Rugby Union News

Assistant coach Aaron Mauger gives instuctions during a Crusaders Super Rugby training session at Rugby Park on February 19, 2014
Aaron Mauger: Leicester Tigers "mentally flat" for final run-in
Aaron Mauger admits that he is "pleased" to secure a playoff spot in the Aviva Premiership, but is unhappy with Leicester Tigers' performance against Worcester Warriors.
Apr 30, 21:20
Japan's head coach Eddie Jones is pictured as he supervises a team training session at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester, western England, on September 22, 2015, during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
England rugby coach Eddie Jones gives talk to Crystal Palace players
England rugby coach Eddie Jones visits Crystal Palace to give Alan Pardew's team a motivational talk for their season run-in that concludes with the FA Cup final.
Apr 28, 21:03
Jacques Burger of Saracens looks on after a training session on May 26, 2015
Jacques Burger announces retirement
Saracens and Namibia back-rower Jacques Burger reveals that he will retire after Sunday's game against Newcastle Falcons.
Apr 28, 11:54
Owen Farrell and his crazy eyes in action during the game between Harlequins and Saracens on January 9, 2016
Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell banned for two weeks
Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell receives a two-week suspension after being cited for a dangerous tackle.
Apr 27, 18:07
Graham Rowntree, the England forwards coach looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on January 28, 2014
Graham Rowntree lands Harlequins forwards role
Harlequins announce that Graham Rowntree will join their new-look coaching setup as forwards coach from next season.
Apr 27, 17:10
Joe Marler looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 7, 2013
Harlequins' Joe Marler hit with two-week ban for kicking Grenoble's Arnaud Heguy
Harlequins prop Joe Marler is banned for two weeks for kicking Grenoble's Arnaud Heguy in last week's European Challenge Cup semi-final.
Apr 27, 14:04
Kevin Sinfield of England kicks during the Rugby League World Cup Group A match at the KC Stadium on November 9, 2013
Kevin Sinfield to retire at end of season
Dual-code rugby player Kevin Sinfield will retire from the sport after a 20-year career at the end of the ongoing season.
Apr 27, 12:40
Leone Nakarawa of Glasgow is tackled by Sam Hobbs of Cardiff and Gareth Davies of Cardiff during the The Heineken Cup Pool 2 Match between Glasgow Warriors and Cardiff Blues at Scotstoun Stadium, on December 13, 2013
Leone Nakarawa heading for Glasgow Warriors exit
Fiji international Leone Nakarawa will leave Glasgow Warriors in the summer, with France thought to be his most likely destination.
Apr 27, 11:19
Mike Brown of England is tackled by Cobus Reinach of South Africa during the QBE Intenational match on November 15, 2014
Mike Brown: 'I can become one of world's best full-backs'
Harlequins ace Mike Brown hopes to take on advice from England head coach Eddie Jones in order to become one of the best full-backs in world rugby.
Apr 20, 21:00
Maro Itoje faces the media during the Saracens media session held on April 14, 2015
Maro Itoje, George Kruis sign new deals with Saracens
Saracens pair Maro Itoje and George Kruis sign new contracts until 2019 at the club.
Apr 14, 12:55
Stuart Hooper of Bath during the Pre season match between Bath and Ospreys at the Recreation Ground on August 30, 2013
Back injury forces Bath captain Stuart Hooper to retire
Stuart Hooper retires from rugby union with immediate effect due to a back injury sustained last December against Leicester Tigers.
Apr 14, 11:59
 Bath fullback Anthony Watson races away to score the first try during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and Bath at Welford Road on November 29, 2015 in Leicester, England.
Bath wing Anthony Watson receives two-week RFU ban
England wing Anthony Watson is suspended for two weeks after being sent off during Bath's game against Saracens.
Apr 12, 22:03
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South Africa appoint Allister Coetzee
Former assistant Allister Coetzee takes on the role of head coach of the South Africa rugby union side.
Apr 12, 10:55
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Justin Tipuric ruled out of Wales's tour to New Zealand due to concussion
Justin Tipuric is ruled out of Wales's summer tour to New Zealand due to concussion that he suffered during the Six Nations.
Apr 11, 15:39
Joe Marler looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 7, 2013
England prop Joe Marler banned for "gypsy boy" slur
England and Harlequins prop Joe Marler is banned for two games for his "gypsy boy" slur against Wales forward Samson Lee in the Six Nations.
Apr 5, 21:47
Joe Marler looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 7, 2013
England's Joe Marler: "I'm not a racist"
England prop Joe Marler stresses that he is not a racist as he prepares to face a World Rugby misconduct hearing.
Apr 4, 22:15
Ahsee Tuala of Northampton Saints during the LV= Cup match between Northampton Saints and Wasps at Franklin's Gardens on February 7, 2015
Ahsee Tuala signs new Northampton Saints deal
Samoan full-back Ahsee Tuala agrees a new contract with Aviva Premiership side Northampton Saints.
Mar 31, 12:10
Joe Marler looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 7, 2013
Rugby Players' Association backs Joe Marler in racism spat
The Rugby Players' Association says that Joe Marler is the victim of a media witch hunt.
Mar 29, 20:13
Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill during an interview on August 29, 2013
Richard Cockerill unhappy with Leicester Tigers errors
Richard Cockerill says that Leicester Tigers have only themselves to blame for their narrow defeat away to Sale Sharks.
Mar 28, 21:18
A general view of Twickenham Stadium on May 2, 2013
RFU open to selling Twickenham naming rights
The RFU will 'look into' the prospect of selling the naming rights to Twickenham in a deal that could be worth £5m a year, according to chief executive Ian Ritchie.
