Wales v Scotland: Rhys Webb starts for hosts & WRU confirms game is on
13/03/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 804
Rhys Webb starts for Wales and prop WillGriff John will make his debut when they face Scotland in the Six Nations in Cardiff on Saturday.
Justin Tipuric: 'Don't panic, make easy fixes' flanker tells Wales
08/03/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 572
Justin Tipuric says Wales must not panic and can make "easy fixes" after their "frustrating" Six Nations defeat by England.
Six Nations 2020: Scotland 28-17 France - Grand Slam bid ends at Murrayfield
08/03/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,143
Mohamed Haouas is sent off as Scotland beat France 28-17 to end their bid for a Six Nations Grand Slam with a fourth consecutive Murrayfield defeat.
England 33-30 Wales: Dramatic end on a confusing day in the Six Nations
07/03/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,931
England were irresistible at the start but there was mayhem at the end after Manu Tuilagi was sent off, says Tom Fordyce.
Six Nations: England beat Wales 33-30 despite Manu Tuilagi red card
07/03/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,049
England survive a late red card for Manu Tuilagi to secure a first Triple Crown in four years and inflict a third successive defeat on Wales.
Six Nations: Scotland must revel in role as bad guys to spoil France's fun
07/03/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 274
Are Grand Slam contenders France the real deal, or can Scotland uncover some vulnerabilities when the sides meet at Murrayfield, asks Tom English.
England v Wales: George Ford v Dan Biggar and other key battles
06/03/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 533
England host Wales at Twickenham in the Six Nations on Saturday and BBC pundits Paul Grayson and James Hook look at four key battles.
England v Wales: Dan Biggar fit for Six Nations match, says Alun Wyn Jones
06/03/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 116
Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones says Dan Biggar is fit to play after the fly-half was named in Wayne Pivac's side for the Six Nations match against England at Twickenham.
Six Nations: The stats superbrains fine-tuning England's tactics
06/03/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 265
How two 20-somethings and their statistical modelling have become part of England's pre-match plotting.
England v Wales: Visitors drop Faletau, but Liam Williams and Dan Biggar fit
05/03/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 434
Taulupe Faletau is dropped to the bench as Josh Navidi comes in at number eight to face England in the Six Nations at Twickenham on Saturday.
England v Wales: Mark Wilson and Anthony Watson return for hosts
05/03/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 170
Flanker Mark Wilson and wing Anthony Watson will make their first England appearances since the Rugby World Cup when they face Wales in the Six Nations on Saturday.
Chris Ashton: Harlequins sign former England winger after Sale Sharks exit
04/03/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 333
Former England winger Chris Ashton joins Harlequins two days after leaving Premiership rivals Sale Sharks.
Emile Ntamack: 'Rugby is in Romain's blood' - France fly-half's father
03/03/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 111
Former France wing Emile Ntamack says he cannot share his son Romain's on-pitch composure while watching him in the Six Nations.
England v Wales: Mako Vunipola and Luke Cowan-Dickie available for Wales game
02/03/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 471
England prop Mako Vunipola is available for Saturday's Six Nations match against Wales after missing the Ireland game for personal reasons.
Finn Russell: Exiled Scotland fly-half holds positive talks with Gregor Townsend
01/03/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 213
Finn Russell could return for Scotland's summer tour after holding positive talks with head coach Gregor Townsend.
England v Wales: Pivac-Gatland comparison unfair - Alun Wyn Jones
29/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 87
Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones says it will be harsh to judge new coach Wayne Pivac on a possible unwanted Six Nations statistic.
Six Nations: Stuart Hogg a fantastic Scotland captain - Rory Sutherland
24/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 306
Prop Rory Sutherland says Stuart Hogg has done a "fantastic" job as Scotland captain and proved it with his wonder try against Italy.
Six Nations 2020: England end Ireland's Grand Slam hopes and reignite title hopes
23/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,299
England rediscover some of their World Cup form to reignite their own hopes of landing the Six Nations title with a 24-12 win over Ireland.
Six Nations 2020: Shaun Edwards says Wales win was something special for France
23/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 164
Former Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards' influence is clear as France "do something special" to triumph in Cardiff.
Six Nations 2020: Referee got key Wales v France decision wrong - Wayne Pivac
22/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 654
Wales coach Wayne Pivac believes referee Matt Carley made a wrong decision to not award his side a second-half penalty try in the 27-23 defeat by France.
Six Nations 2020: France beat Wales to keep Grand Slam hopes alive
22/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,119
France remain on course for a first Grand Slam in 10 years as they win in Cardiff for the first time since 2010 with a 27-23 victory.
