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Rees re-signs for Cardiff Blues

Former Wales captain and hooker Matthew Rees signs a new contract with Cardiff Blues after turning down an offer to join Merthyr.

Sir Stan hopes to boost 'Skint' town

Sir Stanley Thomas hopes his investment in his hometown's rugby club will help revive Merthyr Tydfil's image following a controversial TV documentary.

Injury forces Bath centre to retire

Bath centre Ben Williams is forced to retire from rugby because of an ongoing shoulder injury.

Australia earn late Springboks win

Australia score a late try to beat South Africa 24-20 in their opening game of the Rugby Championship 2015.

Clegg one of four Glasgow signings

Glasgow Warriors sign former Newcastle fly-half Rory Clegg and three Scottish club rugby players on short-term deals.

Scarlets away to Glasgow in opener

Champions Glasgow Warriors meet Scarlets when the Pro12 re-starts; Ospreys will play Ulster with all regions missing World Cup players.

Japan scraps Olympic stadium design

The Japanese government scraps its stadium design for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, saying it will "start over from zero", following criticism over rising costs.

Foden hopeful of World Cup call

Northampton Saints full-back Ben Foden says he is hopeful of an England World Cup call after returning to training.

All Blacks beat Argentina 39-18

New Zealand claim a comfortable 39-18 victory over Argentina in their opening Rugby Championship match at Christchurch.

Wales prop Jones out of Cup start

Wales and Scarlets prop Rhodri Jones is out of the start of the Rugby World Cup and could miss the entire tournament with injury.

Saracens bring in hooker Porecki

Premiership champions Saracens sign hooker Dave Porecki on a short-term contract to act as cover during the World Cup.

Pilot on course for the World Cup

Edinburgh hooker Stuart McInally is training to be a pilot as he bids to win a place in Scotland's World Cup squad.

Wasps will not miss Goode - Thompson

Wasps back rower Guy Thompson says Jimmy Gopperth's arrival can help the Premiership side cope with the loss of Andy Goode.

Naiyaravoro 'to honour Glasgow deal'

Taqele Naiyaravoro "will join Glasgow Warriors" - at least for a year - amid speculation about a U-turn.

Scots call up Highlanders' Hardie

New Zealand-born flanker John Hardie is called into Scotland's training squad ahead of the World Cup.

John Hardie Added To Scotland Squad

John Hardie joins Scotland squad. Roddy Grant's head explodes.

Varndell sure of Bristol promotion

New Bristol wing Tom Varndell is certain the club will win promotion to the Premiership this season.

Burgess 'aura' impresses Dallaglio

Lawrence Dallaglio believes rugby league convert Sam Burgess may force his way into the England World Cup squad.

Welsh changes in British & Irish Cup

The Welsh Premiership squads from Wales's four Pro12 sides will represent the principality in this season's British & Irish Cup.

Scotland centres 'might be cursed'

Matt Scott hopes he has overcome the curse of the Scotland centres to become a stronger player for the World Cup.

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