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Tommaso Allen of Italy prepares to kick a conversion in the second half during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Italy and Canada at Elland Road on September 26, 2015 in Leeds England.
Italy make four changes for England clash
Italy head coach Conor O'Shea makes four changes to his side for Sunday's Six Nations clash with holders England at Twickenham.
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George North in action at a Wales training session on August 4, 2015
George North back in Wales squad for Six Nations clash against Scotland
George North returns to the Wales team for this Saturday's Six Nations clash against Scotland after recovering from a bruised thigh.
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Billy Vunipola in action during the Six Nations game between Scotland and England on February 6, 2016
England welcome back Vunipola brothers ahead of Italy clash
Mako Vunipola is named in England's enlarged 28-man group for the meeting with Italy, while brother Billy Vunipola joins up with the squad to be fully assessed.
Feb 20, 21:38
Jonny Sexton kicks during the Six Nations game between Ireland and Wales on February 7, 2016
Ireland trio expected to be fit for France clash
Ireland trio Johnny Sexton, Rob Kearney and Conor Murray are all set to return to full training this week ahead of Saturday's Six Nations clash with France.
Feb 20, 15:41
Alun Wyn Jones of Wales in action during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Scotland at Millennium Stadium on March 15, 2014
Brian O'Driscoll, Martin Johnson back Alun Wyn Jones for Lions captaincy
Former Lions captains Brian O'Driscoll and Martin Johnson both back Alun Wyn Jones for the role in New Zealand this summer, but regard Owen Farrell as a candidate.
Feb 19, 22:30
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Former Australia lock Dan Vickerman dies, aged 37
The Australian Rugby Union confirms that former Wallabies lock Dan Vickerman has died at the age of 37 at his family home in Sydney.
Feb 19, 09:26
Josh Strauss of Scotland is tackled during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Scotland and Japan at Kingsholm Stadium on September 23, 2015
Josh Strauss ruled out for rest of Six Nations
Scotland number eight Josh Strauss is ruled out for the remainder of the Six Nations after he sustained a kidney injury during his side's defeat to France.
Feb 17, 14:31
Tom Arscott of Sale Sharks during the Aviva Premiership match between Wasps and Sale Sharks at The Ricoh Arena on January 4, 2015
Tom Arscott: Sale Sharks sacking down to "bragging"
Sacked Sale Sharks winger Tom Arscott reveals the full story behind his RFU ban for leaking team information to a rival, insisting that "no malice" was intended.
Feb 16, 18:32
Greig Laidlaw of Scotland passes the ball during the international friendly match against Japan on June 18, 2016
Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw to miss remainder of Six Nations
Greig Laidlaw suffered ligament damage in the 22-16 defeat to France last weekend, ruling him out of the remainder of the Six Nations championship.
Feb 15, 18:03
George Ford runs to score a try for England on March 21, 2015
England fly-half George Ford returns to Leicester Tigers from Bath
England fly-half George Ford returns to Leicester Tigers from Bath for the 2017-18 season.
Feb 14, 11:12
Mako Vunipola looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on October 31, 2013
Mako Vunipola left out of England training squad ahead of Italy match
There is no place for Mako Vunipola in England's training squad ahead of the Six Nations meeting with Italy, but Anthony Watson has overcome an injury to feature.
Feb 13, 21:02
Tom Arscott of Sale Sharks during the Aviva Premiership match between Wasps and Sale Sharks at The Ricoh Arena on January 4, 2015
Tom Arscott found guilty of leaking Sale Sharks team information
Tom Arscott is given a written warning by the Rugby Football Union and told to undertake an education module after being found guilty of passing on team information.
Feb 13, 15:14
England winger Anthony Watson touches down despite the best efforts of Wales counterpart George North during the meeting between the two sides at Twickenham on May 29, 2016
Eddie Jones ready to freshen up England side for Italy match
Eddie Jones is looking to pick "a different sort of side" for the visit of Italy to Twickenham later this month, as England aim to prolong their winning run to 17 games.
Feb 12, 16:51
Eddie Jones watches on during the Six Nations game between Scotland and England on February 6, 2016
Eddie Jones hails "gritty" England performance to overcome Wales
Eddie Jones admits that England left it later than he had hoped to see off Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, having trailed by two points heading into the closing stages.
Feb 11, 21:08
Interim manager Gareth Southgate watches on during England training on October 4, 2016
Gareth Southgate takes tips from England rugby training camp
England football manager Gareth Southgate visits their rugby counterparts' Six Nations training camp in a bid to tap into their "winning culture".
Feb 8, 20:13
Tom Wood of England wins the lineout during the Rugby World Cup game with Wales on September 26, 2015
England flanker Tom Wood a doubt for Wales Six Nations clash
England flanker Tom Wood is a doubt for Saturday's Six Nations clash with Wales at the Principality Stadium due to a shoulder injury.
