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England's Six Nations finish 'unacceptable'

Tom Youngs of England looks dejected at the end of the RBS Six Nations match between England and France.

England's fourth successive Six Nations runners-up finish is unacceptable RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie said.

Pocock won't captain Wallabies again - Martin

STRONG BELIEFS: David Pocock's outspokeness could cost him a chance of captaining the Wallabies again, according to former test fullback, now TV commentator Greg Martin.

David Pocock's principled stand against homophobia will cost him any chance of captaining Australia again.

Fitzpatrick to commentate at Rugby World Cup

BEHIND THE MIC: Sir Ian McGeechan (left) and former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick speak onstage during ITV Presents: The Rugby World Cup 2015 as part of Advertising Week Europe. Both will commentate for ITV at the World Cup.

All Blacks legend Sean Fitzpatrick has gained a place on the official Rugby World Cup broadcasting team.

Police investigate homophobic Twitter slur

TOP REF: Nigel Owens was in charge of the England vs France Six Nations match at Twickenham at the weekend.

Rugby referee Nigel Owens cops abuse targeted at his sexuality after Six Nations clash.

Lancaster: England can win RWC

ENGLAND COACH: Stuart Lancaster.

Despite presiding over a fourth successive runners-up finish in the Six Nations, England coach believes RWC in side's grasp.

Lancaster proud but disappointed by England win

DEJECTED: England coach Stuart Lancaster, Chris Robshaw and Tom Wood reflect after the win over France.

England coach torn between admiration and desolation after watching England score seven tries against France but fall short of Six Nations title.

Wales head to World Cup with no fear, says Gatland

HAT-TRICK HERO: Wales' George North runs in to score a try against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Wales humiliate Italy with a seven-try second-half blitz at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Ireland overpower Scotland at Murrayfield for title

LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Ireland captain Paul O'Connell drives through the Scotland defence at Murrayfield.

Ireland ruthlessly wore down Scotland in a commanding 40-10 victory at Murrayfield to clinch

Schmidt 'exhausted' after Ireland's Six Nations win

WINNING RUN: Ireland's Kiwi coach Joe Schmidt has now won two Six Nations title in a row.

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt pays tribute to his players after they clinch Six Nations title on a dramatic final day.

Ireland win Six Nations on points difference from England

GIVING CHASE: Ireland's Jonathan Sexton is pursued by Scotland's Finn Russell at Murrayfield.

Ireland won the Six Nations Championship on points difference from England and Wales following an extraordinary final day.

ARU wants to reschedule mid-year tests

SUPER IDEA: Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver (left) has called for a rescheduling of in-bound test series in non-World Cup years to allow Super Rugby to run without a break.

ARU wants rescheduling of mid-year tests in non-World Cup years to allow Super Rugby to run without a break.

France gunning for England upset at Twickenham

MAN IN CHARGE: Jules Plisson will start in the No 10 jersey for France as they travel to Twickenham, looking to upset England.

Jules Plisson will start at first-five for France as they aim to finish their Six Nations campaign on a high.

Castrogiovanni, Haimona back; but Parisse out

IN 'N OUT: Sergio Parisse (left) has been ruled out with a toe injury while Martin Castrogiovanni (centre) returns to the Italian side to face Wales.

Veteran prop Martin Castrogiovanni will start Italy's final Six Nations match against title-hunting Wales.

Scotland keep faith with backline for Ireland test

CHANGING IT UP: Flanker Adam Ashe is one of two changes to the Scotland pack for their match against Ireland at Murrayfield.

Scotland coach Vern Cotter has kept faith with his backs but made two changes to the forward pack.

Geoff Parling to start for England against France

LOCKING IN: Geoff Parling runs through drills during England training, two days out from their Six Nations clash with France.

Lock Geoff Parling recalled in place of Dave Attwood for England's final Six Nations clash against France.

