Rugby Union News

Luther Burrell of Northampton breaks away from Jonathan Joseph to score an interception try during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Northampton Saints at the Recreation Ground on December 5, 2015
Luther Burrell called up to England squad for tour of Australia
Luther Burrell is called up to England's squad for the upcoming tour of Australia following Manu Tuilagi's withdrawal.
May 30, 09:04
England fly-half George Ford kicks the ball at Twickenham ahead of the Rugby World Cup on September 17, 2015
Eddie Jones jumps to George Ford's defence
England coach Eddie Jones backs up George Ford after the fly-half's performance against Wales was mocked by some of his own supporters.
May 29, 21:02
Dylan Hartley passes the ball during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2013
Dylan Hartley pleased with England response to slow start
England captain Dylan Hartley praises his side for overcoming a poor start to beat Wales 27-13 at Twickenham.
May 29, 18:02
England captain Martin Johnson celebrates with the Webb Ellis trophy after beating Australia in the World Cup final on November 22, 2003
Eddie Jones: 'England went too soft after World Cup triumph'
Eddie Jones suggests that money was behind England's failure to push on from their 2003 World Cup success, as players fast developed a soft underbelly.
May 29, 11:26
Mark McCall celebrates after the Aviva Premiership final between Saracens and Exeter Chiefs on May 28, 2016
Mark McCall predicts bright future for Saracens
Saracens head coach Mark McCall sees no reason why his side cannot continue their recent success having secured a European and domestic double.
May 28, 20:12
Dylan Hartley passes the ball during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2013
Dylan Hartley: 'Another concussion could end my playing career'
Northampton Saints and England hooker Dylan Hartley opens up on his concerns over another potential concussion layoff, which he says will put an end to his career.
May 28, 11:02
Eddie Jones watches on during the Six Nations game between Scotland and England on February 6, 2016
Teimana Harrison to make England debut in Wales clash
Teimana Harrison is one of four uncapped players to be selected by Eddie Jones for England's Test meeting with Wales at Twickenham.
May 27, 15:47
Manu Tuilagi holds onto the ball during the England captain's run at the Millennium Stadium on March 15, 2013
Manu Tuilagi to miss England's tour to Australia with hamstring injury
Manu Tuilagi is ruled out of England's tour to Australia due to a hamstring injury.
May 24, 12:06
Manu Tuilagi holds onto the ball during the England captain's run at the Millennium Stadium on March 15, 2013
Manu Tuilagi included in England squad for tour of Australia
England head coach Eddie Jones names injury doubts Manu Tuilagi and Owen Farrell in his 32-man squad for the three-Test tour of Australia.
May 22, 13:31
Manu Tuilagi holds onto the ball during the England captain's run at the Millennium Stadium on March 15, 2013
England duo Manu Tuilagi and Owen Farrell doubts for Australia tour
Manu Tuilagi and Owen Farrell are doubts for England's upcoming tour of Australia after both limped off during the Premiership semi-final between Saracens and Leicester Tigers.
May 22, 10:34
Mike Ford, the Bath director of rugby looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Northampton Saints at the Recreation Ground on December 5, 2015
Bath Rugby head coach Mike Ford to leave at end of season
Bath Rugby head coach Mike Ford will leave the club at the end of the season.
May 16, 15:59
Saracens player Alex Goode makes a break during the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester Rugby and Saracens at Kingsholm Stadium on January 9, 2015
Shortlist for Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season revealed
Maro Itoje, Alex Goode, Gareth Steenson, Don Armand, George Smith and Charles Piutau are nominated for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season.
May 16, 15:49
Kurtley Beale of Australia congratulates Drew Mitchell after he scored his teams second try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between Australia and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on October 18, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
Kurtley Beale suffers serious knee injury days after signing for Wasps
New Wasps signing Kurtley Beale is likely to be sidelined for "four to six months" after suffering a torn patella tendon injury.
