Rugby Union News

A general view of the AJ Bell Stadium, home of Sale Sharks on August 19, 2014
Cillian Willis to sue former club Sale Sharks over 'career-ending concussion'
Former Sale Sharks player Cillian Willis is to sue the club for alleged clinical negligence over a career-ending concussion.
Aug 24, 15:00
Wales coach Warren Gatland raises a smile during Wales training at the Millennium stadium on November 3, 2014
Warren Gatland 'to lead British and Irish Lions for second time'
Widespread reports suggest that Warren Gatland is to be given the British and Irish Lions gig for a second time, three years on from the 2-1 series win over Australia.
Aug 23, 18:46
Jack Nowell scores England's fifth try against France in the Six Nations on March 21, 2015
England winger Jack Nowell ruled out for up to 10 weeks
Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter confirms that England winger Jack Nowell is "going to be out for a while" after undergoing surgery on his thumb.
Aug 11, 11:04
Beauden Barrett (L) of the New Zealand All Blacks celebrates with Sam Cane and Sonny Bill Williams after scoring his teams fourth try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015
Sonny Bill Williams facing nine months out of action
Sonny Bill Williams will miss New Zealand's upcoming Rugby Championship campaign after being ruled out of action for nine months with an Achilles tendon injury.
Aug 10, 14:38
Beauden Barrett (L) of the New Zealand All Blacks celebrates with Sam Cane and Sonny Bill Williams after scoring his teams fourth try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C match between New Zealand and Namibia at the Olympic Stadium on September 24, 2015
New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams to miss rest of Rio Olympics with injury
New Zealand star Sonny Bill Williams is ruled out of the remainder of the rugby sevens at the Olympics in Rio due to an Achilles injury.
Aug 9, 18:37
England assistant coach Simon Middleton during the England Captain's Run at Stade Montelievres on August 8, 2014
Team GB women's rugby sevens coach Simon Middleton "proud" of team
Team GB women's rugby sevens head coach Simon Middleton praises his players following their quarter-final win over Fiji at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Aug 8, 09:23
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
Jonathan Joseph, Anthony Watson tied down to new Bath deals
Bath Rugby announce new deals for England international duo Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson, who will remain in place at the club until 2019.
Aug 3, 13:41
Eddie Jones, the new England Rugby head coach, poses at Twickenham Stadium on November 20, 2015
Danny Cipriani, Chris Ashton left out of England training squad
Danny Cipriani and Chris Ashton are left out of England's provisional 45-man England pre-season squad, but there are debut call-ups for Mike Williams and Nathan Hughes.
Aug 1, 16:18
Nick Easter of England runs with the ball during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Uruguay at Manchester City Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Nick Easter retires from rugby to become Harlequins coach
Former England number eight Nick Easter retires from rugby in order to take up a role as the new defence coach at Harlequins.
Jul 29, 13:25
A general view of the Recreation Ground before the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Harlequins at the Recreation Ground on October 31, 2015
Bath confirm appointments of Todd Blackadder, Tabai Matson
Premiership club Bath name Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder as their new director of rugby and his assistant Tabai Matson as head coach.
Jul 28, 10:53
RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie faces the media at an end of tour press conference held at the Radisson Blu Hotel on June 24, 2012
RFU chief: 'Changes to Six Nations format unlikely to happen'
Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie questions World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont's thinking behind altering the current Six Nations format.
Jul 26, 18:51
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 extends New Zealand contract
New Zealand confirm that head coach Steve Hansen has extended his contract with the All Blacks until the end of the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
Jul 25, 14:23
Brad Barritt of Saracens is tackled by Exeter's Dave Lewis during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Exeter Chiefs at Allianz Park on Febuary 23, 2014
Brad Barritt named new Saracens captain
Reigning European and English champions Saracens name Brad Barritt as their new captain, replacing Alistair Hargreaves.
Jul 21, 19:29
England team celebrates after wininng the cup final between England and South Africa during day two of the Tokyo Sevens Rugby 2015 at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium on April 5, 2015
First rugby sevens squad to compete at Olympic Games selected by Team GB
Emily Scarratt and Tom Mitchell will skipper Great Britain's men's and women's rugby sevens sides at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio.
