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Rob Vickers poses for a portrait during a media day at Kingston Park on August 20, 2014
Rob Vickers targets LV= Cup glory for Newcastle Falcons
Newcastle Falcons hooker Rob Vickers says that there is "no reason why" his side cannot win the LV= Cup this season.
07:22
Jonathan Davies of Wales during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Scotland at Millennium Stadium on March 15, 2014
Jonathan Davies suffers injury blow
Jonathan Davies is to miss Wales's opening November Test match against Australia, having been ruled out for between two and three weeks.
Oct 30, 12:59
Robin McBryde (Forwards Coach) of Wales during the Welsh National rugby team press conference at the Garden Court Hotel in Umhlanga on June 09, 2014
Robin McBryde: 'Wales face tough Australia battle'
Wales coach Robin McBryde insists that off-field issues will not weaken Australia in any way during the upcoming Autumn Internationals.
Oct 30, 06:18
Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill during an interview on August 29, 2013
Leicester Tigers sign centre Jack Roberts from Rotherham Titans
Leicester Tigers announce the signing of centre Jack Roberts from Championship side Rotherham Titans.
Oct 29, 13:24
James Haskell of Wasps poses for a picture under the posts during the announcement of a new club sponsor Land Rover and a move to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on October 8, 2014
England's James Haskell declares fitness after meningitis scare
England flanker James Haskell says that he is fit to feature against world champions New Zealand next Saturday, despite recently suffering a meningitis scare.
Oct 29, 12:18
Tim Swiel of the Cell C Sharks in action during the Super Rugby match between Cell C Sharks and Highlanders at Growthpoint Kings Park on April 25, 2014
Harlequins bring in Tim Swiel on short-term deal
Harlequins sign Tim Swiel on a four-month loan deal from South African side the Sharks as cover for injured fly-half Ben Botica.
Oct 29, 09:32
Stuart Lancaster, the England head coach looks on during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2013
Stuart Lancaster: 'No plans to change England tactics'
Stuart Lancaster insists that Brian Ashton's presence at England's training camp is not a sign that the team will be changing their attacking approach.
Oct 29, 02:08
Paul Burke takes practice before a game with Bath on December 1, 2012
Paul Burke leaves Leicester Tigers coaching role
Leicester Tigers backs coach Paul Burke leaves his role at Welford Road with immediate effect.
Oct 28, 18:28
England's Chris Robshaw celebrates his team's win over Italy at the end of their Six Nations match on March 15, 2014
Lewis Moody backs Chris Robshaw over England captaincy
Former England flanker Lewis Moody believes that Chris Robshaw is the right man to captain the team.
Oct 28, 17:18
Saints player Luther Burrell reacts during the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester and Northampton Saints at Kingsholm Stadium on September 21, 2013
England centre Luther Burrell expected to miss All Blacks clash
England centre Luther Burrell is expected to sit out next month's series opener against New Zealand as he recovers from a hand injury.
Oct 28, 13:49
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Bath prop Paul James to make Ospreys return at end of season
Bath prop Paul James confirms that he will be joining former club Ospreys at the end of the season.
Oct 28, 11:31
Luther Burrell of Northampton Saints celebrates after scoring a try during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and London Wasps at Franklin's Gardens on May 10, 2014
Luther Burrell injures hand in Northampton Saints win
Northampton Saints centre Luther Burrell could miss England's Autumn internationals after injuring his hand in the European Rugby Champions Cup.
Oct 26, 09:58
Stuart Hooper of Bath during the Pre season match between Bath and Ospreys at the Recreation Ground on August 30, 2013
Stuart Hooper: "We've made it tough for ourselves"
Stuart Hooper remains confident that Bath can progress in the European Rugby Champions Cup, but admits that his side have 'made it tough for themselves'.
Oct 25, 20:31
Toulon's English wing Delon Armitage runs with the ball during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Ulster and Toulon at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on October 25, 2014
Ulster coach Neil Doak not giving up on European chances
Ulster coach Neil Doak insists that his side will not give up on qualifying for the European Rugby Championship last eight despite defeats in their opening two games.
