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New Zealand

Kaino not jumping All Black ship

All Black loose forward Jerome Kaino has committed himself for the next three years to New Zealand, the Blues and Auckland.

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France

Noves optimistic about Fickou

NEWS: Toulouse General Manager Guy Noves expressed his optimism that centre Gael Fickou will be fit in time for the World Cup.

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Tuilagi's World Cup target

England centre Manu Tuilagi looks set to miss the rest of the season through injury, but should be fit for the World Cup.

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News

O'Driscoll takes aim at referees

INTERVIEW: Irish great Brian O'Driscoll said that it was officiating and not the laws of the game that needed to change.

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France

Northern Hemisphere fire WC shots

The frenzied finale to the Six Nations comes as a timely reminder to the Southern Hemisphere giants ahead of this year's World Cup.

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Ireland

Murray backs Ireland for World Cup

REACTION: Ireland scrumhalf Conor Murray says his side's Six Nations triumph shows they are ready to make a major impact at the World Cup.

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Italy

Gatland eyes World Cup glory

REACTION: Wales coach Warren Gatland said his team will look ahead with confidence to this year's World Cup.

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France

Robshaw: Twickers a RWC fortress

REACTION: England captain Chris Robshaw feels Twickenham will be a real fortress at the World Cup later this year.

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MORE HEADLINES

World Cup sales through the roof

NEWS: A record number of tickets will be sold for this year's Rugby Union World Cup in England, the head of the sport's ruling body said.

Hansen slams 'boring' moves

All Black coach Steve Hansen warned that Rugby Union risks becoming "boring", unless the game is made more attacking and the rulebook simplified.

SARU won't enforce 'player rest'

Super Rugby teams will not be forced to rest key Springboks, despite a 'request' from the South African Rugby Union to do so ahead of the World Cup.

Trinh-Duc's World Cup dream alive

INTERVIEW: Appearing in this year's World Cup remains the goal of Montpellier flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc.

Steyn sidesteps Springbok question

 For a player known for his direct approach on the field, Frans Steyn showed some skills in sidestepping the question over his Bok availability.

World Cup blow for Scotland

NEWS: Scotland centre Alex Dunbar will be sidelined for up to nine months after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

Italy follows SARU's World Cup bid

Italy have announced that they would bid to host the 2023 World Cup after South Africa expressed their interest in hosting the global showpiece.

SARU joins 2023 World Cup race

BREAKING NEWS: South Africa this week formally entered the race to host the 2023 World Cup.

Larkham and Grey join Wallabies

Brumbies head coach and Stephen Larkham and Waratahs assistant coach Nathan Grey have joined Michael Cheika and the Wallabies.

Going high-tech to curb concussion

NEWS: World Rugby, the international controlling body, will trial a new Hawk-Eye system to protect player welfare and aid decision making.