Rugby Union News

Paul Hill of England runs with the ball during the World Rugby U20 Championship final match between England and New Zealand at Stadio Giovanni Zini on June 20, 2015 in Cremona, Italy.
Joe Marchant, Paul Hill out of England's tour to Argentina
Harlequins ace Joe Marchant and Northampton Saints prop Paul Hill pull out of England's squad for the upcoming Argentina tour due to a toe and neck injury respectively.
22:22
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 'fit and ready' for British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton insists that he is fully fit for the tour of New Zealand after spending a spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury.
May 22, 22:27
Lipstick on his collar told a tale on Billy Vunipola on June 25, 2016
Billy Vunipola pulls out of British and Irish Lions squad
England number eight Billy Vunipola pulls out of the British and Irish Lions squad to tour New Zealand due to a shoulder injury and is replaced by James Haskell.
May 21, 21:02
Mark McCall, the Saracens director of rugby looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Worcester Warriors at Twickenham Stadium on November 28, 2015
Mark McCall "unbelievably proud" of Saracens players
Mark McCall is 'sad but proud' of his Saracens players following Saturday's 18-16 defeat to Exeter Chiefs, ending their hopes of further silverware.
May 20, 21:37
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
Ken Owens expected to be fit for British and Irish Lions
Ken Owens is "improving every day and is very upbeat" about playing a part for the British and Irish Lions this summer, according to Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac.
May 20, 14:52
Scotland's wing Tommy Seymour dives in to score a try during the Autumn International rugby union Test match between Scotland and Argentina at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland, on November 8, 2014
Tommy Seymour: 'British and Lions head to New Zealand full of ambition'
Tommy Seymour admits that the only way the British and Irish Lions will pull off a series win over New Zealand is for every player to go above and beyond this summer.
May 19, 12:34
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
Ian Ritchie: England rugby in "very, very strong place"
Outgoing Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie believes that English rugby is currently in a "very, very strong place".
May 18, 20:58
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
Ian Ritchie to step down as chief executive from the RFU this summer
The RFU announces that chief executive Ian Ritchie will step down this summer after a five-year spell.
May 17, 16:39
Ben Youngs celebrates scoring a try for England in the Six Nations on March 21, 2015
Dan Cole: 'Ben Youngs has time on his side'
Dan Cole backs Ben Youngs's decision not to tour New Zealand with the Lions and suggests that the scrum-half could go on future tours.
May 16, 23:13
England's Eddie Jones and Dylan Hartley on June 18, 2016
Eddie Jones: 'I'll pick New Zealanders for England'
Eddie Jones admits that he will pick New Zealanders for England, if they are eligible.
May 16, 22:55
Kyle Sinckler of Harlequins poses for a picture during the photoshoot for BT Sport on August 18, 2014
Kyle Sinckler: 'Adam Jones made me a better player'
Kyle Sinckler hails the impact of fellow Harlequins prop Adam Jones on his career.
May 16, 22:39
Eddie Jones pictured on June 18, 2016
England to begin Six Nations defence in Italy
England will begin their quest for a third successive Six Nations title away to Italy in Rome on Sunday February 4, 2018.
May 16, 15:47
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: 'Retaining European title with Saracens a pleasure'
Chris Ashton says that becoming the top try-scorer in European competition is the "icing on the cake" after helping Saracens to a 28-17 victory over Clermont Auvergne.
May 13, 21:54
Eddie Jones pictured on June 18, 2016
England draw France, Argentina in Pool C for 2019 World Cup in Japan
England will face France and Argentina in Pool C, while Wales draw Australia and Georgia for the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
May 10, 09:30
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 defends timing of British and Irish Lions meeting
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland defends the decision to hold his first squad meeting just days before European finals for Saracens and Gloucester.
May 8, 16:05
Ben Youngs celebrates scoring a try for England in the Six Nations on March 21, 2015
Ben Youngs pulls out of British and Irish Lions squad
Leicester Tigers scrum-half Ben Youngs announces that he will play no part in the British and Irish Lions' tour of New Zealand due to family reasons.
May 6, 20:04
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 Rugby 'launch investigation after drunken antics at The Rec'
A quarter of Bath Rugby's playing squad could face disciplinary action after a post-training drinking session reportedly got out of hand.
May 3, 15:06
England's Owen Farrell kicks a penalty in the match against Australia on June 25, 2016
Wasps trio up for RPA Players' Player of the Year award
Elliot Daly, Jimmy Gopperth, Christian Wade, Owen Farrell and Louis Picamoles are in the running to be crowned the Rugby Players' Association Players' Player of the Year.
May 3, 13:49
Donncha O'Callaghan of the Barbarians looks on during the Rugby Union International Match between England and The Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium on June 1, 2014
Donncha O'Callaghan signs one-year Worcester Warriors extension
Second-row Donncha O'Callaghan signs a new one-year contract extension at Worcester Warriors.
Apr 24, 14:39
Denny Solomona of London Broncos during the Super League match between London Broncos and Catalan Dragons at Etihad Stadium on May 17, 2014
Denny Solomona named in England squad for Argentina tour
New Zealand-born rugby league convert Denny Solomona is among 15 uncapped players named in Eddie Jones's England squad for June's tour of Argentina.
Apr 20, 10:57
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 named British and Irish Lions captain, Dylan Hartley misses out
Sam Warburton is named as the British and Irish Lions captain for the tour of New Zealand, but England skipper Dylan Hartley is not selected by Warren Gatland.
