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Players such as Willie le Roux could be left in limbo before the official World Cup window opens. Photograph: Henry Browne/Getty Images

English Premiership Rugby has threatened World Rugby with legal action in an escalating row over player insurance that is set to hamper a number of na(...)

Wales could be without the likes of Liam Williams for their opening World Cup warm-up match against England at Twickenham on August 11th. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty

An insurance wrangle between World Rugby and the English Premiership is threatening to severely hamper World Cup preparations for nations such as Wale(...)

Wales’ Liam Williams scores his side’s second try during the autumn international against South Africa at The Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Wales 20 South Africa 11 Wales completed a first clean sweep of autumn Tests and extended their unbeaten run to nine after toppling South Africa at t(...)

Wales head coach Warren Gatland: “I am aghast that people are turning on New Zealand because they are, to me, still the best team in the world.” Photograph: Getty Images

A week after Rassie Erasmus’s final match in charge of Munster last year, South Africa played Ireland in Dublin and suffered their record defeat by a (...)

South Africa’s centre Jesse Kriel dives over the line to score the opening try of the autumn international against  Scotland at Murrayfield. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Scotland 20 South Africa 26 Scotland gave as good as they got but were denied their first win over South Africa since 2010 as they were edged out 26-(...)

Rassie Erasmus takes his Springboks side to Twickenham without a number of frontline players. Photograph: Ross Setford/Reuters

Rassie Erasmus has challenged the rugby world to fight to support the British and Irish Lions’ future. South Africa boss Erasmus believes any impedim(...)

Leinster’s James Lowe breaks to score their fifth try and his second during the  Heineken Champions Cup match at the  RDS. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster 52 Wasps 3 The Heineken Champions Cup is back, and so are the champions, aka the machine. As opening nights go, this was some eight-try stat(...)

Leo Cullen: has experienced surprising defeats at the RDS to visiting English sides both as Leinster captain and coach. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Leinster v Wasps, RDS Arena, 7.45pm. On TV: Live on BT Sport. Little about the season’s early skirmishes will have generated doubt about Leinster beg(...)

Leinster’s Sean O’Brien will start on the bench against Wasps. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In again rotating his squad by making nine changes for the opening game of this season’s Champions Cup against Wasps on Friday night (kick-off 7.45pm)(...)

South Africa’s Jesse Kriel celebrates victory over New Zealand in Wellington on Saturday. Photograph:  Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images

The day that shook the world, a year out from the World Cup. Whatever way you look at it, Saturday’s unlikely double away win in the Rugby Championshi(...)

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