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Check out the latest Rugby Union news, results and scores for all the major leagues, international fixtures and World Cup from the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday

Published: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:38:27 +0000

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Chris Robshaw takes England team-mates out for pancakes

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:33:09 +0000

With Shrove Tuesday just a few days away, former captain Chris Robshaw took three of his team-mates out to celebrate with a tasty-looking selection of pancakes.(image)

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Dylan Hartley still in contention for Lions captaincy

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:48:51 +0000

Former British and Irish Lions head coach Sir Ian McGeechan believes Dylan Hartley remains a contender to be captain for this summer's tour to New Zealand.(image)

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Faletau will thrive under pressure, insists Howley

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:31:38 +0000

Faletau will miss out on a Wales starting berth for the second successive Six Nations this weekend, with Howley retaining the back-row trio of Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty against Scotland.(image)

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Barclay replaces Laidlaw as Scotland captain against Wales

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:06:40 +0000

Flanker John Barclay will captain Scotland against Wales at Murrayfield on Saturday after Greig Laidlaw was ruled out of the Six Nations. Vern Cotter has made five changes to his XV.(image)

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Johnny Sexton returns from injury against France

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:30:57 +0000

Johnny Sexton has fought off Paddy Jackson's challenge to start Ireland's RBS 6 Nations clash with France in Dublin on Saturday. Sexton has been sidelined with calf trouble.(image)

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Castleford court case with Sale's Denny Solomona adjourned

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:17:09 +0000

A court case to hear Castleford's legal action against former player Denny Solomona is set to be adjourned, raising the prospect of an out-of-court settlement.(image)

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France changes for Ireland are 'logical', Guy Noves claims

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:14:52 +0000

Noves has brought in prop Rabah Slimani, flanker Bernard Le Roux and wing Yoann Huget for the clash in Dublin. Uini Atonio, Loann Goujon and Virimi Vakatawa are the players to make way for Les Bleus.(image)

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Paul Gustard insists England do not fear Italy insiders

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:41:12 +0000

The Azzurri are guided by Conor O'Shea, who spent six years as director of rugby at Harlequin while Mike Catt and Brendan Venter, have also coached with England and Saracens respectively.(image)

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France make three changes against Ireland in Six Nations

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:29:01 +0000

Yoann Huget will start at right wing instead of Virimi Vakatawa, who has a thigh problem, with Noa Nakaitaci compensating by making the switch over to the left wing to accommodate Huget.(image)

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England centre Jonathan Joseph out of Italy clash

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:54:16 +0000

The 25-year-old Bath centre has been a stalwart of the spectacular revival under the Australian head coach, starting 14 Tests and making a replacement appearance in the other one — all victories.(image)

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Sale chief Steve Diamond handed six-week touchline ban

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:16:11 +0000

Steve Diamond, appearing before a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel on Wednesday, pleaded guilty after being charged with 'conduct prejudicial to the interests of the union and/or the game.(image)

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Ian Madigan wants Ireland return... AND Bordeaux success

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:21:35 +0000

Reports emerged earlier in the week Ian Madigan had asked Bordeaux president Laurent Marti to be released from the final year of his contract with the French club. He has not featured regularly.(image)

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England rugby's new star Elliot Daly is Mr Perfect

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 01:35:54 +0000

Rugby prodigy, obviously. Head boy. A-grade student. Outstanding cricketer. Natural all-round sportsman. Popular with peers, teachers and coaches alike.(image)

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Jonny Sexton to play at No 10 for Ireland against France

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:27:05 +0000

Jonny Sexton will reacquaint himself with the Ireland No 10 jersey for just the third time in 10 matches when Joe Schmidt announces his line-up to face France at the Aviva Stadium.(image)

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Wales star Liam Williams dreaming of Lions call-up

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:45:09 +0000

Williams is plotting to boost his British & Irish Lions claim against Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg on Saturday – having watched the previous tour from a bar in Ibiza.(image)

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Six Nations chiefs warned relegation snub threatens deal

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:54:21 +0000

Six Nations blazers have been warned they are jeopardising their hopes of securing a £100million sponsorship deal because of their archaic stance on reform.(image)

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Warren Gatland to make choirboys out of the Lions

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:31:50 +0000

NIK SIMON: Warren Gatland has revealed his Lions squad will undergo choir practice ‘every night’ during this summer’s tour of New Zealand.(image)

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Wasps sign Marcus Watson, Ben Harris and TJ Harris

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:35:10 +0000

The Aviva Premiership leaders confirmed the arrival of Newcastle pair Marcus Watson and Ben Harris as well as hooker Antonio 'TJ' Harris from Championship club Nottingham.(image)

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Italy make four changes for Six Nations clash with England

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:39:45 +0000

The Azzurri travel to Twickenham having lost both of their opening Six Nations matches. Italy have never beaten England but Conor O'Shea is relishing the task of facing Eddie Jones' side.(image)

