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Rugby-Broken bone of contention fells Wallaby McCalman again

MELBOURNE, May 24 (Reuters) - Australia loose forward Ben McCalman has suffered another fracture in his troublesome right shoulder and will miss the June internationals against Fiji, Scotland and Italy.

Toulon want new Halfpenny deal 'by end of the week'

Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal expects a new deal with Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny to "be done by the end of this week".

Rugby-Wallabies lock Mumm to hang up boots at end of season

MELBOURNE, May 24 (Reuters) - Australia lock Dean Mumm, who enjoyed a 'second coming' for the Wallabies that took him to the 2015 World Cup final, will retire from professional rugby at the end of the season, the Australian Rugby Union said on Wednesday.

Rugby-NZ vigilant for Lions tour after Manchester attack - PM

WELLINGTON, May 24 (Reuters) - New Zealand will remain vigilant for security threats around the British and Irish Lions tour in the wake of the terror attack in Manchester but there has been no evidence to suggest a heightened risk of attack, Prime Minister Bill English has said.

Rugby-Read re-signs with NZ Rugby until 2019 World Cup

WELLINGTON, May 24 (Reuters) - All Blacks captain Kieran Read has re-signed with New Zealand Rugby until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Joe Marchant & Paul Hill out of England's tour to Argentina

Paul Hill and Joe Marchant will miss England's tour to Argentina because of injury, with Denny Solomona to be assessed.

Wales call up Exeter's uncapped 32-year-old Dollman

Wales call up uncapped Exeter Chiefs full-back Phil Dollman for the two-Test tour against Tonga and Samoa in June.

London Irish: Nick Kennedy not looking beyond second leg of Championship final

London Irish coach Nick Kennedy refuses to get ahead of himself with his side on the verge of Championship promotion.

British and Irish Lions 2017: Robbie Henshaw 'picking brains' of Brian O'Driscoll

Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw says he has been 'picking the brains' of former British and Irish Lions tourist Brian O'Driscoll prior to travelling to New Zealand with Warren Gatland's 41-man squad next week.

Rugby-Whiteley named Springboks captain, Steyn returns

CAPE TOWN, May 23 (Reuters) – Loose-forward Warren Whiteley was named South Africa captain on Tuesday as beleaguered coach Allister Coetzee announced his squad for the three-test home series against France in June.

Rugby-Guinness PRO12 final Fixture

May 23 (Gracenote) - Fixture from the Guinness PRO12 Final match between Munster and Scarlets on Saturday SATURDAY, MAY 27 FIXTURES (GMT) Munster v Scarlets (1715)

Rugby-Aviva Premiership final Fixture

May 23 (Gracenote) - Fixture from the Aviva Premiership Final match between Wasps and Exeter Chiefs on Saturday SATURDAY, MAY 27 FIXTURES (GMT) Wasps v Exeter Chiefs (1330)

Rugby-Vunipola 'big loss' for Lions but more will follow - Gatland

May 23 (Reuters) - The withdrawal of Billy Vunipola was a "big loss" to the British and Irish Lions but more injuries can be expected before the tour of New Zealand is over, coach Warren Gatland has said.

Rugby-All Blacks lock in assistant coaches until 2019 World Cup

WELLINGTON, May 23 (Reuters) - All Blacks assistant coaches Ian Foster and Mike Cron have re-signed with New Zealand Rugby (NZR) through the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

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