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Ulster's Jackson and Olding face rape prosecution

Both Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding deny all allegations against them.

'Deep concern' over end of England women's contracts

The Rugby Football Union should reconsider its decision not to renew the contracts of England's women XV players, says the shadow sports minister.

Nigel Melville says RFU 'investing more than ever in women's rugby'

The RFU's Nigel Melville says the organisation is investing more money in the women's game than any other nation.

Irish Grand Slam winner O'Leary retires

Ireland and Montpellier scrum-half Tomas O'Leary brings his career to an end by retiring at the age of 33.

Darren Dawidiuk: London Irish sign Gloucester hooker

London Irish bolster their front-row options by signing hooker Darren Dawidiuk from Premiership rivals Gloucester.

Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond says European competition 'adds stress'

Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond says European competition provides an added stress to an intensive Premiership season.

End of England women's XV deals 'a backwards step'

The decision not to renew contracts for world champions England's 15-a-side women's team is a backward step, says former international Vicky MacQueen.

'There is support for women's rugby - but not enough'

Former England international Maggie Alphonsi says there is support for women's rugby but it's "just not enough".

Women's Rugby World Cup: Fit-again Niamh Briggs to captain hosts Ireland

Fit-again Niamh Briggs will captain hosts Ireland at next month's Women's World Cup as coach Tom Tierney names a 28-woman squad.

Referee Owens reveals ongoing bulimia battle

Nigel Owens, who refereed the 2015 Rugby World Cup final, says his struggle is far from over.

Mike Delany: Newcastle Falcons fly-half returns to New Zealand

Newcastle Falcons fly-half Mike Delany leaves the Premiership club to re-join Bay of Plenty in his native New Zealand.

Jersey Reds chairman Mark Morgan says playing budget cut 'significantly'

Jersey Reds chairman Mark Morgan says the Championship side have cut a "significant chunk" out of their playing budget for next season.

Gavin Henson: Mike Ruddock says new signing can be Dragons leader

Wales' 2005 Grand Slam-winning coach Mike Ruddock backs Gavin Henson to be a success after joining Newport Gwent Dragons.

Concussion in sport: Five sports gather to discuss head-injury prevention

Representatives from five sports meet to discuss a "unified approach" to the prevention and management of head injuries.

Sport on the BBC: Best of this week's TV & radio coverage

This week's sport on the BBC includes the World Aquatic Championships, England v South Africa in the third Test and the Challenge Cup semi-finals.

Niamh Briggs: Ireland captain says hosts will embrace World Cup home advantage

Ireland captain Niamh Briggs says the Women's Rugby World Cup hosts will "embrace and cherish" home advantage at next month's tournament.

Southern Kings scrum-half Schroeder excited by Pro14 switch

Southern Kings scrum-half Ricky Schroeder is relishing the chance to play in the new Pro14 after a deal was agreed to add two South African sides to the league.

Pro12: South African teams would be 'a positive' - Zane Kirchner

New Dragons back Zane Kirchner says Southern Kings and Cheetahs joining the Pro12 would be "a positive move".

Sam Warburton: New Zealand still best team in world - British & Irish Lions captain

British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton says the All Blacks remain "the best team in the world" after returning home from New Zealand following their drawn series.

Lions 2017: Warren Gatland could tour South Africa

Lions head coach Warren Gatland does not rule out coaching the side again in 2021 after his side draw a three-match Test series in New Zealand.

British and Irish Lions: Warren Gatland's first coaching roles

As Warren Gatland celebrates the Lions' win over New Zealand in the second Test, BBC Wales Sport looks at the origins of his coaching career.

Best player, try, quip and tourist - our end-of-tour Lions awards

Former Lions winger Ugo Monye and BBC rugby reporter Chris Jones offer their verdicts on the historic drawn series with New Zealand.

Gobsmacking, enthralling and here to stay - Guscott's Lions verdict

We have witnessed a phenomenal series, and after the slow start to the tour surely no-one now doubts the Lions' future, writes Jeremy Guscott.

'An epic draw that left everyone a winner'

The final page of this epic pot-boiler of a series might have been torn out, but after the final whistle the meaning was apparent to all, writes Tom Fordyce.

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