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Rugby World Cup: England's Manu Tuilagi 'feeling good'  BBC Sport

England's Manu Tuilagi believes his run of injuries is behind him as he zeros in on next month's Rugby World Cup and Saturday's warm-up against Ireland.

Rugby: England's Te'o to join Toulon as World Cup cover  Reuters UK

Ben Te'o has agreed a short-term deal with Toulon following his omission from England's Rugby World Cup squad, the French Top 14 club said on Wednesday.

Rugby World Cup: John Cooney 'unfortunate' to miss out on Ireland squad  BBC Sport

John Cooney's omission from Ireland's World Cup squad was a result of the strong competition for playing time at scrum-half, says skills coach Richie Murphy.

Rugby World Cup 2019: France player set to miss tournament for for danegrous play vs Scotland  The Independent

France lock Paul Gabrillagues is likely to miss the Rugby World Cup after he was handed a six-week suspension for foul play in their warm-up match against ...

Wales 13-6 England: Rugby World Cup warmup – as it happened  The Guardian

Minute-by-minute report: George North's try made the difference as Wales won in Cardiff.

'Super fit' Leicester Tigers rugby star dies a day after proposing to girlfriend  Mirror Online

Retired rugby player Steve Booth, 42, collapsed and died at work the day he was due to pick up the diamond engagement ring he had ordered for his fiancee ...

How HK Sevens shaped world rugby  Taipei Times

As Japan gears up to host Asia's first Rugby World Cup, it might give a nod of thanks to Hong Kong for helping make it all possible. The Hong Kong Sevens has ...

It may be a Rugby World Cup year but the Bledisloe Cup still matters  The Guardian

The last thing the series needs right now is an attack on its credibility by participants seeking greater glory.

Bledisloe Cup 2019: Wallabies 47-26 All Blacks, Rugby Championship – as it happened  The Guardian

So, first things first. It's a very special night in Perth, and for long-suffering fans of Australian rugby it's a performance, and a result, for the scrapbooks. By Kieran ...

Rugby league’s long history of racial diversity  The Guardian

Letters: David Hinchliffe points out that the league code is years ahead of rugby union when it comes to the inclusion of black and mixed-race players, while Bill ...

Steve Booth: Leicester Tigers rugby star died from heart disease

Former rugby union star Steve Booth died suddenly from undiagnosed heart condition.

Players’ union urges action on mental health after Kearnan Myall speaks out  The Guardian

Rugby's players' union has called for urgent action to be taken to protect members' mental wellbeing following stark warnings from Kearnan Myall, the former ...

Profit-sharing deal could transform Pacific Islands rugby, says Dan Leo  RugbyPass

Pacific Rugby campaigners are pushing Europe's top unions to agree a profit-sharing deal that could help transform the Test fortunes of Samoa, Tonga and Fiji.

Rugby: Zimbabwe Sables Ready To Host Cranes  Africanews English

Zimbabwe Sables will be hosting Uganda's Cranes in their return leg of the Victoria Cup at the Machinery Exchange Stadium, Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

Diverse World Cup squad can change perception of rugby union in England  The Guardian

More than a third of the England squad for the World Cup are from BAME backgrounds and all have been selected on merit. Ugo Monye hails it as a reflection of ...

Batley Bulldogs rugby league player Archie Bruce dies aged 20  The Guardian

Batley Bulldogs have announced that scrum-half Archie Bruce was found dead in his hotel room after their Championship game against Toulouse.

England defend Jones' rugby training camps  7NEWS

England have mounted a staunch defence of Eddie Jones' training approach ahead of next month's rugby World Cup, following claims players feared national ...

France vs Scotland live stream: how to watch today's rugby international online from anywhere  TechRadar

The Scots meet the French on home turf for this World Cup warm-up. Watch all the action from Murrayfield with our Scotland vs France live stream guide.

Rugby World Cup Shines Spotlight on a Less-Traveled Japan  The New York Times

This autumn, fans from around the world will descend upon Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the first time the tournament will be held in Asia. With venues ...

Rugby fans warned about killer disease ahead of World Cup in Japan  INSIDER

Rugby fans travelling to the World Cup in Japan later this year are being warned about the dangers of a potentially deadly viral brain infection known as ...

