Rugby Union News

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.
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.
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
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
Mils Muliaina charged with sexual assault in Wales
Former All Black Mils Muliaina is charged with sexual assault by South Wales police.
Jul 3, 07:09
Matt Giteau of the Wallabies runs the ball during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and Samoa at ANZ Stadium on July 17, 2011
Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell recalled to Australia training squad
Australia include Matt Giteu and Drew Mitchell in their extended training squad ahead of the Rugby Championship, ending the Toulon duo's prolonged absence from the fold.
Jul 2, 09:59
Carl Fearns of Bath in action during the Aviva Premiership match between London Welsh and Bath Rugby at Kassam Stadium on March 29, 2015
Carl Fearns to leave Bath for Lyon
Bath confirm that forward Carl Fearns is to join French club Lyon before the start of next season.
Jul 1, 17:02
Shaun Knight of Gloucester looks on during the pre season friendly match between Gloucester and Yorkshire Carnegie at Kingsholm Stadium on August 16, 2014
Shaun Knight makes Newport Gwent Dragons switch
Newport Gwent Dragons confirm the signing of prop Shaun Knight from Gloucester.
Jul 1, 12:32
Ben Morgan of England crashes over to score the opening try during the QBE international match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 29, 2014
Graham Rowntree impressed by Ben Morgan recovery
England forwards coach Graham Rowntree believes that Ben Morgan is in the "shape of his life" as he closes in on full fitness after breaking his leg in January.
Jul 1, 03:32
Ofisa Treviranus of London Irish scores their fifth try to complete his hat-trick during the European Rugby Challenge Cup game between Rovigo and London Irish at Mario Battaglini Stadium on January 24, 2015
Ofisa Treviranus to captain Samoa in historic Test against All Blacks
Ofisa Treviranus will captain Samoa when they host New Zealand in July's historic Test match.
Jun 29, 11:11
England captain Chris Robshaw is tugged during the final Six Nations game against France on March 21, 2015
Chris Robshaw wants his England players to "enjoy" World Cup spectacle
England captain Chris Robshaw wants his side to go and "enjoy" the World Cup later this year.
Jun 29, 09:29
Wales player Rhys Priestland in action during Wales training ahead of saturdays game against Ireland at Vale of Glamorgan on February 4, 2014
Sam Warburton backs Rhys Priestland to shine at Bath Rugby
Sam Warburton believes that international teammate Rhys Priestland will improve his all-round game by battling for a starting spot at Bath Rugby next season.
Jun 28, 15:59
Manu Tuilagi holds onto the ball during the England captain's run at the Millennium Stadium on March 15, 2013
Former coach Martin Johnson warns England not to make same disciplinary mistakes
Former England captain and coach Martin Johnson warns England not to make the same mistakes as 2011 at this year's Rugby World Cup.
Jun 27, 16:50
Danny Cipriani of England goes over to score his try during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Italy at Twickenham Stadium on February 14, 2015
Stuart Lancaster unlikely to impose alcohol ban
England coach Stuart Lancaster says that "no specific ban" on alcohol has been talked about for players during the Rugby World Cup.
Jun 27, 15:53
Argentina's Los Pumas' wing Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino runs through a tackle by South Africa's Springboks' hooker Bismarck du Plessis during the Rugby Championship second round match at Padre Ernesto Martearena stadium in Salta, some 1580 km northwest of Bu
Heyneke Meyer calls up eight uncapped players for South Africa
South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer names 49 players in his preliminary Rugby Championship squad, including eight uncapped players and injured captain Jean de Villiers.
Jun 27, 15:35
Referee Greg Garner shows a red card to Tom May of London Welsh as Daniel Leo pf London Irish looks on during the Aviva Premiership match on Boxing Day 2014
London Welsh leave the Kassam Stadium
Old Deer Park in Richmond will be home to London Welsh next season following their relegation from the Aviva Premiership.
Jun 27, 13:09
Saracens' Chris Wyles scores a try against Zebre during their Heineken Cup match on December 7, 2013
Chris Wyles handed USA captaincy
USA hand the captaincy to Chris Wyles as they get ready for the Rugby World Cup.
Jun 27, 12:16
Sam Warburton of Wales looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield Stadium on February 15, 2015
Sam Warburton: 'Wales know exactly what England are capable of doing'
Wales skipper Sam Warburton insists that those already writing off pool-stage opponents England ahead of the Rugby World Cup are "ill-advised".
Jun 26, 09:59
Phil Blake of Leicester Tigers poses for a portrait during the Leicester Tigers BT Photo Shoot on August 28, 2014
Former Leicester Tigers coach Phil Blake banned for six months
Phil Blake is banned from rugby for six months and handed a fine totalling more than £1,000 for breaching anti-corruption and betting rules during his time at Leicester.