Six Nations: Gregor Townsend says Scotland win at Italy 'lifts pressure'
22/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 101
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend hopes they can go into their final two Six Nations with the "pressure lifted" after a gritty first win against Italy.
Six Nations 2020: Italy 0-17 Scotland - Hogg, Harris & Hastings with tries
22/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 460
Scotland run in three tries against Italy in Rome to earn their first win in six games in the Six Nations and ease the pressure on head coach Gregor Townsend.
England v Ireland: 'No-one argues with a Farrell' as father and son prepare for Twickenham game
22/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 230
Andy and Owen Farrell are not most fathers and sons. BBC chief sports writer Tom Fordyce explains why.
Wales v France: How Shaun Edwards is making the difference for France
21/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 100
Former internationals Tom Shanklin, Shane Horgan and Matt Dawson discuss Shaun Edwards' impact on France as he returns to Wales on Saturday.
Italy v Scotland: Six Nations must-win for Gregor Townsend's side
21/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 200
After two credible performances in defeat, there can be no excuses for Scotland when they face Italy in Rome in their third Six Nations game.
Six Nations 2020: Jonathan Joseph on wing for England v Ireland
21/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 565
Jonathan Joseph is named on the wing with Elliot Daly at full-back for Sunday's Six Nations match with Ireland at Twickenham.
Six Nations 2020: France accuse Wales of 'lack of respect' over scrum comments
21/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 367
France head coach Fabien Galthie accuses Wales of a "lack of respect" ahead of Saturday's Six Nations encounter.
Wayne Pivac: Coach counts on Wales' cap-record experience against France
20/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 32
Wayne Pivac hopes experience will hold the key for his Wales side - the most capped in Six Nations history - when they face France.
Six Nations: Wales recall Gareth Davies and Ross Moriarty for France
20/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 250
Wales recall scrum-half Gareth Davies and flanker Ross Moriarty to face France in the Six Nations as coach Wayne Pivac makes two changes.
Six Nations: How is England's Tom Curry fitting in at number eight?
20/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 222
Ball-carrying? Base-of-the-scrum smarts? Breakdown dominance? How is England's Tom Curry coping with his changed back-row role?
Six Nations 2020: Ireland wing Jacob Stockdale says he is better than in 2018
20/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 27
Ireland wing Jacob Stockdale says his form is better than during his record-setting 2018 Six Nations despite failing to score a try in his six games.
Wales v France: Lock Jake Ball aims for Six Nations home comforts
19/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 37
Jake Ball hopes Wales' Six Nations home record will continue when they face unbeaten France on Saturday.
Six Nations: Scotland drop Huw Jones for Chris Harris against Italy
19/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 342
Scotland centre Huw Jones has been replaced by Chris Harris in one of three changes to the side for Saturday's Six Nations trip to Italy.
Six Nations 2020: Wales can match France scrum - Adam Jones
19/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 231
Former Wales prop Adam Jones says France's scrum during this Six Nations has not matched their packs of the past.
Six Nations 2020: England's Manu Tuilagi available for Ireland game, but Anthony Watson not fit
13/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 493
Centre Manu Tuilagi is available for England's Six Nations match against Ireland, but full-back Anthony Watson will not be fit in time, says head coach Eddie Jones
RFU Championship: Future of second-tier competition in doubt after funding cut
12/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 422
The future of the second-tier Championship is thrown into doubt after the Rugby Football Union slashes funding to its clubs.
South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus' Rugby World Cup final team talk revealed
11/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 160
Rassie Erasmus releases footage of his Rugby World Cup final team talk, in which he tells his Springboks their performance can change South Africa
Six Nations: England's win over Scotland was ugly yet beautiful
08/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,143
Ugly looks beautiful when you have just got your Six Nations title hopes back on track, says chief sports writer Tom Fordyce.
Scotland 6-13 England: Visitors reclaim Calcutta Cup and keep Six Nations title hopes alive
08/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,393
England win back the Calcutta Cup and keep their Six Nations title hopes alive with a turgid victory over Scotland in awful weather conditions.
Ireland 24-14 Wales: Hosts hand holders first defeat in nine Six Nations games
08/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 612
Ireland deliver a first Six Nations defeat in nine games to holders Wales by clinching a 24-14 victory in Dublin.
Ireland v Wales: Six Nations trip will be Wayne Pivac's 'biggest test' of career
06/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 393
Wales coach Wayne Pivac says the Six Nations trip to Ireland in Dublin will be the biggest test of his career.
Scotland v England: Ben Youngs dropped for Six Nations match
06/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 8
England coach Eddie Jones benches scrum-half Ben Youngs as part of five changes to his starting XV to face Scotland.
