French No 13 Dumoulin son of convicted murderer

ROOKIE CENTRE: Alexandre Dumoulin sings the national anthem during France's match against Australia at Stade de France in Paris.

France centre Alexandre Dumoulin is the son of disgraced former international Marc Cecillon.

Burgess ignores hype around England A debut

INTERNATIONAL DEBUT: Sam Burgess has earned an England A callup after impressing for Bath this season.

England Saxons coach says Sam Burgess isn’t buying into the hype as the league convert gets set to make his international rugby debut tomorrow.

Hartley tackling 'red mist moments'

NZ-born England hooker with a year's worth of bans seeks professional help to stop him seeing red.

Armitage arrested over attack

Toulon player Steffon Armitage.

European rugby 2014 player of the year questioned by police about assault committed at a boozy party.

Scotland can unite as band of brothers - coach

Scotland locking brothers Jonny and Richie Gray.

A Kiwi in their midst, but a tight-knit squad united around sibling locks a strength of Scotland.

NZ-born prop to play for France

NZ-born prop Uini Atonio.

Unofficially the biggest man to pull on a French rugby jersey makes cut for a Six Nations debut.

Wales focus on themselves, not England injuries

WARREN GATLAND: "I think they have so much strength in depth, so we have to make sure we are not distracted by that sort of chat."

Wales coach Warren Gatland is not paying too much attention to England's injury crisis.

New Six Nations trophy gives belated nod to Italy

NEW SILVERWARE: Captain Paul O'Connell, of defending champions Ireland, stands with the new six-sided Six Nations trophy. The Six Nations starts this weekend.

The winners of this year's Six Nations championship on March 21 will hoist a new six-sided trophy.

Big Ben's All Blacks dream still burns

Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna.

Chiefs prop talks deals and dreams, dismissing rumours he's signed with a French club.

Kilted Kiwi asks fans to 'give me a chance'

SWITCHING ALLEGIANCE: Hugh Blake representing New Zealand at the Under-20 World Cup in 2012.

Scotland's latest Kiwi rugby recruit, Otago flanker Hugh Blake, is desperate to prove his worth, asking fans to "be open-minded and give me a chance".

'Straight-shooter' Gatland has no time for critics

NO PRESSURE: Wales coach Warren Gatland says he's relaxed about copping criticism and is in a positive frame of mind ahead of the Six Nations.

New Zealand's top overseas-based rugby coach in a relaxed mood ahead of the Six Nations.

Farrell's bad luck could be Cipriani's England gain

RELATIVE NOVICE: Danny Cipriani has picked up just nine England caps since his debut in 2008.

First choice first five-eighth's knee ligament injury elevates talented but often troubled flyhalf up pecking order.

England's midfield crisis brings Burgess into focus

STAKING A CLAIM: Bath's Sam Burgess  is in line to play for England's second string team.

A growing injury crisis could fast-track Sam Burgess’ international rugby career, possibly even as soon as the Six Nations campaign.

Shoulder injury keeps Maitland out for Scotland

SIDELINED: Sean Maitland clutches his injured right shoulder after Glasgow's European Rugby Champions Cup loss to Bath.

Scotland fullback-winger Sean Maitland and No 8 David Denton will miss the start of Scotland's Six Nations campaign.

Deans to coach Barbarians vs Ireland, England

BACK ON THE SIDELINES: Robbie Deans will coach the Barbarians against Ireland on May 28 and against an England XV on May 31.

Robbie Deans will take charge of the Barbarians for their two matches against Ireland and an England XV in May.

England call up Croft and Day as injury cover

RECALL: England flanker Tom Croft in action for the British Lions during the successful tour of Australia in 2013.

England call up flanker Tom Croft and lock Christian Day into their Six Nations training squad as injury cover.

Anscombe on song with Wales

Gareth Anscombe passes the ball while playing for Welsh club side the Cardiff Blues.

Kiwi-Welsh player enjoying finding his feet in Wales Six Nations squad, but admits finding his voice will take time.

Blake selection 'slap in the face' for native Scots

Hugh Blake in 2013 Highlanders playing kit.

Kiwi-Scot's Six Nations squad selection touted as a return to the dark days of "Kilted Kiwis".

England women's rugby coach steps down

Former England women's rugby head coach Gary Street.

Gary Street leaves national side after a trophy-laden spell since taking the reins in 2007.

Muliaina victorious as Connacht captain

Mils Muliaina takes the high ball for the All Blacks in a 2009 test against France at Carisbrook, Dunedin.

Flashbacks to tests versus France inspire former All Blacks fullback to lead Irish club to victory.

Jones retires from test rugby

Wales prop Adam Jones is hanging up his international boots after earning 96 test caps.

British and Irish Lions prop retires from international rugby after being left out of Wales' Six Nations squad.

Mils Muliaina to captain new team Connacht

FORMER CHIEF: Mils Muliaina will lead his new team Connacht tonight.

Mils Muliaina will captain his new club Connacht in their final push for a European Challenge Cup quarter-final .

Larkham to join Wallabies coaching staff

COACH CLASS: Stephen Larkham will add his wealth of rugby knowledge to the current Wallabies squad.

Michael Cheika usually gets his man and Stephen Larkham is no exception with the Test centurion and Brumbies coach about to add Wallabies attack coach to his resume.

Quade Cooper hints at taking a break from rugby

BIG PLANS: Wallabies star Quade Cooper has hinted he would be open to taking a break from rugby to focus on boxing after this year's World Cup.

Wallabies star considers taking a rugby sabbatical after the World Cup to roll the dice on his fledgling boxing career.

Bad-boy Dylan Hartley faces discipline dressing-down

SORT IT OUT: England's NZ-born hooker Dylan Hartley is set for a message to clean up his discipline from coach Stuart Lancaster.

England’s Kiwi-born hooker faces dressing down about poor discipline from coach Stuart Lancaster ahead of Six Nations.

Kiwi given second chance with Ireland call-up

SECOND CHANCE: New Irish squad member Nathan White in action for the Chiefs in 2011.

Former Waikato and Chiefs prop given second chance to step up to test rugby with place in Ireland’s Six Nations squad.

Sean Maitland moving clubs from Scotland to England

ON THE MOVE: Scotland's Kiwi wing Sean Maitland will leave the Glasgow Warriors to join London Irish in the English Premiership next season.

Scotland’s Kiwi wing taking club game south of the border, confirming new deal with London Irish in English Premiership.

Gatland, Cotter defend 'Kiwi' squad selections

Decisions to pick Gareth Anscombe and Hugh Blake in Six Nations squads defended by Kiwi coaches.

Hard-tackling 'Hacksaw' Tuitupou signs with Sale video

Sam Tuitupou makes a pass for Sale under pressure.

Re-signing former All Black a no-brainer for coach who claims Tuitupou's "the best close-tackling No 12 in England".

Bainimarama asserts Fijians' rugby rights

RESPONSIBLE: Fijian Prime Ministern Voreqe Bainimarama took exception to privately owned Fiji TV taking sole broadcast rights to the sevens and imposed a decree requiring the matches to be shared across television channels, public and private.

Fiji PM brushes off World Rugby criticism of how sevens TV coverage was seized and broadcast free.

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