Rugby Union News

Sir Clive Woodward prior to the RBS Six Nations match between England and Italy on March 10, 2013
Sir Clive Woodward: 'Penalties cost England in Ireland defeat'
Sir Clive Woodward believes that England lost their Six Nations clash against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium because of their lack of discipline.
18:49
England's Chris Robshaw looks on dejected following his side's defeat to New Zealand on June 07, 2014.
Chris Robshaw disappointed with manner of defeat
England captain Chris Robshaw feels that his side made life too easy for Ireland as Joe Schmidt's men recorded a 19-9 victory in their Six Nations encounter.
18:35
Ireland's Paul O'Connell in action against New Zealand during their International match on November 24, 2013
Paul O'Connell ready for "incredibly difficult" Wales test
Paul O'Connell turns his attention towards Ireland's crunch clash against Wales in two weeks' time by admitting that his side face an almighty challenge to claim victory.
18:15
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
Joe Schmidt praises Ireland resilience in victory over England
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt praises the resolute display of his side to quell the attack of England in their 19-9 victory in their Six Nations clash.
17:33
England's Head Coach Stuart Lancaster walks on the pitch before the international rugby union test match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium, southwest of London on November 8, 2014
England coach Stuart Lancaster: 'We need to learn from mistakes'
England coach Stuart Lancaster believes that his side made too many errors in their Six Nations defeat to Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.
17:20
France's rugby union national team head coach, Philippe Saint-Andre, gives a press conference to announce the team for the 6 nations rugby union match between France and England, on January 30, 2014
Philippe Saint-Andre hits out at underperforming France squad
Philippe Saint-Andre warns his players to step up their performance or risk being dropped for the final two games of the Six Nations championship.
16:15
Wales captain Sam Warburton faces the media at the team announcement, ahead of their RBS six nations match against England on sunday, at the Vale Hotel on March 4, 2014
Wales to assess Sam Warburton knee injury
Wales captain Sam Warburton will have his knee assessed after being forced off with swelling in the team's win over France in the Six Nations.
10:50
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 unsure on Racing Metro future
Wales centre Jamie Roberts is likely to make an announcement on his club future in the "next fortnight" following suggestions that he could leave Racing Metro.
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England's Chris Robshaw celebrates his team's win over Italy at the end of their Six Nations match on March 15, 2014
Chris Robshaw: 'Tough moments have made me a better leader'
Chris Robshaw feels that facing criticism early in his captaincy has made him a stronger leader for England ahead of the upcoming World Cup.
04:43
England's Head Coach Stuart Lancaster walks on the pitch before the international rugby union test match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium, southwest of London on November 8, 2014
Sir Clive Woodward: 'Ireland game is massive for Stuart Lancaster and England'
Sir Clive Woodward believes that England's clash against Ireland is the biggest test coach Stuart Lancaster's reign.
04:25
France's centre Remi Lamerat falls after being tackled during the Six Nations international rugby union match between France and Wales on February 28, 2015
Ex-Wales international Martyn Williams impressed with display against France
Wales are labelled as a "really dangerous side" by former international flanker Martyn Williams following their Six Nations victory over France in Paris.
19:51
Wales' full back Leigh Halfpenny kicks a penalty during the Autumn International rugby union Test match between Wales and South Africa at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on November 29, 2014
Leigh Halfpenny "delighted" with "important" win over France
Match-winner Leigh Halfpenny is "delighted" with Wales's 20-13 win over France in the Six Nations.
19:33
Wales coach Warren Gatland raises a smile during Wales training at the Millennium stadium on November 3, 2014
Warren Gatland: 'Wales deserved to win against France'
Wales coach Warren Gatland praises his "sensational" forwards after beating France in the Six Nations.
Feb 28, 19:07
Luke McLean of Italy during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Italy at the Millenium Stadium on February 1, 2014
Luke McLean: 'Italy must move forward'
Italy fly-half Luke McLean says that the side must use their win over Scotland to boost their chances in their final two games in the Six Nations.
Feb 28, 17:46
Stade Francais' Italian number 8 and captain Sergio Parisse warms up prior to the French Top 14 rugby union match between Castres Olympique and Stade Francais Paris on August 16, 2014
Sergio Parisse pleased with "fantastic" win
Italy captain Sergio Parisse says that the team's win over Scotland at Murrayfield is a "fantastic" result for team.
Feb 28, 17:31
Greig Laidlaw of Scotland looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and England at Murrayfield Stadium on February 8, 2014
Greig Laidlaw bemoans "stupid penalties"
Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw admits that the team gave away "stupid penalties" in their defeat to Italy in the Six Nations.
Feb 28, 16:53
Scotland head coach Vern Cotter during the International match between Scotland and Argentina at Murrayfield Stadium on November 8, 2014
Vern Cotter: 'Scotland expect Italy to play a very physical game'
Scotland coach Vern Cotter says that he expects an extremely physical encounter when his Scotland side face Italy in the Six Nations this afternoon.
Feb 28, 14:29
Piri Weepu of the Blues during the round 11 Super Rugby match between the Blues and the Waratahs at Eden Park on April 25, 2014
Piri Weepu, Martyn Thomas join Wasps until the end of the season
Piri Weepu and Martyn Thomas join Wasps until the end of the season.
Feb 28, 14:20
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
Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea not giving up on playoffs
Conor O'Shea insists that he is not giving up on reaching the Aviva Premiership playoffs following Harlequins' defeat to Northampton Saints.
Feb 28, 11:33
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
Northampton Saints coach Jim Mallinder pleased by tough win over Harlequins
Jim Mallinder admits that Northampton Saints were made to work hard for their narrow victory at home to Harlequins.
