Rugby Union News

Charlie Sharples of Gloucester evades the tackle of Jack Nowell of Exeter during the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final match between Gloucester Rugby and Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm Stadium on April 18, 2015
Charlie Sharples, Tom Savage sign Gloucester Rugby contract extensions
Gloucester Rugby confirm that Charlie Sharples and Tom Savage have extended their contracts at Kingsholm Stadium.
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Bath's English centre Sam Burgess looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup rugby union match between Bath and Montpellier at the Recreation Ground in Bath, south west England on December 12, 2014
Report: Sam Burgess to be kept in England squad as Stuart Lancaster cuts nine
England coach Stuart Lancaster will keep Sam Burgess in his World Cup training squad as he prepares to drop nine players, according to reports.
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Samson Lee of Wales is stretchered off by medics during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on March 14, 2015
Scarlets coach: 'Samson Lee winning Rugby World Cup fitness battle'
Wales prop Samson Lee "is on course" to being fit in time to feature in this year's Rugby World Cup, according to Scarlets coach Ioan Cunningham.
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Australian flanker Michael Hooper is tackled by French wing Yoann Huget during the first rugby union test match against France at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on June 7, 2014
Australia could lose Michael Hooper as flanker cited for striking opponent
Australia's Michael Hooper faces hearing after being cited for striking Argentina's Nicolas Sanchez.
Jul 27, 05:43
Bath's English centre Sam Burgess looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup rugby union match between Bath and Montpellier at the Recreation Ground in Bath, south west England on December 12, 2014
Bath Rugby boss Mike Ford: 'Sam Burgess will remain flanker at club level'
Bath Rugby head coach Mike Ford says that Sam Burgess will continue to play at flanker at club level, despite being told he will only be considered at centre for England.
Jul 24, 19:16
Former Wales player Shane Williams looks on prior to the RBS 6 Nations match between Italy and Wales at Stadio Olimpico on March 21, 2015
Shane Williams: 'Nothing to separate Wales, England ahead of Rugby World Cup'
Wales wing legend Shane Williams believes that the Red Dragons are currently "equal" to England heading into this autumn's Rugby World Cup.
Jul 23, 20:00
James Short of Saracens in action during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and London Welsh at Allianz Park on March 3, 2013
James Short makes Exeter Chiefs switch
Exeter Chiefs sign winger James Short from London Irish on a one-year contract.
Jul 23, 11:06
Jordan Turner-Hall of Harlequins during the Aviva Premiership match between Harlequins and London Irish at Twickenham Stoop on March 29, 2014
Jordan Turner-Hall forced to retire through injury
Jordan Turner-Hall admits that he will cherish his Harlequins memories for a lifetime after announcing his retirement at the age of 27.
Jul 22, 19:58
Joe Schmidt, the Ireland head coach looks on during the International match between Ireland and New Zealand All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium on November 24, 2013
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt extends contract to 2017
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt extends his contract by a further year to run until 2017.
Jul 22, 16:09
Jamie Hagan of London Irish poses for a picture during the BT PhotoShoot at Sunbury Training Ground on August 27, 2014
Ireland international Jamie Hagan joins Melbourne Rebels
Irish prop Jamie Hagan signs a two-year contract with Super Rugby side Melbourne Rebels.
Jul 22, 16:03
Scotland's centre Alex Dunbar scores a try during the Autumn International rugby union Test match between Scotland and Tonga at Rugby Park in Kilmarnock, Scotland, on November 22, 2014
Alex Dunbar retains Rugby World Cup hopes after injury layoff
Alex Dunbar insists that overcoming a long-term injury in time to feature in the Rugby World Cup for Scotland would be a "dream come true".
Jul 21, 19:10
Captain Matthew Rees during the pre-season friendly match between Cardiff Blues and Sale Sharks on August 22, 2013
Matthew Rees returns to Cardiff Blues
Cardiff Blues confirm that former Wales captain Matthew Rees has returned to the club.