Scotland v England: Lewis Ludlam throws down gauntlet for Six Nations clash
06/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 65
Flanker Lewis Ludlam says England's "hate" is just as great as Scotland's and promises the hosts a "war" at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Six Nations: Scotland v England - Ice cream vans & Finn and Gregor's domestic
06/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 445
BBC Scotland sits down with Scotland prop Gordon Reid to rewatch last year's astonishing Calcutta Cup draw at Twickenham.
Scotland v England in Six Nations: Courtney Lawes says senior players must 'step up'
05/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 397
England lock Courtney Lawes says the squad's experienced players need to help the team win "when the opposition has got your number".
Scotland v England: Anthony Watson out of Six Nations match
05/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 253
England winger Anthony Watson has suffered a setback in his recovery from a calf injury and is out of Saturday's Six Nations game at Murrayfield.
Lions tour 2021: Scottish Rugby bids to host match at Murrayfield
04/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 267
Scottish Rugby has made a bid for Murrayfield to host a British and Irish Lions match for the first time before the South Africa tour in 2021.
Six Nations 2020: England's Manu Tuilagi to miss Scotland game
04/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 548
Centre Manu Tuilagi will miss England's Six Nations match with Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday with a groin strain.
Six Nations: Ireland's Robbie Henshaw and Peter O'Mahony to start against Wales
04/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 143
Peter O'Mahony and Robbie Henshaw return to Ireland's starting team as Andy Farrell makes two changes for Saturday's game against Wales.
Six Nations 2020: Wales' Liam Williams set to miss Ireland and France games
04/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 307
Wales do not expect Liam Williams to be fit until they face England on the penultimate weekend of the Six Nations.
'England defeat by France a tale of individual errors and confused tactics'
02/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,023
Coach Eddie Jones promised brutal physicality but mistakes and poor tactics led to a humbling England defeat in France, says Tom Fordyce.
France 24-17 England: England lose Six Nations opener in Paris
02/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 2,067
World Cup finalists England fall to a chastening defeat by a resurgent France as their Six Nations hopes wilt in the Parisian rain.
Six Nations 2020: Ireland win 19-12 against wasteful Scotland
01/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 678
Uninspired Ireland beat Scotland 19-12 in the Six Nations in Dublin as Stuart Hogg's knock-on over the line sums up Scotland's missed opportunity.
Six Nations 2020: Josh Adams hat-trick helps Wales thrash Italy
01/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 581
Champions Wales start the 2020 Six Nations with a comfortable 42-0 victory over Italy in Wayne Pivac's first Test match in charge.
France v England: Eddie Jones' plan to win Six Nations opener
01/02/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 370
Eddie Jones says England want to make France's backs experience pressure "they have never felt before" in the Six Nations on Sunday.
France v England: George Furbank starts Six Nations opener
31/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 454
Northampton's uncapped full-back George Furbank starts for England in their Six Nations opener away to France on Sunday.
France v England: Anthony Watson out of Six Nations opener
30/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 369
Anthony Watson is ruled out of England's Six Nations opener against France in Paris with a calf injury.
Six Nations 2020: George North at centre for Wales v Italy
30/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 543
George North starts at centre in Wales' Six Nations opener against Italy, with uncapped Johnny McNicholl taking his place on the wing.
Six Nations: Nick Haining makes Scotland debut against Ireland
30/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 310
Edinburgh number eight Nick Haining will make his Scotland debut against Ireland in the Six Nations as Adam Hastings replaces Finn Russell at fly-half.
Six Nations: Pack puzzles & who is lucky 13? Who should start for Scotland?
29/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 117
How will Scotland line up for a tough Six Nations opener in Dublin? Tom English assesses the options for head coach Gregor Townsend.
Wayne Pivac: Wales' new coach - by Steve Hansen, Eddie Jones and more
29/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 133
Steve Hansen, Eddie Jones, John Barclay, Nicky Little and Xavier Rush recall their experiences with new Wales coach Wayne Pivac - and analyse his challenges ahead.
Six Nations: The young stars to watch out for at the 2020 tournament
29/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 336
As another Rugby World Cup cycle begins, which young stars are set to take the stage in the 2020 Six Nations
Six Nations: Johnny Sexton more important to Ireland than ever
29/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 73
Now 34 and 11 years on from his international debut, new captain Johnny Sexton is only becoming more important to the fortunes of Ireland.
Six Nations: Caelan Doris to make Ireland debut against Scotland
28/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 135
Leinster number eight Caelan Doris will make his Ireland debut in Saturday's Six Nations opener against Scotland in Dublin.
Kyle Sinckler: Bristol Bears agree deal for England and Harlequins prop
27/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 323
Bristol Bears agree a deal to sign England prop Kyle Sinckler from fellow Premiership side Harlequins in the summer.