Jun 25, 17:46
Liam Williams of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium on February 6, 2015
Warren Gatland "optimistic" over Liam Williams World Cup return
Warren Gatland admits that it is "too early" to put a specific timescale on Liam Williams's return from foot surgery, with just three months to go until the World Cup.
Jun 25, 16:17
Anthony Allen of Leicester Tigers during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Leicester Tigers at Sandy Park on September 29, 2013
Anthony Allen hopeful of Leicester Tigers coaching role
Anthony Allen is keen to remain involved at Leicester Tigers, revealing that talks are already underway over a potential coaching position.
Jun 25, 11:59
Rhys Ruddock of Leinster during the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool Two match between Leinster Rugby and Harlequins at the Aviva Stadium on December 13, 2014
Rhys Ruddock drops out of Ireland World Cup squad through injury
Leinster flanker Rhys Ruddock drops out of Ireland's World Cup squad after breaking his arm for the second time in six months.
Jun 24, 18:54
Liam Williams of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and England at the Millennium Stadium on February 6, 2015
Wales's Liam Williams a doubt for World Cup due to foot surgery
Liam Williams is a doubt for Wales's World Cup campaign as he has undergone surgery on his foot.
Jun 24, 11:26
Anthony Allen of Leicester Tigers during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Leicester Tigers at Sandy Park on September 29, 2013
Leicester Tigers' Anthony Allen forced to retire at 28 due to knee problems
Leicester Tigers centre Anthony Allen announces his retirement at the age of 28 due to long-running knee problems.
Jun 24, 10:20
England player David Strettle in action during England Rugby training at the Jockey Club on June 6, 2013
David Strettle "extremely proud" to have represented England
England international David Strettle wishes his teammates well for the coming months, having withdrawn from the World Cup training squad.
Jun 22, 17:47
England player David Strettle in action during England Rugby training at the Jockey Club on June 6, 2013
David Strettle withdraws from England World Cup training squad
David Strettle withdraws from England's pre-World Cup training squad, with Semesa Rokoduguni taking his place.
Jun 22, 17:21
England head coach Stuart Lancaster looks on during a training session on May 29, 2015
Stuart Lancaster warns England players ahead of gruelling fitness camp
Stuart Lancaster vows to put his England players through their paces during the build-up to this autumn's World Cup, insisting that they will 'train like never before'.
Jun 22, 16:14
Quade Cooper of Australia scores a try during the International match between Ireland and Australia at Aviva Stadium on November 16, 2013
Queensland Reds confirm Quade Cooper exit
Quade Cooper will leave the Queensland Reds this summer, the club confirms.
Jun 21, 13:06
All Blacks coach and selector Steve Hansen during the New Zealand All Blacks squad announcement at the Southern Cross Hotel on October 20, 2013
Steve Hansen names new faces in All Blacks squad
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen rings the changes as he calls up five new faces for the July 8 Test against Samoa.
Jun 21, 12:32
Italy's flanker Francesco Minto (3rd R) makes a break during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Italy at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on February 28, 2015
The Italian Rugby Federation agree new terms to end player strike
Italy's rugby players and the Italian Rugby Federation have agreed new deals to end the current players' strike.
Jun 21, 09:18
Ben Morgan of England crashes over to score the opening try during the QBE international match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 29, 2014
England, Australia announce historic three-match series for 2016
England will face Australia in a three-match series next June for the first time in the two nations' history.
Jun 19, 10:14
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Monaco diver Ian-soren Cabioch: 'I could have played rugby for France'
Monaco diver Ian-soren Cabioch says that he could have played rugby for France if he had not chosen to focus on diving.
Jun 17, 10:17
Leicester's English scrum half Ben Youngs is tackled by Toulon's French centre Mathieu Bastareaud in the European Champions Cup rugby union match between Leicester Tigers and Toulon at Welford Road stadium in Leicester, central England on December 7, 2014
France international Mathieu Bastareaud reveals suicide attempt
France and Toulon centre Mathieu Bastareaud reveals that he once tried to commit suicide.
Jun 16, 15:43
Paul O'Connell of Ireland speaks to the media during the launch of the 2015 RBS Six Nations at the Hurlingham club on January 28, 2015 in London, England
Toulon announce Paul O'Connell signing from Munster
French side Toulon formally sign Ireland's Paul O'Connell from Munster on a two-year contract.
Jun 16, 05:10
Italy's flanker Francesco Minto (3rd R) makes a break during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Scotland and Italy at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Scotland on February 28, 2015
Italian national side stage strike over tournament bonuses
Italy's Rugby World Cup preparations have been thrown up in the air following a player strike surrounding bonus payments.
Jun 15, 15:58
James Johnston of Saracens looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Leicester Tigers at Allianz Park on April 11, 2015
James Johnston joins Wasps
Saracens prop James Johnston agrees a switch to Aviva Premiership rivals Wasps ahead of the 2015-16 campaign.
Jun 15, 14:47