Rugby Union News

Ireland wing Andrew Trimble warms up ahead of the Six Nations International rugby union match between Ireland and Italy at Aviva stadium in Dublin on March 8, 2014
Andrew Trimble, Luke Marshall ruled out of Ireland's autumn internationals
Ulster duo Andrew Trimble and Luke Marshall are to miss Ireland's upcoming autumn internationals through injury.
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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
England centre Manu Tuilagi sidelined "for a few weeks"
Leicester Tigers and England centre Manu Tuilagi is expected to be out of action for "a few weeks" with a groin injury.
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Schalk Brits of Saracens scores a try during the Aviva Premiership match between Worcester Warriors and Saracens at Sixways Stadium on December 28, 2013
Saracens hooker Schalk Brits sidelined until 2015
Saracens hooker Schalk Brits is ruled out of action until the New Year with a serious knee injury.
Oct 20, 11:46
Kelly Brown of Saracens poses for a portrait at Allianz Park on August 20, 2014
Kelly Brown: 'Saracens showed great spirit to overcome Clermont Auvergne'
Kelly Brown says that he is "incredibly proud" of the team spirit shown by Saracens in their 30-23 victory over Clermont Auvergne in the European Rugby Champions Cup.
Oct 19, 17:42
Head coach Lyn Jones of Newport looks on prior to the Amlin Challenge Cup match between Bath and Newport Gwent Dragons at Recreation Ground on October 19, 2013
Lyn Jones "delighted" by Newport Gwent Dragons performance
Lyn Jones says that he is "delighted" by Newport Gwent Dragons' performance in last night's 38-22 victory over Stade Francais in the European Challenge Cup.
Oct 19, 15:15
Stuart Gallacher talks to the press at the announcement for 2011 and 2012 Heineken Cup Finals at the Millennium Stadium on May 17, 2010
Former Wales dual-code international Stuart Gallacher dies
Stuart Gallacher, who represented Wales in both forms of rugby before becoming the chairman of Regional Rugby Wales, has died at the age of 68.
Oct 19, 13:28
Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill during an interview on August 29, 2013
Richard Cockerill not getting carried away by Leicester Tigers win
Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill remains cautious following his side's win over Ulster in the European Rugby Champions Cup.
Oct 19, 11:19
Jim Mallinder, coach and Director of Rugby of Northampton Saints, is interviewed by BT Sport before the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Exeter Chiefs at Franklin's Gardens on September 7, 2013
Jim Mallinder disappointed by Northampton Saints defeat
Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder praises his side after seeing them suffer a narrow defeat to Racing Metro in the European Rugby Champions Cup.
Oct 19, 11:08
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
Manu Tuilagi injures groin in Leicester Tigers win
Leicester Tigers center Manu Tuilagi could miss the autumn international with England after injuring his groin in the European Rugby Champions Cup win over Ulster.
Oct 19, 09:24
Mike Ford, head coach of Bath looks on before the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Newcastle Falcons at the Recreation Ground on February 8, 2014
Mike Ford "disappointed" with Bath performance
Mike Ford admits that he is "disappointed" to have seen his Bath side heavily beaten by Glasgow Warriors on Saturday.
Oct 18, 22:42
Steve Diamond the Director of Rugby of Sale Sharks during the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester and Sale Sharks at Kingsholm Stadium on September 7, 2013
Steve Diamond: "Danny Cipriani was outstanding"
Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond praises the performance of fly-half Danny Cipriani in the team's 27-26 defeat to Munster in the European Rugby Champions Cup.
Oct 18, 18:11
Wallabies head coach Ewen McKenzie looks on during the International match between Ireland and Australia at Aviva Stadium on November 16, 2013
Ewen McKenzie speaks out about Wallabies resignation
Ewen McKenzie says that there are a "bunch of reasons" for his resignation from the Wallabies.
Oct 18, 15:59
Wallabies head coach Ewen McKenzie looks on during the International match between Ireland and Australia at Aviva Stadium on November 16, 2013
Ewen McKenzie resigns as Wallabies coach
Under-fire Australia coach Ewen McKenzie resigns from his role after his side's narrow loss to New Zealand.
