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All Blacks vice-captain Smith to take sabbatical

New Zealand's Ben Smith will miss the majority of the Rugby Championship after exercising the option to take a career break.
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Jackson, Olding to be prosecuted in relation to alleged rape

Ireland's Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding are to be prosecuted in relation to an alleged rape. Both players "strenuously deny" wrongdoing.
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Former Ireland scrum-half O'Leary retires

Tomas O'Leary has ended a rugby career in which he won a Six Nations Grand Slam with Ireland and two European Cups for Munster.
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Barrington backing Farrell to inspire England to World Cup glory

Owen Farrell has already won plenty of honours during his career and Richard Barrington believes he could lift the World Cup in Japan.
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Canada rugby sevens wing Zaruba lands NFL contract

Adam Zaruba says he does not know how long his NFL experience will last after the Canada rugby sevens star joined Philadelphia Eagles.
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McMahon turns back on Australia for Japan move

Sean McMahon says he has made a "very big call" by opting to leave Melbourne Rebels and Australia for a spell in Japan.
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FIR step in after Zebre pull out of Pro12

Zebre Rugby will enter the Pro12 next season after governing body the FIR stepped in to take ownership of the troubled club.
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Hunt blow for Wallabies, Cheika rules out Lealiifano call-up

Karmichael Hunt has been ruled out for up to eight weeks after the Australia centre underwent a minor operation on his ankle.
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Wasps end Halfpenny pursuit

Bath are thought to be leading the battle to sign Leigh Halfpenny after Premiership rivals Wasps "moved on" from trying to recruit him.
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Star rugby ref Owens opens up on bulimia battle

One of rugby's most prominent referees Nigel Owens has spoken of his bulimia struggle in a television programme on male eating disorders.
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Combrinck's late 58-metre penalty sends Lions into semis

The 2017 Super Rugby semi-finals will include a repeat of last year's final between the Lions and the Hurricanes thanks to Ruan Combrinck.
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Cruising Crusaders clinch semi-final berth

A dominant 17-0 win against the Highlanders kept the Crusaders on course for a first Super Rugby title since 2008.
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Naholo extends Highlanders stay

Waisake Naholo was linked with a move to the Chiefs, but the All Blacks wing has signed a one-year contract with the Highlanders.
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Sarries cult hero Barrington backs Itoje to captain England

Richard Barrington said the sky is the limit for Maro Itoje and thinks he was made to lead England.
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Hurricanes blow Brumbies away in second half to reach semi-final

Brumbies led Hurricanes at half-time, but the Super Rugby holders came soaring back to reach the semi-finals.
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All Black Fekitoa confirms Toulon move

Malakai Fekitoa says it was the hardest decision of his life to leave New Zealand and make the switch to Toulon.
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Haskell to undergo hand surgery, Le Roux and Eastmond on the mend

James Haskell is expected to be out for up to 10 weeks as the England international requires an operation on his hand.
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Warriors sign veteran Stringer as Hougaard cover

Under five months away from his 40th birthday, Peter Stringer has signed for Worcester Warriors on a short-term deal.
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England captain Hartley signs new Northampton contract

England captain Dylan Hartley is Northampton Saints skipper again, after penning a new deal with the Premiership club.
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Pro12 in 'advanced and positive discussions' over Cheetahs and Kings inclusion

A final decision over the addition of axed Super Rugby clubs Cheetahs and Southern Kings to Pro12 will be made "as soon as is practical".
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