Mar 27, 13:23
Conor O'Shea, director of rugby for Harlequins, on March 19, 2016
Conor O'Shea confirmed as new Italy head coach
Former Harlequins director Conor O'Shea is confirmed as the new head coach of Italy on a four-year deal.
Mar 25, 10:34
Joe Marler looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 7, 2013
Conor O'Shea: 'Joe Marler is not racist'
Harlequins coach Conor O'Shea leaps to the defence of Joe Marler after World Rugby opened an investigation into his "gypsy boy" comment to Samson Lee.
Mar 23, 22:32
Joe Marler looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 7, 2013
World Rugby announces investigation into Joe Marler comments
World Rugby announces that England prop Joe Marler will face an independent misconduct hearing for calling Wales's Samson Lee a "gypsy boy".
Mar 23, 18:30
Eddie Jones watches on during the Six Nations game between Scotland and England on February 6, 2016
Eddie Jones: 'All 15 England places up for grabs'
England head coach Eddie Jones warns that no-one is assured of a place in the team for the summer tour of Australia, despite just having won the Grand Slam.
Mar 21, 22:31
Former England and Leicester Tigers player Martin Johnson looks on after the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and London Welsh at Welford Road on February 9, 2013
Martin Johnson backs Maro Itoje, George Kruis for Lions role
Martin Johnson backs England's Grand Slam-winning second row pairing of Maro Itoje and George Kruis to play a key role for the Lions next summer.
Mar 21, 15:41
Joe Marler looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 7, 2013
England's Joe Marler drops out for trip to Paris
Prop Joe Marler will start England's final Six Nations encounter of 2016 against France in Paris among the replacements.
Mar 17, 10:11
Joe Marler looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 7, 2013
Joe Marler to face no action over abusive Samson Lee remark
Joe Marler is to avoid any action over an abusive comment aimed at Samson Lee during England's 25-21 win over Wales at Twickenham.
Mar 16, 21:07
Wales coach Warren Gatland raises a smile during Wales training at the Millennium stadium on November 3, 2014
Warren Gatland clarifies Joe Marler "banter" comment
Warren Gatland insists that he "does not condone racism of any kind" after coming under fire for describing a recent Joe Marler remark as "just banter".
Mar 16, 19:41
Joe Marler looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 7, 2013
England's Joe Marler escapes punishment
A disciplinary committee opts against punishing England prop Joe Marler for striking Wales's Rob Evans at Twickenham on Saturday.
Mar 16, 17:42
Eddie Jones, the new England Rugby head coach, poses at Twickenham Stadium on November 20, 2015
England retain 26 players ahead of crunch Grand Slam clash
England head coach Eddie Jones retains 26 players in the build-up to next Saturday's meeting with France in Paris.
Mar 15, 21:38
Wales's prop Tomas Francis lines up ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup warm up match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland on August 29, 2015.
Wales prop Tomas Francis banned for eight weeks
Wales prop Tomas Francis is banned for eight weeks for making contact with Dan Cole's eye during a Six Nations match.
Mar 15, 14:51
Rob Kearney of Ireland is tackled by Luca Morisi of Italy and Edoardo Gori of Italy during the RBS Six Nations match between Italy and Ireland at the Stadio Olimpico on February 7, 2015
Ireland's Rob Kearney ruled out of Six Nations clash against Scotland
Ireland confirm that Rob Kearney will not be fit for Saturday's Six Nations clash against Scotland.
Mar 14, 17:07
Joe Marler looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 7, 2013
England's Joe Marler cited for alleged strike on Rob Evans
England's Joe Marler is cited for an alleged strike on Wales's Rob Evans during Saturday's match at Twickenham.
Mar 14, 11:53
Eddie Jones, the new England Rugby head coach, poses at Twickenham Stadium on November 20, 2015
Thomas Castaignede: 'England can dominate Six Nations'
Thomas Castaignede hails the work of Eddie Jones since taking over as England head coach last year, claiming that the Red Rose are currently a level above their rivals.
Mar 14, 11:50
Joe Marler looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 7, 2013
Joe Marler apologises for abusive Samson Lee comment
The Welsh Rugby Union condemns a slur made by Joe Marler in the direction of Samson Lee concerning the Wales prop's heritage.
Mar 13, 20:59
Eddie Jones, the new England Rugby head coach, poses at Twickenham Stadium on November 20, 2015
England win Six Nations title
Scotland's 29-18 win over France at Murrayfield hands Eddie Jones's England the Six Nations title.
Mar 13, 16:51
Wales coach Warren Gatland raises a smile during Wales training at the Millennium stadium on November 3, 2014
Warren Gatland: 'First-half display in England defeat unacceptable'
Wales boss Warren Gatland criticises his side's disappointing first-half showing against England, claiming that he even considered making a raft of changes early on.
Mar 12, 21:34
Eddie Jones watches on during the Six Nations game between Scotland and England on February 6, 2016
Eddie Jones: 'England changes didn't work in tense Wales match'
England head Coach Eddie Jones praises the "fantastic rugby" played by his side in the opening hour of the clash against Wales, but admits his changes almost backfired.
Mar 12, 21:00
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 to make first Scotland appearance in over a year
Alex Dunbar will make his first appearance for Scotland in more than a year in Sunday's Six Nations clash against France at Murrayfield.
Mar 11, 12:57
Eddie Jones watches on during the Six Nations game between Scotland and England on February 6, 2016
Eddie Jones names unchanged England starting lineup
An unchanged England side will face Wales in the Six Nations at the weekend, meaning that Manu Tuilagi starts among the replacements.
Mar 10, 10:10