Premiership: Harlequins 41-14 Saracens - Quins thump relegated Sarries
26/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 279
Harlequins deepen Saracens' misery by thrashing the champions in their first Premiership match since their relegation was confirmed.
Six Nations 2020: Shaun Edwards chose France over Wales for longer contract
26/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 150
Shaun Edwards says he opted to become France's defence coach because they offered him a longer contract than Wales.
Six Nations: Scotland's Finn Russell will not face Ireland after 'protocol breach'
23/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 877
Influential fly-half Finn Russell will not play in Scotland's Six Nations opener against Ireland next Saturday after "a breach of team protocol", Scottish Rugby have confirmed.
Nigel Owens believes rugby could be made safer with fewer substitutions
22/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 256
International rugby referee Nigel Owens suggests the modern game could be made safer if there were fewer substitutions.
Saracens: Premiership Rugby urge club to be more transparent
21/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 567
Saracens have been urged to be more transparent with fans over how they came to be relegated to the Championship, says Premiership Rugby chief executive Darren Childs.
Steve Borthwick to join Leicester Tigers as head coach after England duties end
21/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 104
Steve Borthwick will join Leicester Tigers as head coach once he has completed his coaching commitments with England.
England: Six Nations will be good for Saracens players, says coach Eddie Jones
20/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 368
Eddie Jones says his Saracens players will thrive in adversity during the Six Nations, despite the salary cap crisis at the club.
Six Nations 2020: England call up eight uncapped players
20/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 556
England head coach Eddie Jones names eight uncapped players in his 34-man squad for the Six Nations.
Saracens relegated from Premiership at end of 2019-20 season for salary cap breaches
19/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,827
Premiership Rugby confirms Saracens will be relegated to the Championship this season after salary cap breaches.
Heineken Champions Cup: Permutations for final pool-stage matches
18/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 241
Saracens, Northampton, Gloucester, Glasgow and Ulster are set to duel it out for three quarter-final spots in the final round of pool matches in the Heineken Champions Cup.
Six Nations: Johnny Sexton to captain Ireland as Andy Farrell's reign begins
15/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 138
Johnny Sexton will succeed Rory Best as Ireland captain after being chosen to lead Andy Farrell's first squad.
Six Nations: Louis Rees-Zammit and Nick Tompkins called up by Wales
15/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 485
Teenage wing Louis Rees-Zammit and Saracens centre Nick Tompkins are among five uncapped players in Wayne Pivac's first Six Nations Wales squad.
Stuart Lancaster: Leinster redemption for former England coach
15/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 104
How former England coach Stuart Lancaster rebuilt his reputation in Dublin and helped develop one of Europe's most dominant teams.
Stuart Hogg: Exeter Chiefs full-back to captain Scotland in Six Nations
15/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 289
Stuart Hogg is named Scotland captain as head coach Gregor Townsend includes six uncapped players in his 38-man squad for this year's Six Nations.
James Hook: Ospreys and Wales back to retire at end of season
13/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 176
Wales back James Hook will retire from rugby at the end of the season as he eyes coaching and becoming a children's author.
Anthony Watson injured as Bath lose to Harlequins in Champions Cup
10/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 101
England winger Anthony Watson suffers another injury as he limps out of Bath's 25-19 defeat by Harlequins in the Champions Cup.
Six Nations: France coach Fabien Galthie unveils squad with 19 uncapped players
08/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 206
Fabien Galthie marks the start of his reign as France coach with a new-look squad for the Six Nations, featuring 19 uncapped players.
Chris Ashton: Sale Sharks winger aims for Premiership try century
07/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 95
Sale's Chris Ashton says he is aiming for a record 100 Premiership tries before his club career is over.
Jonny Gray: Scotland lock nears Exeter Chiefs move
01/01/2020 | sport | rugbyunion | 141
Glasgow lock Jonny Gray is expected to join Scotland team-mate Stuart Hogg at Exeter Chiefs next season.
Premiership: Exeter Chiefs beat Saracens 14-7 with superb defensive display
29/12/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 244
Exeter produce a superb defensive display to beat champions Saracens and return to the top of the Premiership.
Premiership: Northampton beat Gloucester 33-26 in thriller despite Rees-Zammit hat-trick
28/12/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 71
Welsh wing Louis Rees-Zammit claims a first hat-trick but Gloucester's narrow loss puts Northampton back top of the Premiership.
Dragons: 'We want to control our own destiny' - chairman Buttress
23/12/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 63
Chairman David Buttress wants Dragons to return to private ownership and says talks are "ongoing" to achieve that aim.
Greig Laidlaw is third Scotland player to announce international retirement after World Cup
19/12/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 318
Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw announces his retirement from international rugby after 76 caps.
