head coach, poses at Twickenham Stadium on November 20, 2015
Eddie Jones names 34-man England squad
England head coach Eddie Jones names his 34-man squad for the Six Nations.
Jan 20, 09:22
RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie faces the media at an end of tour press conference held at the Radisson Blu Hotel on June 24, 2012
Rugby Football Union considering five-year residency rule
The Rugby Football Union is looking to impose a five-year residency rule on England if World Rugby fails to increase the existing eligibility level.
Jan 19, 22:08
Tom Arscott of Sale Sharks during the Aviva Premiership match between Wasps and Sale Sharks at The Ricoh Arena on January 4, 2015
Sale Sharks winger Tom Arscott suspended over information leak allegations
Sale Sharks reveals that they have suspended winger Tom Arscott over allegations of an information leak prior to their New Year's Day defeat to Bristol.
Jan 17, 20:34
Alun Wyn Jones of Wales in action during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Scotland at Millennium Stadium on March 15, 2014
Alun Wyn Jones replaces Sam Warburton as Wales captain
Alun Wyn Jones will replace Sam Warburton as Wales captain for the upcoming Six Nations.
Jan 17, 12:06
A general view of the match ball is tackled seen during the Super Rugby trial match between the Waratahs and the Blues at Allianz Stadium on February 7, 2014
Ireland without hooker Sean Cronin for Six Nations
Leinster confirm that Sean Cronin suffered a high-grade hamstring tear in the win over Zebre, essentially ruling him out of Ireland's upcoming Six Nations campaign.
Jan 16, 17:06
Sam Warburton of Wales looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield Stadium on February 15, 2015
Sam Warburton 'to relinquish Wales captaincy'
A report claims that Sam Warburton is to step aside as Wales skipper later this month, with a new captain to be named prior to the Six Nations.
Jan 11, 13:08
Joe Marler looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 7, 2013
England prop Joe Marler to miss start of Six Nations due to leg fracture
England prop Joe Marler will miss the start of the Six Nations after suffering a fracture to his leg.
Jan 11, 10:50
George North of Northampton dives over for the final try during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Bath at Franklin's Gardens on
World Rugby "disappointed" by George North treatment
World Rugby declares itself "disappointed" with Northampton Saints' decision to allow head injury victim George North to continue playing.
Jan 9, 15:05
England captain Chris Robshaw looks on during the Rugby World Cup game with Wales on September 26, 2015
Chris Robshaw to miss England's Six Nations campaign due to shoulder surgery
England flanker Chris Robshaw will miss the Six Nations as he requires surgery on a shoulder injury, which will keep him out for 12 weeks.
Jan 9, 12:07
James Haskell and his beard address the media at an England press conference on August 17, 2015
James Haskell "totally fine" after head injury
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young insists that James Haskell is "totally fine" despite suffering a head injury just 36 seconds into his long-awaited return to action.
Jan 8, 22:23
James Haskell and his beard address the media at an England press conference on August 17, 2015
James Haskell injury comeback cut short after just 38 seconds
James Haskell is taken off 38 seconds into his Wasps comeback after spending the past seven months on the sidelines with a foot injury.
Jan 8, 17:48
Brad Barritt catches the ball during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on November 25, 2014
Brad Barritt to face disciplinary hearing over Geoff Parling tackle?
A report claims that Brad Barritt may face disciplinary action for his high tackle on Geoff Parling in Saracens' draw with Exeter Chiefs, which went unpunished.
Jan 7, 21:30
England captain Chris Robshaw looks on during the Rugby World Cup game with Wales on September 26, 2015
Chris Robshaw doubtful for Six Nations due to shoulder injury
Harlequins reveal that flanker Chris Robshaw may require an operation on his injured shoulder, which would rule him out of England's Six Nations campaign.