Apr 19, 12:11
Nick Evans of Harlequins kicks during the Aviva Premiership match between Sale Sharks and Harlequins at the AJ Bell Stadium on April 25, 2015
Harlequins fly-half Nick Evans to retire at end of season
Harlequins' fly-half and record points scorer Nick Evans announces that he will retire from rugby at the end of the season.
Apr 18, 15:46
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
Report: England trio set to miss out on British and Irish Lions squad
England trio Joe Launchbury, Jonathan Joseph and Dylan Hartley could reportedly miss out on the British and Irish Lions squad for their tour of New Zealand.
Apr 17, 21:22
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 to undergo fresh concussion tests
Ospreys announce that Dan Biggar will closely follow HIA protocols before being given the all-clear to resume playing.
Apr 9, 18:06
Former British Lions player Brian Moore speaks in a press conference during a British and Irish Lions tour sponsor announcement at London Zoo on April 21, 2013
Ex-England star Brian Moore suffers heart attack
Former England hooker Brian Moore is recovering in hospital after suffering a heart attack.
Apr 8, 13:45
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
Mike Ford sacked by Toulon, Richard Cockerill to take charge until end of season
Toulon announce the exit of head coach Mike Ford, with Richard Cockerill replacing him until the end of the season.
Apr 4, 09:55
Sam Warburton of Wales looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield Stadium on February 15, 2015
Jonny Wilkinson: 'British and Lions require team of captains'
England rugby legend Jonny Wilkinson believes that Warren Gatland should share around the captain's armband when the British and Irish Lions tour New Zealand.
Mar 31, 20:52
The Six Nations trophy before the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Italy at the Millennium stadium on February 1, 2014
RFU chief Ian Ritchie wants Six Nations cut to six weeks
The Six Nations will benefit from being reduced from seven weeks to six, according to Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie.
Mar 25, 13:36
Ireland's no. 8 Jamie Heaslip evades a tackle from Scotland's full back Stuart Hogg during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on February 2, 2014
Jamie Heaslip, Rob Kearney doubtful for British and Irish Lions selection
Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney undergo surgery on a back and knee injury respectively, potentially seeing them miss out on a call-up to the British and Irish Lions squad.
Mar 24, 17:24
Dylan Hartley passes the ball during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2013
Warren Gatland: 'Dylan Hartley still in contention for Lions captaincy'
Warren Gatland talks up Dylan Hartley's credentials for the British and Irish Lions captaincy, insisting that the hooker has done a "fantastic" job for England.
Mar 20, 21:31
George North in action at a Wales training session on August 4, 2015
France to face punishment over bite on George North?
Six Nations Rugby confirm that there could still be action taken against a French player following allegations that Wales winger George North was bitten in Saturday's win.
Mar 19, 21:52
Rory Best passes the ball during the British and Irish Lions training session held at Scotch College on June 27, 2013
Rory Best hails "monumental" Ireland performance
Ireland captain Rory Best expresses his pride after halting England's record-equalling 18-match winning streak with a 13-9 victory in Dublin.
Mar 18, 22:13
Eddie Jones watches on during the Six Nations game between Scotland and England on February 6, 2016
Eddie Jones: 'Ireland deserved victory over England'
England head coach Eddie Jones admits that his side were beaten by a better team during their Grand Slam-denying 13-9 defeat to Ireland in Dublin.
Mar 18, 22:00
Dylan Hartley passes the ball during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2013
Dylan Hartley: 'England still have work to do'
England captain Dylan Hartley admits that his side's 13-9 defeat to Ireland is proof that there is still room for improvement for the Six Nations champions.
Mar 18, 21:52
Danny Care runs through the slalom poles during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on October 28, 2013
Danny Care: England "not thinking about records"
Danny Care says that beating Ireland this weekend will be a "huge achievement" for England, but he is only focused on getting the job done and not breaking records.
Mar 17, 20:38
Billy Vunipola in action during the Six Nations game between Scotland and England on February 6, 2016
Billy Vunipola, Anthony Watson to start for England in Grand Slam decider
England head coach Eddie Jones names Billy Vunipola and Anthony Watson in his starting XV for Saturday's Six Nations Grand Slam showdown in Ireland.
Mar 16, 10:16
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: 'Top players will miss out on British and Irish Lions selection'
Warren Gatland admits that he is "excited about the potential" in the British and Irish Lions' playing ranks, but says picking a final squad is going to be very tough.
Mar 15, 22:10
Wales forward Ken Owens in action as Adam Jones looks on during the Wales training session at the Vale Hotel on February 11, 2014
Wales unchanged for Six Nations clash against France
Wales name an unchanged side for Saturday's Six Nations finale against France.
Mar 15, 10:23
Jonny Sexton kicks during the Six Nations game between Ireland and Wales on February 7, 2016
Jonny Sexton, Conor Murray fit to face England
Ireland half-backs Jonny Sexton and Conor Murray are fit to face England during Saturday's Six Nations finale in Dublin.
Mar 13, 15:12
Eddie Jones watches on during the Six Nations game between Scotland and England on February 6, 2016
Eddie Jones: 'England will not lose to Ireland'
England head coach Eddie Jones insists that his side will not lose to Ireland when they go in search of a record 19th successive victory on Saturday.
Mar 13, 14:28



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