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Saracens sign Zebre back row Vunisa

As revealed by Neil Fissler in The Rugby Paper on Sunday, Saracens have signed Italian international back-rower Samuela Vunisa from Pro12 club Zebre ahead of next season. He said: “I’m really looking forward to the move. I’ve heard lot of good things about Saracens, about how they treat their players and how strong a side […]

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Time that RFU recognised tier two contribution – Peter Vosper

Negotiations between the RFU and the Championship clubs over a new funding deal are nearing completion and Peter Vosper, Plymouth Albion’s recently appointed chairman, hopes significant extra cash will be forthcoming. The Rugby Paper understands an announcement could be made over the next fortnight regarding the RFU’s future plans for the league, with clubs lobbying […]

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Steve Diamond backs Danny Cipriani to steal Owen Farrell’s slot

Sales's born-again fly-half is capable of ousting Saracens rival from the England World Cup squad.

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Pro team added to Ibiza 10’s

The RugbySpy Ibiza 10’s received a welcome boost this week with the addition of Portuguese professional outfit Tecnico Rugby for the June 5-7 event. The Lisbon-based club, which plays in the well-respected Super Bock competition, will line up alongside a number of invitational and military teams in what is shaping up to be a fiercely […]

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Exiles complete coaching staff for next season

London Irish have completed their coaching team ahead of next season with confirmation that Grant Doorey and Clark Laidlaw will join Tom Coventry’s coaching set up. Doorey will join as assistant coach where he will look after defence, ending his current association with the Auckland Blues. A successful Rugby League player at the top level […]

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Fears over Warburton and Biggar eased

Sam Warburton and Dan Biggar are expected to be fit to face Ireland on March 14 despite injury concerns after Wales’ win in France on Saturday. Captain Warburton walked off with a knee injury but a statement from the WRU yesterday said he will be returning to training later this week and so will Biggar […]

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Harlequins’ Sinckler hit with one-week ban

Kyle Sinckler will miss Harlequins’ game against London Irish this weekend after being handed a one-week ban. The tighthead was yellow-carded and subsequently cited for a tackle on Northampton’s Samu Manoa last Friday and was found guilty of “dangerous charging”. The 21-year-old pleaded guilty and will be allowed to return to action on March 9 […]

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Worcester sign Cooper Vuna and Sam Lewis

Worcester Warriors have announced the signing of flanker Sam Lewis and Australia international Cooper Vuna. Winger Vuna, who earned two caps against Wales in the summer of 2012, has moved to Sixways from Japanese side Toshiba Brave Lupus and will be available for selection immediately. Before his move to Japan, Vuna spent three years with […]

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London Irish failed to match my ambition says Tom Homer

London Irish’s lack of success made it impossible for full-back to resist the lure of a fresh start at Bath.

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Young Gun: Rory Thornton – Wales U20s & Ospreys lock

As far as good weeks are concerned, the past seven days could not have gone much better for Rory Thornton. He led Wales U20s to an historic 21-15 win over England in the opening round of the Six Nations and then made his first competitive start for the Ospreys. His involvement with his region meant […]

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