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George Naoupu joins Harlequins following recent departure from Connacht

Harlequins sign former Connacht number eight George Naoupu for the new Premiership season.

Ed Slater: Leicester Tigers lock to be fully fit for season after knee surgery

Leicester lock Ed Slater says he expects to be fit for the start of the Premiership season following knee surgery.

Bryn Evans: Sale Sharks' former All Blacks lock signs new contract

Sale Sharks' former All Blacks second-row Bryn Evans has signed a new three-year deal with the club.

Todd Blackadder named Bath director of rugby, with Tabai Matson head coach

Former New Zealand captain Todd Blackadder is named as Bath's new director of rugby as he leaves Super Rugby outfit Crusaders.

Premiership Rugby to monitor players' wages after new RFU deal

Premiership Rugby chief Mark McCafferty says the league must monitor wage inflation at England's top-flight clubs.

Byron McGuigan: Sale Sharks sign former Exeter Chiefs back

Premiership side Sale Sharks sign former Exeter Chiefs utility back Byron McGuigan on a two-year deal.

Glasgow lock Uanivi 'not the new Nakarawa'

Tjiuee Uanivi thinks he brings different qualities to Glasgow Warriors than departed second-row Leone Nakarawa.

Hooker Myhill positive over move to Cardiff

Kirby Myhill has no hard feelings over his treatment at Scarlets after moving to Cardiff Blues to "play more rugby".

Six Nations unlikely to move from February start, says RFU chief

The Six Nations is likely to remain in its February-March slot despite suggestions it may move to April, says RFU boss Ian Ritchie.

Mike Haley: Sale Sharks full-back signs new three-year contract

Sale Sharks and England Saxons full-back Mike Haley signs a new three-year deal with the Premiership side.

Newcastle Falcons: Welch and Wilson sign new deals

Newcastle Falcons club captain Will Welch and back-row forward Mark Wilson sign new four-year contracts.

Munster sign South African lock Jean Kleyn on three-year contract

Munster secure giant South African lock Jean Kleyn on a three-year contract as he moves from the Stormers.

RFU and top English clubs sign new £225m deal

A new eight-year deal worth more than £225m is agreed between the Rugby Football Union and Premiership clubs.

Giorgi Nemsadze: Bristol sign Georgia international lock

Premiership newcomers Bristol sign Georgia international lock Giorgi Nemsadze from French second-tier side Tarbes.

Steve Hansen: New Zealand head coach extends All Blacks deal

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen extends his contract with the All Blacks until the end of the 2019 World Cup.

Josh Beaumont: Sale number eight given captaincy along with new three-year deal

Sale Sharks name Josh Beaumont as their new captain as the number eight agrees a new three-year contract.

Kyle Eastmond: Wasps sign England centre from Bath

Wasps sign cross-code England international Kyle Eastmond from Premiership rivals Bath.

Ben Ransom: London Irish sign full-back from Saracens

Full-back Ben Ransom joins Championship club London Irish from Premiership and European champions Saracens.

Edwards' role with Toulon blocked by WRU

Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards is blocked from taking a coaching role at French club Toulon by the Welsh Rugby Union.

England Women: RFU award 15-a-side contracts for first time

The RFU will award professional player contracts for the 15-a-side women's game for the first time next season.

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