Rugby World Cup: Ireland unable to offer Joey Carbery selection guarantees  BBC Sport

Ireland have refused to offer injured fly-half Joey Carbery any guarantees over World Cup selection. An ankle injury means the Munster fly-half faces a race ...

Kentucky fullback Drew Schlegel loves football, but he may love alpacas just as much  Courier Journal

Kentucky football walk-on Drew Schlegel is a key blocker on the field and one of the most interesting Wildcats off it.

Rugby 2019: Wales become world no. 1, All Blacks, decade, World Cup favourites

Wales have snatched the mantle of the world's number one rugby team after their 13-6 win over England — ending the 10-year reign of the All Blacks.

Camaraderie has meant more than Rugby World Cup warm-ups for Wales  The Guardian

Ross Harries' entertaining new book Behind the Dragon delves into World Cup preparations and the role of team bonding.

Rugby: "Brighton Miracle" film set for release before World Cup  Kyodo News Plus

"The Brighton Miracle," a film based on Japan's exploits at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, is set to be released worldwide ahead of this year's tournament, ...

Rugby: Fit-again Vunipola eager for England return against Ireland  CNA

England prop Mako Vunipola is yearning to make his long-awaited comeback in Saturday's World Cup warm-up match against Ireland after recovering ...

Ireland using Algarve base to acclimatise ahead of Rugby World Cup  The Irish Times

Squad training in similar temperatures but replicating Japan's humidity is impossible.

Rugby World Cup 2019: Italy target Boks for potential upset  The South African

Italy coach Connor O'Shea has mentioned his side's pool stage fixture against South Africa as a possible ticket to the next round of the Rugby World Cup.

Rugby World Cup: Scotland must 'lay down marker' against France - Rory Lawson  BBC Sport

Scotland need to "lay down a marker" for the Rugby World Cup in their rematch with France on Saturday, says Rory Lawson.

Australia 16-10 Argentina: Rugby Championship 2019 – as it happened  The Guardian

Minute-by-minute report: Can the Wallabies bounce back from their opening defeat in South Africa? Find out with Richard Parkin.

Argentina place faith in home-based players but will miss Facundo Isa's power at Rugby World Cup

Argentina's internal struggle between selecting their best players, and rewarding the loyalty of those home-based internationals who led the Jaguares to this ...

SA's women rugby team heading to Dubai | The Star  Independent Online

The team is going to take part in the Rugby Sevens Invitational Tournament in December.

Gordon D’Arcy: Glass quarter full or three quarters empty? Either way, I’m worried  The Irish Times

We could all do with the sight of Ringrose and Sexton tearing it up at Twickenham.

The student teaching rugby to Peru's high-security prisoners  BBC News

Jo Penrose, 20, has spent two summers in Peru teaching rugby to children and prisoners.

England vs Wales live stream: how to watch international rugby online from anywhere  TechRadar

All eyes on Twickenham ahead of this key pre-World Cup rugby encounter. See who comes out on top by following our England vs Wales live stream guide.

Super Saturday hat-trick for SA Rugby celebrated  Sport24

South African national rugby teams have been congratulated for a hat-trick of wins by SA Rugby.

Rugby World Cup 2019: Pick your Scotland XV to play France  BBC Sport

Scotland were thrashed by France in Nice on Saturday, but what changes would you make for the return match at Murrayfield if you were Gregor Townsend?

Vaea Fifita, Asafo Aumua keep Rugby World Cup dreams alive with Wellington Lions

Sent off to play provincial rugby, two All Blacks squad members remain as hungry as ever.

'Team 21' match officials kit unveiled for Rugby World Cup 2019  Rugby World Cup 2019

With just 36 days to go World Rugby has unveiled the match officials' kit for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.

Wallabies need James O'Connor-style playmaker at 13, says Kafer  The Age

Former Wallaby Rod Kafer has urged Australian selectors to learn from the All Blacks and stick with a ball-playing outside centre at the Rugby World Cup.

New Zealand vs Australia live stream: how to watch today's rugby match from anywhere  TechRadar

The All Blacks and the Wallabies are lined up for a Bledisloe Cup showdown. Don't miss any of the action with our New Zealand vs Australia live stream guide.

