Highveld holds few fears for Beale, Wallabies
The old-school fitness camp the Wallabies suffered through is set to pay huge dividends as they return to Bloemfontein, the scene of Kurtley Beale's match-winning penalty from 2010.
Exeter cruise to dominant win over Wasps
Champions Exeter Chiefs ran in five tries against Wasps to secure an impressive win over last season's beaten finalists.
Saints spoil London Irish homecoming
London Irish gave supporters little to celebrate on their first appearance of the season at the Madejski Stadium after falling to a 40-25 Aviva Premiership defeat to Northampton.
Williams backs Nkosi to start for Boks
Legendary Springbok wing Chester Williams says Sharks flyer S'bu Nkosi should start in the Springboks' Rugby Championship match against Australia in Bloemfontein next Saturday.
Jones: I can't influence England recruitment
Eddie Jones has ruled out making a raid on rugby league to improve England's World Cup prospects in the mould of Sam Burgess' doomed cross-code switch.
Jones: Smith is an apprentice with England
Eddie Jones has sought to diffuse the expectation gathering around England prospect Marcus Smith by insisting his duties will be limited to polishing George Ford's boots.
Kings woes deepen as Zebre earn first win
South Africa's Southern Kings continued their poor start to their inaugural Pro14 campaign with a 43-17 home loss to Italian side Zebre in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Cockerill woes continue as Scarlets down Edinburgh
Edinburgh prop Michele Rizzo was sent off as Scarlets sealed a 28-8 bonus point victory over Edinburgh in their Guinness PRO14 clash at Parc y Scarlets.
Blues edge out Connacht as Halaholo stars
Jarrod Evans nailed the match-winning conversion in windy conditions as Cardiff Blues edged out Connacht 17-15 for their first win at the Sportsground since May 2014.
Billy Vunipola injured for five-try Saracens
England No. 8 Billy Vunipola was helped from the field with a leg injury as Saracens cruised to a convincing 41-13 win over Sale at Allianz Park.
Kingston: Smith excels despite attention
Marcus Smith impressed Harlequins director of rugby John Kingston after producing another promising display, even if it was not enough to prevent a 31-28 Aviva Premiership defeat by Leicester.
Late Wilson try helps Falcons sink Bath
Newcastle shrugged off the jet lag of their North American mission last weekend to snatch a rare league victory in a match of wildly swinging fortunes at the Recreation Ground.
Sharks, WP claim comfortable wins
The Sharks and Western Province walked away with victories in Saturday's Currie Cup matches, beating the Blue Bulls and Griquas, respectively, in two contrasting matches.
Exeter determined to 'lay marker' vs. Wasps
Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter wants to lay down a marker against Wasps when last season's Aviva Premiership finalists meet at Sandy Park on Sunday.
Worcester remain winless despite Humphreys brace
Worcester have suffered their fourth straight loss in the Aviva Premiership despite a spirited comeback against Gloucester at the Kingsholm.
- Vunipola ruled out for four months
- England call up Clifford to replace Vunipola
- Kingston: Smith excels despite attention
- Williams backs Nkosi to start for Boks
Cheetahs hand Leinster first defeat
Leinster slipped to their first Guinness PRO14 defeat of the season in Bloemfontein despite a hat-trick of Barry Daly tries as Cheetahs secured a 38-19 victory.
Glasgow remain unbeaten after Munster win
Glasgow gave an early demonstration of their title credentials with a stunning performance to see off Munster 37-10 at Scotstoun.
Treviso add to Ospreys struggles
Braam Steyn crossed inside two minutes as Benetton Treviso made it back-to-back Guinness PRO14 wins with a 16-6 victory over struggling Ospreys at Stadio Comunale di Monigo.
All Blacks call up Beauden Barrett
Lima Sopoaga was all but certain to wear the No. 10 jumper in Buenos Aires, with Barrett to take a well-deserved break after a hectic 2017 schedule, but now he is staying at home with partner Miriam as they await the imminent birth of their first child.
Is this the next big All Blacks superstar?
He's the hot-stepping, spin-moving, hat-trick scoring hooker regarded as New Zealand's next big thing, and Asafo Aumua is certainly living up to expectations in this year's Mitre 10 Cup.
Remember the name: Asafo Aumua.
New Zealand have another gem ready to step off their rugby production line, with Wellington youngster Asafo Aumua a potential inclusion on the All Blacks' end-of-year tour.
Breaking down the old-new Super Rugby
SANZAAR has released the draw for the new Super Rugby season in 2018. With the competition reduced from 18 to 15 teams, changes need to be made. ESPN tries to make sense of it all.
Super Rugby brings back local derbies
Local derbies are back on the agenda in Super Rugby in 2018 after SANZAAR unveiled its draw for the revised 15-team competition.
Phase Two: Assessing England ahead of RWC2019
Eddie Jones is entering the second phase of his tenure as he looks to guide England to World Cup glory in 2019. ESPN looks at what headaches he has over the next two years.
Who are England's uncapped duo?