Oct 25, 18:46
Matt Parr of London Irish poses for a portrait at the photocall held on August 5, 2014
Matt Parr: 'We must stop Grenoble drive'
Matt Parr insists that London Irish have been working hard to iron out certain frailties that were on show in last weekend's victory against Rovigo.
Oct 24, 07:03
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Julien Bardy handed five-week ban for striking Billy Vunipola
Clermont's Julien Bardy is handed a five-week ban for punching Billy Vunipola.
Oct 23, 13:02
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: 'Only a win will do against Toulouse'
Rob Ford acknowledges the importance of his Bath Rugby's home match against Toulouse this weekend, saying that only a win will do to maintain his side's European hopes.
Oct 23, 07:26
England's Owen Farrell scores a try against Australia during their QBE International match on November 2, 2013
Stuart Lancaster backs Owen Farrell for New Zealand Test
Owen Farrell will start the autumn Test match against the All Blacks if he proves his fitness against Munster on Friday, according to England coach Stuart Lancaster.
Oct 22, 22:39
Stade Francais' Italian number 8 and captain Sergio Parisse warms up prior to the French Top 14 rugby union match between Castres Olympique and Stade Francais Paris on August 16, 2014
Sergio Parisse: 'Italy win will boost confidence'
Sergio Parisse believes that a victory for Italy against Samoa next month will give the Azzurri confidence before their Test matches with Australia and South Africa.
Oct 22, 22:26
George Kruis of Saracens catches the ball during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Harlequins at Wembley Stadium on March 22, 2014
Saracens lock George Kruis thrilled by England call-up
Saracens lock George Kruis admits that he is delighted after being included in the England squad for the first time.
Oct 22, 17:16
Danny Cipriani of Sale Sharks converts a try against Worcester Warriors during the Aviva Premiership match between Worcester Warriors and Sale Sharks at the Sixways Stadium, on February 22, 2014
Danny Cipriani will continue to strive for England recall
Sale Sharks fly-half Danny Cipriani insists that he will continue to work hard for an England recall after being left out of the squad for the Autumn Internationals.
Oct 22, 15:18
Manu Tuilagi holds onto the ball during the England captain's run at the Millennium Stadium on March 15, 2013
England coach Stuart Lancaster disappointed by Manu Tuilagi absence
England coach Stuart Lancaster admits that he is disappointed to be without the injured Manu Tuilagi for the team's upcoming Autumn Internationals.
Oct 22, 13:35
Bath's Semesa Rokoduguni runs in to score a try against London Wasps during their Aviva Premiership match on November 24, 2013
Bath winger Semesa Rokoduguni called up to England squad
Bath's Semesa Rokoduguni is named in the England squad for their Autumn Internationals.
Oct 22, 13:05
New Australian Wallabies rugby union coach Michael Cheika smiles as he speaks to the media during a press conference in Sydney on October 22, 2014
Australia appoint Michael Cheika as new coach
Australia appoint New South Wales Waratahs coach Michael Cheika as replacement for Ewen McKenzie, who resigned from the position on Saturday.
Oct 22, 09:18
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Tom Wood sings Northampton Saints flanker Calum Clark's praises
Tom Wood describes flanker Calum Clark as being like a "warrior" for Northampton Saints so far this season.
Oct 22, 07:27
Ireland wing Andrew Trimble warms up ahead of the Six Nations International rugby union match between Ireland and Italy at Aviva stadium in Dublin on March 8, 2014
Andrew Trimble, Luke Marshall ruled out of Ireland's autumn internationals
Ulster duo Andrew Trimble and Luke Marshall are to miss Ireland's upcoming autumn internationals through injury.
Oct 21, 15:39
Manu Tuilagi of Leicester is tackled by Adam Powell (L) and Josh Furno (R) of Newcastle during the Aviva Premiership match on September 6, 2014
England centre Manu Tuilagi sidelined "for a few weeks"
Leicester Tigers and England centre Manu Tuilagi is expected to be out of action for "a few weeks" with a groin injury.