Rob Kearney: Leinster full-back left out of Andy Farrell's 45-man Ireland squad
16/12/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 70
Full-back Rob Kearney is omitted from a 45-man squad for Andy Farrell's first training session as Ireland coach in Dublin next week.
Rob Baxter: Exeter boss content to rule out England after signing new deal
16/12/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 155
Exeter boss Rob Baxter says he is not a "career coach" after ruling himself out of an England role until at least 2023 by signing a new contract.
Johnny Sexton: Ireland fly-half an injury doubt for Six Nations opener
13/12/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 72
Johnny Sexton is in a race to be fit for the start of Ireland's Six Nations campaign in February after injuring his knee.
Scotland's Tommy Seymour retires from international duty
11/12/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 276
Glasgow Warriors back Tommy Seymour announces he is retiring from Scotland duty at the age of 31 after earning 55 caps.
George North eyes 100 Wales caps and Shane Williams' record
10/12/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 171
Wales wing George North says he has his "bounce back" as he targets 100 caps and Shane Williams' national try-scoring record.
Munster 10-3 Saracens: Irish side remain unbeaten in Heineken Champions Cup
07/12/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 204
Munster compounded Saracens' Heineken Champions Cup woes and remain second in Pool Four after a gritty victory at Thomond Park.
Champions Cup: Bath 17-34 Clermont Auvergne
07/12/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 46
Clermont Auvergne come from behind to go top of Pool Three and extend bottom-placed Bath's European Champions Cup misery.
Premiership: Northampton Saints 36-13 Leicester Tigers
30/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 84
Northampton run in five tries in a comprehensive East Midlands derby win over Leicester to go top of the Premiership.
Wales 43-33 Barbarians: Wayne Pivac begins Wales reign with Baa-Baas win
30/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 318
New coach Wayne Pivac marks his first match in charge of Wales with victory over a Barbarians side coached by predecessor Warren Gatland.
Premiership: Bath 12-25 Saracens - Owen Farrell leads champions to victory
29/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 188
Owen Farrell kicks 20 points as Saracens beat Bath in their first Premiership game since opting not to contest penalties for breaching salary cap rules.
Pro14: Ulster ease to bonus-point 29-5 win over Scarlets
29/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 39
Ulster ease to a 29-5 bonus-point win over Scarlets to reduce their deficit to Leinster at the top of Pro14 Conference A to four points.
Pro14: Munster 16-18 Edinburgh: Visitors win to go second in Conference B
29/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 53
Edinburgh move within two points of Pro14 Conference B leaders Munster with their first away win over the depleted province in five years.
Ospreys: Coach Allen Clarke no longer in charge of rugby at region
27/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 130
Ospreys confirm discussions with Allen Clarke who will depart his role as Ospreys head coach after winning only one of their eight games this season.
Scott Wisemantel: England attack coach leaves Eddie Jones' backroom team
25/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 135
Australian Scott Wisemantel leaves his role with England, leaving coach Eddie Jones with another position to fill before the Six Nations.
Gordon Reid: Scotland prop has no regrets over fire rescue, despite man 'running away'
25/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 65
Scotland prop Gordon Reid has no regrets about running into a smoke-filled house - despite the man he rescued then "legging it down the road like Usain Bolt".
Saracens 44-3 Ospreys: Defending European champions win with bonus point
23/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 252
Defending champions Saracens return to winning ways in the Heineken Champions Cup with a bonus-point victory over Ospreys in Pool four.
Exeter Chiefs v Glasgow Warriors: Dave Rennie can still add to legacy
22/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 13
Tom English previews Stuart Hogg's Glasgow Warriors reunion as the Pro14 side take on Exeter in the Champions Cup.
Tom Smith: Former British and Irish Lions prop reveals stage four cancer diagnosis
21/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 348
Former British and Irish Lions forward Tom Smith, 48, reveals he has had a "daunting" stage four cancer diagnosis.
Australia appoint Dave Rennie, Danny Wilson replaces him at Glasgow
19/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 115
Glasgow coach Dave Rennie will take charge of Australia next summer - with Scotland forwards coach Danny Wilson confirmed as his replacement at Warriors.
Wayne Pivac: New Wales head coach picks McNicholl and Halaholo in first squad
19/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 412
New Wales coach Wayne Pivac picks New Zealand-born backs Johnny McNicholl and Willis Halaholo in his first squad.
Saracens salary cap breach: Premiership champions will not contest sanctions
18/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 659
Premiership champions Saracens will not contest their 35-point deduction and £5.36m fine for breaching the league's salary cap.
