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 Ben Loader of London Irish breaks with the ball during the English  Championship match against  Richmond  at the Athletic Ground. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Richmond 7 London Irish 46 London Irish sealed their return to the English Premiership with a 46-7 victory at the bottom club Richmond that secured t(...)

Joe Marler has admitted to getting suspended on purpose in order to miss England duty. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Joe Marler has admitted that he would seek to get himself suspended to avoid England duty, having announced his surprise international retirement last(...)

Mathieu Bastareaud was caught calling an opponent a “f***ing faggot” during Toulon’s win over Treviso.

The moral high ground has long been a dangerous place to call home. Rugby union, particularly in the amateur era, used to pitch its tent there regular(...)

Joe Marler will miss England’s first two Six Nations game through suspension. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Joe Marler has been ruled out of England’s first two Six Nations matches against Italy and Wales after receiving a six-week suspension, handing Eddie (...)

 Conor Murray is assessed for a possible head injury against Glasgow Warriors. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

After securing their place in the knockout stages for the first time in three seasons, Munster face an investigation by the European Champions Cup org(...)

 Samoa’s Viliamu Afatia is tackled by South Africa’s Lodewyk De Jager and Frans Malherbe during the Rugby World Cup  Pool B match at  Villa Park in Birmingham. Photograph:  David Jonjes/EPA

Laager – definition: an encampment formed by a circle of wagons; an entrenched position or viewpoint that is defended against opponents. “I see you ar(...)

South Africa’s JP Pietersen scores the second of his three tries in the Pool B win over Samoa at Villa Park. Photograph:  Peter Cziborra/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

South Africa 46 Samoa 6 JP Pietersen scored a hat-trick of tries as South Africa bounced back from their shock loss to Japan with a 46-6 six-try, bonu(...)

 South Africa’s Duane Vermeulen: “If we don’t win we are out. We have to give our all. I’m ready to do that.” Photo:  Steve Haag/Gallo Images

A history of violence. Recent cuddlings of these gargantuan men is drenched in bloody yet wincingly enjoyable rugby. There have been 50-pointer(...)