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Pre-season: A World Cup of difference

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Former Scotland scrum-half Mike Blair says there's nowhere to hide in modern rugby's hi-tech pre-season training.

Champions Sarries start against Sale

Saracens will begin the defence of their Premiership title at home to Sale Sharks on Saturday, 17 October.

Ex-All Black on sex assault charge

A former New Zealand rugby player has been charged with sexual assault.

Ospreys sign Phillips from Scarlets

Former Wales Under-20 international Kristian Phillips rejoins Ospreys on a one-year deal after leaving Scarlets.

Newly married Osprey changes name

Ospreys lock Lloyd Peers changes his name to Lloyd Ashley after getting married.

Varndell to honour Bristol contract

Former Wasps winger Tom Varndell is to honour his contract with Bristol despite their failure to win promotion into the Premiership.

VIDEO: Cup in 'touching distance' - Morgan

England forward Ben Morgan tells BBC Points West he has a "mountain to climb" if he is to win his battle with injury and make the World Cup squad but has his "climbing shoes on and is raring to go".

Morgan confident of making World Cup

England forward Ben Morgan is confident of recovering from a broken leg in time to play in the World Cup.

Australia recall Giteau and Mitchell

Drew Mitchell and Matt Giteau are included in Australia's 40-man training squad for the Rugby Championship.

England women beaten by All Blacks

England women fall to a 26-7 defeat by New Zealand in their second match of the Rugby Super Series in Alberta, Canada.

Bath back-rower Fearns joins Lyon

Bath back-rower Carl Fearns leaves the club after agreeing a deal with French second-tier side Lyon.

Exiles chairman considers Pro12 move

London Welsh chairman Bleddyn Phillips says the club would be open to quitting the English game to join the Pro12.

Knee operation paid off - Nowell

England and Exeter Chiefs wing Jack Nowell says an operation on his knee last summer "has paid off".

Dragons sign Gloucester prop Knight

Prop Shaun Knight, 25, leaves Aviva Premiership club Gloucester to join Pro12 Welsh region Newport Gwent Dragons.

Premiership chief unhappy at changes

Welsh Premiership chairman Chris Clarke is "bitterly disappointed" with the WRU's plan to restructure the league.

England players 'pushed to limit'

England's players are being "pushed to the limit" in their pre-World Cup camp, says forwards coach Graham Rowntree.

Saints sign ex-Bristol centre Eves

Northampton Saints sign former Bristol centre Luke Eves on a short-term deal as cover for the World Cup.

Bath move to benefit Faletau - Jones

Taulupe Faletau's proposed move to Bath could help further develop his game says former Wales captain Ryan Jones.

England win Super Series opener

Sarah McKenna scores two tries to help England to a 39-13 win over the USA in the Rugby Super Series in Calgary.

A far cry from Scotland's first World Cup

As Scotland prepare for the World Cup in France, Colin Deans recalls the solitary training he did ahead of the 1987 event.

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