Rugby: Dan Carter takes son to first All Blacks test  New Zealand Herald

The one thing All Blacks legend Dan Carter is most looking forward to when he retires is spending more time with his family. And back in New Zealand after ...

Casualties as Conor O'Shea confirms 31-man Italy Rugby World Cup squad  RugbyPass

Conor O'Shea has named his 31-man Italy Rugby World Cup squad for Japan – and there are some significant casualties. Yesterday Italy walloped future ...

USA blast past Canada in first Rugby World Cup warm-up  The Guardian

The USA crushed Canada in their Pacific Nations Cup opener in Glendale, Colorado on Saturday, the Eagles' final home game before the Rugby World Cup in ...

Rugby World Cup: Is All Blacks hard man Liam Squire's self-imposed exile about to end?

OPINION: Big back-rower could complete a remarkable comeback in time for RWC if he shines for Tasman this weekend.

Cheika hoping Skelton picks up as Horan calls for law to be scrapped  The Age

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said Will Skelton needed to get on the phone "pretty quickly" if he wanted a spot in Australia's World Cup squad.

Argentina drop two of their most high-profile players from 31-man squad for Rugby World Cup  The Telegraph

Argentina head coach Mario Ledesma has left out two of his most high-profile players from a 31-man party for the Rugby World Cup. Santiago Cordero and ...

Not afraid of the big calls: Our experts pick their Wallabies World Cup squads  Fox Sports

Big tournaments call for big decisions and as Friday's D-Day approaches, a trio of former Wallabies have picked the 31 men they want to represent Australia at ...

British rugby league player found dead in French hotel  The Local France

A British rugby league player has been found dead in a Toulouse hotel room after playing his debut match against the French club.

Rugby World Cup 2019: Spark warns customers to 'get in quick'  Newshub

The countdown is on for not only the All Blacks, but also Spark Sport, New Zealand broadcast rights holder for the Rugby World Cup. Just a month out from the ...

Rugby Championship: Springboks steal late draw with All Blacks  The Guardian

South Africa have issued a warning to rugby's leading nations by snatching a last-minute 16-16 draw with a shaken All Blacks in Wellington.

Fiji close in on final RWC 2019 squad  Rugby World Cup 2019

Fiji coach John McKee has almost settled on his squad for Rugby World Cup 2019 and encouraged the players to.

Four areas struggling All Blacks must address before the Rugby World Cup

It is far from a crisis but the All Blacks' stuttering start to Test rugby in 2019 has certainly raised a few eyebrows, especially after they were thrashed by Australia ...

Kenyan rugby duo jailed 15 years each for gang raping singer  Africanews English

Milimani High Court Martha Mutuku handed down the sentences of 15 years imprisonment saying “a deterrent sentence is necessary.”

Kristi Kirshe started playing rugby in 2017. It might get her to the Olympics  The Boston Globe

The former three-sport star at Franklin High helped the US win a silver medal at the Pan Am Games.

Springboks lose attack coach ahead of the Rugby World Cup  RugbyPass

The Springboks have lost their attack coach for the upcoming Rugby World Cup, as Swys de Bruin has left the side for.

Rugby World Cup: All Blacks fans panic after injured Brodie Retallick posts sledging photo at Mt Ruapehu  New Zealand Herald

Injured All Black Brodie Retallick has raised a few eyebrows after posting a picture with his family "bob sled training" at Mt Ruapehu. Retallick, who dislocated ...

Israel Folau's social media accounts reappear before Rugby Australia court hearing  The Guardian

Israel Folau's social media accounts have been reactivated before he heads to a court hearing into his sacking by Rugby Australia.

Machen student teaches rugby to Peru's high-security prisoners  BBC News

A student has spent her university break coaching rugby in Peru to women in a high-security prison. Jo Penrose, 20, from Machen near Caerphilly, has been ...

Rugby World Cup 2019: Gregor Townsend accepts Scotland have work to do after 32-3 defeat against France  The Independent

Gregor Townsend admits Scotland have work to do to get their Rugby World Cup preparations back on track after being dismantled by France in Nice. The Dark ...

