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McFarland cleared to take up Ulster job on Monday

Dan McFarland takes over as Ulster head coach on Monday after the Irish Rugby Football Union secure his early release from Scottish Rugby.

New Zealand beat Australia in Rugby Championship opener

New Zealand put in a dominant second-half performance as they to beat Australia 38-13 in the Rugby Championship opener in Sydney.

Cipriani charged with improper conduct by RFU

England fly-half Danny Cipriani is charged with improper conduct by the Rugby Football Union after an incident in a Jersey nightclub.

Glasgow Warriors name Callum Gibbins & Ryan Wilson co-captains

Back-rows Callum Gibbins and Ryan Wilson will co-captain Glasgow Warriors in the coming season.

England must stick with Cipriani - Diamond

England still need the rare talent of Danny Cipriani despite his court fine, says Sale boss Steve Diamond.

Sacking over taxi incident does not define me - Wallaby great Smith

Former Australia flanker George Smith says being sacked by Japanese club Suntory does not define him as a player or a person.

England international Cipriani fined for assault

The England rugby player says he is "truly sorry" after admitting assault and resisting arrest.

Scarlets' Wales lock Ball to return to action after eight months out

Jake Ball made a long-awaited return to action for the Scarlets on Saturday, eight months after injuring his shoulder.

Leinster and Scarlets lead Pro14 dream team nominations

As the new Pro14 prepares to kick off, the league announces the nominees for last season's dream team.

Ulster players not distracted over McFarland uncertainty - Moore

New Ulster prop Marty Moore says the players have not been distracted by the uncertainty surrounding the arrival of head coach Dan McFarland.

Dragons have no budget for defence coach Shaun Edwards

Dragons coach Bernard Jackman says they did not have the budget to bring in Shaun Edwards as a defence consultant.

Te'o 'considered his future' after year of injury problems

England and Worcester centre Ben Te'o says his injury problems of the past year left him contemplating his future in the sport.

Justin Tipuric: Wales flanker appointed new Ospreys captain

Wales flanker Justin Tipuric will take over the Ospreys captaincy from Alun Wyn Jones for the new season.

Hadleigh Parkes: Scarlets centre backs Wayne Pivac to be Wales success

Wales centre Hadleigh Parkes says Wayne Pivac will prove a success when he switches from Scarlets to Wales head coach after the 2019 World Cup.

Guy Mercer: Ex-Bath captain becomes a free agent after being released from contract

Former Bath captain Guy Mercer is released from the remainder of his contract by the Premiership club.

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

This week's sport on the BBC includes England v India in the third Test, rugby league's Challenge Cup final at Wembley and the Belgian Grand Prix.

Ben Te'o: You start to wonder 'is this worth it?'

England and Worcester centre Ben Te'o says his injury problems of the past year left him contemplating his future in the sport.

Shaun Edwards: 'Welsh people treat me as one of their own'

Shaun Edwards says Welsh people have treated him "like one of their own" and it would have been disloyal to leave for his new role at Wigan Warriors before the World Cup.

Did you miss the Wales tour Dan? 'Nah, I was by the pool in Spain!'

Fly-half Dan Biggar says he was happy for Wales to build "strength in depth" on tour without him.

Chris Ashton: Winger 'feels like a new player' after England recall

Winger Chris Ashton says he never expected to be back in the international set-up "so soon" after returning to England.

Rochelle Clark: England's most-capped player on 'fairytale life'

England's most-capped player Rochelle Clark retires from international rugby saying she has "lived a fairytale life".

Sam Warburton: The best bits

A look back at some of the best of the action from Sam Warburton's rugby career as the Wales and Lions great retires from playing at 29.

New-look Ulster excited for season - McCloskey

Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey says that there is an optimistic feel in the camp ahead of the upcoming season.

Tackle height trial: BBC's Chris Jones explains new height of tackle regulation

BBC rugby union reporter Chris Jones explains the 'significant' new trial which lowers the height of a legal tackle in rugby union.

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