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Billy Vunipola says his social media will not be a World Cup distraction

• Saracens forward made comments supportive of Israel Folau• ‘I have made my position clear,’ he says at England campBilly Vunipola has no plans to stay off social media during the forthcoming World Cup in Japan despite the controversy sparked by his s…

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Japan tries to please Rugby World Cup fans with rethink on tattooed bather ban

Hot spring resorts consider lifting traditional curbs on displaying body art, which is associated with criminal gangsThousands of hot springs in Japan are rethinking their long-standing ban on tattooed bathers, as the country prepares for the arrival o…

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Eddie Jones not fearful of more dwarf throwing from England at World Cup

The overseas campaign in 2011 was marred by off-field scandals but Jones expects his players to behave themselves in JapanEddie Jones has accepted that “boys will be boys” when it comes to England’s off-field behaviour at the World Cup but the head coa…

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Marler named in England’s World Cup training squad after retirement U-turn

Prop Joe Marler last played for England in June 2018Danny Cipriani named in squad but Dan Robson misses outJoe Marler has come out of retirement to be named in England’s Rugby World Cup training squad, while Danny Cipriani has also been included on the…

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Marler named in England’s World Cup training squad after retirement U-turn

Prop Joe Marler last played for England in June 2018Danny Cipriani named in squad but Dan Robson misses outJoe Marler has come out of retirement to be named in England’s Rugby World Cup training squad, while Danny Cipriani has also been included on the…

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David Pocock closing on Wallabies return with Rugby World Cup in sight

Flanker could play role in Rugby ChampionshipCalf injury forced 31-year-old’s Super Rugby retirementWallabies coach Michael Cheika has backed injured flanker David Pocock to play a part in the Rugby Championship and prove his readiness for the World Cu…

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Danny Cipriani added to England’s squad for World Cup training camp

• The Gloucester fly-half given an opportunity to impress• Harlequins pair Smith and Sincker not involved in squadThe possibility of Danny Cipriani featuring at this year’s Rugby World Cup is still alive after the Gloucester fly-half was added to Engla…

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Michael Cheika channels his roots in Wallabies’ revamped attack for World Cup | Bret Harris

The appointment of Shaun Berne as attack coach has provided the first indication of how Australia will play in JapanWallabies coach Michael Cheika has flagged his side will adopt a new style of attack following the departure of former attack coach Step…

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Michael Cheika channels his roots in Wallabies’ revamped attack for World Cup | Bret Harris

The appointment of Shaun Berne as attack coach has provided the first indication of how Australia will play in JapanWallabies coach Michael Cheika has flagged his side will adopt a new style of attack following the departure of former attack coach Step…

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England Rugby World Cup training squad: Hartley, Robshaw and Care out

Hartley has not played since December due to knee injuryAlex Dombrandt and Lewis Ludlam named in squadEngland have omitted former captains Dylan Hartley and Chris Robshaw from their preliminary training squad for the Rugby World Cup. Senior players Dan…

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England’s Jack Nowell in fitness race for Rugby World Cup after ankle surgery

• Exeter’s Rob Baxter expects wing to be fit for tournament• Eddie Jones to name preliminary England squad on ThursdayEngland face a Rugby World Cup waiting game over the fitness of Jack Nowell, who has undergone surgery on the ankle he damaged in the …

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David Pocock set for early return for Wallabies, says Michael Cheika

Coach expects him back for Rugby ChampionshipFlanker is racing to recover from a rare calf injuryIn a huge boost for the Wallabies’ World Cup prospects, champion flanker David Pocock is set for a surprise early return during the Rugby Championship. Bat…

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Eddie Jones extends England deal to 2021 with further extension possible

• Head coach to remain, regardless of World Cup showing• Australian said: ‘I’m not looking to go anywhere else’Eddie Jones is poised to continue as England’s head coach until at least 2021 even if his side fail to achieve their target at the World Cup …

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Danny Cipriani could make World Cup squad as emergency scrum-half

• Barbarians denied access to No 10 for Sunday’s game• Cipriani could feature in England’s wider training squadDanny Cipriani is likely to feature in England’s wider World Cup training squad next month after it emerged the Barbarians were blocked from …

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Ireland suffer Rugby World Cup injury blow as Sean O’Brien is ruled out

• Leinster flanker out for six months with hip injury• O’Brien joins Dan Leavy in missing tournamentIreland’s Rugby World Cup hopes have suffered a blow with the news that flanker Sean O’Brien will miss the tournament in Japan with a hip injury, his cl…

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Bryan Habana: ‘World Cup win for Siya Kolisi would be bigger than Mandela’

In Manhattan, the Springbok great discussed retirement, race and how the Rugby World Cup in Japan could eclipse the events of 1995Lunch with Bryan Habana happens in New York, which is not where one would usually find a great South Africa wing. Not long…

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Premiership clubs agree early release of players for Rugby World Cup

• Decision follows changes to World Rugby player insurance rules• Wales among countries to benefit for pre-tournament friendliesWales and Scotland are among a number of countries who have received a major boost to their World Cup preparations with Prem…

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Premiership clubs agree early release of players for Rugby World Cup

• Decision follows changes to World Rugby player insurance rules• Wales among countries to benefit for pre-tournament friendliesWales and Scotland are among a number of countries who have received a major boost to their World Cup preparations with Prem…

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Danny Cipriani targets World Cup place after player of the season award

• Gloucester fly-half wins Premiership award• Eddie Jones will watch Saturday’s game against SaracensDanny Cipriani has been named the Premiership’s player of the season in further recognition of an outstanding first campaign with Gloucester which he h…

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Danny Cipriani targets World Cup place after player of the season award

• Gloucester fly-half wins Premiership award• Eddie Jones will watch Saturday’s game against SaracensDanny Cipriani has been named the Premiership’s player of the season in further recognition of an outstanding first campaign with Gloucester which he h…