Feb 7, 22:47
Eddie Jones watches on during the Six Nations game between Scotland and England on February 6, 2016
Eddie Jones: 'England must redeem themselves against Wales'
England head coach Eddie Jones reiterates that he is not happy with his side's display against France, which he claims has left him feeling as though the Red Rose lost.
Feb 6, 22:27
Former Springbok scrumhalf, Joost van der Westhuizen, who is suffering from Motor Neurone Disease joins the spectators during the International match between Scotland and South Africa at Murrayfield Stadium on November 17, 2013
Tributes flood in for Joost van der Westhuizen
Sports Mole rounds up some of the tributes paid to South African rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen following his death at the age of 45.
Feb 6, 14:58
Former Springbok scrumhalf, Joost van der Westhuizen, who is suffering from Motor Neurone Disease joins the spectators during the International match between Scotland and South Africa at Murrayfield Stadium on November 17, 2013
South Africa legend Joost van der Westhuizen dies, aged 45
Legendary former South Africa scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen passes away at the age of 45 following a long battle with motor neurone disease.
Feb 6, 13:04
George Kruis of Saracens catches the ball during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Harlequins at Wembley Stadium on March 22, 2014
George Kruis ruled out of Six Nations with knee injury
England lock George Kruis will miss the entire Six Nations campaign having been told that he needs surgery on knee ligament damage.
Feb 5, 20:14
Owen Farrell of England is congratulated by Mike Brown and his teammates after scoring the winning try during the international Test match against Australia on June 18, 2016
Mike Brown: 'Improvement required for Wales match'
Mike Brown acknowledges that England have "lots to work on" before facing Wales in Cardiff next weekend after edging their way past France on Saturday.
Feb 5, 13:48
Referee Nigel Owens of Wales during the Heineken Cup Pool 5 match between Montpellier and Leicester Tigers at Stade Yves Du Manoir on December 15, 2013
Nigel Owens: 'I asked doctor if I could be chemically castrated'
Rugby World Cup referee Nigel Owens reveals that he went to a doctor and asked if he could be chemically castrated after realising that he was gay.
Feb 5, 10:40
Eddie Jones watches on during the Six Nations game between Scotland and England on February 6, 2016
Eddie Jones: 'Disjointed England must improve all over'
Eddie Jones blames England's "disjointed" display against France on his players bringing their "club mentality" into their Six Nations campaign.
Feb 4, 20:31
The Six Nations trophy before the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Italy at the Millennium stadium on February 1, 2014
Six Nations bonus points 'could be scrapped after just one season'
John Feehan, the chief executive of the Six Nations, admits that he is against the implementation of the new bonus points system and suggests it could be scrapped.
Feb 3, 20:43
Dylan Hartley passes the ball during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2013
Dylan Hartley 'in a good place' ahead of Six Nations opener
Dylan Hartley claims that a "brutal" training camp in Portugal has him in top condition ahead of England's meeting with France, two months on from his last outing.
Feb 3, 20:14
Joe Marler looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 7, 2013
Joe Marler recovers from leg fracture to make England team for Six Nations opener
Joe Marler makes a stunning recovery from a leg fracture to be included in England's team for this weekend's opening Six Nations clash against France.
Feb 2, 10:16
George Kruis of Saracens catches the ball during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Harlequins at Wembley Stadium on March 22, 2014
George Kruis a doubt for England Six Nations opener
England lock George Kruis is expected to miss his side's Six Nations opener against France at Twickenham having sustained knee ligament damage.
Feb 1, 20:38
Jonny Sexton kicks during the Six Nations game between Ireland and Wales on February 7, 2016
Johnny Sexton ruled out of Six Nations opener
Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton will miss his side's Six Nations opener with Scotland on Saturday having failed to recover from a calf injury.
Jan 31, 21:20
England winger Anthony Watson touches down despite the best efforts of Wales counterpart George North during the meeting between the two sides at Twickenham on May 29, 2016
Anthony Watson ruled out of Six Nations opener
England winger Anthony Watson will miss his side's opening two Six Nations fixtures having been ruled out for three to four weeks with a hamstring injury.
Jan 29, 20:33
Anthony Watson of England scores the first try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Uruguay at Manchester City Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Anthony Watson struck down by hamstring injury
Anthony Watson is to undergo a scan on a hamstring injury picked up during England's training preparations, which is likely to rule him out of the meeting with France.
Jan 27, 20:20
A general view of a match ball ahead of Aviva Premiership match between London Welsh and Leicester Tigers at Kassam Stadium on November 23, 2014
Two Aviva Premiership players test positive for use of cocaine
Two Aviva Premiership players tested positive for recreational drug use outside of competition time last season, the Rugby Football Union reveals.
Jan 26, 20:29
Eddie Jones watches on during the Six Nations game between Scotland and England on February 6, 2016
England rugby players told to ditch mobile phones by visual awareness coach
England's new visual awareness coach Sherylle Calder has warned players that they must restrict their use of mobile phones if they are to enjoy sustained success.
Jan 24, 11:00
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