May 15, 10:26
Kurtley Beale of Australia congratulates Drew Mitchell after he scored his teams second try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between Australia and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on October 18, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
Wasps swoop for Australia star Kurtley Beale
Wasps complete one of the biggest signings in Aviva Premiership history by announcing the capture of Kurtley Beale for the 2016-17 season.
May 13, 16:10
Seb Adeniran-Olule of Harlequins poses for a picture on November 3, 2015
Harlequins hooker Seb Adeniran-Olule dies in road collision, aged 20
Harlequins announce that youngster Seb Adeniran-Olule has died in a car crash at the age of 20.
May 11, 15:40
Jack Walker of England during the Under-20 Six Nations Championship match against France U20s at The Amex Stadium on March 20, 2015
Bath swoop for English youngster Jack Walker
Yorkshire Carnegie's 19-year-old hooker Jack Walker agrees a switch to Aviva Premiership outfit Bath.
May 10, 16:18
South Africa's Francois Louw during a training session on June 18, 2013
Francois Louw charged by RFU
Bath flanker Francois Louw is charged by the RFU over an alleged eye gouge on Courtney Lawes during his side's 15-14 defeat at the hands of Northampton Saints.
May 4, 22:33
Clement Poitrenaud of Toulouse claims a high ball under pressure from Alex Goode of Saracens during the Heineken Cup pool three match between Saracens and Toulouse at Wembley Stadium on October 18, 2013
Former France international Clement Poitrenaud announces retirement
Former France international Clement Poitrenaud announces his retirement from rugby after Toulouse decided not to offer him a new contract.
May 4, 16:20
Chris Cusiter in action for Sale Sharks at Kingsholm on December 4, 2015
Scotland international Chris Cusiter retires
Sale Sharks and Scotland scrum-half Chris Cusiter retires from rugby to launch a Scotch whisky business.
May 4, 12:16
Assistant coach Aaron Mauger gives instuctions during a Crusaders Super Rugby training session at Rugby Park on February 19, 2014
Aaron Mauger: Leicester Tigers "mentally flat" for final run-in
Aaron Mauger admits that he is "pleased" to secure a playoff spot in the Aviva Premiership, but is unhappy with Leicester Tigers' performance against Worcester Warriors.
Apr 30, 21:20
Japan's head coach Eddie Jones is pictured as he supervises a team training session at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester, western England, on September 22, 2015, during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
England rugby coach Eddie Jones gives talk to Crystal Palace players
England rugby coach Eddie Jones visits Crystal Palace to give Alan Pardew's team a motivational talk for their season run-in that concludes with the FA Cup final.
Apr 28, 21:03
Jacques Burger of Saracens looks on after a training session on May 26, 2015
Jacques Burger announces retirement
Saracens and Namibia back-rower Jacques Burger reveals that he will retire after Sunday's game against Newcastle Falcons.
Apr 28, 11:54
Owen Farrell and his crazy eyes in action during the game between Harlequins and Saracens on January 9, 2016
Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell banned for two weeks
Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell receives a two-week suspension after being cited for a dangerous tackle.
Apr 27, 18:07
Graham Rowntree, the England forwards coach looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on January 28, 2014
Graham Rowntree lands Harlequins forwards role
Harlequins announce that Graham Rowntree will join their new-look coaching setup as forwards coach from next season.
Apr 27, 17:10
Joe Marler looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 7, 2013
Harlequins' Joe Marler hit with two-week ban for kicking Grenoble's Arnaud Heguy
Harlequins prop Joe Marler is banned for two weeks for kicking Grenoble's Arnaud Heguy in last week's European Challenge Cup semi-final.
Apr 27, 14:04
Kevin Sinfield of England kicks during the Rugby League World Cup Group A match at the KC Stadium on November 9, 2013
Kevin Sinfield to retire at end of season
Dual-code rugby player Kevin Sinfield will retire from the sport after a 20-year career at the end of the ongoing season.