Jan 6, 16:38
Wales player Leigh Halfpenny kicks at goal during the Autumn international match between Wales and Australia at Millennium Stadium on November 8, 2014
Welsh Rugby Union makes 'best offer possible' for Leigh Halfpenny
Leigh Halfpenny must quickly decide whether to accept the Welsh Rugby Union's offer of a return from Toulon, according to chief executive Martyn Phillips.
Jan 5, 18:35
Manusamoa Tuilagi of Leicester Tigers is tackled by Michael Tagicakbau of Saracens during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and Saracens at Welford Road on May 10, 2014
Leicester Tigers, England centre Manu Tuilagi ruled out for six to nine months
Leicester Tigers and England centre Manu Tuilagi is ruled out for six to nine months with a knee injury.
Jan 4, 11:59
England captain Chris Robshaw looks on during the Rugby World Cup game with Wales on September 26, 2015
Chris Robshaw facing nervous wait over extent of shoulder injury
Harlequins ace Chris Robshaw undergoes tests to discover the full extent of a shoulder injury sustained in the defeat to Worcester Warriors on New Year's Day.
Jan 3, 12:17
Richard Cockerill, Director of Rugby of Leicester Tigers during the Aviva Premiership match between Worcester Warriors and Leicester Tigers at Sixways Stadium on December 05 2015
Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill exits club
Leicester Tigers announce the immediate departure of director of rugby Richard Cockerill.
Jan 2, 12:26
Manu Tuilagi of Leicester is tackled by Adam Powell (L) and Josh Furno (R) of Newcastle during the Aviva Premiership match on September 6, 2014
Manu Tuilagi withdraws from England camp following knee injury
Leicester Tigers confirm that Manu Tuilagi has withdrawn from England's two-day training camp after suffering a knee injury playing against Saracens on Sunday.
Jan 1, 22:23
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: 'Lions hopes boosted by introduction of bonus point'
Andy Farrell backs the decision to introduce bonus points in the 2017 Six Nations, claiming that it will only benefit the British and Irish Lions in the long term.
Dec 29, 14:07
Mako Vunipola looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on October 31, 2013
Mako Vunipola a doubt for Six Nations with knee injury
England prop Mako Vunipola could miss the Six Nations after suffering suspected knee ligament damage during Saracens' Champions Cup win over Sale Sharks.
Dec 24, 16:00
George North of Northampton dives over for the final try during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Bath at Franklin's Gardens on
World Rugby to speak with RFU over George North head injury
World Rugby will speak with the RFU regarding the decision not to sanction Northampton Saints for their treatment of a head injury suffered by George North.
Dec 23, 20:25
Eddie Jones watches on during the Six Nations game between Scotland and England on February 6, 2016
Eddie Jones to quit England after 2019 Rugby World Cup
England head coach Eddie Jones insists that the job is too "emotionally draining" to remain in charge beyond the end of his deal, which expires after the 2019 World Cup.
Dec 21, 19:11
George North of Northampton dives over for the final try during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Bath at Franklin's Gardens on
Northampton Saints escape sanction over George North treatment
Northampton Saints will face no sanction over their treatment of winger George North's latest head injury.
Dec 21, 14:27
Dylan Hartley passes the ball during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2013
Eddie Jones: 'Dylan Hartley has let England down with third red card'
England captain Dylan Hartley "let his country down" after accruing a six-week ban for striking Leinster's Sean O'Brien, says national head coach Eddie Jones.
Dec 21, 12:11
George North of Northampton dives over for the final try during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Bath at Franklin's Gardens on
George North returns to Northampton Saints training
Northampton Saints winger George North returns to training and is in contention to play against Sale Sharks following his latest head injury.
Dec 20, 20:00
Bath's George Ford with his Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season award, pictured on May 20, 2015
Sale Sharks confirm interest in England fly-half George Ford
Bath Rugby ace George Ford is a target for Sale Sharks, who will look to begin negotiations with the England fly-half in January.