Eddie Jones has included uncapped Tom Dunn and Marcus Smith in his England squad for a training camp in Oxford. ESPN gives you the lowdown on the new(ish) faces.
Jones 'building a team to win the World Cup.'
England manager Eddie Jones believes he has built a good base within the side but is focused on creating a squad to win the 2019 World Cup.
Lions chief backs under-fire coaches
British & Irish Lions chief executive John Feehan has backed Warren Gatland and his coaching team in the wake of Sean O'Brien's stinging attack.
Vunipola: Lions win 3-0 if Jones in charge
Billy Vunipola has supported Sean O'Brien's criticism of the British & Irish Lions coaching staff and even claimed that Eddie Jones would've guided the side to a 3-0 series win in New Zealand.
Assessing O'Brien's Lions criticism
Was Sean O'Brien right to air his grievances about coaching on the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand? ESPN delves into his comments to find out.
Weekend predictions: Prem, PRO14, Top 14
Ahead of a busy few days our experts predict which teams are set for a big weekend, which players will shine and where your attention should be trained across all three leagues.
Government backs SA Rugby's World Cup bid
South Africa's deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa will lead a high-level delegation to London on Sunday to present South Africa's bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
France find extra £30m for World Cup bid
France's bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup is to include a £150 million fee to World Rugby, £30m more than the amount required
Tokyo mark two-year countdown to RWC.
Japan marked two years to go until they host the 2019 Rugby World Cup with a special unveiling of the Webb Ellis Cup.
Ackermann vows to turn Gloucester's fortunes
Head coach Johan Ackermann thinks Worcester will be "desperate" to claim their first Aviva Premiership win of the season at Kingsholm but is purely focused on turning around Gloucester's fortunes.
Prem team news: Stringer starts for Worcester
The fourth round of the Aviva Premiership is back this weekend with just four points separating first and eighth in a congested league table.
Experienced Louw recalled to SA squad
Experienced flank Francois Louw was on Wednesday included in the Springbok squad for the two remaining home matches of the 2017 Rugby Championship.
Rahul Bose: Rugby-mad film star plotting India's rise
Rahul Bose has enjoyed a glittering career in Bollywood but his real passion is ignited on the rugby pitch, where you can still find him playing aged 50.
Hopley: Players don't support shortened Six Nations
Damian Hopley, CEO of the Rugby Players' Association, believes reducing the Six Nations by a week would put an unacceptable workload and pressure on international players.
England could skip 6N opener - report
England and France could skip the opening round of the Six Nations from 2020, according to a report in The Times.
Kwagga, Louw in line to replace Kriel
The news of Jaco Kriel's long-term injury is another blow for the beleaguered Springboks. KweséESPN looks at three players who may be able to fill Kriel's void in the Boks' remaining Rugby Championship matches against Australia and New Zealand.
Bok blow as Kriel sidelined for 6 months
In a further blow to the Springboks, following their All Blacks humiliation, flanker Jaco Kriel will be sidelined for up to six months with a shoulder injury.
Where to now for the woeful Springboks?
Allister Coetzee's Springboks suffered their first defeat of the year by the All Blacks in Albany. KweséESPN looks at some of the coach's main concerns after the humiliating Rugby Championship defeat at the hands of their fierce rivals.
Jones: Rugby can learn from football
England coach Eddie Jones believes rugby union could learn from football when it comes to developing skills.
Senators grill ARU boss Pulver over Force axing
Melbourne Rebels received up to double the funding of Western Force in the years leading up to the latter's axing from the Super Rugby competition, a Senate hearing has heard.
Rugby 'DNA' sets All Blacks apart - Dowd
The All Blacks' astonishing 57-0 thrashing of the once-mighty Springboks is not just a feather in the cap of the national side itself, but New Zealand rugby as a whole. It all comes back to the country's rugby DNA -- Craig Dowd writes.
Five players who impressed in the Top 14
Former Toulon centre Tom May casts his eye over rounds three and four of the Top 14 to pick out some of the overseas players who made their mark -- and you might be surprised to learn that a few have ended up in France.
Healy sorry for laptop-on-plane incident
Ireland and Leinster star Cian Healy has apologised after being asked to leave a flight from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town.
Best sidelined by hamstring tear
Ireland captain Rory Best looks set to miss Ulster's opening two European Champions Cup games next month after suffering a hamstring injury.
Marler warned over goading Haskell
Joe Marler has received a citing commissioner's warning for goading James Haskell in Harlequins' 24-21 win over Wasps.
Wallabies hooker Hanson joins Gloucester
Australia international hooker James Hanson has joined Gloucester on a short-term deal.
Leicester forwards coach Blaze resigns
Leicester forwards coach Richard Blaze has resigned from his position at the Aviva Premiership club for personal reasons.
Boks vow to bounce back after Albany disaster
Springboks coach Allister Coetzee says his side will work hard to bounce back in their two remaining home matches in the Rugby Championship following their 57-0 drubbing at the hand of the All Blacks in Albany.
European review: Player of the week, flop & more
This week's European club action took flight, but who caught the eye, who had a game to forget, and what will we all be talking about ahead of the next round of fixtures?
