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Exeter joint top in English rugby

Lions wing Jack Nowell scored in Exeter's big win over the Northampton Saints.

Two teams are tied at the top of the English rugby table with one game to go.

Gatland sweats on halfback's fitness

Ireland halfback Conor Murray needs to prove his fitness before the Lions head to New Zealand.

Lions coach reportedly issues ultimatum to Ireland star who hasn't played since March.

Evans departs Stoop in style

Nick Evans has become a Harlequins legend since leaving New Zealand.

Kiwi No 10 gets fairytale finish in final home game for Harlequins, leading them to a Premiership win.

Lions tours' length to be cut

The British and Irish Lions, led by Sam Warburton and Warren Gatland, will no longer make 10-match tours after their ...

Pressure brought to bear by English clubs to cut Lions tours by two matches.

White: Pick Boks from overseas

Springboks coach Jake White and wonder wing Bryan Habana, 2007 World Cup winners, continued their winning ways in the ...

An offshore South African XV would beat the current Springboks, World Cup winning coach says.

Kiwi wing will 'go extra mile'

Auckland-born Denny Solomona is set for his England rugby debut after playing rugby league for Samoa.

Born in NZ and capped for Samoa, but Denny Solomona will run through brick walls for Eddie Jones' England.

Rugby's State of Origin stymied

Big hits are a feature of rugby league's State of Origin - something union hoped to replicate in Australia with an ...

Mooted annual 'State of Union' match between the Reds and Waratahs put on ice owing to Super Rugby cuts.

Gatland's early excuse

Lions coach Warren Gatland is facing planning and coaching challenges on the looming tour of New Zealand.

Seems it's only just dawned on the Lions coach he has three days to get his team ready for their NZ tour opener.

English critic worries for Lions

All Blacks captain Kieran Read ran some great lines for the Crusaders to help destroy the Stormers.

Free-wheeling Canes and Crusaders show how tough it's going to be for Lions.

Fritz Lee a beast in semi win

Fritz Lee had a powerful game in Clermont Auvergne's European Champions Cup semifinal victory over Leinster.

Former Chiefs backrower's storming display puts Clermont in European final as Leinster captain Isa Nacewa sinbinned.

No booze ban for Gatland's Lions

Lions coach Warren Gatland believes his players can have fun on and off the field in New Zealand.

Coach says his squad will be allowed to hit the bars in NZ after games, but there will be a curfew.

Blackadder's Bath loses semi

Todd Blackadder has narrowly failed to make a European rugby final in his first season as Bath's director of rugby.

Last-minute dropped goal costs Todd Blackadder chance to win a European trophy in first season.

Lions stars spur Saracens

Owen Farrell kicked 14 points in Saracens' win over Munster in the European Champions Cup semifinal.

Saracens are on track to retain their European Champions Cup title after a semifinal win in Ireland.

Ex-ABs have say on Lions

Keven Mealamu believes the All Blacks will win the upcoming series against the British and Irish Lions 2-1.

Three former All Blacks give their views on the upcoming Lions tour.

ABs to bolster Maori for Lions

Damian McKenzie played for NZ Maori last year and could feature for them again against the Lions.

NZ Maori set to be bolstered by a handful of All Blacks for their match against the Lions.

Warburton 'great choice' for Lions captaincy

Lions captain Sam Warburton is an intelligent young man who will say the right things in New Zealand, writes Mark Reason.

OPINION: Sam Warburton is not the best player to come to these shores but he is one of the finer men, writes Mark Reason.

Is Gatland the right man for Lions?

Lions coach Warren Gatland has a dire record against southern hemisphere teams.

Warren Gatland's dire record in the southern hemisphere raises question marks over his credentials to lead the British and Irish Lions.

Evans wants to coach in NZ

Nick Evans says there's a good chance he will take up a coaching role with Harlequins.

Former All Black unveils his post-retirement plans which are set to keep him closely involved in rugby.

Jones hints at Lions job

Eddie Jones has made a huge impression with England that could lead to an opportunity with the Lion if his successful ...

"If someone taps you on the shoulder and says, 'Come on old chap, do you want to coach the Lions?' then you think about it."

Fitzy's 5 per cent warning for ABs

Former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick says Warren Gatland has 'thought about a game-plan to beat the All Blacks and ...

Sean Fitzpatrick says if the All Blacks are slightly off their game, Warren Gatland's Lions squad will punish them.

Jacobson follows ABs footsteps

Luke Jacobson finishing his brilliant try for the Chiefs at the Brisbane Tens.

New Zealand U20's latest captain Luke Jacobson is carving a path taken by the likes of Ardie Savea.

Feeney hopes for SA Rugby

The Stormers beat the Chiefs in Cape Town two weeks ago to highlight their improvement this season.

Former Auckland and Blues coach offers insight into all the challenges facing South African rugby while embracing his role at the Stormers.

Cheika is backing black

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika expects to All Blacks to be too good for the British and Irish Lions.

Wallabies coach says Lions tour could send his trans-Tasman enemies to another level. The tourists don't stand a chance.

Francis eyes England debut

Blues pivot Piers Francis has been fast-tracked into England's squad for June's two-test series in Argentina.

Blues first-five has to change travel plans of his family who had planned to watch him take on the Lions.

Gatland: It's all about first test

Lions coach Warren Gatland says 'winning is incredibly important for morale, but it's not the most essential thing'.

Lions coach prepared to sacrifice games in the lead-up to the opening test against the All Blacks.

$7 tribute for Fiji's rugby heroes

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Two million commemorative $7 notes released in honour of Fiji's Olympic heroes.

ABs 'human, make mistakes'

Lions coach Warren Gatland is using belief and awareness as central themes for his squad's preparation for their tour to ...

Lions coach Warren Gatland to use ABs' defeats to Ireland and England to instill confidence in his team.

Williams fined, to lose job - report

Former All Blacks lock Ali Williams has been in the spotlight in France for the wrong reasons.

Ex-All Black's rugby playing days in France appear over as job dismissal proceedings reportedly start.

Where the Lions could undo us

Argentina found plenty of space around the fringes of the All Black ruck in NZ last year.

A frigid NZ winter, a huge pack. All the Lions need look at is how Argentina rattled the All Black fringes.

Evans tips close series

Nick Evans has a good feel for the Lions talent based on his experiences with Harlequins in England.

London-based former All Black says his old team will have to be on their mettle against Warren Gatland's touring side.

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