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Wales prop Nicky Smith facing four months out
Wales and Ospreys prop Nicky Smith faces four months on the sidelines after suffering "a significant pectoral tear" in the 34-16 defeat to New Zealand in Cardiff.
11:58
George Ford of England attempts a kick at goal during the QBE international match between England and Samoa at Twickenham Stadium on November 22, 2014
Fly-half George Ford to start for England against Australia
England head coach Stuart Lancaster reveals that fly-half George Ford will start against Australia.
Nov 24, 18:52
Stuart Lancaster, the England head coach looks on during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2013
Stuart Lancaster wants clinical England against Australia
England head coach Stuart Lancaster believes that his team needs to be more ruthless when they take on Australia.
Nov 24, 17:33
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: 'First half cost us'
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall admits that a poor first-half performance cost his team during their defeat to Northampton Saints.
Nov 24, 13:52
Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill during an interview on August 29, 2013
Richard Cockerill unhappy despite Leicester Tigers victory
Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill criticises the performance of his side following their 26-5 win over London Welsh.
Nov 24, 13:32
Mako Vunipola looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on October 31, 2013
England number eight Billy Vunipola ruled out of Australia clash
England number eight Billy Vunipola is to miss his country's clash with Australia due to concussion.
Nov 24, 11:41
Assistant coach Aaron Mauger gives instuctions during a Crusaders Super Rugby training session at Rugby Park on February 19, 2014
Leicester Tigers appoint Aaron Mauger as head coach
Leicester Tigers confirm that Aaron Mauger will become their new head coach from the beginning of next season.
Nov 24, 10:51
George Ford of England attempts a kick at goal during the QBE international match between England and Samoa at Twickenham Stadium on November 22, 2014
George Ford: 'Australia will punish England mistakes'
England fly-half George Ford warns his teammates to cut out any mistakes if they are to overcome Australia at Twickenham in their final Autumn International.
Nov 23, 13:15
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
Stuart Lancaster impressed by George Ford debut
England coach Stuart Lancaster says that fly-half George Ford "played well" on his first start for the national side as he helped them to a 28-9 win over Samoa.
Nov 23, 10:29
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
Sam Warburton: 'Wales must finish stronger'
Wales captain Sam Warburton admits that they need to work on being stronger in the final 10 minutes of matches after late their defeat to New Zealand in Cardiff.
Nov 23, 09:58
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
Jamie Heaslip: Ireland can be "really proud" of Autumn International results
Ireland's Jamie Heaslip insists that they can be "very proud" of their performances during the Autumn Internationals after beating Australia to start unbeaten this month.
Nov 22, 18:33
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 frustrated by Harlequins defeat
Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea admits his frustration after seeing his side lose at home to Sale Sharks.
Nov 22, 11:17
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
Dean Richards thrilled by Newcastle Falcons win
Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards hails his team for showing "real character" during their victory at home to Gloucester.
Nov 22, 11:08
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
Will Greenwood: 'Samoa is a must-win game'
World Cup-winning centre Will Greenwood describes England's match with Samoa at Twickenham as "must-win" as they look to end a run of five straight Test defeats.
Nov 21, 20:15
Wales player Leigh Halfpenny kicks at goal during the Autumn international match between Wales and Australia at Millennium Stadium on November 8, 2014
Leigh Halfpenny eyes rare New Zealand scalp
Leigh Halfpenny has acknowledged that Wales face a "huge challenge" when they take on New Zealand this weekend, but remains confident his side can cause an upset.
Nov 21, 07:05
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
Stuart Lancaster: 'England must be at best against Samoa'
Stuart Lancaster warns his England players that nothing but their best performance will be enough against Samoa.
Nov 21, 05:25
England coach Stuart Lancaster looks on before the First Test match between Argentina and England on June 8, 2013
Stuart Lancaster defends decision to select Owen Farrell
Stuart Lancaster defends his decision to keep Owen Farrell in the England side for Saturday's game against Samoa.
Nov 20, 03:35
Bath's George Ford takes on the Newcastle Falcons defence during their Aviva Premiership match on February 8, 2014
England fly-half George Ford expecting to be targeted by Samoa
England fly-half George Ford is expecting to be targeted by Samoa during this weekend's clash between the teams at Twickenham Stadium.
Nov 19, 18:53
Wales coach Warren Gatland raises a smile during Wales training at the Millennium stadium on November 3, 2014
Warren Gatland: 'Wales must be direct against New Zealand'
Wales coach Warren Gatland urges his team to "be direct" when they welcome New Zealand to Cardiff.
Nov 19, 16:31
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
Kyran Bracken: 'England must use Steffon Armitage'
Former England international Kyran Bracken believes that Toulon flanker Steffon Armitage needs to be called up to the national team as soon as possible.
Nov 19, 13:37
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: 'England on right path'
Chris Robshaw insists that England are on the right path despite back-to-back defeats against New Zealand and South Africa.
