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Rugby-Brumbies give short shrift to Rebels merger proposal

MELBOURNE, April 26 (Reuters) - The ACT Brumbies have dismissed suggestions of a merger with the Melbourne Rebels as the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) prepares to cut one of its five Super Rugby teams.

South African teams could join Anglo-Welsh Cup

Premiership Rugby is investigating the possibility of introducing South African teams into the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Dragons takeover vote 'cannot be predicted'

Dragons chief executive Stuart Davies is not sure how a vote on the proposed takeover of Rodney Parade by the WRU will play out.

We must take chances to beat New Zealand - Lions hooker Owens

Ken Owens says the 2017 Lions can beat New Zealand if they avoid the pitfalls Wales succumbed to on tour in 2016.

Denny Solomona: Sale winger wants to learn from England's players in Argentina

Sale Sharks winger Denny Solomona hopes to tap into the knowledge of England's senior players after his first call-up.

Denny Solomona: I found out about England call-up from my mum

Sale Sharks winger says how the first time he knew about his call-up to the England squad was in a text from his mum.

Worcester Warriors: Gary Gold to remain as Premiership club's director of rugby

Gary Gold is to remain as Premiership club Worcester Warriors's director of rugby after saving them from relegation.

Mohed Altrad: Greig Laidlaw 'disappointed' Premiership blocked Gloucester investment

Club captain Greig Laidlaw is "really disappointed" by the decision to block Mohed Altrad's investment in Gloucester.

Ellis Genge: Leicester Tigers and England prop signs new contract

Leicester Tigers prop Ellis Genge, named in the England squad to tour Argentina, agrees a new contract.

BT Sport in bid for November coverage

With Scotland on the up in everybody's mind apart from Warren Gatland's, BT are in hot pursuit of the TV rights to the November Internationals but the SRU is understood to be keen on a sharing option. The post BT Sport in bid for November coverage appeared first on Scottish Rugby Blog.

Rugby-Lions omission will "eat away" at Haskell, says Wasps Young

April 25 (Reuters) - England and Wasps flanker James Haskell's omission from the British and Irish Lions squad for their upcoming tour of New Zealand will "eat away at him", Wasps director Dai Young has said.

Bradley Davies: Ospreys lock to miss Wales tour to be with expectant wife

Ospreys lock Bradley Davies will miss Wales' summer tour because his wife is due to give birth to their second child.

Rugby-Super Rugby Fixtures

April 24 (Gracenote) - Fixtures from the Super Rugby matches FRIDAY, APRIL 28 FIXTURES (GMT) Highlanders v Stormers (0735) SATURDAY, APRIL 29 FIXTURES (GMT) Chiefs v Sunwolves (0735) Reds v Waratahs (0945) Western Force v Lions (1155) Cheetahs v Crusaders (1515) Southern Kings v Rebels (1730) Jaguares v Sharks (1940) SUNDAY, APRIL 30 FIXTURES (GMT) Brumbies v Blues (0605)

Rugby-Guinness PRO12 Fixtures

April 24 (Gracenote) - Fixtures from the Guinness PRO12 matches FRIDAY, APRIL 28 FIXTURES (GMT) Cardiff Blues v Zebre (1805) Edinburgh Rugby v Newport Gwent Dragons (1835) Leinster v Glasgow Warriors (1835) SATURDAY, APRIL 29 FIXTURES (GMT) Ospreys v Ulster (1400) Benetton Rugby Treviso v Munster (1705) Connacht v Scarlets (1835)

Rugby-Aviva Premiership Fixtures

April 24 (Gracenote) - Fixtures from the Aviva Premiership matches FRIDAY, APRIL 28 FIXTURES (GMT) Harlequins v Wasps (1845) Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors (1900) SATURDAY, APRIL 29 FIXTURES (GMT) Exeter Chiefs v Northampton (1400) Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks (1400) Saracens v Bristol Rugby (1400) SUNDAY, APRIL 30 FIXTURES (GMT) Bath Rugby v Gloucester Rugby (1400)

Rugby-Six match ban for Sharks centre Esterhuizen

CAPE TOWN, April 24 (Reuters) - Sharks centre Andre Esterhuizen has been handed a stiff six-week ban after being sent off for a dangerous tackle on Saturday as his side drew 9-9 with the Melbourne Rebels in Durban in the Super Rugby competition.

Mark McCall: Premiership and European Champions Cup double talk is 'disrespectful

Talk of another European and Premiership double is "disrespectful" to other teams, according to Saracens boss Mark McCall.

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