Phipps commits to Wallabies till end of 2017

STAYING PUT: Waratahs halfback Nick Phipps has committed his future to the Wallabies.

Wallabies and Waratahs halfback Nick Phipps will play on in Australia well beyond next year's Rugby World Cup after signing a two-year contract extension.

Wilkinson tipped for New Years Honours knighthood

Jonny Wilkinson prepares to kick a penalty during the final for the European club title.

Rugby star who kicked England to World Cup glory in 2003 tipped to be knighted in New Years Honours.

Winless London Welsh can't dim Weepu enthusiasm

Former All Blacks halfback and first five-eighth Piri Weepu.

Former All Blacks No 10 still loves "lacing up the boots" despite English club's 11th consecutive loss.

Wilson gets contract extension

REWARDED: Former Southland rugby player James Wilson has extended his contract with the Northampton Saints.

Former Southland utility back continues to impress in England, earning another contract extension from Northampton Saints.

Cheika poised to recruit scrum guru

BIG PLANS: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is reportedly close to signing an expert scrum coach in the hope of solving Australia's set-piece woes ahead of the World Cup.

The Wallabies are set to appoint a scrum guru to help solve their set-piece woes.

England hooker Hartley banned for three weeks

England hooker Dylan Hartley has been suspended for three weeks for an off-the-ball elbowing incident.

England hooker suspended for three weeks for off-the-ball elbowing incident in Premiership match.

Jimmy Gopperth poised to sign lucrative Wasps deal

Ospreys player Joe Bearman breaks the tackle of Leinster first five-eighth New Zealander Jimmy Gopperth.

Former Hurricanes and Blues first-five set to sign an English rugby club deal as replacement for an ageing star.

Burgess scores first rugby try

Sam Burgess wearing Bath colours.

League convert dots down for the Bath Academy team to score his first five-pointer since heading to union.

Cummins coming home - report video

Former Western Force and Wallabies wing Nick Cummins.

Iconic ex-Wallabies wing nicknamed Honey Badger reportedly lining up Western Force spot in a bid to play the RWC.

Hartley sees red for elbow

England hooker Dylan Hartley may miss the Six Nations after being awarded a red card for an elbow.

England hooker could miss the Six Nations through suspension after being sent off for an off-the-ball incident.

Toulon boss threatens fans with legal action

FURIOUS: Toulon boss Mourad Boudjellal has threatened legal action against Leicester Tigers supporters whose testimony led to Delon Armitage's 12-week suspension.

A furious Mourad Boudjellal threatens legal action against supporters of English rugby club over star player's suspension.

Cheika unfazed by exodus

UNFAZED: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika isn't concerned about a mass exodus of players overseas after next year's Rugby World Cup.

Wallabies coach not worried about prospect of mass exodus of stars after next year's Rugby World Cup.

Aussie duo on the move

ON THE MOVE: Wallabies utility back Adam Ashley-Cooper will head to France on a two-year deal after next year's World Cup.

Wallabies back Adam Ashley-Cooper and former captain James Horwill announce post-World Cup moves to Europe.

Wales goes sci-fi for RWC

BIG PLANS: Welsh rugby players will face extreme temperatures, sleep in oxygen normobaric hypoxic chambers and will train in surroundings ranging from the deserts and mountains as part of their preparation for next year's World Cup.

Welsh rugby team leaving nothing to chance ahead of next year's World Cup.

Castrogiovanni cops $20k fine

Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni has been fined 10,000 Euros for his tirade at his former coach.

Toulon prop suspended for four matches for tirade at former coach cops a hefty fine to go with the ban.

Ireland lock in Rugby World Cup build-up games

SCHEDULE SET: Ireland will face Wales twice, Scotland and England as they prepare for the Rugby World Cup next year.

Ireland will play four warmup tests for the Rugby World Cup next year, the last against England.

Yokohama bids for RWC matches

Yokohama stadium was the host of the 2002 Football World Cup final.

Stadium made famous by hosting the 2002 Football World Cup final between Brazil and Germany bids for 2019 rugby matches.

'Tongan Thor' makes Brisbane home video

BIG GOALS: Taniela Tupou, the 'Tongan Thor', moved to Brisbane as he looks to launch a career as a professional rugby player.

Giant prop settles in to life in Brisbane as he pursues a professional rugby career.

Samoa PM forced into crisis talks

TIME FOR CHANGE: Samoan PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi met World Rugby officials.

Small sign of encouragement as turmoil casts long shadow over next year's historic All Blacks test in Samoa.

Samoan standoff an ugly affair

LEGEND IN MAKING: All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick on a run against the Wallabies.

OPINION: Arrogance and entitlement are threatening to detail Samoa's long-awaited test against the All Blacks.

Cooper signs ARU extension

STAR QUALITY: Quade Cooper in action for the Wallabies against France last month.

Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper has recommitted to Australian rugby up until the end of 2015.

New deal close for Wallabies' Beale

NEW DEAL: Controversial Wallabies star Kurtley Beale has inked a new one-year deal with the Australian Rugby Union.

Wallabies stars Kurtley Beale and Quade Cooper reportedly set to ink one-year extensions with ARU.

Prop fined, suspended over tirade

Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni tries to get past the fend of France's Dimitri Szarzewski.

French rugby club Toulon punishes player for expletive-filled tirade aimed at Leicester coach.

NZ referees score prime Six Nations matches

New Zealand referee Glen Jackson.

Glen Jackson and Chris Pollock get a chance to push their Rugby World Cup claims by taking up the whistle in the Six Nations.

Burgess set for first rugby union start

Sam Burgess in a training run for Bath.

Code-hopping star Sam Burgess' rugby union education will continue this weekend when he makes his first start for English side Bath.

Castrogiovanni under investigation for expletive-laden attack

Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni tries to get past the fend of France's Dimitri Szarzewski to make the tackle.

Italy prop under investigation for an expletive-laden attack on his former coach at English club Leicester.

Eddie Jones turns to Bayern Munich

BIG GOALS: Japan rugby coach Eddie Jones is picking the brains of Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola ahead of next year's Rugby World Cup.

Japan rugby coach Eddie Jones is seeking advice from German football giants ahead of next year's RWC.

All-Ireland bid launched

ALL-IRELAND ALL-IN: (from back, left) IRFU chief executive Philip Browne Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, First Minister Peter Robinson, Tanaiste Joan Burton, along with Ireland players Andrew Trimble, Paddy Jackson, Robbie Henshaw and Jordy Murphy launch Ireland's bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Ireland will bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, formally launching a politically symbolic proposal.

Burgess backed for backline success

CODE-HOPPERS: Sonny Bill Williams joins the tackle of Sam Burgess in an NRL match between the Roosters and Rabbitohs.

Sonny Bill Williams believes fellow code-hopper's future lies in the backline of next year's Rugby World Cup host England.

Italy plots 2023 RWC bid

ITALY COACH: Jacques Brunel.

Italy plotting to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup for a sporting bonanza of hosting bids including for the 2022 Ryder Cup and 2024 Olympics.

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