Jul 19, 10:44
James Haskell leans against a dirty wall during an England photocall on March 7, 2016
James Haskell ruled out for up to six months
England and Wasps flanker James Haskell is ruled out for four to six months with the toe injury he sustained during England's second Test against Australia.
Jul 12, 19:10
Stuart Lancaster, Head Coach of England looks on prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Uruguay at Manchester City Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Ex-England coach Stuart Lancaster linked with Toulon role
Toulon reportedly consider Stuart Lancaster as a contender to replace the recently-appointed Diego Dominguez as head coach.
Jul 10, 21:52
Joe Schmidt, the Ireland head coach looks on during the International match between Ireland and New Zealand All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium on November 24, 2013
Waikato Chiefs confirm interest in Ireland coach Joe Schmidt
Waikato Chiefs CEO Andrew Flaxman confirms interest in appointing Ireland coach Joe Schmidt.
Jul 10, 20:10
Dean Ryan, Director of Rugby of Worcester Warriors during the Aviva Premiership match between Worcester Warriors and Leicester Tigers at Sixways Stadium on December 05 2015
Worcester Warriors director of rugby Dean Ryan leaves club
Worcester Warriors announce that director of rugby Dean Ryan has left his post at the club.
Jun 30, 09:23
Luke Fitzgerald of Ireland during the International match between Ireland and Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on August 15, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.
Leinster Rugby's Luke Fitzgerald retires from professional rugby
Leinster Rugby announce that Luke Fitzgerald has retired from rugby on medical advice.
Jun 28, 09:11
Eddie Jones watches on during the Six Nations game between Scotland and England on February 6, 2016
Jeremy Guscott: 'England can go from strength to strength under Eddie Jones'
Jeremy Guscott describes England's whitewash of Australia as a "massive result", which he believes provides plenty of reason to be excited for the future.
Jun 26, 22:47
Owen Farrell kicks a penalty during the international Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Suncorp Stadium on June 11, 2016
Owen Farrell hails 'massive impact' of Jonny Wilkinson tuition
England's Owen Farrell claims that he has Jonny Wilkinson's personal training to thank for creating history when scoring 24 points in the third-Test win over Australia.
Jun 26, 12:03
Wales coach Warren Gatland raises a smile during Wales training at the Millennium stadium on November 3, 2014
Wales head coach Warren Gatland: 'We will learn lessons from New Zealand defeat'
Wales head coach Warren Gatland says that lessons need to be learned following the team's 3-0 series defeat to New Zealand.
Jun 25, 14:32
Dylan Hartley passes the ball during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2013
Dylan Hartley "really proud" of England's series whitewash over Australia
England captain Dylan Hartley says that he is "really proud" of his teammates after they earned a 3-0 whitewash over Australia in their Test series Down Under.
Jun 25, 13:54
Lions head coach Warren Gatland smiles after their victory during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and British & Irish Lions at ANZ Stadium on July 6, 2013
Keith Wood: 'Warren Gatland, Eddie Jones dream British and Irish Lions pairing'
Former British and Irish Lions star Keith Wood backs Warren Gatland and Eddie Jones to take charge of the side for next year's New Zealand tour.
Jun 24, 14:53
Joe Schmidt, the Ireland head coach looks on during the International match between Ireland and New Zealand All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium on November 24, 2013
Jared Payne out of third Ireland Test against South Africa
Tiernan O'Halloran replaces the injured Jared Payne at full-back for Ireland's series decider against South Africa in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Jun 23, 18:09
Eddie Jones watches on during the Six Nations game between Scotland and England on February 6, 2016
Teimana Harrison only change for England ahead of third Australia Test
England select Teimana Harrison at openside flanker as they aim to complete a series whitewash over Australia on Saturday.
Jun 23, 17:53
Wales's prop Tomas Francis lines up ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup warm up match between Ireland and Wales at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland on August 29, 2015.
