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Six Nations: Scotland make five changes to face Wales at Murrayfield

John Barclay will captain a Scotland side featuring five changes for the Six Nations encounter at home to Wales.

Rugby-France team to face Ireland in the Six Nations

PARIS, Feb 23 (Reuters) - France manager Guy Noves on Thursday named the following team to face Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday:

Six Nations 2017: David Flatman and Tom Shanklin hit the road before round three

Six Nations 2017: Flats and Shanks hit the road before round three of the Six Nations. Who needs directions?

Exeter Chiefs: Ben Moon, Carl Rimmer and Shaun Malton extend deals

Front-rowers Ben Moon, Carl Rimmer and Shaun Malton all extend their contracts at Premiership side Exeter Chiefs.

Tony Hewitt: Northampton Saints chairman to step down at end of season

Northampton chairman Tony Hewitt will step down at the end of the season, to be replaced by ex-Saints player John White.

The 76-year-old rugby player: Mill Hill RFC's John Goldman

Rugby fan John Goldman started playing the game aged 50. More than 25 years later he's still going strong and even tackles trees for practice.

Rugby-Foley ruled out of Super Rugby opener with head knock

SYDNEY, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Wallabies flyhalf Bernard Foley has been withdrawn from the New South Wales Waratahs side for their Super Rugby opener against Western Force in Sydney on Saturday as he continues his recovery from a pre-season head knock.

Rugby-All Blacks Barrett, Coles to start Super Rugby season on bench

WELLINGTON, Feb 23 (Reuters) - World Rugby's Player of the Year Beauden Barrett will be on the bench for the Wellington Hurricanes in their Super Rugby opener against the Sunwolves in Tokyo on Saturday.

Sale boss Diamond banned for abusing officials

Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond is banned for six weeks by the Rugby Football Union for verbally abusing match officials.

Six Nations: Five-week tournament would be 'impossible' - Hogg

English clubs' proposal to condense the Six Nations into five consecutive weeks would be "impossible" for players, Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg says.

Stuart Hogg: Five-week Six Nations would be "impossible"

Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg says reported plans to condense the Six Nations into five consecutive weeks from 2020 would be "impossible" for players.

Liam Williams: Ambition to win trophies fuelled move to Saracens

Wales back Liam Williams says his switch to Saracens from Scarlets is motivated by an ambition to win more trophies.

Rugby-Joseph dropped from England squad to face Italy

LONDON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - England centre Jonathan Joseph been left out of the squad to face Italy in the Six Nations as coach Eddie Jones prepares to field a new-look midfield in Sunday's game at Twickenham.

Farrell praises 'brilliant' advice from Wilkinson

Owen Farrell hails the "massive understanding" of England coaching consultant Jonny Wilkinson as he prepares to win his 50th Test cap.

Rugby-Too young to scrum - resurgent Scotland lack front-row maturity

LONDON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - For all their youthful exuberance and attacking ambition, Scotland's inexperience at the scrum - a rich seam of points in northern hemisphere international rugby - is holding them back from being Six Nations title contenders.

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