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Scotland's Huw Jones hoping to spring a surprise on Wales

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:31:53 +0000

The Edinburgh-born centre, who plays his club rugby for South African franchise the Stormers, is relishing his first RBS 6 Nations campaign which continues as Murrayfield this weekend.(image)

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Georgia are hot favourites to join Pro12

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:23:55 +0000

Fancy watching Glasgow Warriors play a Pro12 game in Tbilisi? Or Edinburgh in Munich? How does a weekend trip to either Houston or Toronto to watch your side in league action sound?(image)

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Wales recall George North for Scotland clash

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:23:46 +0000

The Northampton wing has recovered from a leg injury that sidelined him for Wales' 21-16 loss to reigning champions England earlier this month, and he replaces Alex Cuthbert.(image)

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Eddie Jones brings dog Annie to England training session 

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:03:02 +0000

The Red Rose players were in for a real shock on Wednesday morning when they were joined in training by a very special guest. England face Italy in the Six Nations on Sunday.(image)

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Georgia's Six Nations hopes crushed

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:34:11 +0000

EXCLUSIVE - CHRIS FOY: Despite Georgia being above Italy in the world rankings, Six Nations chief executive John Feehan has ruled out the growing calls for reform.(image)

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Kieran Marmion knows he has to wait his time for No9 shirt

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:35:17 +0000

Kieran Marmion can't catch a break. With his path to the Ireland No9 shirt already blocked by the presence of Conor Murray, his game-time at provincial level is now also being hampered as well.(image)

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Ireland look to referee Nigel Owens to keep control

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:19:24 +0000

Ireland are looking for referee Nigel Owens to keep firm control of Saturday’s Six Nation showdown with France after recent tempestuous meetings between the two countries.(image)

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Leigh Halfpenny could miss out return to Wales

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:16:25 +0000

NIK SIMON: Leigh Halfpenny could miss out on a return to Wales because he wants to play for a short time in the southern hemisphere after the 2019 World Cup.(image)

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Joe Marler says pulling out of tour of Australia paid off

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:36:10 +0000

SAM PETERS: It is less than a year since Joe Marler felt so crushed by the pressure of being in rugby's spotlight he no longer cared who wore England's No1 jersey. Now, he is preparing to play Italy.(image)

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Owen Farrell is key for England, says Martin Johnson

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:12:57 +0000

World Cup winner Martin Johnson has singled out fly-half Owen Farrell as England’s trump card as Eddie Jones’ men chase back-to-back Six Nations Grand Slam titles.(image)

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Garry Ringrose can be great for Ireland, says O'Driscoll

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:11:11 +0000

His performances in the opening weeks of the Six Nations have seen Garry Ringrose hog the headlines for Ireland, while his try against Italy saw comparisons drawn with Brian O'Driscoll.(image)

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Shaun Edwards on 'mistake' that cost Wales versus England 

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:03:58 +0000

Elliot Daly scored a late try for Eddie Jones' side to give Englad victory in Cardiff. Wales had led until the 75th-minute before Jonathan Davies' kick allowed England to score on the counter-attack.(image)

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Tom Arscott signs for Yorkshire Carnegie after Sale exit

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:30:50 +0000

The 29-year-old winger had his contract terminated by Sale last month after allegedly leaking inside information to his brother Luke ahead of the Sharks' clash with Bristol on January 1.(image)

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Gordon Reid urges Scotland to stand up against Wales

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:25:50 +0000

Glasgow prop Reid knows they cannot afford to let the visitors get the upper hand at the set-piece after allowing Ireland and France to boss them during their opening two clashes.(image)

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Johnny Sexton has no divine right to get picked

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:51:28 +0000

Ireland skills coach Murphy hailed Ulster playmaker Jackson's performances in Sexton's absence, and then insisted boss Joe Schmidt will face a tough selection decision this week.(image)

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Wales wing George North to make Six Nations return

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:43:47 +0000

The Northampton wing missed Wales's 21-16 loss to England at the Principality Stadium 10 days ago because of a leg injury, and was replaced in the starting line-up by Alex Cuthbert.(image)

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England's James Haskell reveals crazy 3,750-calorie diet

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:47:09 +0000

James Haskell has been featured as a replacement for England in both their Six Nations matches so far. The flanker has previously been on the bench England's victories over France and Wales.(image)

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Lions should pick New Zealand-born Denny Solomona - Healey

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:38:53 +0000

The rugby league convert has been hailed as 'the best finisher in the Premiership' by the former Lion. Solomona scored a first-half hat-trick against leaders Wasps to cement his growing reputation.(image)

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Christian Leali'ifano to be ACT Brumbies coach

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:48:22 +0000

The 29-year-old Leali'ifano has gone 100 days since a successful bone marrow transplant, and is hopeful of soon playing again. He will act as a mentor to the Brumbies' younger players.(image)

