Steve Hansen wins unprecedented new All Blacks contract
Steve Hansen wins unprecedented new All Blacks contract

The New Zealand Rugby Union said Tuesday that coach Steve Hansen had been reappointed to the end of 2017, with administrators vowing to stick with him regardless of results at next year`s World Cup.

Ireland rugby great Jack Kyle dies aged 88
Ireland rugby great Jack Kyle dies aged 88

Former Ireland rugby great Jack Kyle has died at the age of 88, his family announced on Friday.

Stuart Lancaster backs George Ford to shine against Australia
Stuart Lancaster backs George Ford to shine against Australia

England head coach Stuart Lancaster on Monday confirmed George Ford will stay at fly-half for Saturday`s clash against Australia.

New Zealand beat Wales 34-16
New Zealand beat Wales 34-16

New Zealand, captained for a record 100th time by Richie McCaw, beat Wales 34-16 at Cardiff`s Millennium Stadium on Saturday to maintain their winning streak over the Welsh stretching back to 1953.

Jonathan Sexton inspires Irish to superb win over Australia
Jonathan Sexton inspires Irish to superb win over Australia

Irish fly-half Jonathan Sexton scored 16 points as Ireland edged Australia 26-23 in a thrilling and pulsating test match at Lansdowne Road on Saturday to give the Six Nations champions a seventh successive victory.

Four Nations rugby: New Zealand snap Australian supremacy
Four Nations rugby: New Zealand snap Australian supremacy

New Zealand shattered Australia`s rugby league supremacy with an historic 22-18 victory in the Four Nations tournament final at Westpac stadium here Saturday.

Brunel hails Haimona as improving Italy wait for Springboks
Brunel hails Haimona as improving Italy wait for Springboks

New Zealand-born fly-half Kelly Haimona took another step towards cementing his place in Italy`s starting XV with another strong performance as the Azzurri suffered a slim 20-18 defeat to Argentina on Friday.

Bad boy Kurtley Beale seeks redemption as late tour call-up
Bad boy Kurtley Beale seeks redemption as late tour call-up

Wayward back Kurtley Beale left Australia to join up with his Wallaby teammates in Europe on Saturday, saying he wants to redeem himself after fearing his international career was over.

RFU probes 'homophobic' abuse of referee Nigel Owens
RFU probes 'homophobic' abuse of referee Nigel Owens

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) on Thursday announced an investigation into reports referee Nigel Owens was subjected to homophobic abuse by supporters during England`s game with New Zealand last weekend.

Wallabies are not sexists, says Nick Phipps
Wallabies are not sexists, says Nick Phipps

Wallaby scrum-half Nick Phipps has insisted the Australia rugby union squad are not a bunch of sexists following the fall-out caused by Kurtley Beale`s offensive text message to a female team official.

Stade Francais sign  Santiago Garcia Botta
Stade Francais sign Santiago Garcia Botta

Stade Français have signed Argentine prop Santiago Garcia Botta as medical cover for injured South African Heinke Van Der Merwe, the club said Tuesday.

France call up Claassen as Chouly replacement
France call up Claassen as Chouly replacement

South African-born back-row forward Antonie Claassen has been called up to the France three-day training camp ahead of next month`s international Tests.

The 30-year-old Racing-Metro forward replaces Clermont captain Damien Chouly for the camp from Monday to Wednesday.

Wallaby assistant holds out Kurtley Beale hope
Wallaby assistant holds out Kurtley Beale hope

Australia assistant coach Nathan Grey said Monday there was still a chance that controversial back Kurtley Beale could yet feature on the Wallabies` tour of Europe.

Springboks pick 5 uncapped players for Europe
Springboks pick 5 uncapped players for Europe

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer included five uncapped players in a 36-man squad named Monday for Tests in Ireland, England, Italy and Wales during November.

Rugby: Ewen McKenzie says `bunch of reasons` for Aussie exit
Rugby: Ewen McKenzie says `bunch of reasons` for Aussie exit

Australia coach Ewen McKenzie said there was a "bunch of reasons" but refused to go into details after he sensationally quit following a narrow loss to the All Blacks on Saturday.

Jonny Wilkinson admits he'd 'had enough' of rugby
Jonny Wilkinson admits he'd 'had enough' of rugby

Jonny Wilkinson has revealed that he retired at the end of last season because he`d simply had enough of the training needed to be a top level rugby star.

Ben Flower gets six-month ban for Grand Final attack
Ben Flower gets six-month ban for Grand Final attack

Wigan`s Ben Flower has been banned for six months over his shocking Super League Grand Final attack on St Helens` Lance Hohaia, the Rugby Football League (RFL) announced on Tuesday.

Australian rugby league star Jarryd Hayne quits for NFL career
Australian rugby league star Jarryd Hayne quits for NFL career

Australian rugby league superstar Jarryd Hayne on Wednesday dropped a bombshell by quitting the code to pursue an NFL career in the United States.

Rugby Championship condensed to three rounds in 2015
Rugby Championship condensed to three rounds in 2015

Next year`s Rugby Championship will be condensed into three rounds to fit in with the World Cup in England, with holders New Zealand kicking off the first match against Argentina, SANZAR said Tuesday.

Quade Cooper back on bench for embattled Wallabies
Quade Cooper back on bench for embattled Wallabies

Mercurial fly-half Quade Cooper was among the reserves named Tuesday for the embattled Wallabies with Adam Ashley-Cooper chosen for his 100th Test against the All Blacks in this weekend`s Bledisloe Cup clash.