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There has been a mass scramble to try to persuade players to amend existing deals and re-sign prior to the deadline on Thursday. File photograph: Getty Images

English club rugby union is in chaos with some players being given 24-hour ultimatums to sign new contracts in order to exploit a loophole in the new (...)

Sean O’Brien carries during the third Test of the 2017 Lions tour to new Zealand. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The future of the British & Irish Lions is under threat after they emerged as the biggest losers from the remodelled English domestic season, whic(...)

 Gloucester have already fined Danny Cipriani £2,000 following a disciplinary hearing into the events which led to him pleading guilty to common assault. Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA

The escalating club versus country row over Danny Cipriani took a new twist on Tuesday with the English Rugby Football Union ignoring calls by the pla(...)

Donncha O’Callaghan of Worcester Warriors walks out onto the pitch at Sixways Stadium. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Every year around this time the list of players retiring from the game makes bittersweet reading. The names, whether famous or not, are a reminder tha(...)

Eddie Jones: has presided over England’s fall from Six Nations champions last year to fifth place this season. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Eddie Jones retains the backing of the Rugby Football Union despite England’s dismal fifth-place finish in the Six Nations. Ireland were crowned Gra(...)

Gordon Taylor: formidable in defending the Professional Footballers’ Association. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty

The annual unveiling of the salary paid to Gordon Taylor has become a ritual of public bewilderment, a surfacing of dysfunctional relationships embedd(...)

Players who start five Six Nations games over seven weeks already admit they are shattered, both mentally and physically by their exertions. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The proposal by the English clubs and their owners, in the guise of their umbrella organisation Premiership Rugby, to condense the Six Nations into a (...)

 Tommy Bowe  and Jonathan Sexton  celebrate the third test victory  over Australia. Photograph: Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

English Premiership Rugby has backed proposals for a newly integrated global season that have been tabled by the International Rugby Players’ Associa(...)