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Wales player Leigh Halfpenny is led from the pitch after picking up an injury during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 9, 2014
Leigh Halfpenny 'to stay with Toulon'
Leigh Halfpenny will remain a Toulon player after talks with club officials healed a rift between both parties.
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Chiefs player Henry Slade breaks the tackle of Gloucester centre Henry Purdey during the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester Rugby and Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm Stadium on September 19, 2014
Henry Slade signs new Exeter Chiefs deal
Exeter Chiefs back Henry Slade pens a new long-term deal with the club.
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Wasps director of football Dai Young during his team's match against Worcester Warriors on March 1, 2013
Dai Young: 'It will be difficult to replace Ruaridh Jackson'
Dai Young says that it will not be easy to find a "quality" fly-half replacement for long-term injury casualty Ruaridh Jackson.
Sep 18, 12:59
England coach Stuart Lancaster looks on before the First Test match between Argentina and England on June 8, 2013
Stuart Lancaster: 'We want to make the nation proud'
Stuart Lancaster insists that England 'will be ready to deliver' for the 2015 World Cup.
Sep 17, 22:59
Stormers captain Schalk Burger chats to Referee Jaco Peyper during the Super Rugby match between DHL Stormers and Cell C Sharks at DHL Newlands Stadium on July 12, 2014
South Africa call up Schalk Burger to replace the injured Francois Louw
South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer selects Suntory's Schalk Burger as a replacement for the injured Francois Louw for the final two Rugby Championship Tests.
Sep 17, 19:19
A general view of Twickenham Stadium on May 2, 2013
Rugby Football Union apologises for England shirt offence
The RFU says sorry for causing offence in their use of the Victoria Cross on the new England shirt.
Sep 17, 18:07
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Saracens sign Romanian winger Catalin Fercu
Saracens confirm the signing of Romanian winger Catalin Fercu from Timisoara Saracens.
Sep 17, 16:44
Ruaridh Jackson of Wasps poses for a portrait at the photocall held at Twyword Avenue on August 29, 2014
Ruaridh Jackson to miss up to nine months
London Wasps reveal that Ruaridh Jackson is likely to miss between six and nine months due to the knee injury he sustained in Saturday's victory over Northampton Saints.
Sep 17, 14:46
Wales player Leigh Halfpenny is led from the pitch after picking up an injury during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on March 9, 2014
Toulon to break Leigh Halfpenny's contract?
Leigh Halfpenny's contract with Toulon is under threat after club president Mourad Boudjellal reveals that the Wales full-back may have a previously undisclosed injury.
Sep 16, 19:59
South Africa's Francois Louw during a training session on June 18, 2013
South Africa flanker Francois Louw to miss rest of Rugby Championship
South Africa flanker Francois Louw is to miss the rest of the Rugby Championship with a pinched nerve in his neck.
Sep 16, 17:48
Northampton Saints team captain Dyland Hartley (R) and match captain Tom Wood raise the trophy after their victory during the Aviva Premiership Final between Saracens and Northampton Saints at Twickenham Stadium on May 31, 2014
Report: Aviva Premiership salary cap expected to increase
Premiership Rugby are believed to be close to announcing an increased salary cap that intends to make sure England do not lose their best players to other leagues.
Sep 16, 01:13
James Haskell of London Wasps in action during the Aviva Premiership match between London Wasps and Newcastle Falcons at Adams Park on May 03, 2014
London Wasps coach Dai Young impressed by new captain James Haskell
London Wasps coach Dai Young insists that it was the right decision to name James Haskell as the club's new captain at the start of the season.
Sep 15, 18:19
Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill during an interview on August 29, 2013
Richard Cockerill: 'Leicester Tigers must do better'
Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill tells his players that they need to improve, despite coming from behind to beat Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership.
Sep 14, 13:55
Richie McCaw of New Zealand looks on during the Rugby Championship between the New Zealand All Blacks and Argentina at Waikato Stadium on September 7, 2013
Richie McCaw hails All Blacks' grit after South Africa victory
New Zealand captain Richie McCaw hails his side's character after they beat South Africa 14-10 in the Rugby Championship.