Law change so bars, clubs can stay open for Rugby World Cup  Radio Sport

The Government will introduce a bill to enable bars and clubs to stay open and serve drinks during Rugby World Cup games next month. Justice Minister Andre.

Archie Bruce's first autopsy results show rugby player died of asphyxia  Mirror Online

Bruce was found dead in his hotel room in Toulouse on Sunday morning, just hours after making his debut for Batley Bulldogs.

All Blacks are still Rugby World Cup favourites - at least according to Twitter  RugbyPass

It is a weird thought but the All Blacks have only won one of their past four matches going into their Bledisloe Cup tie with the Wallabies this weekend at Eden ...

Ruaridh McConnochie will make Test debut in England's Rugby World Cup warm-up against Wales in Cardiff  The Telegraph

Ruaridh McConnochie will make his England debut a week later than hoped for after overcoming a hip problem in time to start against Wales in Cardiff on ...

What England's 31-man squad tells us about Eddie Jones' four-year plan for Rugby World Cup 2019

Eddie Jones boasts a deserved reputation for delivering results at Rugby World Cups, which makes it all the more fascinating that, for his fourth global ...

Owen Farrell celebration: What does England rugby star’s celebration mean?  Express

OWEN FARRELL can often be seen celebrating his tries in a unique way but what is the England rugby star doing and what does the celebration mean?

Prince Harry to Attend Rugby League Challenge Cup Final in Next Public Appearance

As the Rugby Football League's patron, Prince Harry will attend the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final later in August.

Rugby: Online sales for remaining World Cup tickets to start Sat.  Kyodo News Plus

The last big batch of tickets for the Rugby World Cup in Japan can be purchased online from Aug. 10, with organizers making a last-minute push in their bid to ...

Christian Wade: Ex-rugby union star beats five NFL players in dazzling run  BBC Sport

Ex-rugby union player Christian Wade continues to impress for the Buffalo Bills, evading several tackles in a 48-yard run against the Carolina Panthers in a ...

Connacht Rugby announces three-year sponsorship to encourage more young girls to play rugby

Connacht Rugby has announced a three-year plan to encourage young girls to play rugby. Sponsored by Clubforce, the scheme will see Connacht Rugby work ...

How humble Hong Kong Sevens shaped world rugby  SuperSport

As Japan gears up to host Asia's first Rugby World Cup, they might give a nod of thanks in the direction of continental neighbours Hong Kong for helping to make ...

Christian Wade: How former England rugby star plans to fulfil NFL ‘dream’ with Buffalo Bills  The Independent

Christian Wade glanced up at the enormous screen at New Era Field as he charged towards the end zone, nervously checking for defenders closing in.

England Rugby World Cup 2019 squad: Will Greenwood delivers his player-by-player verdict on Eddie Jones's 31

Our half-price 12-month Telegraph Sport subscription gives you unlimited access to all our analysis and insight on the Rugby World Cup, Six Nations, Gallagher ...

How Australia beat the All Blacks and encouraged New Zealand's Rugby World Cup challengers

New Zealand supporters are concerned. And not just because of a Bledisloe Cup defeat in which their team conceded 46 points – more than they ever have ...

Another week, another great play from Bills’ rugby star Christian Wade  Yahoo Sports

When Christian Wade gave up his professional rugby career in his native England to sign with the Bills, few thought he had much of a chance of making it in the ...

Revealed: The Wallabies squad The Roar wants to see at the Rugby World Cup  The Roar

On Tuesday, we asked you to pick the squad you'd like to see the Wallabies take to the World Cup. Now, it's time to reveal the results. We gave you 48 players to ...

Promotion off the menu for EP rugby  HeraldLIVE

An SA Rugby official confirmed on Wednesday that the top-placed SA team on the log at the conclusion of the pool stages has the option to play a ...

Israel Folau says court proceedings against Rugby Australia have begun  CNN International

Israel Folau says court proceedings against Rugby Australia are underway after his playing contract was terminated following homophobic comments on social ...

English ex-rugby pro Christian Wade scores 65-yard touchdown on his first NFL touch  CNN International

Former England rugby star Christian Wade wasted no time in making his case for a spot on an NFL roster.

