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Clermont-Auvergne's Napolioni Nalaga celebrates with teammates after scoring a try against Llanelli Scarlets during their Heineken Cup match on December 7, 2013
Lyon sign Clermont duo Napolioni Nalaga, Julien Bonnaire
Lyon signal their intent to bounce straight back into the TOP14 after announcing the signings of Napolini Nalaga, Julien Bonnaire and nine other players.
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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 promises "grim" summer fitness regime for England squad
England head coach Stuart Lancaster reiterates the importance of his side entering the World Cup in a "supremely fit" state if they are to win the tournament.
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Bath players Peter Stringer and George Ford celebrate after Stringer had scored as Tommy Bell of the Tigers looks on during the Aviva Premiership semi final match between Bath Rugby and Leicester Tigers at Recreation Ground on May 23, 2015
Leicester Tigers director: 'We are not disgraced'
Leicester Tigers have nothing to be ashamed of despite their 47-10 semi-final loss to Bath, insists director of rugby Richard Cockerill.
May 23, 20:25
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 delighted by Saracens triumph
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall admits that he is "delighted" after seeing his team beat Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership semi-finals.
May 23, 17:27
Jacques Burger of Saracens poses for a portrait at the photocall held at Allianz Park on August 6, 2013
Jacques Burger: 'Saracens had to be on top for to beat Northampton Saints'
Saracens flanker Jacques Burger admits that his side had to be on top form to beat Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership semi-finals.
May 23, 17:17
Owen Farrell of Sarasens celebreate scoring a late penalty during the Aviva Premiership Play Off Semi Final between Northampton Saints and Saracens at Franklin's Gardens on May 23, 2015
Owen Farrell: 'Saracens had to work hard for win over Northampton Saints'
Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell admits that he and his teammates had to work hard to see off Northampton Saints and reach the Aviva Premiership final.
May 23, 17:06
Wasps director of football Dai Young during his team's match against Worcester Warriors on March 1, 2013
Wasps announce new arrivals for next season
Wasps confirm that four players have signed on for next season.
May 22, 17:01
Northampton's Tom Wood in action during the match against Edinburgh on August 23, 2013
Tom Wood cautious of wounded Saracens heading into semi-final showdown
Tom Wood warns his Northampton Saints teammates that previous results against Saracens over the past 12 months will count for little when they meet this weekend.
May 22, 07:47
Dan Leo of London Irish on September 6, 2014
London Welsh bring Dan Leo on board as preparations for Championship continue
London Irish lock forward Dan Leo becomes the 13th player to join London Welsh ahead of their Championship campaign.
May 21, 16:41
Bryn Evans in action during an All Blacks training session held at Rugby Park on June 25, 2009
Sale Sharks sign former All Blacks lock Bryn Evans
Sale Sharks sign former New Zealand international Bryn Evans on a two-year deal.
May 21, 11:05
Bath's George Ford with his Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season award, pictured on May 20, 2015
George Ford named Aviva Premiership Player of the Season
Bath Rugby fly-half George Ford is named Aviva Premiership Player of the Season after helping the team reach the playoffs for the first time in five years.
May 20, 22:30
George North of Northampton dives over for the final try during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Bath at Franklin's Gardens on
George North to miss Premiership semi-final
Northampton Saints coach Dorian West does not expect winger George North to return in time for this weekend's Aviva Premiership semi-final against Saracens.
May 20, 14:12
Bath centre Sam Burgess runs through the Sale defence during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Sale Sharks at Recreation Ground on March 6, 2015
Sam Burgess named in England Rugby World Cup training squad
Bath centre Sam Burgess is included in England's 50-man Rugby World Cup training squad.
May 20, 12:03
Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill during an interview on August 29, 2013
Richard Cockerill hints at Leicester Tigers stay for Mathew Tait
Leicester Tigers head coach Richard Cockerill hints that Mathew Tait could still remain with the club despite agreeing to join Bayonne at the end of the season.
May 19, 22:24
Exeter Chiefs' Dean Mumm run clear to score a try against Worcester Warriors on October 26, 2013
Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter pays Dean Mumm tribute
Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter hails captain Dean Mumm ahead of his return to Australia.
May 19, 16:31
Adam Jones of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Italy at the Millenium Stadium on February 1, 2014
Conor O'Shea expects Adam Jones impact at Harlequins
Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea suggests that prop Adam Jones will be a key figure in his squad next season.
May 19, 16:05
Joe Simpson of Wasps dives into score the second try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Harlequins and Wasps at Twickenham Stoop on January 17, 2015
Seven sign Wasps contract extensions
Joe Simpson and Elliot Daly are among seven players who have signed contract extensions with Wasps.
May 19, 15:46
Peter Stringer of Bath, making his 100th European appearance, in action during the Amlin Challenge Cup match against Rugby Mogliano on March 18, 2014
Bath scrum-half Peter Stringer to join Sale Sharks
Bath scrum-half Peter Stringer pens a one-year contract with Sale Sharks for next season.
May 19, 13:03
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Harlequins centre Tom Casson makes Yorkshire Carnegie switch
Yorkshire Carnegie confirm the signing of centre Tom Casson from Harlequins on a two-year deal.
May 19, 11:07
Bath centre Sam Burgess runs through the Sale defence during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Sale Sharks at Recreation Ground on March 6, 2015
Bath coach tips Sam Burgess to excel for England
Sam Burgess has the leadership qualities needed to play for England, says Mike Ford.