Sep 13, 15:00
Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Bath at Allianz Park on September 22, 2013
Mark McCall praises "relentless" Saracens
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall praises his players for their "relentless" display following Friday's night's 39-0 thrashing of Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership.
Sep 13, 11:17
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
Conor O'Shea gutted by Harlequins defeat
Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea urges his players to respond quickly following their 39-0 thrashing by Saracens.
Sep 13, 11:06
Mike Brown of Harlequins breaks away to score a try during the Aviva Premiership match between Harlequins and Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham Stadium on December 28, 2013
Harlequins full-back Mike Brown expects tough Saracens test
Mike Brown tells his Harlequins teammates that they will have to be at the top of their game if they want to beat Saracens on Friday.
Sep 10, 18:16
Ugo Monye of Harlequins makes a break during the Aviva Premiership match between Harlequins and Newcastle Falcons at Twickenham Stoop on February 15, 2014
Harlequins winger Ugo Monye ruled out for three months with a groin injury
Harlequins winger Ugo Monye confirms that he will be out for three months as he is due to undergo an operation on his groin.
Sep 10, 11:49
Lewis Moody takes part in activities during the national rollout of Premiership Rugby's award-winning social inclusion programme HITZ on December 3, 2013
Ex-England captain Lewis Moody named director of rugby at Bradford on Avon
Former England captain Lewis Moody is named as Bradford on Avon's new director of rugby.
Sep 10, 11:38
Anthony Watson of Bath Rugby dives over the line to score his teams first try during the Aviva Premiership match against Sale Sharks on September 5, 2014
Anthony Watson pens Bath Rugby contract extension
Bath Rugby winger Anthony Watson pens a two-year contract extension with the club until 2017.
Sep 9, 13:55
Tom Homer of London Irish poses at the photocall held on August 5, 2014
London Irish full-back Tom Homer sidelined for eight weeks
London Irish confirm that full-back Tom Homer is sidelined for at least eight weeks with a knee injury.
Sep 9, 12:29
Leicester Tigers' Ed Slater celebrates a try in the Aviva Premiership match with Northampton Saints on October 5, 2013
Leicester Tigers captain Ed Slater sidelined for "several months"
Leicester Tigers confirm that club captain Ed Slater is to be out of action for "several months" after undergoing knee surgery.
Sep 9, 11:13
Clermont's New Zealander winger Zac Guildford during a training on August 21, 2014
Zac Guildford injured in attack in France
Clermont winger Zac Guildford is allegedly attacked during a night out with his Clermont teammates.
Sep 8, 20:16
A general view of Twickenham Stadium on May 2, 2013
England Women's rugby trio retire following World Cup triumph
England Women's trio Margaret Alphonsi, Joanna McGilchrist and Katherine Merchant all retire following the team's victory at the Rugby World Cup.
Sep 8, 16:18
Saracens' Owen Farrell celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's third try against Clermont Auvergne during the Heineken Cup semi-final match on April 26, 2014
Owen Farrell impressed by Saracens resilience
Owen Farrell praises his Saracens teammates for their spirited display during Saturday's dramatic 34-28 win over London Wasps.
Sep 8, 15:47
The Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter before the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Leicester Tigers at Sandy Park on September 29, 2013
Rob Baxter pleased by Exeter Chiefs triumph
Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter credits his side for their energetic performance during Sunday's 52-0 win over London Welsh in the Aviva Premiership.
Sep 8, 12:50
Wallabies head coach Ewen McKenzie looks on during the International match between Ireland and Australia at Aviva Stadium on November 16, 2013
Adam Ashley-Cooper, Wycliff Palu ruled out for Australia
Adam Ashley-Cooper and Wycliff Palu are to miss Australia's Rugby Championship encounter with Argentina this weekend through injury.
