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England's Thompson fit for World Cup semi-final v France

Lydia Thompson will start for England in Tuesday's Rugby World Cup semi-final against France after recovering from injury.

Billy Vunipola: Saracens back-row could miss Premiership opening month

Saracens could be without England back-row Billy Vunipola for the first month of the Premiership season as he recovers from shoulder surgery.

Dawson needed heart surgery after tick bite

A bacterial infection spread through the former England rugby player's body after he was bitten.

Anthony Perenise: Samoa prop rejoins Bath from Bristol

Bath re-sign tighthead prop Anthony Perenise from Bristol for the 2017-18 Premiership season.

We were lucky to sign Halfpenny, says Scarlets' Jones

Scarlets backs coach Stephen Jones says the league champions were "very lucky" to sign Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny.

Pro14: Ulster sign Australia fly-half Christian Lealiifano on five-month deal

Ulster secure Australia fly-half Christian Lealiifano on a deal which runs until the end of the Champions Cup pool stages in January.

Women's Rugby World Cup: Ireland make three changes for Australia play-off game

Ireland make three changes from the defeat by France for Tuesday's Women's World Cup fifth place semi-final against Australia.

Wales name same XV for rematch with Canada

Wales select the same starting XV to face Canada in the Women's Rugby World Cup play-offs that lost to their opponents in the pool stage.

How to follow Women's Rugby World Cup semis on the BBC

Follow the Women's Rugby World Cup across BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, the BBC Sport website and mobile app.

Murray McCallum and Matt Scott join Scotland training camp

Injuries to Gordon Reid and Phil Burleigh lead to call-ups for Murray McCallum and Matt Scott to Scotland's training camp in St Andrews.

Sir Colin Meads: All Blacks legend dies of cancer, aged 81

All Blacks great Sir Colin Meads, who was named as New Zealand's best rugby player of the 20th Century, dies of pancreatic cancer, aged 81.

Rugby Championship: New Zealand thrash Australia; South Africa beat Argentina

New Zealand hammer Australia 54-34 in their Rugby Championship opener while South Africa beat Argentina 37-15.

Joe Marler: England and Lions prop signs new Harlequins contract

England and British and Irish Lions prop Joe Marler signs a new deal to stay at Harlequins until 2021.

Pro14: Regional rugby chief says 'exciting' competition could expand further

The new 'exciting' Pro14 tournament could expand again in the future, says Welsh regional rugby chief executive Mark Davies.

England into World Cup semi-finals with big win over USA

Defending champions England power into the Women's World Cup semi-finals with a seven-try win over the USA.

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

This week's sport on the BBC includes the Challenge Cup final from Wembley, England v West Indies in the second Test at Headingley and the Belgian Grand Prix.

Ulster delighted to land 'top target' Christian Lealiifano says Bryn Cunningham

Ulster's team manager Bryn Cunningham says the Irish Province earmarked Christian Lealiifano as their preferred choice after it became clear that they needed fly-half cover.

Women's World Cup: Ireland 'heartbroken' after missing semi-final spot

Ireland head coach Tom Tierney says the team and management are "heartbroken" after a 21-5 defeat by France ends the hosts' hopes of winning the Women's World Cup.

Tommy Bowe: Irish wing delighted to be back for Ulster after injury

Ireland wing Tommy says it was "brilliant" to return for Ulster in a Belfast friendly against Wasps following six months out with a broken ankle.

Get Inspired: 'Rugby is brilliant - my only regret is not starting sooner'

With the Women's Rugby World Cup under way in Ireland, Southport Ladies hit the beach and urge women of all shapes and sizes to give rugby a try.

South African teams will ensure 'bigger, better' Pro14 says competition boss Martin Anayi

The addition of the Southern Kings and the Cheetahs into an expanded Pro14 will ensure even more "open and attacking rugby" in the coming seasons says the competition's chief.

Young rugby player angry at women's contract cuts

Fourteen-year-old Rebecca is unhappy with women's rugby union contract cuts.

Matt Hampson: Leicester Tigers visit Get Busy Living Centre as it nears completion

Matt Hampson's vision for a rehabilitation centre treating people with catastrophic injuries is edging ever closer.

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.

Maggie Alphonsi says 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".

Ten things about the Women’s Rugby World Cup

Who is likely to cause an upset and which Prime Minister is backing his side? The 10 things you need to know for the Women’s Rugby World Cup.

How will Pro14 work? Key questions answered

A quick guide to the new expanded Pro14: Who's in, where will they play, and who will qualify for Europe?

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.

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