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England captain Hartley to miss South Africa tour

England captain Dylan Hartley is ruled out of the summer tour of South Africa because of concussion.

Brian O'Driscoll: Ulster a 'basket case' at the moment

Irish rugby great Brian O'Driscoll believes it will take five years to end Ulster's period of underachievement.

Sexton salutes Irish new guard after Leinster reach final

Ireland and Leinster fly-half Johnny Sexton praises the "professionalism and mental hunger" of the new generation of Irish players.

Ex-Wales international Allen was 'too drunk to walk'

Former Wales rugby union international Andrew Allen pleads guilty to drink-driving.

Racing 92 beat Munster to set up European Champions Cup final against Leinster

Racing 92 will play Leinster in the European Champions Cup final after a sensational first-half performance blows Munster away in Bordeaux.

Wilson signs new two-year deal with Glasgow

Glasgow Warriors captain Ryan Wilson signs a two-year contract extension and hopes to help young players avoid the mistakes he made.

Scarlets to learn from Leinster defeat - Pivac

Head coach Wayne Pivac says Scarlets will learn "a lot" from their crushing Champions Cup semi-final loss to Leinster.

Scarlets hammered by ruthless Leinster in Champions Cup semi-final

Leinster storm into the Champions Cup final with a stunning dismantling of Scarlets in Dublin.

Saints centre Horne, 28, forced to retire with nerve damage

Northampton and Australia centre Rob Horne is forced to retire because of nerve damage sustained in their win at Leicester.

Cardiff beat Pau to reach Challenge Cup final

Cardiff Blues are into the European Challenge Cup final after beating Pau 16-10 at the Cardiff Arms Park.

Ulster beat Glasgow to keep slim play-off hopes alive

Nick Timoney scores a brace of tries and John Cooney and Sean Reidy also score in a bonus-point 36-15 win over Glasgow Warriors at Kingspan Stadium.

Zebre enjoy best season thanks to win over Ospreys

Zebre set their new wins record as they hammer much-changed Ospreys in Parma with a bonus-point Pro14 triumph.

Gloucester qualify for 2018-19 European Champions Cup after Cardiff beat Pau

Gloucester qualify for the 2018-19 European Champions Cup after Cardiff Blues beat Pau in their Challenge Cup semi-final.

George McGuigan: Newcastle Falcons re-sign Leicester Tigers hooker

Newcastle Falcons agree a deal to re-sign hooker George McGuigan from Premiership rivals Leicester Tigers.

Gloucester make Challenge Cup final return

Gloucester reach their third European Challenge Cup final in four seasons with a four-try win over Premiership rivals Newcastle.

Hurricanes captain Shields asks New Zealand to release him to play for England

Hurricanes captain Brad Shields looks set to tour South Africa with England in June after handing in a formal request to the New Zealand Rugby Union.

Bristol Bears: Promoted club 'looking to the future' with rebrand, says owner

Owner Steve Lansdown says rebranding as 'Bristol Bears' is a nod to the club's future.

Commonwealth Games: England women win rugby sevens bronze

England women score three first-half tries on their way to a 24-19 victory over Canada to secure a bronze medal in the women's rugby sevens.

Commonwealth Games: England's men win rugby sevens bronze

England's men come from behind to beat South Africa 21-14 to win a bronze medal in the rugby sevens at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Watch: Ulster see off Ospreys 8-0 at Kingspan Stadium in Pro14

Jacob Stockdale scores a try in the final minute as Ulster edge past Ospreys 8-0 in a low-scoring Pro14 encounter in Belfast.

Jamie Gibson: Northampton Saints flanker turns up heat before Leicester derby

Northampton's cooking connoisseur Jamie Gibson cooks up a storm for BBC Look East before returning to Leicester for Saturday's East Midlands derby.

What’s life like as a director of rugby? Nick Kennedy tells Rugby Union Weekly

Nick Kennedy tells Rugby Union Weekly what it was like being a director of rugby at London Irish.

Pro14: Benetton Rugby 29-27 Dragons

Watch Scrum V highlights of Dragons' 29-27 defeat at Benetton Rugby.

Pro14 highlights: Scarlets 26-8 Glasgow

Watch Scrum V highlights of Scarlets' 26-8 win over Glasgow in the Pro14.

Pro14 highlights: Cheetahs 29-27 Cardiff Blues

Watch Scrum V highlights of Cheetahs' last-gasp win over Cardiff Blues in the Pro14.

Concussion in rugby: Brain expert calls for limit to contact training

Rugby "cannot continue exposing players to a brain injury every match" and should limit contact training, says a leading concussion expert.

Ten from Ireland - but how many Englishmen? Rugby Union Weekly's team of the Six Nations

Who made a "brilliant breakthrough"? Who was a "force of nature"? Here is Rugby Union Weekly's team of the tournament for the 2018 Six Nations.

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