Jul 21, 16:49
Rhodri Jones of Wales during the International match betwwen Wales and South Africa at the Millennium Stadium on November 29, 2014
John Davies: Rhodri Jones injury loss "not end of the world"
John Davies admits that losing Rhodri Jones so close to the Rugby World Cup is "not ideal" for Wales, but backs his former side to adapt with the options available.
Jul 19, 15:27
Ben Foden of Northampton Saints is taken off injured during the match with Ospreys on January 18, 2015
England full-back Ben Foden hopeful of making Rugby World Cup squad
Ben Foden reveals that he is aiming to be part of the England squad at the Rugby World Cup after recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.
Jul 18, 17:37
Stephen Moore poses during an Australian Wallabies portrait session at Lake Kawana on July 6, 2015
Stephen Moore hails Australia character after dramatic win over South Africa
Australia captain Stephen Moore pays credit to his team following their late win over South Africa in the Rugby Championship.
Jul 18, 17:15
Waisake Naholo of the New Zealand All Blacks walks off injured during The Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Argentina at AMI Stadium on July 17, 2015
New Zealand winger Waisake Naholo to miss Rugby World Cup
New Zealand winger Waisake Naholo is ruled out of the Rugby World Cup due to a broken leg.
Jul 18, 12:20
Dave Porecki of the Rays runs with the ball during the round one National Rugby Championship match between Melbourne Rising and the North Harbour Rays at AAMI Park on August 24, 2014
Saracens bring in hooker Dave Porecki on short-term deal
Saracens bring in Australian hooker Dave Porecki as cover during the Rugby World Cup.
Jul 17, 13:31
Rhodri Jones of Wales during the International match betwwen Wales and South Africa at the Millennium Stadium on November 29, 2014
Wales prop Rhodri Jones ruled out of Rugby World Cup, Scott Andrews called up
Wales prop Rhodri Jones is sidelined for up to 16 weeks, ruling him out of this autumn's Rugby World Cup.
Jul 17, 11:59
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Guy Thompson hails George Smith impact at Wasps
Wasps forward Guy Thompson reveals that summer signing George Smith has made an instant impact on the squad.
Jul 16, 13:54
Sportweek's controversial gay rugby kiss cover (regular 4x3)
Gay rugby kiss sparks controversy in Italy
A sports magazine sparks controversy in Italy by showing two male rugby players kissing.
Jul 14, 16:15
Bath's English centre Sam Burgess looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup rugby union match between Bath and Montpellier at the Recreation Ground in Bath, south west England on December 12, 2014
Mike Ford tips Sam Burgess to earn England World Cup place
Bath Rugby boss Mike Ford believes that Sam Burgess needs just one pre-World Cup outing to prove his worth to England head coach Stuart Lancaster.
Jul 13, 15:42
The British & Irish Lions celebrate their victory in Australia on July 06, 2013.
British and Irish Lions announce 2017 New Zealand tour schedule
British and Irish Lions will play 10 matches during their 2017 tour of New Zealand.
Jul 12, 08:52
England's Alex Corbisiero during a training session on November 4, 2013
Alex Corbisiero: 'I'm hungrier than ever to succeed with England'
Alex Corbisiero is relishing the chance to battle for a starting spot in England's World Cup squad after missing out on the Six Nations earlier this year.
Jul 11, 14:14
England head coach Stuart Lancaster looks on during a training session on May 29, 2015
Stuart Lancaster drops five from England World Cup squad
England head coach Stuart Lancaster drops five from his 50-man World Cup squad ahead of their trip to Denver.
Jul 10, 12:12
England captain Chris Robshaw is tugged during the final Six Nations game against France on March 21, 2015
BBC, ITV win joint rights to Six Nations
The BBC and ITV succeed with a joint bid to broadcast the Six Nations in a new six-year deal.
Jul 9, 18:37
Alex Rogers poses for a portrait during a media day at Kingston Park on August 20, 2014
Alex Rogers makes permanent Newcastle Falcons move
Newcastle Falcons sign prop Alex Rogers on a permanent deal.
Jul 8, 15:19
Jason Leonard of England displays a commemorative number 112 jersey after setting a new world record of 112 international apppearances during the Rugby World Cup semi-final against France on November 16, 2013
Jason Leonard: 'England in healthy position going into World Cup'
Former England prop Jason Leonard believes that the current team are in a good position to challenge for the upcoming Rugby World Cup on home soil.