Marcell Coetzee ruled out of Rugby World Cup and facing surgery  RugbyPass

Springboks management have confirmed that Marcell Coetzee will not take part in the Rugby World Cup after he injured his ankle.

The best matchup in rugby is a long way from the field  The Spinoff

With the acquisition of global rugby streaming leader RugbyPass, Sky might have just secured its future, writes Trevor McKewen. For several months now, the ...

Wasps squad exclusive: 'Rugby is liberating - we're not thinking about how we look but how effective we are in our positions'  The Telegraph

A draughty sports hall in Acton, west London, is the scene for a photo shoot with a difference. Rugby is a rare example of an elite team sport where a size eight ...

Rugby AM camp is fun and games for players  Times & Star

Fun was the priority in the latest two-day Rugby AM camp at Wath Brow.

Rugby: Sir Clive Woodward on 'simply fantastic' All Blacks  New Zealand Herald

The All Blacks are still the team to beat ahead of the Rugby World Cup, says former England coach Sir Clive Woodward. In his latest column for the Daily Mail, ...

Former England rugby union player Christian Wade scores on first NFL touch  The Guardian

Former England rugby union international Christian Wade scored a 65-yard touchdown in his first ever football game on Thursday to make a case for his ...

'There is a bit of a misnomer that rugby is looking for bigger, heavier players'  RugbyPass

It was headline news last May in Ireland. Aaron Sexton, *fresh* from breaking Irish schools records for both the 100- and 200-metre sprints, was hanging up his ...

Jonah Lomu's former manager unimpressed with rugby star's movie

Jonah Lomu's former manager Phil Kingsley Jones has been left unimpressed with the TV miniseries on the rugby legend. Jonah, a two-part, three-hour story on ...

Ireland’s Call: how a derided rugby dirge became a song for Irish unity  The Guardian

Composed as a blander alternative to the national anthem, it has taken on new popularity and political meaning. Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent.

Rugby World Cup 2019: Nine All Blacks released to play Mitre 10 Cup  Newshub

Rieko Ioane headlines a list of nine All Blacks players released for the third round of the Mitre 10 Cup. The upcoming round of provincial rugby is the last chance ...

Rugby star saved from suicide reveals 'several England players I know dread training camp'

England rugby lock Kearnan Myall has opened up on contemplating suicide and revealed some current internationals "dread going into training camp" because ...

Ed Fidow and Joe Taufete'e set to play in Rugby World Cup  Worcester News

DIRECTOR of rugby Alan Solomons anticipates only two of his Worcester Warriors players being involved in this autumn's Rugby World Cup.

Rugby World Cup: Four squad decisions facing Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt  BBC Sport

With Ireland's World Cup preparations now underway, take a look at some of the decisions the head coach must make before deciding on his final squad.

Rugby League: Cowboys great Matt Scott suffered stroke after game  New Zealand Herald

Retiring North Queensland Cowboys forward Matt Scott has been hospitalised after suffering a stroke on Sunday. The team confirmed the news with a statement ...

Rugby ace Tom Dunn becomes charity ambassador  Charity Today News

Professional rugby player Tom Dunn has come onboard as a Charity Ambassador with Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Tom, who is from Wiltshire and plays as a ...

Rugby drivers steer way to success first time round  Rugby Advertiser

More than two in five learners passed their driving test first time last year at Rugby test centre, according to latest figures.

Rassie passes transformation test - SA Rugby president  Sport24

SA Rugby president Mark Alexander has given the assurance that there will no political interference when Rassie Erasmus selects his RWC squad.

If you think rugby league’s ‘gone soft’, you’re wrong  The Roar

A few things have blown up this week in the wake of Tevita Pangai Junior's five-match suspension which all but ended his season. With just seconds left in last ...

Springbok Women qualify for 2021 Rugby World Cup  Big News Network

The Springbok Women have booked their place in the 2021 Women's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Martin Devlin: TJ Perenara got it wrong by using the All Blacks for political purpose - and NZ Rugby must act  New Zealand Herald

COMMENT: I do not want the All Blacks jersey to be used for political purpose, be that individual or collective. So let's deal with this (again) before it even begins ...