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Jamie Heaslip believes Ireland are on right path

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:25:32 +0000

Jamie Heaslip believes Ireland are heading in the right direction to win the 2019 World Cup — even though they have only won seven of their last 15 matches.(image)

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Eddie Jones recalls Mako Vunipola to solve firepower issue

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:21:57 +0000

The head coach admitted after the tense win over Wales that his team had been short of 'firepower' and the return of the loosehead will be a big step towards addressing that deficit.(image)

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Italy have gotten soft in cosy Six Nations, says Sir Clive

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:59:15 +0000

SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: The organisers have let Italy and the competition down by not introducing relegation play-offs long ago. As cosy Six Nations members, Italian rugby has become soft.(image)

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England v Italy: Win tickets to RBS Six Nations match

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:57:35 +0000

Mail Online has teamed up with Dove Men+Care to offer you the chance to win a pair of tickets to England v Italy on Sunday, February 26.(image)

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Alex Dunbar admits he crocked Scots captain Greig Laidlaw

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:29:06 +0000

Alex Dunbar has admitted that he injured skipper Greig Laidlaw in what was a freak accident during Scotland’s Six Nations defeat to France a week last Sunday in Paris.(image)

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Ross Moriarty gives Wales coach a selection headache

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:27:35 +0000

No 8 Faletau has provided a world-class presence for Wales since being handed his Test debut in 2011. But the Bath man's injury-hit season has opened a door for Gloucester prospect Ross Moriarty.(image)

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Gloucester say sorry for rude gesture to Billy Vunipola

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:56:23 +0000

Gloucester have apologised after a supporter was spotted making an obscene gesture to Vunipola during television coverage of Friday's Premiership victory over Saracens.(image)

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Dan Carter loses sponsorship contract with Land Rover

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:22:29 +0000

Former New Zealand flyhalf Dan Carter has lost his sponsorship contract with Land Rover after failing a drink-driving test in France last week. He said he accepted and understood the decision.(image)

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Josh and Joel Matavesi to join Newcastle Falcons

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:11:45 +0000

Brothers Josh and Joel Matavesi have signed for Newcastle Falcons for next season. Josh will make the move to from Guinness PRO12 outfit Ospreys, while fly-half Joel will move from Redruth.(image)

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Former Leicester coach Richard Cockerill to join Edinburgh

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:59:40 +0000

The ex-England hooker, who is on a short-term deal at Toulon, has signed a two-year deal, with acting head coach Duncan Hodge returning to his previous post of backs coach.(image)

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Ireland expecting trio to be fit for France

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:43:38 +0000

Sexton has missed Ireland's two RBS 6 Nations clashes after calf trouble, while Kearney has nursed a biceps injury and Murray sat out training on Friday with a slight abductor issue.(image)

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Georgia are chasing a place in the Six Nations

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:30:39 +0000

NIK SIMON IN TBILISI: Bidzina Ivanishvili has negotiated with Barack Obama and David Cameron and now the self-made billionaire is funding Georgia's campaign to join the Six Nations.(image)

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Six Nations: Scotland injury boost ahead of Wales clash

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:01:23 +0000

Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has been handed an RBS 6 Nations fitness boost after a clutch of his struggling players declared themselves fit to face Wales.(image)

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Worcester flanker Phil Dowson to retire and rejoin Saints

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:20:50 +0000

Former Northampton back-rower Phil Dowson will return to Franklin's Gardens this summer as an assistant coach, filling the role which was vacated by Alex King back in October.(image)

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Garry Ringrose ready stifle French flair in Six Nations

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:29:11 +0000

Garry Ringrose gave a word of warning to his Ireland team-mates ahead of the Six Nations match with France, saying they have got the flair and 'we have to be switched on the whole time'.(image)

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May fears sin bin could cost him England starting spot

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:00:04 +0000

The Gloucester player was sin-binned on February 4 for what was ruled a dangerous tackle on Gael Fickou at Twickenham — and days later demoted to the bench against Wales in Cardiff.(image)

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Paddy Jackson has raised his game to another level

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:50:50 +0000

Out-half rivalries have long been part of Irish rugby's rich tapestry. Ward versus Campbell. Elwood versus Humphreys. Humphreys versus O'Gara. O'Gara versus Sexton. Now, Sexton versus Jackson.(image)

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Ireland fly-half Joey Carbery left out for France clash

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:37:49 +0000

Joey Carbery's all-action Friday night return with Leinster after 10 weeks on the sidelines wasn't enough to convince Joe Schmidt to recall him to the 34-strong Ireland squad to face France next weekend.(image)

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Owen Farrell 'can lead Lions in tour of New Zealand'

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:56:32 +0000

Two former Lions captains believe Owen Farrell should be considered as a candidate to lead this summer's tour to New Zealand, but both ultimately back Alun Wyn Jones for the post.(image)

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