Eddie Jones: Scotland should take inspiration from Japan, says England coach
18/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 195
Scotland should take inspiration from Japan and might have got their World Cup conditioning wrong, says England coach Eddie Jones.
Sam Warburton and Byron Hayward join Wales coaching set-up
15/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 91
Ex-Wales captain Sam Warburton and former fly-half Byron Hayward join the coaching staff under new national coach Wayne Pivac.
Jamie Roberts: Bath centre hopes to catch new Wales boss Wayne Pivac's eye
14/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 76
Bath centre Jamie Roberts says he will not give up on his Wales ambitions as he bids to impress new head coach Wayne Pivac.
Jonathan Davies: Injured Wales centre to miss 2020 Six Nations
12/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 313
Wales will be without centre Jonathan Davies for the 2020 Six Nations after he was ruled out by a knee injury suffered at the World Cup.
Rugby World Cup: USA set to host 2031, Australia leads 2027 race
08/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 211
A first Rugby World Cup in the Americas could take place in the United States in 2031, with Australia emerging as a prime contender to host in 2027.
Typhoons & a torrent of tribulations: Scotland's storm with World Rugby rages on
07/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 359
BBC Scotland's chief sports writer Tom English on the brewing stand off between Scottish Rugby and the world governing body.
Dylan Hartley: England and Northampton Saints hooker retires because of injury
07/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 351
Northampton and England hooker Dylan Hartley retires from professional rugby after failing to recover from a long-term knee injury.
Rugby World Cup: Scottish Rugby fined £70,000 for Mark Dodson legal threat and criticism
07/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 783
Scottish Rugby is fined, reprimanded and ordered to apologise for Mark Dodson's criticism of World Rugby over a possible cancellation of their World Cup game with Japan.
Tendai Mtawarira: South Africa prop retires from internationals after World Cup
06/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 127
South Africa's World Cup-winning prop Tendai Mtawarira announces his retirement from international rugby aged 34.
Saracens appeal against 35-point deduction and £5.36m fine for breaching salary cap rules
05/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,713
Premiership champions Saracens will appeal against a 35-point deduction and £5.36m fine for breaching salary cap regulations.
Wales coach Wayne Pivac inherits quality and expectation from Warren Gatland
04/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 193
As Warren Gatland's 12-year tenure ends, new Wales coach Wayne Pivac has a tough act to follow, but firm foundations to build on.
Rugby World Cup 2019: Memorable moments from Japan
04/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 851
Brilliant tries, a devastating typhoon, wonderful fans and Owen Farrell's haka stare - the 2019 World Cup had more than its fair share of unforgettable moments.
England: Player ratings for Rugby World Cup campaign in Japan
02/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 936
Former England fly-half Paul Grayson rates each player's performance in the final and contribution during the World Cup.
England 12-32 South Africa: Springboks win World Cup for record-equalling third time
02/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 6,058
South Africa overpower England in the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama to become champions for a third time.
Rugby World Cup final: Siya Kolisi, South Africa's first black captain & legacy of 1995
02/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 317
South African success in Saturday's World Cup final sees their first black captain Siya Kolisi lifting the trophy in a landmark moment.
Warren Gatland: Wales coach says Welsh rugby must not return to doldrums
01/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 184
Departing Wales coach Warren Gatland says it would break his heart if Welsh rugby returned to the doldrums.
England v South Africa: Owen Farrell - England's World Cup talisman
01/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,092
How a lifetime in elite sport has acclimatised England captain Owen Farrell to the pressure cooker atmosphere that awaits in a Rugby World Cup final.
Rugby World Cup 2019 bronze match: Wales 17-40 New Zealand
01/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,362
Wing Ben Smith leads the way with two tries as New Zealand dominate Wales to win 40-17 in Friday's World Cup bronze match in Tokyo.
England v South Africa, Rugby World Cup final: Eddie Jones says players can inspire nation
01/11/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 215
England head coach Eddie Jones challenges his players to "inspire the whole country" by beating South Africa in the World Cup final.
Warren Gatland: Wales' greatest coach, a 'scientist, crooner and rugby god'
31/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 520
Who is Warren Gatland? The people who know him best reveal what Wales' greatest coach is really like, on and off the field.
Rugby World Cup final: England team unchanged for South Africa match
31/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,002
England's Owen Farrell, Jonny May and Kyle Sinckler are all fit for Saturday's Rugby World Cup final against South Africa.
England v South Africa: 'George Ford has moved out of Owen Farrell's shadow' - Paul Grayson
30/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 359
How England fly-half George Ford is set to take centre stage in a World Cup final alongside his boyhood friend after battling back into favour.
Wales v New Zealand: Owen Lane to start as one of nine changes
30/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,315
Warren Gatland makes nine Wales changes for Friday's World Cup bronze medal match against New Zealand.
