Rugby

Toole set to follow brother's lead

23 October 2014 6.16pm.

James Toole is set make his Ireland debut alongside brother Josh after being called into coach Mark Aston's 20-man squad for Saturday's crucial European Championship clash with Scotland in Dublin.

Farrell set to start for Sarries

23 October 2014 3.17pm.

Owen Farrell will make his first start for five weeks - and a fortnight before England face world champions New Zealand - when Saracens tackle European Champions Cup rivals Munster on Friday night.

  • Solomons targets third win in a row

    23 October 2014 3.16pm.

    Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons has urged the Gunners to continue their winning run when they host Lyon on Friday night.

  • Record demand for World Cup tickets

    23 October 2014 11.01am.

    Almost one million tickets were snapped up for Rugby World Cup 2015 during last month's general sale, tournament organisers have announced.

  • Burgess wins international award

    23 October 2014 8.45am.

    Sam Burgess has become the first English winner of the Rugby League International Federation's International Player of the Year Award at a function in Australia.

  • Lancaster opts for consistency

    22 October 2014 10.46pm.

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster insists the selection of his fly-halves for next month's QBE Series is based on consistency rather than the "flash stuff".

  • England hopeful over Tuilagi injury

    22 October 2014 2.01pm.

    England are refusing to rule Manu Tuilagi out of next month's autumn internationals despite Leicester insisting his groin injury will prevent him playing any role.

  • Improved Shenton ready to shine

    22 October 2014 10.46am.

    Michael Shenton will relaunch his international career as a "more rounded player" when England get the 2014 Four Nations Series under way this weekend.

  • Rokoduguni set for England call

    22 October 2014 6.46am.

    England are expected to include Bath wing Semesa Rokoduguni in their elite player squad for next month's autumn internationals.

  • Tuilagi loss is huge for England

    21 October 2014 3.01pm.

    England's prospects for a successful autumn have diminished after Manu Tuilagi was ruled out of the entire QBE Series at Twickenham with a groin injury.

  • Walker ruled out for Scotland

    21 October 2014 3.01pm.

    Scotland will be without prop Jonathan Walker for Saturday's crucial European Championship match against Ireland in Dublin because of suspension.

  • Slade in Barbarians squad

    21 October 2014 3.01pm.

    The Barbarians will hand New Zealand fly-half Colin Slade the chance to heap yet more misery on Australia at Twickenham on November 1.

  • McNamara confident despite injury

    21 October 2014 1.01pm.

    England coach Steve McNamara is confident his side can overcome the shock of losing new captain Sean O'Loughlin for their opening Four Nations Series clash with Samoa.

  • Gatland: Jones and Hook can return

    21 October 2014 1.01pm.

    Wales boss Warren Gatland has told autumn Test selection casualties Adam Jones and James Hook that "the door is not closed" on their international futures.

  • Graham to lead England out

    21 October 2014 8.46am.

    James Graham will lead England in the opening match of the Four Nations Series against Samoa in Brisbane on Saturday after newly-appointed captain Sean O'Loughlin was ruled out through injury.

  • Cotter says newcomer Gilchrist is up to the job of Scotland skipper

    21 October 2014 7.19am.

    Grant Gilchrist is a “born leader” and jumps straight from the footsoldiers to captain’s role as Vern Cotter was true to his professed aim of re-launching Scotland.

  • Cotter hails skipper Gilchrist

    20 October 2014 3.01pm.

    Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has hailed Grant Gilchrist as a "born leader" after naming him as captain of a 33-man squad heading into the autumn internationals.

  • Tuilagi set for three-week absence

    20 October 2014 1.01pm.

    Manu Tuilagi's groin injury will be assessed by Leicester on Monday with the club expecting the centre to miss England's autumn Test opener against world champions New Zealand next month.

  • Cunningham chosen to lead Saints

    20 October 2014 11.01am.

    Keiron Cunningham says Wigan boss Shaun Wane was among the first to congratulate him on his appointment as St Helens' new head coach.

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