Rugby Union News

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
Mike Brown concussion assessed by specialists
Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea reveals that the club have brought in head specialists to take a closer look at Mike Brown's concussion-like symptoms.
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Jack Nowell of Exeter Chiefs is tackled by Ollie Lindsay-Hague and Asaeli Tikoirotuma of Harlequins during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Harlequins at Sandy Park on September 28, 2014
Harlequins winger Asaeli Tikoirotuma agrees London Irish move
London Irish sign Fiji international winger Asaeli Tikoirotuma from Harlequins.
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Lachlan McCaffrey of London Welsh runs with the ball during the Aviva Premiership match between London Welsh and Exeter Chiefs at the Kassam Stadium on September 7, 2014
Lachlan McCaffrey makes Leicester Tigers switch
Leicester Tigers bring in forward Lachlan McCaffrey from relegated London Welsh.
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Joe Launchbury looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 12, 2013
Joe Launchbury back in Wasps squad to face Leicester Tigers
Joe Launchbury is back in the Wasps squad for their Aviva Premiership clash with Leicester Tigers after spending over six months out of action through injury.
May 5, 17:52
Nick Abendanon of Clermont Auvergne breaks clear to score a try during the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter final match between Clermont Auvergne and Northampton Saints at the Stade Marcel Michelin on April 4, 2015
Nick Abendanon named European Player of the Year
Clermont Auvergne full-back Nick Abendanon is named European Player of the Year.
May 5, 17:07
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Niall Morris extends Leicester Tigers stay
Leicester Tigers back Niall Morris pens fresh terms with the Aviva Premiership club.
May 5, 11:32
Jerome Kaino of the Blues sits injured on the bench during the round 12 Super Rugby match between the Blues and the Force at Eden Park on May 2, 2015
New Zealand dealt triple injury blow
Jerome Kaino, Charles Piutau and Beauden Barrett each pick up injuries to leave New Zealand head coach Steven Hansen sweating ahead of the World Cup.
May 3, 11:35
The Toulon team celebrate their victory during the European Rugby Champions Cup Final match between ASM Clermont Auvergne and RC Toulon at Twickenham Stadium on May 2, 2015
Bernard Laporte 'full of joy' after European Rugby Champions Cup triumph
Bernard Laporte offers his condolences to beaten European Rugby Champions Cup finalists Clermont Auvergne following Toulon's 24-18 victory at Twickenham.
May 2, 21:21
Gordon D'arcy of Ireland in action during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Italy at Aviva Stadium on March 8, 2014
Gordon D'Arcy set to retire after World Cup
Ireland and Leinster centre Gordon D'Arcy announces that he will retire from rugby at the end of the 2015 World Cup.
May 2, 14:16
Head Coach of London Welsh Rowland Phillips during the Aviva Premiership match between London Welsh and Wasps at Kassam Stadium on April 12, 2015
London Welsh head coach Rowland Phillips agrees new deal
London Welsh head coach Rowland Phillips agrees a new deal at the soon-to-be Championship club.
May 1, 16:04
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
JPR Williams: 'Jamie Roberts should join Harlequins'
British and Irish Lions legend JPR Williams describes Cardiff Blues as being 'an embarrassment', and warns Jamie Roberts to instead join Harlequins.
May 1, 07:49
Connacht full back Mils Muliaina is stopped by Jonny May (l) and James Hook of Gloucester during the European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Final match between Gloucester Rugby and Connacht Rugby at Kingsholm Stadium on April 3, 2015
James Hook not expecting return to Wales squad
James Hook admits that he is not expecting to return to the Wales squad ahead of the World Cup.
May 1, 03:08
Steffon Armitage of Toulon looks on during the Heineken Cup Final between Toulon and Saracens at the Millennium Stadium on May 24, 2014
Matt Giteau: 'Steffon Armitage should be in England squad'
Matt Giteau claims that "eighth wonder of the world" Steffon Armitage should be going to the World Cup with England.
