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#Rugby Union

# rugby-union - Today’s News

New Zealand Rugby to investigate fresh claims over Aaron Smith's toilet incident

Smith was suspended last October after he entered a toilet cubicle with a woman at Christchurch Airport.

# rugby-union - Yesterday’s News

McKenzie's surprise inclusion one of 6 All Blacks changes from Lions draw

Damian McKenzie has been handed the number 15 jersey for New Zealand’s Rugby Championship opener.

# rugby-union - Monday 14 August, 2017

Barrett hails Lions wake-up call for All Blacks and brushes off kicking concerns

New Zealand drew with the British and Irish Lions, a result that Beauden Barrett believes was “just what we needed”.

# rugby-union - Friday 28 July, 2017

Sonny Bill appeals suspension in bid to face Australia in Rugby Championship opener

The All Blacks believe their shortened warm-up fixture against Counties Manukau and Taranaki should count in SBW’s ban.

# rugby-union - Thursday 27 July, 2017

Wallabies captain Moore set to retire from international rugby

The 34-year-old came close to a move to Munster in the past.

# rugby-union - Wednesday 26 July, 2017

All Blacks vice-captain Smith to take sabbatical

He will miss the majority of the Rugby Championship after exercising the option to take a career break.

# rugby-union - Tuesday 25 July, 2017

Canada rugby sevens wing lands a contract in the NFL

Adam Zaruba impressed in a trial, two months after winning a World Series bronze medal at the London Sevens.

# rugby-union - Sunday 23 July, 2017

Star rugby ref Nigel Owens opens up on bulimia battle

“I would urge anyone suffering to do something – seek professional advice, tell people about it, don’t hide it, don’t lie about it, that’s a great first step.”

# rugby-union - Tuesday 18 July, 2017

All Black Coles set to return after considering retirement over concussion problems

“I got into a bit of a dark place.”

# rugby-union - Monday 17 July, 2017

Australia star Christian Lealiifano ready for Super Rugby return after leukaemia diagnosis

The Wallaby playmaker looks set to feature when the Hurricanes visit Canberra on Friday.

Ryan Crotty ignores interest from France to sign new All Blacks deal

The centre has signed a new contract for 2018.

# rugby-union - Monday 3 July, 2017

'These are the ones you remember' - Aaron Smith is well up for this weekend's Lions decider

The fired-up All Blacks star “could play today”.

# rugby-union - Saturday 24 June, 2017

Rampant Springboks outscore France by four tries to complete whitewash

South Africa won the series 3-0.

No Ford fiesta as Scotland fail in Fiji a week after Wallabies win

Veteran hooker Ross Ford made history in Suva, becoming Scotland’s most capped player.

# rugby-union - Friday 23 June, 2017

Samoa run experimental Wales side close but fall just short

Two second-half scores from Steff Evans in only his second Test ensured Wales head home with two tour wins out of two.

'There's always a minority' - Rob Howley disappointed by Spencer incident with fan on Lions tour

Tour manager John Spencer was confronted at a restaurant.

# rugby-union - Tuesday 20 June, 2017

Former Scottish and Lions player reveals that he is suffering with motor neurone disease

Doddie Weir earned 61 Scotland caps during an illustrious career.

Sale bring in Australian back O'Connor as marquee signing on three-year deal

The 27-year-old is returning to the Premiership.

# rugby-union - Monday 19 June, 2017

Michael Cheika using angry fan's Facebook rant to motivate his Australia squad

Michael Cheika called an irate fan who was moved to write a lengthy critique of the Wallabies’ pride in the jersey after their loss to Scotland.

# rugby-union - Saturday 10 June, 2017

Another step in the right direction - Farrell positive after Lions win

He kicked all of the British and Irish Lions’ 12 points in their win over the Crusaders and Owen Farrell sees improvement in the tourists.