Dec 20, 17:17
Wales coach Warren Gatland raises a smile during Wales training at the Millennium stadium on November 3, 2014
Warren Gatland to honour remainder of Wales contract
Wales head coach Warren Gatland insists that he has no intention of stepping down from his position next year, despite reports to the contrary at the weekend.
Dec 19, 13:34
Lions head coach Warren Gatland smiles after their victory during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and British & Irish Lions at ANZ Stadium on July 6, 2013
Warren Gatland to quit Wales after British and Irish Lions tour?
Wales head coach Warren Gatland will stand down from his position after next summer's British and Irish Lions tour, a report claims.
Dec 18, 09:14
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South Africa international Johan Goosen 'retires from rugby, aged 24'
Racing 92 president Jacky Lorenzetti launches a scathing attack on South Africa fly-half Johan Goosen following his apparent retirement from the sport aged just 24.
Dec 16, 22:33
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 handed six-week ban
England and Northampton Saints hooker Dylan Hartley is handed a six-week ban for striking Leinster's Sean O'Brien during their Champions Cup clash at Franklin's Gardens.
Dec 14, 17:38
Denny Solomona of London Broncos during the Super League match between London Broncos and Catalan Dragons at Etihad Stadium on May 17, 2014
Castleford Tigers to sue Denny Solomona for breach of contract
Castleford Tigers confirm their intent to sue Denny Solomona for breach of contract after he left the Super League club to join rugby union side Sale Sharks.
Dec 13, 20:46
Dylan Hartley of Northampton Saints during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Wasps at Franklin's Gardens on March 27, 2015
RFU chief offers backing to Dylan Hartley over England captaincy
Dylan Hartley has "got credit in the bank" and does not deserve to be stripped of the England captaincy, according to Rugby Football Union boss Ian Ritchie.
Dec 13, 16:54
James Haskell leans against a dirty wall during an England photocall on March 7, 2016
James Haskell confirms he is alive following steroid overdose death rumours
England flanker James Haskell posts a YouTube video confirming that he is alive after rumours surfaced on the internet that he had died of a steroid overdose.
Dec 13, 13:12
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 to learn red card fate on Wednesday
Dylan Hartley faces the prospect of missing England's opening Six Nations clash against France next year should he be handed a two-month ban or more later this week.
Dec 12, 20:30
Talemaitoga Tuapati of Fiji is stopped by Adam Ashley-Cooper (L) and Kurtley Beale of Australia during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Australia and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on September 23, 2015
Kurtley Beale pleased with Wasps debut against Connacht
Kurtley Beale admits that he is happy to have returned to competitive rugby with Wasps after injury.
Dec 11, 16:55
Northampton captain Dylan Hartley is shown the red card and sent off by referee JP Doyle during the Aviva Premiership match against Leicester on December 20, 2014
Jim Mallinder unwilling to defend Dylan Hartley following dismissal
Jim Mallinder admits to being 'disappointed' by Dylan Hartley's conduct during Friday's clash with Leinster, but says that it did not cost Northampton Saints victory.
Dec 10, 10:15
Lions head coach Warren Gatland smiles after their victory during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and British & Irish Lions at ANZ Stadium on July 6, 2013
Warren Gatland unhappy with Gregor Townsend snub
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland questions incoming Scotland boss Gregor Townsend's decision to turn down an invite to join his coaching team.
Dec 8, 21:44
Denny Solomona of London Broncos during the Super League match between London Broncos and Catalan Dragons at Etihad Stadium on May 17, 2014
RFU will not halt Denny Solomona's cross-code switch
Denny Solomona's switch from Castleford Tigers to Sale Sharks is given the blessing of the RFU, which says it is powerless to stop a move going through.
Dec 8, 21:30
Eddie Jones watches on during the Six Nations game between Scotland and England on February 6, 2016
Eddie Jones: "We're nowhere near our best yet"
England head coach Eddie Jones insists that his side are 'nowhere near their best yet'.
Dec 8, 12:15