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Dan Cole and Joe Launchbury facing fight for World Cup spots

Joe Launchbury and Dan Cole face a weekend of tension before England’s World Cup squad is named on Monday — knowing their experience offers no …

Rush defence to dominate Rugby World Cup, Rassie Erasmus says

Rush defence will be grim reality in the biggest games at the Rugby World Cup, according to Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus, who predicts tries will …

All Blacks great Dan Carter laughs off World Cup talk

Two-time World Cup winner Dan Carter has laughed off suggestions he could make a surprise return to the All Blacks squad for this year’s tournament …

Peter O’Mahony: Munster can’t copy what Saracens did to Leinster

This time last year, Munster may have had similar feelings as Leinster returned to domestic action following another Champions Cup final, yet Racing …

The Breakdown

It has been a season when No 10s have come back in from the outside. This weekend’s European Champions Cup semi-finals will, if Joey Carbery recovers from a hamstring injury to spearhead Munster against Saracens, be instances of masters and apprentices. Owen Farrell, the England captain and one of …

The Breakdown

When Leicester sacked Dean Richards at the beginning of 2004, the reaction was seismic. Not only had 23 years at the club as a player and the director of rugby been abruptly terminated but the Tigers had won four Premiership titles and two European Cups under the former England No 8 who paid for …

Wallabies legend Gregan tips Eddie’s England to lift World Cup

Former Wallabies captain George Gregan on Wednesday backed England to win a wide-open Rugby World Cup in Japan this year and defended his old coach …

Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

Jonathan Joseph has been back from his long injury layoff for a while but judging by his performance against Bristol, and in his previous outing against Exeter, he is nearing a return to his best form. In the past it has been a criticism that, because he is so naturally talented, Joseph has a …

New Zealand rugby’s Crusaders to mull name change after mosque massacre

The White House said on Sunday President Donald Trump may still meet his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, despite the US accusing Iran of… Steve …

ABs biggest World Cup threat? Wales jump up rankings

Wales have moved to number two in the latest World Rugby rankings following their Six Nations title clinching victory over Ireland this morning. With …

‘Don’t give up on us’ – Schmidt’s plea to fans after Cardiff horror show

The Welsh wrapped up a third Grand Slam in 11 years under Warren Gatland and can look forward to the World Cup with optimism. Ireland, with a …

I will miss Six Nations but now it is all about Japan, says Warren Gatland

Warren Gatland will this week turn his attention to the World Cup after celebrating the grand slam and Wales’s fourth Six Nations title since he took over as head coach at the end of 2007. “I am excited about the World Cup,” said Gatland, whose contract is up at the end of the tournament. “We will …

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