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Rugby-Force granted leave to appeal against Super Rugby axing

MELBOURNE, Aug 23 (Reuters) - The Supreme Court of New South Wales has granted Western Force leave to appeal against their axing from Super Rugby, the governing Australian Rugby Union (ARU) said on Wednesday.

Saracens start Champions Cup defence at Northampton

Saracens begin their defence of the Champions Cup at Northampton on 15 October, while Premiership champions Exeter host Glasgow.

Ireland lose first play-off game to Australia

Ireland are beaten 36-24 by Australia in their Women's Rugby World Cup fifth place semi-final at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast.

Women's Rugby World Cup: Sarah Hunter says semi-final will be 'one hell of a game'

England captain Sarah Hunter says World Cup semi-final opponents France will give the defending champions "one hell of a game".

Aviva Stadium in Dublin to host first Pro14 final

The final of the inaugural Pro14 will be staged at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin next year.

Rugby-Australia braces for more acrimony as Force verdict looms

MELBOURNE, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Only days after the Wallabies were belted by the All Blacks on home soil, Australian rugby is bracing for another bruising when Western Force fights for its survival in a Sydney court on Wednesday.

Rugby-Wallabies fans just need to look to 2007 All Blacks - Byrne

WELLINGTON, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Downcast Australian fans, who are concerned about the dramatic decline of their side, need only to look to the All Blacks of 2007 to realise the tide will eventually turn, assistant Wallabies coach Mick Byrne said on Tuesday.

Rugby-Saracens' Vunipola could miss start of Premiership season

Aug 22 (Reuters) - Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola could miss the first month of the Premiership season as he continues his recovery after shoulder surgery, the club's director of rugby Mark McCall has said.

Rugby-All Blacks hooker Coles set to return against Wallabies

WELLINGTON, Aug 22 (Reuters) - New Zealand hooker Dane Coles is expected to make his return to test rugby on Saturday against Australia in their Rugby Championship, ending a frustrating five months battling injury.

Rugby-SANZAAR looking into possible Williams concussion miss: report

WELLINGTON, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Southern hemisphere rugby's governing body (SANZAAR) is looking into whether medical officials should have conducted concussion tests on New Zealand centre Sonny Bill Williams during Saturday's Rugby Championship opener against Australia.

Billy Vunipola: Saracens back-row could miss Premiership opening month

Saracens could be without England back-row Billy Vunipola for the first month of the Premiership season as he recovers from shoulder surgery.

Wales name same XV for rematch with Canada

Wales select the same starting XV to face Canada in the Women's Rugby World Cup play-offs that lost to their opponents in the pool stage.

Murray McCallum and Matt Scott join Scotland training camp

Injuries to Gordon Reid and Phil Burleigh lead to call-ups for Murray McCallum and Matt Scott to Scotland's training camp in St Andrews.

South African teams will ensure 'bigger, better' Pro14 says competition boss Martin Anayi

The addition of the Southern Kings and the Cheetahs into an expanded Pro14 will ensure even more "open and attacking rugby" in the coming seasons says the competition's chief.

Ulster delighted to land 'top target' Christian Lealiifano says Bryn Cunningham

Ulster's team manager Bryn Cunningham says the Irish Province earmarked Christian Lealiifano as their preferred choice after it became clear that they needed fly-half cover.

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