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#Rugby Union

# rugby-union - Friday 22 September, 2017

Eddie Jones includes 18-year-old out-half in England training squad for November

Teenager Marcus Smith has been rewarded for some fine early season performances for Harlequins.

All Blacks confirm Israel Dagg is out for the season with a knee injury

Israel Dagg will spend the rest of 2017 resting a knee injury after a stop-start year for the All Blacks and Crusaders.

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# rugby-union - Saturday 16 September, 2017

Australia come from behind to seal first Rugby Championship win Bonus Boys This post contains videos

Australia come from behind to seal first Rugby Championship win

Israel Folau broke a six-Test scoring drought in a very important victory for the Wallabies.

Ruthless All Blacks humiliate Springboks with record-breaking shutout Black Ops This post contains videos

Ruthless All Blacks humiliate Springboks with record-breaking shutout

New Zealand scored eight tries in Albany to move a step closer to another Rugby Championship triumph.

# rugby-union - Wednesday 13 September, 2017

Kane Hames gets his first start as All Blacks make 7 changes for Springboks

New Zealand take on South Africa in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.

Northampton sign Springbok flanker Brussow to fill Picamoles void

The 31-year-old flanker has made 23 appearances in the South African back row.

Wallabies star Folau 'respects all people' but 'will not support' same-sex marriage

Australia star Israel Folau’s refusal to support gay marriage led to a mixed reaction from the public on social media.

# rugby-union - Sunday 10 September, 2017

Champions Clermont Auvergne hit with 7-try trouncing by La Rochelle

Meanwhile, former Ulster favourite Ruan Pienaar chipped in with 17 points for Montpellier against Castres.

# rugby-union - Monday 4 September, 2017

Refs in Australia will give players suspected of having concussion blue cards this season

Refs will be able to send players to the line if they display certain symptoms.

# rugby-union - Saturday 2 September, 2017

Scintillating Saracens thrash Saints as London Irish return with thrilling Twickeham win

There were also wins for Wasps, Gloucester and Newcastle on the opening weekend of the new Premiership season.

# rugby-union - Tuesday 29 August, 2017

Former Lion Doddie Weir: 'Rugby not to blame for my motor neurone disease' Doddie Weir This post contains videos

Former Lion Doddie Weir: 'Rugby not to blame for my motor neurone disease'

The ex-Scottish international has opened up about his battle with the disease.

# rugby-union - Monday 28 August, 2017

That'll deux! Chris Ashton made a dream start to life at Toulon Magnifique This post contains videos

That'll deux! Chris Ashton made a dream start to life at Toulon

The English wing looked at home in the French top flight, scoring two tries in a big victory over Pau.

# rugby-union - Thursday 24 August, 2017

All Blacks cleared of misconduct over Sonny Bill Williams head knock Sbw

All Blacks cleared of misconduct over Sonny Bill Williams head knock

New Zealand were not guilty of a “deliberate failure” to deal with Sonny Bill Williams’ blows to the head, according to SANZAAR.

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All Blacks cleared of misconduct over Sonny Bill Williams head knock

New Zealand were not guilty of a “deliberate failure” to deal with Sonny Bill Williams’ blows to the head, according to SANZAAR.

# rugby-union - Sunday 20 August, 2017

All Blacks 'Player of the 20th Century' Colin Meads dies after battle with cancer RIP

All Blacks 'Player of the 20th Century' Colin Meads dies after battle with cancer

Having played 55 Tests for the All Blacks from 1957-71, Meads is considered one of the greatest players in history.

# rugby-union - Saturday 19 August, 2017

'It's not going to stop us' - Cheika defiant despite home hammering against All Blacks

The Wallabies capitulated in today’s first half against New Zealand.

All Blacks battling controversy again as Kaino drops out of Wallabies clash

New Zealand Rugby confirmed that Kaino left the camp today amid allegations he cheated on his wife.

# rugby-union - Thursday 17 August, 2017

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 - Wednesday 16 August, 2017

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.

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