Apr 30, 03:59
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Ireland hooker Sean Cronin ruled out for three months
Shoulder surgery rules Ireland and Leinster hooker Sean Cronin out of action for around three months.
Apr 29, 18:40
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Stuart McInally pens new Edinburgh contract
Edinburgh forward Stuart McInally pens a one-year contract extension with the club.
Apr 29, 17:03
Byron McGuigan of Exeter Chiefs in action during the European Rugby Challenge Cup match between Exeter Chiefs and Newcastle Falcons at Sandy Park on April 4, 2015
Byron McGuigan: 'Exeter Chiefs must remain positive to secure playoff spot'
Byron McGuigan declares that Exeter Chiefs will throw everything they have at Saracens and Sale Sharks in the final two games, as they look to land a playoff berth.
Apr 29, 15:40
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
Premiership Rugby: 'Salary cap still in place'
Premiership Rugby insists that its salary cap remains in place, contrary to media reports.
Apr 29, 14:33
Billy Vunipola of Saracens in action during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Northampton Saints at Allianz Park on April 13, 2014
Vunipola brothers sign new "multi-year" Saracens contracts
Saracens pair Mako Vunipola and Billy Vunipola pen "multi-year" contract extensions with the club.
Apr 29, 12:43
Toulon's flanker Steffon Armitage celebrates after scoring a try despite a tackle by Llanelli Scarlets' wing Michael Tagicakibau during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Toulon and Llanelli Scarlets at the Mayol stadium in Toulon, southeaster
Drew Mitchell: "Naive" England should select Steffon Armitage in latest squad
Drew Mitchell is adamant that Toulon teammate Steffon Armitage should be included in England's World Cup squad, despite fears from certain Red Rose players.
Apr 29, 11:47
Joe Carlisle of London Wasps kicks a penalty during the Amlin Challenge Cup match between London Wasps and Grenoble at Adams Park on December 15, 2013
London Welsh confirm double swoop
London Welsh confirm that they have signed half-backs Joe Carlisle and Josh Davies ahead of next season.
Apr 29, 11:31
Will Skuse of Bath poses during a photocall as part of a Bath media day ahead of the start of the 2014/2015 Aviva Premiership season at Farleigh House on August 28, 2014
Bath academy product Will Skuse to join London Welsh
Bath Rugby announce that academy product Will Skuse is to leave the club at the end of the season.
Apr 28, 14:46
Alasdair Dickinson of Edinburgh is tackled by Blair Cowan and Halani Aulika of London Irish during the European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Final between London Irish and Edinburgh Rugby at the Madejski Stadium on April 5, 2015
Alasdair Dickinson relishing European Challenge Cup final clash
Alasdair Dickinson admits that Friday night's European Rugby Challenge Cup final clash against Gloucester Rugby is "massive" for the club.
Apr 28, 11:52
Mariano Galarza of Worcester looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester and Worcester Warriors at Kingsholm Stadium on December 22, 2013
Gloucester Rugby sanctioned for fielding ineligible player
Gloucester Rugby are fined and given a suspended two-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player.
Apr 28, 11:30
Gareth Steenson of Exeter in action during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Bath at Sandy Park on February 15, 2014
Gareth Steenson 'disappointed' by Wasps defeat
Exeter Chiefs ace Gareth Steenson praises Wasps for the way they composed themselves to claim victory in Sunday afternoon's Aviva Premiership meeting.
Apr 27, 15:02
Wasps director of football Dai Young during his team's match against Worcester Warriors on March 1, 2013
Dai Young pleased with "deserved" Wasps win over Exeter Chiefs
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young insists that his side were deserved winners against Exeter Chiefs despite an inconsistent performance.
Apr 27, 13:15
Rob Baxter, Head Coach of Exeter Chiefs looks on ahead of the LV= Cup match between Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester at Sandy Park on November 1, 2014
Rob Baxter disappointed by "passive" Exeter Chiefs
Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter admits that a poor first-half display was to blame for his side's defeat to Wasps.
