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Rugby-All Blacks lose flyhalf Cruden to French club

WELLINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - All Blacks flyhalf Aaron Cruden will leave New Zealand at the end of this year's Super Rugby season after signing a three-year contract with French side Montpellier.

Cotter to name Scotland Six Nations squad

Vern Cotter will name the squad for his final Six Nations championship as Scotland head coach on Wednesday.

Sam Warburton may be on Wales bench for Six Nations, says Martyn Williams

Former Wales captain Martyn Williams believes flanker Sam Warburton is likely to start the Six Nations on the bench.

Alun Wyn Jones: Wales' captain for the 2017 Six Nations

BBC Wales Sport profiles Alun Wyn Jones - Wales' captain for the 2017 Six Nations.

Nick De Luca: Wasps' former Scotland centre to retire from playing

Ex-Scotland centre Nick de Luca will retire from playing this summer and become director of rugby at Uppingham School.

Tom Arscott: Sale Sharks player met brother before Bristol Premiership match

Sale's Tom Arscott met Bristol back and brother Luke Arscott before their game on 1 January, says Bristol coach Mark Tainton.

Calum Clark: Saracens to sign Northampton Saints flanker

Saracens agree a deal to sign flanker Calum Clark from fellow Premiership side Northampton Saints this summer.

Ethan Waller: Worcester Warriors sign Northampton Saints prop for 2017-18

Worcester Warriors sign Northampton Saints loosehead prop Ethan Waller for the 2017-18 season.

Rugby-Jones replaces Warburton as Wales Captain

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Lock Alun Wyn Jones was named as the new Wales rugby union captain on Tuesday, taking over for the Six Nations from flanker Sam Warburton who filled the role for six years.

Jones succeeds Warburton as Wales captain

Lock Alun Wyn Jones takes over from Sam Warburton as Wales captain for the 2017 Six Nations.

The Battle for the Back-Row

Scotland's back row selection options are one of the more complex headaches faced by Vern Cotter. Do we need a 7 at 7, or indeed a 6 at 7, or a ball-carrying 8? Iain Hay takes a look at the numbers. The post The Battle for the Back-Row appeared first on Scottish Rugby Blog.

Rugby-RFU probing tactics leak by Sale player

Jan 17 (Reuters) - The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is investigating a complaint by Sale Sharks that one of their players leaked confidential team information to Bristol Rugby prior to their Premiership clash this month.

Jack Nowell: British and Irish Lions call a possibility, says Rob Baxter

England winger Jack Nowell has the ability to be selected for the British and Irish Lions, says Exeter head coach Rob Baxter.

'Howley should be bold with Wales squad selection'

Wales boss Rob Howley should be bold in his 2017 Six Nations selection, says ex-Wales and Lions wing Dafydd James.

Pro12: Dan Jones signs Scarlets contract extension 'for next few years'

Fly-half Dan Jones signs a contract extension that will keep him at Scarlets for what the region describe as "the next few years".

Rugby-England confident Hartley will be fit for Six Nations

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - England rugby coach Eddie Jones said on Monday he is confident Dylan Hartley will be ready to captain the side when the Six Nations kicks off early next month.

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