Apr 27, 12:40
Leone Nakarawa of Glasgow is tackled by Sam Hobbs of Cardiff and Gareth Davies of Cardiff during the The Heineken Cup Pool 2 Match between Glasgow Warriors and Cardiff Blues at Scotstoun Stadium, on December 13, 2013
Leone Nakarawa heading for Glasgow Warriors exit
Fiji international Leone Nakarawa will leave Glasgow Warriors in the summer, with France thought to be his most likely destination.
Apr 27, 11:19
Mike Brown of England is tackled by Cobus Reinach of South Africa during the QBE Intenational match on November 15, 2014
Mike Brown: 'I can become one of world's best full-backs'
Harlequins ace Mike Brown hopes to take on advice from England head coach Eddie Jones in order to become one of the best full-backs in world rugby.
Apr 20, 21:00
Maro Itoje faces the media during the Saracens media session held on April 14, 2015
Maro Itoje, George Kruis sign new deals with Saracens
Saracens pair Maro Itoje and George Kruis sign new contracts until 2019 at the club.
Apr 14, 12:55
Stuart Hooper of Bath during the Pre season match between Bath and Ospreys at the Recreation Ground on August 30, 2013
Back injury forces Bath captain Stuart Hooper to retire
Stuart Hooper retires from rugby union with immediate effect due to a back injury sustained last December against Leicester Tigers.
Apr 14, 11:59
 Bath fullback Anthony Watson races away to score the first try during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and Bath at Welford Road on November 29, 2015 in Leicester, England.
Bath wing Anthony Watson receives two-week RFU ban
England wing Anthony Watson is suspended for two weeks after being sent off during Bath's game against Saracens.
Apr 12, 22:03
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South Africa appoint Allister Coetzee
Former assistant Allister Coetzee takes on the role of head coach of the South Africa rugby union side.
Apr 12, 10:55
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Justin Tipuric ruled out of Wales's tour to New Zealand due to concussion
Justin Tipuric is ruled out of Wales's summer tour to New Zealand due to concussion that he suffered during the Six Nations.
Apr 11, 15:39
Joe Marler looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 7, 2013
England prop Joe Marler banned for "gypsy boy" slur
England and Harlequins prop Joe Marler is banned for two games for his "gypsy boy" slur against Wales forward Samson Lee in the Six Nations.
Apr 5, 21:47
Joe Marler looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 7, 2013
England's Joe Marler: "I'm not a racist"
England prop Joe Marler stresses that he is not a racist as he prepares to face a World Rugby misconduct hearing.
Apr 4, 22:15
Ahsee Tuala of Northampton Saints during the LV= Cup match between Northampton Saints and Wasps at Franklin's Gardens on February 7, 2015
Ahsee Tuala signs new Northampton Saints deal
Samoan full-back Ahsee Tuala agrees a new contract with Aviva Premiership side Northampton Saints.
Mar 31, 12:10
Joe Marler looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 7, 2013
Rugby Players' Association backs Joe Marler in racism spat
The Rugby Players' Association says that Joe Marler is the victim of a media witch hunt.
Mar 29, 20:13
Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill during an interview on August 29, 2013
Richard Cockerill unhappy with Leicester Tigers errors
Richard Cockerill says that Leicester Tigers have only themselves to blame for their narrow defeat away to Sale Sharks.
Mar 28, 21:18
A general view of Twickenham Stadium on May 2, 2013
RFU open to selling Twickenham naming rights
The RFU will 'look into' the prospect of selling the naming rights to Twickenham in a deal that could be worth £5m a year, according to chief executive Ian Ritchie.
Mar 27, 13:23
Conor O'Shea, director of rugby for Harlequins, on March 19, 2016
Conor O'Shea confirmed as new Italy head coach
Former Harlequins director Conor O'Shea is confirmed as the new head coach of Italy on a four-year deal.
Mar 25, 10:34