England v South Africa: Cheslin Kolbe set to return for World Cup final
29/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 168
Winger Cheslin Kolbe is likely to return to the South Africa squad for their World Cup final with England, says head coach Rassie Erasmus.
New Zealand v Wales: Robin McBryde relishes All Blacks challenge
29/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 373
Forwards coach Robin McBryde says he is glad Wales' World Cup bronze match is against deposed champions New Zealand.
England v South Africa: Can Faf de Klerk be stopped in World Cup final?
29/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 997
South Africa's 5ft 7in scrum-half Faf de Klerk is the man looking to bring down England, so how do Eddie Jones's side stop him?
Wales prepare for life after Warren Gatland following World Cup defeat
28/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 678
Wales' World Cup journey in Japan has resembled a rollercoaster ride and Warren Gatland's reign will finish with a bronze medal match against New Zealand.
England v South Africa: Springboks will grind out Rugby World Cup final - Rassie Erasmus
27/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 707
Coach Rassie Erasmus promises South Africa will stick to their physical, confrontational style in Saturday's Rugby World Cup final against England.
Wales 16-19 South Africa: Warren Gatland laments not meeting England in World Cup final
27/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 856
Warren Gatland laments his dream of starting and finishing his Wales career against England being dashed by their World Cup semi-final defeat by South Africa.
Rugby World Cup semi-final: Wales 16-19 South Africa
27/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 2,909
Wales fall agonisingly short of a first Rugby World Cup final as Handre Pollard's 76th-minute penalty hands the Springboks victory.
Haka: Owen Farrell says England had to stand up to New Zealand in semi-final
26/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 570
Captain Owen Farrell says England's 'flying V' response to the New Zealand haka showed they were ready to take hold of their Rugby World Cup semi-final.
England's World Cup semi-final win over New Zealand 'the finest of their lives'
26/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,483
It was impossible to find an area in which England were not superior to the All Blacks, writes Tom Fordyce.
England 19-7 New Zealand: Eddie Jones' side beat All Blacks to reach World Cup final
26/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 2,925
England beat two-time defending champions New Zealand and reach the World Cup final for the first time in 12 years.
Wales v South Africa: Jonathan Davies fit, Leigh Halfpenny replaces Liam Williams
25/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 827
Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny replaces Liam Williams for Sunday's World Cup semi-final against South Africa while centre Jonathan Davies is passed fit to start.
Liam Williams: Wales full-back will miss rest of World Cup through injury
25/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 432
Wales full-back Liam Williams is ruled out of the World Cup following an ankle injury suffered in training.
Alun Wyn Jones can lift Rugby World Cup, says 2007 South Africa coach Jake White
24/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 80
World Cup-winning South Africa coach Jake White says Alun Wyn Jones may be destined to lift the Rugby World Cup and join the sport's legends.
England v New Zealand: George Ford recalled for Rugby World Cup semi-final
24/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,014
George Ford returns at fly-half as England shuffle their backline for their Rugby World Cup semi-final against New Zealand on Saturday.
England v New Zealand: Scott Barrett into back row as Sam Cane dropped
24/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 245
New Zealand spring a surprise by dropping flanker Sam Cane and picking Scott Barrett for to face England on Saturday.
Wales v South Africa: Cheslin Kolbe ruled out of World Cup semi-final for Springboks
24/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 250
South Africa wing Cheslin Kolbe has been ruled out of Sunday's World Cup semi-final against Wales.
England v New Zealand: John Mitchell says 'no advantage' in spying
23/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 448
Speaking before the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand, England defence coach John Mitchell says he "doesn't see any advantage" in opponents spying.
Wales v South Africa: Jenkins expects Davies and Parkes to be fit for semi-final
23/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 434
Wales expect centres Jonathan Davies and Hadleigh Parkes to be fit for Sunday's World Cup semi-final against South Africa.
Rugby World Cup: No clubhouse but there is karaoke - the club game in Japan
22/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 25
Japan's wonderful home support at the Rugby World Cup was met with superb performances on the field, but what state is the club game in?
Rugby World Cup: Wales add Owen Lane to squad as Josh Navidi ruled out
22/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 447
Wales call up Cardiff Blues wing Owen Lane to the World Cup after back row Josh Navidi is ruled out by injury.
England coach Eddie Jones says pressure is on New Zealand in World Cup semi-final
22/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,318
Eddie Jones claims England's training session was spied on and says all the pressure is on semi-final opponents New Zealand.
Wales v South Africa: Cheslin Kolbe 'similar to Jason Robinson' - Edwards
22/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 143
Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards says South Africa wing Cheslin Kolbe reminds him of England's 2003 World Cup winner Jason Robinson.