Irish make two changes for Six Nations decider

WELCOME BACK: Luke Fitzgerald will play his first test match since 2011 when Ireland travel to Scotland in the final round of the Six Nations.

Ireland welcome back wing Luke Fitzgerald for first time since 2011 as they chase Six Nations title.

Jones: Japanese rugby needs to overhaul structure

EDDIE JONES: "We need to make players understand what is required to play at international level."

National team coach says several big changes required if they are going to make in roads on world stage.

World Rugby boss considers World Cup expansion

EXPANSION PLANS: World Rugby boss Brett Gosper is keen to introduce the sport into new markets.

World Rugby boss Brett Gosper hints at expanding the number of teams contesting the World Cup.

Anscombe signs coveted dual contract

WALES ELITE: Gareth Anscombe has signed a coveted contract with the Wales Rugby Union.

Former NZ rugby player's future secured in Wales with deal designed to give union control of its elite.

Rugby World Cup ticket for $118,000

THE PRIZE: The William Webb Ellis trophy is presented to the Rugby World Cup tournament winner.

A tout is hawking a World Cup final ticket for 82 times its face value.

Grayson Hart signs two-year deal with Glasgow

GLASGOW BOUND: Grayson Hart has signed a two-year deal with Glasgow rugby.

Nephew of ex-All Blacks coach shifts leaves Edinburgh club as he makes bid for Scotland RWC berth.

Pro-England Rugby World Cup tweet 'clumsy'

CLUMSY: World Rugby boss Brett Gosper says he has nothing to apologise for after tweeting he hoped England would make the RWC quarterfinals.

Aussie World Rugby boss unapologetic over remark, leaving Wales off-side in RWC pool of death.

We're No 1, Wallabies take rankings slide

WORLD NO 6: The Wallabies have slid down the World Rugby rankings - surpassed by RWC pool play opponent Wales.

Latest World Rugby rankings out and it's bad news for sixth-placed Australia.

No panic from Schmidt after streak-ending loss

JOE SCHMIDT: "What we don't want to do is suddenly lose our confidence. We didn't beat some really good teams because we were no good at what we're doing."

Ireland’s Kiwi coach has defended his team’s tactics after their 10-match winning streak was halted by Wales.

France coach hails team's character after win

SLIPPERY: France's Yoann Huget, centre, competes for the ball with Italy's Sergio Parisse and Josh Furno during their scrappy Six Nations encounter in Rome on Sunday.

France prevail in a dismal match littered with handling errors and missed penalties to beat the Azzurri.

England beat Scots but could rue mistakes

LOST OPPORTUNITIES: Luther Burrell of England is tackled by Rob Harley (left) and Jonny Gray (right) of Scotland during his side's 25-13 Six Nations win over Scotland at Twickenham.

England put themselves back in the mix for the Six Nations title after beating Scotland 25-13 at Twickenham.

Wales hold off Ireland to blow Six Nations wide open

HANGING TOUGH: Sam Warburton (right) celebrates with Leigh Halfpenny after Wales' gritty Six Nations win over Ireland in Cardiff.

Win over Ireland gives inspired Wales a shot at the Six Nations title heading into the final round.

O'Connell the leader supreme, says Schmidt

MAN MOUNTAIN: Ireland's Paul O'Connell is the premier lock in Europe.

When it comes to leaders on the pitch Ireland coach Joe Schmidt knows he is blessed.

England rugby's newest 15-year-old sensation video

NEXT BIG THING: Tyrese Johnson-Fisher's four tries helped Oakham to a convincing 47-27 victory over Bishop Wordsworth.

Tyrese Johnson-Fisher is quick, really quick - 100 metres in just over 10 seconds quick.

Denton and Hamilton beef up Scots at Twickenham

CALL TO ACTION: Dave Denton returns to action for Scotland against England at Twickenham after two months out with a calf injury.

Scotland have recalled No 8 Dave Denton and lock Jim Hamilton as they seek to compete with England's forward power.

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