Oct 18, 14:09
Conor O'Shea, the Harlequins director of rugby looks on during the Aviva Premiership semi final match between Leicester Tigers and Harlequins at Welford Road on May 11, 2013
Conor O'Shea delighted by Harlequins victory
Quins director of rugby Conor O'Shea praises his side for putting in an "ambitious" display during Friday's 25-9 win over Castres in the European Rugby Champions Cup.
Oct 18, 11:10
Danny Care of Harlequins runs in to score his side's third try during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Harlequins at Sandy Park on May 4, 2014
Danny Care returns for Castres clash
Harelequins welcome back scrum-half Danny Care for their opening European Rugby Champions Cup game against Castres on Friday.
Oct 16, 14:26
Wales centre Jamie Roberts in action during Wales training ahead of their RBS Six Nations match against Italy on saturday, at the Vale hotel on January 28, 2014
Jamie Roberts denies Racing Metro exit speculation
Jamie Roberts reiterates that he will 'not be going home' this week, contrary to recent reports in the media.
Oct 16, 13:17
Dan Lydiate of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 8, 2014
Report: Dan Lydiate deal close to being struck
A report claims that Racing Metro flanker Dan Lydiate is close to returning to Welsh rugby, with the Ospreys and the Scarlets said to be interested in his services.
Oct 16, 08:59
Toulon's English fly-half Jonny Wilkinson kicks a try conversion during the European Cup final rugby union match between RC Toulon and Saracens at The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, South Wales, on May 24, 2014
Jonny Wilkinson: 'European Rugby Champions Cup winner too tough to call'
Jonny Wilkinson believes that it is too tough to call a winner in the inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup, which gets underway this weekend.
Oct 16, 06:33
Gareth Davies of Wales slips a tackle on his way to the try line during the Incoming Tour match between EP Kings and Wales at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on June 10, 2014
Wales scrum-half Gareth Davies out for 12 weeks
Wales scrum-half Gareth Davies is ruled out of action for 12 weeks with a serious knee injury.
Oct 15, 16:35
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: 'Some Welsh players in France want to return home'
Wales head coach Warren Gatland reveals that some Welsh players want to return home "sooner rather than later".
Oct 15, 13:48
George Skivington of London Irish in action during the Aviva Premiership match between London Irish and Saracens at Madejski Stadium on September 20, 2014
London Irish captain George Skivington excited by European campaign
London Irish captain George Skivington is eager for his team to take this season's European Challenge Cup seriously.
Oct 15, 12:46
Wasps celebrate after Sailosi Tagicakibau scores a try during the Aviva Premiership match between Wasps and Bath at Adams Park on October 12, 2014
Wasps announce first fixture hosted at Ricoh Arena is against London Irish
Wasps announce that their first fixture at their new home the Ricoh Arena will be against London Irish on December 21.
Oct 15, 12:32
Wales player Mike Phillips in action against South Africa during an international match on November 9, 2013
Racing Metro scrum-half Mike Phillips plays down transfer speculation
Racing Metro scrum-half Mike Phillips plays down speculation linking him with a return to Wales.
Oct 15, 12:21
Leroy Houston of Bath makes a break during the Amlin Challenge Cup match between Newport Gwent Dragons and Bath at Rodney Parade on January 11, 2014
Bath forward Leroy Houston banned for three weeks
Bath forward Leroy Houston is given a three-week suspension after being found guilty of a tip tackle during his side's recent defeat to Wasps.
Oct 15, 12:08
Logovi'i Mulipola of Leicester Tigers in action during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Leicester Tigers at Sandy Park on September 13, 2014
Logovi'i Mulipola ruled out for up to eight weeks
Logovi'i Mulipola will miss up to eight weeks of action for Leicester Tigers following surgery on his Achilles.
Oct 15, 06:33
David Lyons of Worcester Warriors poses for a portrait during the Worcester Warriors squad photo call at Sixways Stadium on August 12, 2009
David Lyons signs short-term London Irish deal
London Irish confirm the signing of former Worcester Warriors lock David Lyons on a short-term deal.