Rugby World Cup 2019: Wales lay 2011 ghosts to keep Warren Gatland era alive
20/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,069
Wales lay to rest ghosts of 2011 with a near mirror image of events against France in Auckland eight years ago, writes Dafydd Pritchard.
South Africa 26-3 Japan: Springboks through to Rugby World Cup semi-finals
20/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 303
South Africa end Japan's dream World Cup run to reach the semi-finals with a bruising win against the hosts.
Wales beat France 20-19 to reach Rugby World Cup semi-finals in thriller
20/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 2,633
A dramatic late Ross Moriarty try books Wales a World Cup semi-final place as Warren Gatland's side come from behind to beat France 20-19.
England demolish Australia but All Blacks await in Rugby World Cup semi-finals
19/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 730
England impressed in their 40-16 win over Australia, but now face the test of holders New Zealand for a place in the World Cup final.
England beat Australia 40-16 to make Rugby World Cup semi-finals
19/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,453
England are into the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 12 years as they ruthlessly dispatch old rivals Australia.
Rugby World Cup: New Zealand overpower Ireland to reach semi-finals
19/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 650
Holders and tournament favourites New Zealand score seven tries in a 46-14 win over outplayed Ireland who fall at the quarter-final stage yet again.
Sir Gareth Edwards: World Rugby's drive against dangerous challenges can boost the sport
17/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 84
Wales and Lions legend Sir Gareth Edwards believes World Rugby's drive against dangerous challenges can improve the sport.
Rugby World Cup: England v Australia - Jordan Petaia to start
17/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 176
Nineteen-year-old Jordan Petaia will win his third Test cap as he starts at centre in Australia's World Cup quarter-final against England on Saturday.
Rugby World Cup: Ireland v New Zealand - Kearney, O'Mahony & Retallick start
17/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 265
Experienced duo Rob Kearney and Peter O'Mahony are restored to the Ireland team for Saturday's World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand.
Rugby World Cup: England v Australia - George Ford dropped for quarter-final
17/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,285
Head coach Eddie Jones drops George Ford for England's World Cup quarter-final against Australia, with Owen Farrell at fly-half and Henry Slade in the centre.
Rugby World Cup: Are Tier Two nations closing the gap?
15/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 889
The 100-point winning margins of yesteryear are gone, so are rugby union's lesser lights starting to challenge the Rugby World Cup's established powerhouses?
Rugby World Cup: England ready for Australia despite low-key start, says Ben Youngs
14/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 559
England scrum-half Ben Youngs says his team will be ready for their World Cup quarter-final with Australia despite a truncated group stage.
Rugby World Cup 2019: Sexton surprised by 'negativity' around Ireland's campaign
14/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 318
Johnny Sexton says the downbeat assessments of Ireland's World Cup form are "strange" and believes they are ready for the All Blacks.
Japan 28-21 Scotland: Gregor Townsend's side out of Rugby World Cup
13/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 3,048
Scotland crash out of the World Cup at the pool stage for only the second time after being beaten by an irrepressible Japan in Yokohama.
Rugby World Cup 2019: Wales injury problems ease for France quarter-final
13/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 288
Wales coach Warren Gatland expects to have a fully fit squad to chose from for the World Cup quarter-final against France.
Wales 35-13 Uruguay: Win sets up France World Cup quarter-final
13/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 818
Wales labour to a 35-13 Rugby World Cup win over Uruguay to seal top spot in Pool D and set up a quarter-final against France.
Ireland 47-5 Samoa: Bonus-point win puts Irish into last eight
12/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 601
Ireland are through to the World Cup quarter-finals after beating Samoa 47-5 in their Pool A match in Fukuoka.
Rugby World Cup: Scotland omit captain Stuart McInally for Japan decider
11/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 1,042
Scotland captain Stuart McInally is on the bench for Sunday's crucial World Cup Pool A decider against Japan after a loss of form.
Rugby World Cup 2019: Ireland play down Fukuoka pitch concerns for Samoa game
11/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 88
Scrum coach Greg Feek says Ireland cannot be fixated by potential playing surface problems during the vital World Cup game against Samoa.
Rugby World Cup: Japan coach Jamie Joseph says team want to play Scotland
11/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 422
Japan coach Jamie Joseph says his team are desperate to face Scotland at the Rugby World Cup on Sunday, and believes the Blossoms deserve more respect for their unbeaten campaign so far.
Wales v Uruguay: Justin Tipuric captains side with 13 changes
11/10/2019 | sport | rugbyunion | 504
Justin Tipuric leads Wales for the first time as Wales make 13 changes for their final Rugby World Cup pool game against Uruguay on Sunday.