Oct 21, 13:10
Schalk Brits of Saracens scores a try during the Aviva Premiership match between Worcester Warriors and Saracens at Sixways Stadium on December 28, 2013
Saracens hooker Schalk Brits sidelined until 2015
Saracens hooker Schalk Brits is ruled out of action until the New Year with a serious knee injury.
Oct 20, 11:46
Kelly Brown of Saracens poses for a portrait at Allianz Park on August 20, 2014
Kelly Brown: 'Saracens showed great spirit to overcome Clermont Auvergne'
Kelly Brown says that he is "incredibly proud" of the team spirit shown by Saracens in their 30-23 victory over Clermont Auvergne in the European Rugby Champions Cup.
Oct 19, 17:42
Head coach Lyn Jones of Newport looks on prior to the Amlin Challenge Cup match between Bath and Newport Gwent Dragons at Recreation Ground on October 19, 2013
Lyn Jones "delighted" by Newport Gwent Dragons performance
Lyn Jones says that he is "delighted" by Newport Gwent Dragons' performance in last night's 38-22 victory over Stade Francais in the European Challenge Cup.
Oct 19, 15:15
Stuart Gallacher talks to the press at the announcement for 2011 and 2012 Heineken Cup Finals at the Millennium Stadium on May 17, 2010
Former Wales dual-code international Stuart Gallacher dies
Stuart Gallacher, who represented Wales in both forms of rugby before becoming the chairman of Regional Rugby Wales, has died at the age of 68.
Oct 19, 13:28
Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill during an interview on August 29, 2013
Richard Cockerill not getting carried away by Leicester Tigers win
Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill remains cautious following his side's win over Ulster in the European Rugby Champions Cup.
Oct 19, 11:19
Jim Mallinder, coach and Director of Rugby of Northampton Saints, is interviewed by BT Sport before the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Exeter Chiefs at Franklin's Gardens on September 7, 2013
Jim Mallinder disappointed by Northampton Saints defeat
Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder praises his side after seeing them suffer a narrow defeat to Racing Metro in the European Rugby Champions Cup.
Oct 19, 11:08
Manusamoa Tuilagi of Leicester Tigers is tackled by Michael Tagicakbau of Saracens during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and Saracens at Welford Road on May 10, 2014
Manu Tuilagi injures groin in Leicester Tigers win
Leicester Tigers center Manu Tuilagi could miss the autumn international with England after injuring his groin in the European Rugby Champions Cup win over Ulster.
Oct 19, 09:24
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 "disappointed" with Bath performance
Mike Ford admits that he is "disappointed" to have seen his Bath side heavily beaten by Glasgow Warriors on Saturday.
Oct 18, 22:42
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: "Danny Cipriani was outstanding"
Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond praises the performance of fly-half Danny Cipriani in the team's 27-26 defeat to Munster in the European Rugby Champions Cup.
Oct 18, 18:11
Wallabies head coach Ewen McKenzie looks on during the International match between Ireland and Australia at Aviva Stadium on November 16, 2013
Ewen McKenzie speaks out about Wallabies resignation
Ewen McKenzie says that there are a "bunch of reasons" for his resignation from the Wallabies.
Oct 18, 15:59
Wallabies head coach Ewen McKenzie looks on during the International match between Ireland and Australia at Aviva Stadium on November 16, 2013
Ewen McKenzie resigns as Wallabies coach
Under-fire Australia coach Ewen McKenzie resigns from his role after his side's narrow loss to New Zealand.
Oct 18, 14:09
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 delighted by Harlequins victory
Quins director of rugby Conor O'Shea praises his side for putting in an "ambitious" display during Friday's 25-9 win over Castres in the European Rugby Champions Cup.
Oct 18, 11:10
Danny Care of Harlequins runs in to score his side's third try during the Aviva Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Harlequins at Sandy Park on May 4, 2014
Danny Care returns for Castres clash
Harelequins welcome back scrum-half Danny Care for their opening European Rugby Champions Cup game against Castres on Friday.
Oct 16, 14:26