England centre crisis deepens

Luther Burrell is set to miss England's opening November international against world champions New Zealand because of a hand injury.

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Parisse hopes to end losing streak

Italy captain Sergio Parisse believes winning the first of a three-match Test series, against Samoa next month, is "crucial".

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Strettle questions Eng wing selection

David Strettle has queried whether England are going about selecting their wings in the right way ahead of squad announcment.

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Azzurri select a Kiwi and Fijian

New Zealand-born Kelly Haimona and Fijian Samuela Vunisa are among three uncapped players in a 30-man Italy squad.

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All Blacks head to Apia

New Zealand will play their first ever Test in the Pacific Islands next year against Samoa, as part of their build-up to the World Cup.

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Additional advantage for England

BREAKING NEWS: Tournament hosts England will have an additional advantage, as they bid to win the 2015 World Cup.

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All Blacks get Island opportunity

The IRB's player eligibility rules amendment could see a number of foreign national players switch their allegiances back to their home nations.

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July date for NZ v Samoa

The Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has confirmed the All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday, July 8 next year.

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Pisi boots Samo to famous win

Samoan flyhalf Tusi Pisi landed five penalties to get Samoa home 15-0 over Italy in a tryless international in Apia on Saturday.

Tonga and Samoa in Pacific deadlock

Underdogs Tonga snatched an 18-18 draw in injury time against Samoa to launch the Pacific Nations Cup tournament in dramatic fashion in Apia on Saturday.

Samoan politicians beckon All Blacks

New Zealand prime minister John Key has been visiting the Pacific Islands and Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele is beckoning the All Blacks to do the same.

IRB clamp down on Samoan foul play

The International Rugby Board clamped down on foul play in the Pacific Cup tournament this week.

Samoan legend walks out in shame

Samoan legend Brian Lima has resigned as defence coach of his country's national team after his arrest for assault on his former wife.

Violent shame for Samoan legend

Samoan rugby legend Brian Lima faces criminal charges after allegedly assaulting his ex-wife in public last week.

Gutsy Georgia shock Samoa

Georgia survived a late onslaught to seal a surprise 16-15 win over Samoa in Tbilisi on Saturday.

Pisi appeal dismissed

Samoan bad boy George Pisi will have to serve his full six-week ban, after his appeal was dismissed on Thursday.

Pisi appeals tip tackle ban

Samoan centre George Pisi has formally appealed his six-week playing suspension for a tip tackle against Ireland.

Samoan speared for six weeks

Samoa centre George Pisi has been suspended for six weeks for a tip tackle on Ireland wing Tommy Bowe.