Feb 28, 11:23
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
Joe Schmidt: 'England would be biggest win of my tenure'
Joe Schmidt claims that Ireland would register their "biggest win" since he took charge if they can beat England in the Six Nations on Sunday.
Feb 28, 02:03
George North scores Northampton Saints' second try against Ospreys on January 18, 2015
Rob Howley: 'George North must match club form for Wales'
Wales coach Rob Howley says that George North must try to replicate his form with Northampton Saints for the national side.
Feb 27, 22:53
Ireland's Jonny Sexton scores the first try against France during the Six Nations match on March 15, 2014
Lewis Moody: 'England need to rattle Ireland's Jonathan Sexton'
Lewis Moody believes that 'rattling' Jonathan Sexton will help England to beat rivals Ireland in the Six Nations.
Feb 27, 15:23
Lewis Moody takes part in activities during the national rollout of Premiership Rugby's award-winning social inclusion programme HITZ on December 3, 2013
Lewis Moody: 'England must start aggressively against Ireland'
Former England flanker Lewis Moody calls on the team to get off to a positive start away to Ireland in the Six Nations.
Feb 27, 14:39
Mike Brown of England in action during the England training session at Loughborough University on August 12, 2013
Lewis Moody: 'Mike Brown a huge loss for England against Ireland'
Lewis Moody tells Sports Mole that England will sorely miss Mike Brown in their crucial Six Nations clash against Ireland in Dublin.
Feb 27, 14:29
England's Chris Robshaw looks on dejected following his side's defeat to New Zealand on June 07, 2014.
Chris Robshaw: '2014 disappointment is motivating England'
Chris Robshaw claims that the disappointment of missing out on the title on the final day last year is driving England on in their Six Nations campaign.
Feb 27, 02:24
Sonatane Takulua of Tonga looks on during the autumn test international match at Rugby Park on November 22, 2014
Sonatane Takulua "delighted" to complete Newcastle Falcons switch
Tonga international scrum-half Sonatane Takulua joins Newcastle Falcons from New Zealand-based ITM Cup side Northland.
Feb 26, 12:30
Dylan Hartley passes the ball during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2013
Dylan Hartley: 'Stuart Lancaster right to stand by me'
Dyland Hartley insists he is "not an enforcer", claiming that he has repaid the faith shown in him by England coach Stuart Lancaster.
Feb 26, 08:47
Edinburgh prop Netani Talei in action during the Heineken Cup Group match between Edinburgh and Racing Metro at Murrayfield Stadium on December 14, 2012
Harlequins sign Fiji forward Netani Talei
Harlequins bring in Fiji international forward Netani Talei on a contract until the summer.
Feb 25, 17:42
Finn Russell breaks with the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Scotland at Stade de France on February 7, 2015
Scotland fail with Finn Russell appeal
Scotland fly-half Finn Russell remains banned for two weeks following an unsuccessful appeal.
Feb 25, 17:28
Saracens player Alex Goode makes a break during the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester Rugby and Saracens at Kingsholm Stadium on January 9, 2015
Alex Goode to replace injured Mike Brown for England against Ireland
England coach Stuart Lancaster confirms that Alex Goode will replace the injured Mike Brown at full-back against Ireland in the Six Nations.
Feb 25, 13:02
Mike Brown of England lies injured on the pitch during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Italy at Twickenham Stadium on February 14, 2015
England full-back Mike Brown ruled out of Ireland clash
England full-back Mike Brown is to miss his side's Six Nations clash with Ireland in Dublin due to concussion.
Feb 25, 12:42
Cardiff director of rugby Mark Hammett looks on ahead of the European Rugby Challenge Cup match between Cardiff Blues and London Irish at Cardiff Arms Park on December 6, 2014
Cardiff Blues confirm Mark Hammett departure
Cardiff Blues part ways with director of rugby Mark Hammett with the club 10th in the Pro12 table.
Feb 25, 12:03
Greig Laidlaw of Scotland looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and England at Murrayfield Stadium on February 8, 2014
Greig Laidlaw: 'Fitness of Scotland players will be key in Italy clash'
Greig Laidlaw acknowledges that Scotland's superior fitness could be the key to overcoming Italy in this weekend's encounter at Murrayfield.
Feb 25, 07:40
Jordi Murphy of Ireland during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and France at the Aviva Stadium on February 14, 2015
Peter O'Mahony: Jordi Murphy 'can handle England physicality'
Ireland flanker Peter O'Mahony backs youngster Jordi Murphy to stand up to England's "hugely physical" pack when they meet in the Six Nations on Sunday.
Feb 24, 20:00
Wales coach Warren Gatland raises a smile during Wales training at the Millennium stadium on November 3, 2014
Warren Gatland admits concern over Wales job future
Warren Gatland acknowledges that Roger Lewis's departure as Welsh Rugby Union chief executive "will have an effect" on his own position as Wales head coach.
Feb 24, 19:50
Marcus Watson of England scores a try against Kenya during the IRB Glasgow Sevens - Day Two at Scotstoun Stadium on May 4 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland
Newcastle Falcons sign winger Marcus Watson
Newcastle Falcons confirm that England sevens winger Marcus Watson will join the club at the end of the season.
Feb 24, 18:33
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
Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip out of England clash
Ireland confirm that number eight Jamie Heaslip has "no chance" of being fit for the team's crucial Six Nations showdown with England.
Feb 24, 17:02
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 winger Sailosi Tagicakibau signs new deal
Wasps winger Sailosi Tagicakibau pens a one-year contract extension with the club.
Feb 24, 13:56
Willi Heinz of Canterbury during the round five ITM Cup match between Canterbury and Wellington at AMI Stadium on September 12, 2014
Gloucester Rugby confirm Willi Heinz signing
Gloucester Rugby bring in Crusaders scrum-half Willi Heinz for the 2015-16 season.
Feb 24, 13:02
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