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World Cup bid a four-horse race

NEWS: France, Ireland, Italy and South Africa have been confirmed as the four nations who will bid for the right to stage the 2023 World Cup.

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Italian players reach deal

NEWS: Italy's World Cup preparations are back on track after players and the national federation (FIR) reached an agreement over bonuses.

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Italy players in World Cup strike

NEWS: Italy's World Cup preparations got off on the wrong foot, when players refused to take part in the first training session in a row over pay.

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SA put their World Cup hands up

NEWS: South Africa have put together  high-profile delegtion for the first stage of their bid to host the World Cup in 2023.

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WC 2023: SA v NH quartet

South Africa has already made it known that they will bid to host the 2023 World Cup and now their opposition have been revealed.

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Italy flyhalf out for three months

Italy's New Zealand-born flyhalf Kelly Haimona has undergone an operation on his fractured right radius and is expected to be out of action for three months.

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Six Nations: Five key plays

The climax to the final day of the Six Nations was labelled 'Super Saturday' and for once it lived up to the hype - as 221 points were scored.

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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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Gatland eyes World Cup glory

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

Azzurri playmaker struck down

Italy flyhalf Kelly Haimona is set for a spell on the sidelines after fracturing his right forearm early in the 61-20 Six Nations defeat to Wales.

Ruthless Wales blow Italy away

Wales pulled away from Italy in the second half to record an emphatic 61-20 Six Nations victory in Rome on Saturday.

Well-rested Wales ready for decider

Well-rested Wales will look to replicate their storming start against Ireland when they face Italy in Rome on Saturday.

Parisse misses Italian finale

Italy have lost their inspirational captain Sergio Parisse for their final Six Nations match at home against Wales.

Parisse remains a doubt

NEWS: Italy captain Sergio Parisse remains a doubt for their Six Nations finale against Wales this Saturday.

Parisse hopes to shake off injury

Italian captain Sergio Parisse has indicated he could shake off a foot injury to lead his side into their Six Nations finale against Wales this Saturday.

Saint-Andre coy on title chances

REACTION: Coach Philippe Saint-Andre refused to be drawn on France's chances of snatching the Six Nations title.

Dusautoir promises French drive

INTERVIEW: France captain Thierry Dusautoir said the struggling Six Nations giants will be doubly determined when they face Italy on Sunday.

Preview: Italy v France

France will be looking to make it third time lucky when they head to Rome to take on Italy in a Six Nations encounter on Sunday.