Apr 27, 13:03
Sir Ian McGeechan, the Bath director of rugby looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and London Wasps at the Recreation Ground on April 21, 2012
Ian McGeechan: 'Clermont can get better of Toulon in European Cup final'
Sir Ian McGeechan offers his support to Clermont Auvergne ahead of next weekend's European Rugby Champions Cup final meeting with reigning champions Toulon.
Apr 27, 10:35
James Haskell of Wasps poses for a picture under the posts during the announcement of a new club sponsor Land Rover and a move to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on October 8, 2014
Wasps expect to become rugby's richest club side
Wasps chief executive David Armstrong predicts that they will overtake Toulouse as the world's richest club side "in the next few months".
Apr 27, 04:59
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: 'Bath Rugby will not change attacking approach'
Mike Ford insists that Bath will not change their attacking brand of rugby in the closing weeks of the season, claiming that it could take them all the way to the title.
Apr 26, 15:43
Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Bath at Allianz Park on September 22, 2013
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall rues lack of discipline
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall blames a lack of control for his side's 25-20 defeat to Aviva Premiership leaders Northampton Saints.
Apr 26, 13:54
Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill during an interview on August 29, 2013
Richard Cockerill downbeat despite important Leicester Tigers win
Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill hits out at his side's "ordinary" performance after seeing them earn a bonus-point win over London Welsh.
Apr 26, 13:37
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Rowland Phillips: Chris Hala'ufia red card had "massive influence"
London Welsh director of rugby Rowland Phillips admits that Chris Hala'ufia's red card had a "massive influence" on their defeat to Leicester Tigers.
Apr 26, 11:58
Rob Baxter, Head Coach of Exeter Chiefs looks on ahead of the LV= Cup match between Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester at Sandy Park on November 1, 2014
Rob Baxter: 'Exeter Chiefs can't get too excited in final games'
Rob Baxter warns his Exeter Chiefs side to remain focused until the end of their Aviva Premiership campaign.
Apr 25, 15:40
Quade Cooper of Australia scores a try during the International match between Ireland and Australia at Aviva Stadium on November 16, 2013
Queensland Reds deny Toulon signing Quade Cooper
Queensland Reds deny that Quade Cooper has signed for Toulon, despite official statements from the French club suggesting otherwise.
Apr 25, 14:20
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
Sam Burgess: 'There's still plenty more to come'
Sam Burgess aims to "knuckle down and get some hard work done" during the next fortnight to improve his all-round game.
Apr 25, 12:53
Mariano Galarza of Worcester looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester and Worcester Warriors at Kingsholm Stadium on December 22, 2013
Gloucester face ineligible player charge
Gloucester Rugby face a hearing with the RFU after failing to register Mariano Galarza correctly for their Aviva Premiership game against Sale Sharks.
Apr 24, 20:23
Delon Armitage of Toulon passes the ball during the European Rugby Champions Cup pool three match against Leicester Tigers on December 13, 2014
Toulon full-back Delon Armitage out of European Rugby Champions Cup final
Toulon full-back Delon Armitage is to miss the European Rugby Champions Cup final against Clermont Auvergne due to a fractured hand.
Apr 22, 18:26
New Australian Wallabies rugby union coach Michael Cheika smiles as he speaks to the media during a press conference in Sydney on October 22, 2014
Australia adapt overseas selection policy ahead of World Cup
Australia adjust their policy on selecting overseas-based players to open the door for the likes of Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell ahead of the 2015 World Cup.
Apr 22, 16:59
Wasps director of football Dai Young during his team's match against Worcester Warriors on March 1, 2013
Dai Young: 'Overseas selection policy harming Welsh rugby'
Former captain and Wasps director of rugby Dai Young wants Wales to adopt England's policy on overseas selection to prevent more harm being done to the domestic game.
Apr 22, 16:36
Andy Farrell, the England backs coach looks on during the England training session held at West Park Leeds Rugby Club on October 23, 2013
Andy Farrell: 'England must seize World Cup legacy'
England coach Andy Farrell expects excitement to reach fever pitch in the coming weeks as the Rugby World Cup draws ever nearer.
Apr 22, 15:06