Nov 19, 11:49
Jonathan Davies of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Scotland at Millennium Stadium on March 15, 2014
Jonathan Davies ready for New Zealand showdown
Jonathan Davies says that he is feeling "fine" after overcoming injury in time for this weekend's Autumn International clash against world champions New Zealand.
Nov 19, 06:38
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 returns to Wales squad
Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny returns to the team for their Autumn International against New Zealand after recovering from a concussion.
Nov 18, 19:58
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
James Haskell: 'England feeling positive'
England flanker James Haskell insists that there is a positive feeling within the camp despite their recent defeats to New Zealand and South Africa.
Nov 18, 18:34
Jared Payne of Ireland is tackled by Bismarck Du Plessis and Francois Houggard of South Africa during the 2014 Guinness series International match between Ireland and South Africa at Aviva Stadium on November 8, 2014
Ireland centre Jared Payne to miss Australia clash
Ireland centre Jared Payne is to miss his side's upcoming clash with Australia in Dublin due to a foot injury.
Nov 18, 17:17
Stuart Lancaster, the England head coach issues instructions during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on October 28, 2013
Stuart Lancaster dismisses crisis talk
Stuart Lancaster plays down talk of a crisis within the England camp after losing five internationals on the bounce.
Nov 17, 23:29
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Blair Cowan: 'Scotland can be optimistic'
Scotland flanker Blair Cowan urges his teammates to be optimistic following their narrow defeat to New Zealand.
Nov 17, 18:54
Luther Burrell of England celebrates his try with Courtney Lawes of England during the RBS Six Nations match between France and England at Stade de France on February 1, 2014
Luther Burrell, James Haskell in England squad
Luther Burrell and James Haskell are among the names included in the England squad for their upcoming clash with Samoa.
Nov 17, 16:28
A general view of Twickenham Stadium on May 2, 2013
England, Samoa game to go ahead
Samoa rule out the possibility of strike action for their international match against England at Twickenham on Saturday.
Nov 17, 11:35
Victor Vito of the All Balcks scores a try during the Viagogo Autumn International match between Scotland and New Zealand at Murrayfield Stadium on November 15, 2014
Victor Vito sidelined for New Zealand
New Zealand forward Victor Vito is to miss his side's upcoming clash with Wales due to a calf strain.
Nov 17, 11:07
Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill during an interview on August 29, 2013
Richard Cockerill satisfied by Leicester Tigers draw
Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill admits that he is happy after seeing a late penalty earn his side a draw with Saracens.
Nov 16, 18:05
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 coach Mark McCall frustrated by draw with Leicester Tigers
Saracens coach Mark McCall believes that poor officiating contributed to his side's draw with Leicester Tigers.
Nov 16, 17:09
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 calls for Sale Sharks consistency
Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond is eager for his side to show more consistency following their convincing win over London Irish.
Nov 16, 13:32
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
Dean Richards bemoans Newcastle Falcons indiscipline
Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards admits that a lack of discipline proved costly for his team during their Aviva Premiership defeat to Bath.
Nov 16, 13:16
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 happy with Bath victory over Newcastle Falcons
Bath head coach Mike Ford believes that his team's win over Newcastle Falcons will be an important one in their bid to reach the Aviva Premiership playoffs.
Nov 16, 13:04
Mark Bennett of Glasgow passes the ball during the Heineken Cup Pool 2 match between Toulon and Glasgow Warriors at the Felix Mayol Stadium on October 13, 2013
Scotland centre Mark Bennett ruled out of Tonga clash
Scotland centre Mark Bennett is to miss the team's final Autumn International against Tonga through injury.
Nov 16, 12:50
All Blacks coach and selector Steve Hansen during the New Zealand All Blacks squad announcement at the Southern Cross Hotel on October 20, 2013
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen impressed by Scotland
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen tips Scotland to impress in 2015 after they pushed his side all the way during the All Blacks' victory at Murrayfield.
Nov 16, 11:34
Scotland head coach Vern Cotter during the International match between Scotland and Argentina at Murrayfield Stadium on November 8, 2014
Vern Cotter upbeat despite Scotland defeat to New Zealand
Scotland head coach Vern Cotter insists that his players can take plenty of positives from their 24-16 defeat to New Zealand.
Nov 16, 11:22
England's Chris Robshaw looks on dejected following his side's defeat to New Zealand on June 07, 2014.
Chris Robshaw bemoans poor start in South Africa defeat
England captain Chris Robshaw bemoans his side's poor start in their narrow loss to South Africa, which was their fifth defeat in succession.
Nov 16, 04:30
Sir Clive Woodward prior to the RBS Six Nations match between England and Italy on March 10, 2013
Sir Clive Woodward: 'England are not reaching potential'
Sir Clive Woodward feels that England are not fulfilling their potential following a fifth Test loss in a row in their narrow defeat to South Africa at Twickenham.
Nov 16, 03:56