'A lot of people had written us off, there had been a lot of criticism'

After an unconvincing start to the tour, Warren Gatland was pleased to see the British and Irish Lions improve in defeating the Crusaders.

# rugby-union - Tuesday 6 June, 2017

Under-pressure Gatland has made a rod for his own back, says Eddie O'Sullivan

The former Ireland boss says the Lions are under pressure to perform against the Blues thanks to Warren Gatland.

# rugby-union - Tuesday 30 May, 2017

'I said it in jest' - Jones rows back on Gatland criticism

The England coach claims he meant no disrespect when criticising the tactics of the Lions boss.

Lions schedule criticised by All Blacks coach Hansen

Warren Gatland’s side arrive in New Zealand tomorrow.

# rugby-union - Friday 26 May, 2017

14-man Northampton deliver magnificent comeback to claim play-off win over Stade

Ahsee Tuala scored the winning try to ensure the Saints’ place in next season’s competition.

# rugby-union - Thursday 25 May, 2017

Robshaw and Ford to lead inexperienced England side against the Barbarians

Eddie Jones has opted to name the pair as co-captains for Sunday’s clash.

# rugby-union - Wednesday 24 May, 2017

Australia second row Dean Mumm announces retirement to focus on charity work

The 33-year-old will retire from all rugby at the end of the year.

# rugby-union - Saturday 20 May, 2017

Montpellier lose their cool as ROG's Racing book Clermont semi-final

Francois Steyn entered the sin bin and Jannie Du Plessis was sent off as Racing 92 dumped Montpellier out of the Top 14 finals.

# rugby-union - Tuesday 16 May, 2017

Hansen: Lions could buckle under pressure

The mind games have started.

# rugby-union - Wednesday 10 May, 2017

'We know they will be tough': All Blacks coach on drawing Springboks at Rugby World Cup

Steve Hansen expects South Africa and Italy to provide stern tests, but was “okay” with the draw.

# rugby-union - Monday 8 May, 2017

Three new caps, but no Duncan Weir in Gregor Townsend's first Scotland squad

John Barclay will captain the squad for a gruelling travelling schedule that will take them through Singapore, Australia and Fiji.

# rugby-union - Saturday 6 May, 2017

WATCH: Lions and Chiefs power to dominant victories in Super Rugby

It wasn’t all plain sailing for the Blues, meanwhile.

Broken thumb leaves All Blacks' Squire a doubt for Lions opener

“With Kieran Read out, Liam was probably next cab off the rank”.

# rugby-union - Wednesday 3 May, 2017

England star's honest assessment of Lions omission: 'Peter O'Mahony played his way in — I failed'

James Haskell was left out of Warren Gatland’s squad for this summer’s New Zealand tour.

# rugby-union - Monday 1 May, 2017

Mauger lands Highlanders role just over a month after Leicester sacking

The former All Black will move to Dunedin after agreeing a two-year contract with the 2015 Super Rugby champions.

# rugby-union - Wednesday 19 April, 2017

Warburton learned of Lions honour in supermarket car park

For the second British and Irish Lions tour running, Sam Warburton has been named captain.

# rugby-union - Monday 17 April, 2017

Wallabies and Toulon wing Drew Mitchell announces his decision to retire

Only two players have scored more Rugby World Cup tries than Australia’s Mitchell, who is set to end his illustrious career.

# rugby-union - Sunday 16 April, 2017

Lopeti Timani handed four-week ban for kicking opponent in the head

The Australia number eight will now miss the next month of Super Rugby action.

# rugby-union - Saturday 8 April, 2017

Brian Moore recovering in hospital after suffering heart attack

The BBC pundit has thanked staff for saving his life after suffering a heart attack.

# rugby-union - Thursday 6 April, 2017

Sonny Bill set for first 15s appearance since 2015 World Cup final Sbw

Sonny Bill set for first 15s appearance since 2015 World Cup final

He hasn’t played since tearing his Achilles tendon on sevens duty during the Rio Olympics.

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