Quins edge Wasps in heated clash
Tries from Marland Yarde and Charlie Walker helped Harlequins to a first Aviva Premiership win over Wasps at the Ricoh Arena.
Cheika forecasts changes to Wallabies
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has forecast changes to his back-row despite the team notching its first win of the Rugby Championship.
Folau stars as Wallabies down Pumas
The Wallabies have cracked their first win of the Rugby Championship, coming from behind to topple Argentina 45-20 on Saturday.
Springbok shambles and All Black power
The All Blacks absolutely smashed the Springboks in their Rugby Championship match in Albany. Here is how the two teams rated.
All Blacks humiliate Springboks in record win
All Blacks boss Steve Hansen has labelled his side's defensive display in their 57-0 obliteration of South Africa on Saturday as the best of his six-year tenure.
Richards vexed by officials in Falcons defeat
Newcastle Falcons boss Dean Richards was left frustrated by referee JP Doyle following his side's 29-7 defeat to Saracens in their Aviva Premiership clash staged at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia.
Saracens power past Newcastle in Philadelphia
Saracens returned to winning ways in the Aviva Premiership with a 29-7 victory over Newcastle Falcons in a showcase fixture staged at the Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia, USA.
Explosive start gives Tigers first win
Three tries in the opening 21 minutes proved enough for Leicester Tigers as they beat Gloucester 24-10 at Welford Road.
Cheetahs beat Zebre in high-scoring affair
Cheetahs registered their first Guinness PRO14 victory by beating Zebre 54-39 as 13 tries were scored in Bloemfontein.
Munster hang on to down Ospreys
Munster held off a second-half comeback from Ospreys to register their third straight Guinness PRO14 victory in torrential rain at the Liberty Stadium.
Leinster ease to victory at Kings
Leinster ran in five tries to secure a bonus-point 31-10 PRO14 victory over the Southern Kings at a sparsely populated Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Exclusive: Bryan Habana uncertain of Springbok future
Springboks legend Bryan Habana says he can look back on his international career and be 'unbelievably proud' if he doesn't add to his 124 appearances for South Africa.
Could Habana make Springboks return?
Bryan Habana spoke at DNAFit's London HQ about the upcoming Test between the All Blacks and South Africa as well as his International future.
Treviso record shock PRO14 win in Edinburgh
Edinburgh suffered their first defeat of the Guinness PRO14 campaign as they were beaten 20-17 at home by Benetton Treviso.
Super sub Andrew caps last-gasp Ulster win
Ulster maintained their 100 percent Guinness PRO14 record and went top of Conference B after becoming the first side to defeat defending champions the Scarlets in a dramatic finish.
Dragons secure first win of the season
The Dragons secured a first Guinness PRO14 victory of the season thanks to a marvellous first-half exhibition of rugby against Connacht at Rodney Parade.
Solomona at the double as Sale cruise
Denny Solomona touched down twice as Sale Sharks secured their first victory of the Aviva Premiership season following a comfortable 36-7 bonus-point triumph over 14-man London Irish.
Ribbans brace helps Saints to bonus-point win
Sam Underhill produced a superb defensive shift in front of Eddie Jones but it was not enough to prevent Bath slipping to a 24-6 Aviva Premiership defeat against Northampton.
Exeter ease to Worcester win
Exeter cruised to victory at Sixways as the Aviva Premiership champions recorded a second successive bonus-point win.
Premier 15s launches new era for women's rugby
Women's rugby in England takes a step into the unknown on Saturday with the launch of the Premier 15s. For former England captain Sue Day, just getting her club's name right will represent a significant improvement.
Lichfield's heart 'ripped out' by Premier 15s exclusion
The new Tyrrell's Premier 15s domestic women's rugby competition launches on Saturday, and while this brings excitement for most, Lichfield Ladies are not among them.
Leinster accept error as duo turned away
Leinster captain Isa Nacewa and fellow New Zealander Jamison Gibson-Park have been refused entry to South Africa and will miss their side's upcoming PRO14 fixtures.
Bowe backs U.S. PRO14 expansion
Ireland and Ulster utility back Tommy Bowe would support an American team joining the PRO14, as long as it didn't diminish the quality of rugby.
Cockerill having 'positive' impact on Edinburgh
Hamish Watson thinks Edinburgh are heading in the right direction under new coach Richard Cockerill -- even though they have yet to produce their best rugby.
England to end four-year wait to face All Blacks
England will complete a four-year wait to face New Zealand when they clash with the world champions at Twickenham next year.
Lambie completes Racing 92 switch subject to medical
South Africa flyhalf Pat Lambie will join French Top 14 side Racing 92 from 1 November, subject to passing a medical, the Parisian club confirmed on Tuesday.
- Vunipola ruled out for four months
- England call up Clifford to replace Vunipola
- Kingston: Smith excels despite attention
- Williams backs Nkosi to start for Boks
- Kings woes deepen as Zebre earn first win
- Cheetahs hand Leinster first defeat
- England training squad: Lions left out, Smith in
- All Blacks call up Beauden Barrett
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