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RWC rue for headbutt Hartley

Troubled England hooker Dylan Hartley put his hand up for professional help to sort out his aggression but it hasn't stopped him getting another lengthy ban for headbutting.

Serial offending England hooker's tournament spot in doubt with lengthy ban for headbutting confirmed.

Sanzar boss quits for Argentina

Greg Peters has developed a strong bond with Argentina rugby president Carlos Araujo.

Kiwi Greg Peters says the time is right to make a move and help develop rugby in South America.

Headbutt charge for Hartley

Trouble England hooker Dylan Hartley is in hot water again, called to defend a haedbutt charge.

England's Kiwi timebomb blows up again, possibly ending the hooker's chance at a place in the RWC.

Smokin' Joe out to rock Irish

Former All Blacks star Joe Rokocoko lines out in Barbarians colours again when they meet Ireland.

Five Kiwis headed by former All Blacks try-machine Joe Rokocoko will play for the Barbarians against Ireland.

Jones keen for Thorn's hand video

Colourful Welsh prop Adam Jones is entering into the banter that comes with playing for the Barbarians.

Rugged Welsh rugby prop desperate to have ex-ABs star "shove his hand between my legs in the scrum".

Deans denies Leinster links

Robbie Deans has hinted that a return to international rugby would tempt him most as he distances himself from links to Irish club Leinster.

Sought-after Kiwi rugby coach loyal to Japan club, noting an international offer "would excite me more".

Deans linked to Leinster

Former Wallabies and Crusaders coach Robbie Deans is currently contracted to Japanese club Panasonic Wild Knights but is in Ireland to coach the Barbarians.

Former Wallabies and Crusaders coach listed at short odds to fill vacancy at Irish club.

Baa-Baas delay Thorn's farewell

World Cup winning All Blacks lock Brad Thorn has a while before he finally cools off after his stellar rugby career ends with the Barbarians.

More internationals in store for All Blacks' World Cup-winning lock before he gets to hang up his boots.

Evans returns to England

Bryn Evans played two tests for the All Blacks in 2009.

Former All Blacks lock scores two-year deal with Sale Sharks after stint playing in French second division.

Bath, Saracens into English Premiership final

Bath players Sam Burgess and Paul James combine to tackle Leicester Tigers' Ben Youngs during their English Premiership semifinal.

Clinical Bath blast Leicester to reach English Premiership decider for first time since 2004, while Saracens edge holders Northampton in other semifinal.

Jason O'Halloran has always been rugby analyst

Manawatu captain Callum Gibbins and coach Jason O'Halloran after winning the  Championship final last year.

Even when Jason O'Halloran was playing rugby he enjoyed analysing the game.

Deans: Ruby World Cup is wide open

Robbie Deans sees Ireland has a force in a World Cup that is more open than ever this year.

Ex-Crusaders and Wallabies coach talks up Kiwi Joe Schmidt's Irish outfit as capable of snatching ABs' title.

Quick learner Burgess ready to crash World Cup party

England hopeful Sam Burgess has impressed at Bath since switching from centre to the back row.

Fearless Bath centre is starting to look ever-more likely to claim a place in England's World Cup squad less than a year after switching codes.

Burgess, Ashton make RWC cut

England rugby coach Stuart Lancaster has gone for a mix of young and old in his 50-man Rugby World Cup training squad.

New and old rugby careers collide as England coach names his World Cup wider training squad.

Ashton back in the World Cup frame for England

Chris Ashton of Saracens has been in the international wilderness recently.

Winger Chris Ashton set to be given chance to resurrect stalled England career.

Francois Trinh-Duc named in French RWC squad

Francois Trinh-Duc, returning to action after a broken leg, will have the chance to make France's Rugby World Cup team after being named in the 36-man training squad.

Seven months after breaking his leg, Francois Trinh-Duc was picked in France's 36-man RWC training squad.

Woodward, White in France mix

England coach Sir Clive Woodward is apparently chasing more rugby glory with France.

Rugby World Cup winning coaches Sir Clive Woodward and Jake White shortlisted to fill looming France vacancy.

Burgess in England RWC mix

Rugby league convert Sam Burgess looks set for a shot at the Rugby World Cup with England.

Suspension of Manu Tuilagi offers versatile league convert Sam Burgess a Rugby World Cup lifeline.

Manu Tuilagi out of RWC after assault conviction

Manu Tuilagi will not be selected in England's Rugby World Cup squad after being convicted on three counts of assault.

England's Manu Tuilagi will not play at the Rugby World Cup after being convicted of three charges of assault.

Dallaglio: Exiles should not expect England call

World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio has backed England's current eligibility rules for international call-ups.

Overseas-based players clinging to hopes of being selected for World Cup squad should forget it, says former skipper.

Ireland awarded 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup

England will get the chance to defend their Women's Rugby World Cup in Ireland in 2017.

Ireland's hopes of hosting the RWC for the first time in 2023 were boosted when it received the 2017 women's tournament.

Wallaby Beale moves on from Di Patston scandal

Kurtley Beale is expected to re-sign with the Waratahs and ARU rather than seek a lucrative deal in Europe.

Having long moved on from the Di Patston texting scandal, Kurtley Beale is now eager to settle his playing future.

New Zealand Maori to take on Fiji and Barbarians

New Zealand Maori played Japan in a two-match series in 2014. This year they will face Fiji and NZ Barbarians.

NZ Maori scheduled to play Fiji in Suva and local Barbarians team in July, continuing a theme of second-tier opponents.

Baby Blacks squad named for under-20 World Cup

Blues wing Tevita Li has been included in the Baby Blacks squad for a second year.

New Zealand's U-20 rugby team features eight players from last year's side and 10 players who have played in NPC or Super Rugby.

Hero Waldrom gives Exeter shot at history

Thomas Waldrom has made scoring tries look easy in the English Premiership this season.

Kiwi try-machine touches down late to put Chiefs in sight of English Premiership playoffs.

Gatland: Concussions could end North's career

Wales and British Lions winger George North's career has been plagued by concussion problems.

Wales coach "hugely worried" about winger's repeated concussions and fears further injury could end his career.

Ex AB Ali Williams to play in US exhibition match

Former All Black lock Ali Williams is set to play in an exhibition match for a US team.

Former All Blacks lock Ali Williams is set to play in a one-off match for Philadelphia-based Rough Riders.

Schalk Burger ready to battle for Boks RWC spot

Schalk Burger with the trophy after being awarded Comeback of the Year at the Laureus World Sports Awards.

Two years ago Schalk Burger was fighting for his life but is now battling for a place in South Africa's Rugby World Cup squad.

Clubs look to lock island stars in

Census Johnston's time in the Samoan jersey may be over.

Pacific teams risk losing their stars for the RWC as rich European clubs pressure them to retire from test rugby.

RWC not all white on the night

England players may not get to wear their traditional white playing strip in the opening match of the Rugby World Cup.

England might be deprived of playing in their time-honoured white kit in the first match of the RWC.

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