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England's Tuilagi leaves Leicester amid wage cuts

Leicester Tigers have confirmed England centre Manu Tuilagi has left the Gallagher Premiership club after opting not to sign a new contract on reduced terms in line with the league's revised salary cap rules.

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Former Springbok hooker handed eight-year doping ban

Former South Africa player Chiliboy Ralepelle has been handed a career-ending eight-year ban for doping, some 18 months after testing positive for a banned substance, South Africa's Institute for Drug-free Sport said on Wednesday.

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Rugby Australia, players agree to interim pay deal

Rugby Australia has struck an interim pay deal with the Rugby Union Players Association (RUPA) that will see players looked after until the end of the Super Rugby AU season.

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Super AU opener the best of Australian rugby's old and new

The oldest rugby in Australian rugby has a distinctly vibrant look about it when the latest chapter is written on Friday night. In a new competition, with the game in yet another deep dark hole, the presence of youth shines through.

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England star Itoje wants education, not ban, on 'Swing Low'

England lock Maro Itoje says the singing of 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' by fans at Twickenham makes him uneasy but the Rugby Football Union (RFU) should try to educate supporters on its origins rather than ban the popular anthem altogether.

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Lawes, Ludlam extend Northampton deals

England internationals Courtney Lawes and Lewis Ludlam have signed contract extensions at Northampton Saints, the club announced on Tuesday.

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World Sevens Series off, New Zealand named champs

New Zealand were awarded the men's and women's World Sevens Series titles on Tuesday after World Rugby cancelled the remainder of the season because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Tahs '100 percent committed' as NSW Rugby reveals cuts

NSW Rugby boss Paul Doorn says he has received no indication from Waratahs players about potential strike action, a move that would be met with severe backlash after NSW Rugby revealed its staffing cuts on Tuesday.

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Rebels' plans, Super AU hit by QLD changes

Melbourne Rebels look set for an extended stay away from home after the Queensland Government handed down new restrictions for any of the state's football teams involved in a match with Melbourne-based opposition.

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Aotearoa R3: New Zealand production line in full swing

The results in Round 3 of Super Rugby Aotearoa went to plan, but the games were closer than many thought they would be. It also showcased two rising talents in New Zealand rugby, and the importance of good decision-making.

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Blues stay unbeaten after Highlanders blow late opportunity

The Highlanders could have brought on the first golden-point of Super Rugby Aotearoa, but they instead kicked for the corner and then turned the ball over from the lineout to let the Blues off the hook on Saturday night.

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Scotland's Strauss leaves Bulls after Covid pay cut

Former Scotland international Josh Strauss has left the Super Rugby Bulls after a salary cut caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and amid an overhaul of the squad by new coach Jake White.

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Super Rugby AU: squad updates, form guides, analysis

A lot has happened in Australian rugby since Super Rugby was suspended on March 14. But after all the drama, we are now just a week away from the launch of Super Rugby AU. Your ultimate guide to the tournament is here.

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Champions Cup, Challenge Cup finals to be held in October

The Challenge Cup and Champions Cup knockout stages will take place in September with the respective finals on Oct. 16 and 17, European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) announced on Thursday.

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All Blacks considering code clash against Kangaroos

New Zealand Rugby [NZR] said on Thursday it is interested in a proposal that would see the All Blacks take on Australia's Kangaroos in a 'union vs. league' clash.

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Rebels to Canberra ahead of Super Rugby AU

The Rebels have confirmed they are preparing to move to Canberra well ahead of their Super Rugby AU opener against the Brumbies.

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RA boss tempts New Zealand with World Cup carrot

Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan has dangled the carrot of a Rugby World Cup pool being hosted in New Zealand in 2027 as negotiations continue around a potential trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition in 2021.

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Sevens duo help plug Waratahs' holes

Australian men's Sevens star Nick Malouf has bolstered the Waratahs stocks ahead of Super Rugby AU, joining the squad after the Sevens side was stood down during the COVID-19 pandemic.