Talei announces retirement

Harlequins and Fiji back-row forward Netani Talei has retired due to ongoing injury problems.
The 34-year-old has confirmed he is quitting the sport after struggling to recover from a troublesome knee problem. Talei, who joined Quins in February 2015 following a spell at Newport Gwent Dragon read more...

England name eight debutantes

England boss Eddie Jones has named eight uncapped players in his starting XV for the Old Mutual Wealth Cup clash with the Barbarians.
With 17 international regulars unavailable due to their participation in the upcoming Lions tour, Jones has taken the opportunity to experiment with his side read more...

Evans cleared for final

Scarlets wing Steff Evans has been cleared to play in Saturday’s Pro12 final against Munster after his recent red card was rescinded.
Evans was given his marching orders by referee Marius Mitrea for a tip tackle in the 27-15 semi-final triumph over Leinster in Dublin last Friday. Mitrea ad read more...

Toulon eager to extend Halfpenny deal

Toulon Mourad Boudjellal is keen to get a new deal over the line for Leigh Halfpenny before he joins the British & Irish Lions.
The Wales full-back is currently in the midst of the Top 14 play-offs, as Toulon are preparing to face La Rochelle in Marseille on Friday, in a bid to secure a read more...

Kennedy has tunnel vision

London Irish director of rugby Nick Kennedy insists his sole focus is on Wednesday's Championship play-off final second leg.
The Exiles finished top of the Championship standings, with 91 points from their 20 games, and faced a two-legged play-off with second-placed Leeds. They won the first read more...

Warburton fit to ‘crack on’ with Lions

Captain Sam Warburton has handed the British and Irish Lions a boost by confirming he has fully recovered from a knee injury.
The 28-year-old Wales international flanker has been selected by head coach Warren Gatland to lead the Lions in their upcoming tour of New Zealand despite the fact he read more...

Townsend rues double loss

Scotland boss Gregor Townsend has admitted it is a blow to lose Richie Gray and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne for their summer tour.
Toulouse second-rower Gray has had ongoing issues with a back problem and, while he was hoping to be fit for the Tests against Italy, Australia and Fiji, he won't recover read more...

Lions hit by Vunipola blow

England and Saracens star Billy Vunipola has been forced to withdraw from the Lions tour to New Zealand due to a shoulder injury.
The 24-year-old has been managing the injury for some time but was still named in Warren Gatland's squad in the hope he would be able to play. However it has now read more...

Wyn Jones frustrated with semi showing

Alun Wyn Jones has admitted Ospreys' Guinness PRO12 semi-final defeat against Munster was a huge disappointment.
The Ospreys skipper could not do much to help his side as Munster overcame them in the second half at Thomond Park to claim a 23-3 victory. Jones was not looking for excuses for t read more...

Wasps wait on Beale

Wasps wing Josh Bassett hopes Kurtley Beale recovers from injury in time for the Aviva Premiership Grand Final.
Wasps booked their place in the end-of-season showpiece with a thrilling 21-20 victory over Leicester Tigers, with Bassett grabbing a last-gasp winner at the Ricoh Arena. Wasps wil read more...