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Franks to miss rest of 2017 due to surgery

After being ruled out of the remainder of the Rugby Championship, New Zealand confirm Owen Franks will miss the rest of 2017 through injury.
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Clermont off the mark in final repeat against Toulon

After defeat to Bordeaux-Begles on the opening weekend, Clermont Auvergne picked up their first win of the season at home to Toulon.
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Ford punished by Rokoduguni as Leicester return is spoiled by former club Bath

Semesa Rokoduguni picked off a pass from George Ford as Bath ensured his return to Leicester Tigers started with defeat.
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Infuriating, embarrassing, disappointing – Mallinder tears into lacklustre Saints

Northampton Saints started the Premiership season with a one-sided thrashing at the hands of Saracens to leave Jim Mallinder furious.
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Stade Francais impress in downing La Rochelle

After losing their opening game of the Top 14 season, Stade Francais bounced back in style against La Rochelle.
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Scintillating Saracens thrash sorry Saints, Robson stars for Wasps

Saracens began the Premiership season with a nine-try romp of Northampton Saints, while Dan Robson starred for Wasps.
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Cheetahs beaten on debut, Edinburgh start Cockerill era with a win

Ulster saw off Cheetahs as the South African side made their Pro14 bow, while Edinburgh and Munster also recorded opening day wins.
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Last-gasp Woodward try gives Gloucester opening win over champions Exeter Chiefs

Gloucester ended champions Exeter Chiefs' 17-match unbeaten run with a thrilling 28-21 win in the Premiership opener.
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Moore to miss Springboks Test with baby on the way

Former Australia captain Stephen Moore will stay in Brisbane rather than travel to Perth to take on the Springboks.
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Campagnaro blow for Italy and Exeter

Centre Michele Campagnaro fears he could be out for up to nine months after suffering ligament damage
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Wallabies lock Simmons joins Waratahs

Rob Simmons, 28, has committed to the Waratahs and Australian Rugby Union (ARU) until the end of 2019.
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No fracture for Springboks prop Oosthuizen

South Africa will monitor Coenie Oosthuizen ahead of the Rugby Championship clash with Australia.
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Beale hopes Force fans get behind Wallabies in Perth

Kurtley Beale thinks fans in Perth will get behind the Wallabies despite ongoing doubts over Western Force's future.
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ARU denies Force's billionaire backer's claims of Super Rugby 'ambush'

Claims that the decision to cut the Western Force from Super Rugby was made in February have been denied by the Australian Rugby Union.
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Owen Farrell signs new five-year deal with Saracens

Saracens have tied down Owen Farrell, with the England and Lions fly-half signing a new contract running until 2022.
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Doddie Weir: Rugby not to blame for my motor neurone disease

Doddie Weir says rugby is not to blame for him suffering with MND and he is determined to help research into the condition.
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Pollard 'fit and ready to go' for Springboks

After impressing South Africa in training, Handre Pollard could make his international comeback against Australia in the Rugby Championship.
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Todd's hopes of All Blacks call-up for Pumas Test dashed

Matt Todd's hopes of a New Zealand call-up against Argentina were dashed after confirmation he has broken his hand.
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Debutant Ashton at the double in emphatic Toulon win

New signing Chris Ashton looked at home in the French top flight on his debut, scoring two tries in a big victory over Pau.
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Top 14 champions Clermont start new season with defeat

Clermont Auvergne won the Top 14 last season, but started the new campaign with a 32-25 loss at the hands of Bordeaux-Begles.
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