Oct 14, 18:46
Wales centre Jamie Roberts in action during Wales training ahead of their RBS Six Nations match against Italy on saturday, at the Vale hotel on January 28, 2014
Racing Metro centre Jamie Roberts plays down exit talk
Racing Metro centre Jamie Roberts plays down speculation linking him with a move back to Wales.
Oct 14, 17:33
Mike Ford, head coach of Bath looks on before the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Newcastle Falcons at the Recreation Ground on February 8, 2014
Bath head coach Mike Ford rules out Steffon Armitage arrival
Bath head coach Mike Ford admits that the club has probably missed out on signing Toulon flanker Steffon Armitage.
Oct 14, 15:18
Steffon Armitage of Toulon looks on during the Heineken Cup Final between Toulon and Saracens at the Millennium Stadium on May 24, 2014
Steffon Armitage move to Bath breaks down?
Toulon flanker Steffon Armitage's move to Bath is understood to have broken down.
Oct 14, 13:05
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
Report: Danny Cipriani to be left out of England squad
Sale Sharks fly-half Danny Cipriani will be left out of the England squad for their autumn Test matches against New Zealand, Australia, Samoa and South Africa.
Oct 14, 05:29
Steffon Armitage of Toulon looks on during the Heineken Cup Final between Toulon and Saracens at the Millennium Stadium on May 24, 2014
Steffon Armitage could move to Bath or Saracens to boost World Cup hopes
Toulon flanker Steffon Armitage is close to sealing a move back to the Aviva Premiership to either Bath or Saracens to boost his England World Cup chances.
Oct 14, 05:05
Stuart Lancaster, the England head coach looks on during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2013
Stuart Lancaster: 'I'm 80% decided on World Cup squad'
England head coach Stuart Lancaster admits that he is 80% decided on who he will be selecting for next year's World Cup.
Oct 13, 22:58
Leinster's Martin Moore breaks away from Ospreys' Adam Jones and Lloyd Peers during their Heineken Cup match on January 17, 2014
Ireland prop Martin Moore sidelined for 12 weeks
Ireland prop Martin Moore is sidelined for around 12 weeks with a shoulder injury.
Oct 13, 17:21
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 director of rugby Richard Cockerill hails Manu Tuilagi impact
Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill admits that the returning Manu Tuilagi played a key role in his side's win over Harlequins.
Oct 13, 17:10
James Haskell of London Wasps in action during the Aviva Premiership match between London Wasps and Newcastle Falcons at Adams Park on May 03, 2014
James Haskell: 'Wasps must improve away form'
Wasps captain James Haskell admits that his side must improve their away form following Sunday's win over Bath.
Oct 13, 16:53
Wasps director of football Dai Young during his team's match against Worcester Warriors on March 1, 2013
Dai Young hails "outstanding" Wasps
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young hails his players for putting in an "outstanding" performance during Sunday's win over Bath.
Oct 13, 12:01
Mike Ford, head coach of Bath looks on before the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Newcastle Falcons at the Recreation Ground on February 8, 2014
Bath head coach Mike Ford: 'It's not all doom and gloom'
Bath head coach Mike Ford refuses to dwell on the negatives after seeing his side lose 29-22 to Wasps.
Oct 13, 11:41
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
Danny Cipriani: "I want to get back to winning"
Sale Sharks and England fly-half Danny Cipriani reveals that he is determined to add to his trophy cabinet at club and international level.
Oct 13, 05:35
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
Danny Cipriani: "I've made some bad choices"
Sale Sharks fly-half Danny Cipriani feels that some of the choices he made off the field have affected his professional career.
Oct 13, 03:59
Ken Pisi dives through to score the opening try for Saints during the Aviva Premiership match against Sale Sharks on October 11, 2014
Ken Pisi hails "awesome" Northampton Saints squad depth
Northampton Saints wing Ken Pisi hails his side's "awesome" array of options in wide areas following yesterday's 43-10 victory over Sale Sharks.
Oct 12, 15:59