Jul 7, 20:34
Jonny May of England celebrates scoring the opening try during the QBE International match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2014
Jonny May: 'World Cup place would be a dream'
England and Gloucester back Jonny May is desperate to make Stuart Lancaster's final squad for this year's Rugby World Cup on home soil.
Jul 7, 19:50
Newcastle coach John Wells in action during the warm up before the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester Rugby and Newcastle Falcons at Kingsholm Stadium on April 25, 2015
John Wells signs Newcastle Falcons contract extension
Newcastle Falcons head coach John Wells pens a three-year contract extension with the Aviva Premiership club.
Jul 7, 15:15
Mike Brown of England is tackled by Cobus Reinach of South Africa during the QBE Intenational match on November 15, 2014
Mike Brown feeling confident after concussion problems
England full-back Mike Brown insists that his concussion problems are behind him as he bids to secure a spot in the World Cup squad.
Jul 7, 13:42
Ross Batty of Bath in action during the Aviva Premiership Semi Final match between Bath Rugby and Leicester Tigers at Recreation Ground on May 23, 2015
Ross Batty admits Bath disappointment
Ross Batty admits that he was left "massively disappointed" by Bath's defeat to Saracens in the Aviva Premiership final.
Jul 7, 13:34
Joe Marler looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 7, 2013
Joe Marler: England players "looking over their shoulders"
Joe Marler reveals that England's current 50-man training squad have been left in the dark regarding when each culling process will take place.
Jul 6, 17:47
South African flanker Duane Vermeulen, poses in his new Rugby Club Toulon (RCT) jersey in the southern French city of Toulon, on June 18, 2015
South Africa number eight Duane Vermeulen doubtful for Rugby World Cup
South Africa forward Duane Vermeulen is an injury doubt for the Rugby World Cup following confirmation that he needs neck surgery.
Jul 6, 13:05
Stephen Moore poses during an Australian Wallabies portrait session at Lake Kawana on July 6, 2015
Stephen Moore named Australia captain for Rugby World Cup
Hooker Stephen Moore is appointed Australia captain for the upcoming Rugby World Cup.
Jul 6, 11:48
Tim Visser of Edinburgh during the The Heineken Cup Pool 6 Match against Munster on October 12, 2013
Tim Visser expecting tough World Cup
Scotland winger Tim Visser warns his side that there will be no easy games at this year's Rugby World Cup.
Jul 5, 14:22
Graham Rowntree, the England forwards coach looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on January 28, 2014
Graham Rowntree: 'England players can't get any bigger ahead of World Cup'
England forwards coach Graham Rowntree believes that the changing face of rugby union means his group of players must avoid putting on any additional weight.
Jul 5, 10:52
Nicky Smith of Wales during the International match between Wales and Fiji at the Millennium Stadium on November 15, 2014
Nicky Smith pens Ospreys contract extension
Ospreys prop Nicky Smith signs a contract extension with the club until 2019.
Jul 4, 18:07
International Rugby Board (IRB) Chairman Bernard Lapasset is pictured before the Six Nations international rugby union match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium, south west of London on March 21, 2015
World Rugby confirms four nations in running to host 2023 Rugby World Cup
South Africa, Italy, Ireland and France submit their interest to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Jul 3, 14:37
Scarlets player Kristian Phillips in action during the LV= Cup match between Scarlets and Gloucester Rugby at Parc y Scarlets on January 24, 2014
Kristian Phillips returns to home club Ospreys
Kristian Phillips leaves Scarlets to sign for home club Ospreys.
Jul 3, 12:46
Saracens captain Alistair Hargreaves lifts the Aviva Premiership trophy following his team's 28-16 victory during the Aviva Premiership Final between Bath Rugby and Saracens at Twickenham Stadium on May 30, 2015
Saracens to begin Premiership title defence against Sale Sharks
Sale Sharks will travel to reigning Aviva Premiership champions Saracens on the opening weekend of the new campaign in October.
Jul 3, 11:17