Wales make two changes for final Test against New Zealand
Wales make two changes for their final Test against New Zealand in Dunedin on Saturday, Rob Evans replacing Gethin Jenkins and Tomas Francis coming in for Samson Lee.
Jun 22, 21:39
Wales prop Gethin Jenkins in action during his 100th cap during the International Match between Wales and Argentina at the Millennium Stadium on November 16, 2013
Gethin Jenkins, Bradley Davies and Josh Turnbull ruled out of third NZ Test
Wales forwards Gethin Jenkins, Bradley Davies and Josh Turnbull will miss the third and final Test in New Zealand due to injury.
Jun 22, 19:59
Dylan Hartley passes the ball during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2013
England's Eddie Jones backs Dylan Hartley for British and Irish Lions captaincy
England head coach Eddie Jones backs Dylan Hartley for the role of British and Irish Lions captain in New Zealand next year.
Jun 21, 22:57
Eddie Jones watches on during the Six Nations game between Scotland and England on February 6, 2016
Eddie Jones: 'Series whitewash would make England second best team in world'
England head coach Eddie Jones claims that completing a series whitewash against Australia would give his side the right to call themselves the second best in the world.
Jun 20, 13:26
Michael Cheika, Head Coach of Australia gives instructions prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between Australia and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on October 18, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
Steve Hansen: 'Michael Cheika being bullied by Eddie Jones'
New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen claims that Australia have been bullied on and off the field by England during this summer's tour.
Jun 20, 12:45
Eddie Jones watches on during the Six Nations game between Scotland and England on February 6, 2016
Eddie Jones plays down James Haskell, Jack Nowell injury concerns
England head coach Eddie Jones is confident that James Haskell and Jack Nowell will be fit to feature in his side's third Test against Australia.
Jun 20, 12:32
Jack Nowell scores England's fifth try against France in the Six Nations on March 21, 2015
England pair James Haskell, Jack Nowell 'to miss final Australia Test'
England duo James Haskell and Jack Nowell are reportedly set to miss their side's final Test against Australia in Sydney with leg and head injuries respectively.
Jun 19, 14:36
England captain Chris Robshaw looks on during the Rugby World Cup game with Wales on September 26, 2015
Chris Robshaw: 'England showed character against Australia'
Chris Robshaw hails England's character after they beat Australia in the second Test.
Jun 18, 22:17
Rory Best passes the ball during the British and Irish Lions training session held at Scotch College on June 27, 2013
Rory Best: 'Mistakes cost Ireland victory over South Africa'
Rory Best suggests that Irish mistakes cost them the chance to beat South Africa in the second Test.
Jun 18, 20:41
Owen Farrell of England is congratulated by Mike Brown and his teammates after scoring the winning try during the international Test match against Australia on June 18, 2016
Eddie Jones pleased with England "rope-a-dope" win against Australia
Eddie Jones pays tribute to his England team after they claimed a historic Test series victory in Australia.
Jun 18, 20:17
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, Jack Nowell recalled by England for second Australia Test
George Ford and Jack Nowell are set to return to the England starting XV for Saturday's second Test against Australia in Melbourne.
Jun 16, 17:00
Joe Schmidt, the Ireland head coach looks on during the International match between Ireland and New Zealand All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium on November 24, 2013
Quinn Roux set for Ireland debut in second Test against South Africa
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt makes five changes for his side's second Test against South Africa, with Quinn Roux set for his debut against the country of his birth.
Jun 16, 16:48
Michael Cheika, Head Coach of Australia gives instructions prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match between Australia and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on October 18, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
Australia make four changes ahead of second England Test in Melbourne
Michael Cheika's Australia make four changes to their pack for their second Test against England in Melbourne on Saturday.
Jun 15, 21:02
New Zealand's lock Sam Whitelock (C) catches the ball in a line out during the final match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham stadium, south west London, on October 31, 2015
Sam Whitelock, Israel Dagg return for New Zealand in second Wales Test
New Zealand recall Sam Whitelock and Israel Dagg for the second Test against Wales in Wellington on Saturday.
Jun 15, 20:49

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