May 19, 05:32
Sir Clive Woodward prior to the RBS Six Nations match between England and Italy on March 10, 2013
Former England coach Sir Clive Woodward 'on France shortlist'
Former England coach Clive Woodward is reportedly a contender to take charge of France following the Rugby World Cup.
May 18, 13:05
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
Jamie Roberts agrees Harlequins move
Racing Metro and Wales centre Jamie Roberts agrees a move to Aviva Premiership side Harlequins.
May 18, 10:51
Bath centre Sam Burgess runs through the Sale defence during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Sale Sharks at Recreation Ground on March 6, 2015
Sam Burgess 'won't struggle' in international rugby
Francois Louw tips his Bath teammate Sam Burgess to become an England international flanker.
May 18, 05:32
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Rugby 7s roundup: USA win London event, Fiji seal title
Sports Mole rounds up all the action from the final round of the Rugby Sevens World Series in London.
May 17, 18:24
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
Report: England to announce Sam Burgess in World Cup squad
Rugby league convert Sam Burgess will reportedly be called up to the England squad for the 2015 World Cup.
May 16, 22:59
Niall Morris of Leicester is held by Dom Waldouck during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints at Welford Road on May 16, 2015
Dan Cole happy with "massive" Leicester Tigers win
Leicester Tigers prop Dan Cole targets Aviva Premiership success after reaching the playoffs.
May 16, 19:30
Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill during an interview on August 29, 2013
Richard Cockerill relieved to secure playoff spot
Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill admits his relief at seeing his team reach the Aviva Premiership playoffs.
May 16, 18:29
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 already looking to next season'
Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter insists that the side is already thinking about having a "fantastic season" next year after narrowly missing out on the playoffs.
May 16, 18:26
Manu Tuilagi of   breaks with the ball during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and London Wasps at Welford Road on April 12, 2014
Matt Dawson "disgusted" by Manu Tuilagi
Former England scrum-half Matt Dawson blasts Manu Tuilagi following his conviction for assaulting two police officers.
May 16, 12:21
Mike Brown of England is tackled by Cobus Reinach of South Africa during the QBE Intenational match on November 15, 2014
Mike Brown: 'England will cope without Manu Tuilagi'
England full-back Mike Brown believes that the team will cope without Manu Tuilagi at the Rugby World Cup.
May 16, 11:32
Manu Tuilagi holds onto the ball during the England captain's run at the Millennium Stadium on March 15, 2013
Sir Clive Woodward backs Stuart Lancaster over Manu Tuilagi World Cup exile
Former England coach Sir Clive Woodward believes that Manu Tuilagi would be lucky to play for the Red Rose again following his conviction on three charges of assault.
May 16, 05:42
Manu Tuilagi holds onto the ball during the England captain's run at the Millennium Stadium on March 15, 2013
England confirm Manu Tuilagi will not be selected for World Cup due to assault
England confirm that centre Manu Tuilagi will not play in the World Cup this year after being convicted of assaulting a police officer and causing criminal damage.
May 15, 16:04
Manu Tuilagi holds onto the ball during the England captain's run at the Millennium Stadium on March 15, 2013
England's Manu Tuilagi 'to miss World Cup after pleading guilty to assault'
Manu Tuilagi will reportedly miss England's World Cup campaign after admitting to assaulting a police officer.
May 15, 15:47
Joe Launchbury looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 12, 2013
Joe Launchbury: 'I had to mentally prepare myself for injury return'
Joe Launchbury is ready to play his part in Wasps' final game of the Premiership campaign away at London Irish this weekend, with the aim of securing a top-six spot.
May 15, 07:05
Leicester Tigers' Julian Salvi at photocall on August 16, 2013
Australian flanker Julian Salvi to swap Leicester Tigers for Exeter Chiefs
Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter believes that Julian Salvi will act as a "fantastic role model" for the youngsters in the squad when he joins from Leicester Tigers.
May 14, 09:21
Steffon Armitage of Toulon looks on during the Heineken Cup Final between Toulon and Saracens at the Millennium Stadium on May 24, 2014
Jonny Wilkinson: 'Steffon Armitage is in the right place'
Former England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson insists that Steffon Armitage is right to sacrifice his international career by staying at Toulon.
May 14, 02:21
Bath Rugby centre, Jonathan Joseph, with his double at the RPA Players' Awards 2015, having been crowned both the RPA Players' Player of the Year and The England Player of the Year 2015. Photo taken on May 12, 2015
Jonathan Joseph wins Player of the Year double
Jonathan Joseph secures a memorable double by being named RPA Players' Player of the Year and the England Player of the Year at a ceremony in London.
May 13, 23:30
Former England rugby international, Lawrence Dallaglio poses with the Webb Ellis Cup on September 17, 2013
Lawrence Dallaglio backs England overseas rule
Former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio backs the rule that prevents overseas-based players from representing Stuart Lancaster's side.
May 13, 13:15
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: 'Overseas players know the rules'
Former England captain and head coach Martin Johnson backs the rule not to select players based overseas for the World Cup.
May 13, 12:51
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 Northampton Saints contract extension
Northampton Saints full-back Ahsee Tuala pens a new contract with the Aviva Premiership champions.
May 13, 11:29