Sep 8, 12:18
Bath's George Ford takes on the Newcastle Falcons defence during their Aviva Premiership match on February 8, 2014
George Ford: 'Missing out on England was tough'
George Ford says missing out on England duty over the summer was tough, but that he is ready to regain his place in Stuart Lancaster's side.
Sep 7, 23:00
Exeter Chiefs celebrate after a try in their 52-0 victory during the Aviva Premiership match between London Welsh and Exeter Chiefs at the Kassam Stadium on September 7, 2014
Justin Burnell: 'Our heads won't drop'
London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell insists that his team will bounce back from their 52-0 defeat at the hands of Exeter Chiefs this afternoon.
Sep 7, 21:08
George Kruis of Saracens catches the ball during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Harlequins at Wembley Stadium on March 22, 2014
George Kruis: "It's good to be back'
Saracens star George Kruis reveals that it feels 'good to be back' after completing his return from a long injury layoff in yesterday's victory over London Wasps.
Sep 7, 14:55
David Strettle of Saracens breaks through to score a try during the Aviva Premiership between Saracens and Worcester Warriors at Allianz Park on May 3, 2014
Mark McCall: 'England must pick David Strettle'
David Strettle deserves an England recall after his performance against London Wasps yesterday, insists Saracens boss Mark McCall.
Sep 7, 13:49
Nick Easter of Harlequins is tackled by Tom Fowlie of London Irish during the Aviva Premiership match between London Irish and Harlequins at Twickenham Stadium on September 6, 2014
Nick Easter bemoans Harlequins ill-discipline
Harlequins number eight Nick Easter admits that his side lost their discipline during the second half of their 20-15 victory over London Irish this afternoon.
Sep 6, 22:32
Tom Homer of London Irish poses at the photocall held on August 5, 2014
London Irish full-back Tom Homer suffers knee ligament damage
London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith reveals that full-back Tom Homer suffered knee ligament damage during today's match against Harlequins.
Sep 6, 22:10
Coach Dean Richards of Newcastle Falcons looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Newcastle Falcons and London Irish at Kingston Park on October 27, 2013
Newcastle Falcons boss Dean Richards frustrated by defeat to Leicester Tigers
Newcastle Falcons boss Dean Richards is left feeling frustrated by a number of refereeing decisions during his side's Premiership defeat to Leicester Tigers today.
Sep 6, 21:25
London Irish Director of Rugby Brian Smith poses during the Aviva Premiership Rugby 2014-2015 Season Launch at Twickenham Stadium on August 27, 2014
Brian Smith content with London Irish bonus point
London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith is content with having picked up just a bonus point from his side's 20-15 defeat to Harlequins this afternoon.
Sep 6, 21:10
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
Conor O'Shea unhappy despite win over London Irish
Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea is unhappy with his side's performance despite holding on for a 20-15 victory over London Irish this afternoon.
Sep 6, 20:33
Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill during an interview on August 29, 2013
Richard Cockerill happy with "fortunate" Leicester Tigers victory
Leicester Tigers head coach Richard Cockerill concedes that Vereniki Goneva's third try during the win over Newcastle Falcons this afternoon was "a bit fortunate".
Sep 6, 19:12
Wasps director of football Dai Young during his team's match against Worcester Warriors on March 1, 2013
Dai Young critical of London Wasps display
London Wasps director of rugby Dai Young criticises his team after seeing them suffer a late defeat to Saracens in the Aviva Premiership.
Sep 6, 18:35
Steve Diamond the Director of Rugby of Sale Sharks during the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester and Sale Sharks at Kingsholm Stadium on September 7, 2013
Steve Diamond: 'Sale Sharks deserved defeat'
Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond admits that his side deserved to lose to Bath Rugby in their opening match of the new Aviva Premiership season.
Sep 6, 18:00
Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Bath at Allianz Park on September 22, 2013
Mark McCall disappointed by Saracens performance
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall admits that he is "disappointed" by his team's performance despite their 34-28 win over London Wasps.
Sep 6, 17:59