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Rugby-Jones believes Bath tactics restricted Ford's development

May 24 Flyhalf George Ford's drop in form is down to tactics employed by Todd Blackadder at Bath and the club's style of play has restricted his development, England coach Eddie Jones has said.

Rugby-Broken bone of contention fells Wallaby McCalman again

MELBOURNE, May 24 Australia loose forward Ben McCalman has suffered another fracture in his troublesome right shoulder and will miss the June internationals against Fiji, Scotland and Italy.

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Rugby-Wallabies lock Mumm to hang up boots at end of season

MELBOURNE, May 24 Australia lock Dean Mumm, who enjoyed a 'second coming' for the Wallabies that took him to the 2015 World Cup final, will retire from professional rugby at the end of the season, the Australian Rugby Union said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 1-Rugby-Read expects thumb to heal for Lions, staying in NZ

* Signs with NZ Rugby until after 2019 World Cup (Recasts, adds fresh quotes)

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Rugby-NZ vigilant for Lions tour after Manchester attack - PM

WELLINGTON, May 24 New Zealand will remain vigilant for security threats around the British and Irish Lions tour in the wake of the terror attack in Manchester but there has been no evidence to suggest a heightened risk of attack, Prime Minister Bill English has said.

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Rugby-Whiteley named Springboks captain, Steyn returns

CAPE TOWN, May 23 (Reuters) – Loose-forward Warren Whiteley was named South Africa captain on Tuesday as beleaguered coach Allister Coetzee announced his squad for the three-test home series against France in June.

23 May 2017

Rugby-Guinness PRO12 final Fixture

May 23 (Gracenote) - Fixture from the Guinness PRO12 Final match between Munster and Scarlets on Saturday SATURDAY, MAY 27 FIXTURES (GMT) Munster v Scarlets (1715)

23 May 2017

Rugby-Aviva Premiership final Fixture

May 23 (Gracenote) - Fixture from the Aviva Premiership Final match between Wasps and Exeter Chiefs on Saturday SATURDAY, MAY 27 FIXTURES (GMT) Wasps v Exeter Chiefs (1330)

23 May 2017

Rugby-Vunipola 'big loss' for Lions but more will follow - Gatland

May 23 The withdrawal of Billy Vunipola was a "big loss" to the British and Irish Lions but more injuries can be expected before the tour of New Zealand is over, coach Warren Gatland has said.

23 May 2017

Rugby-All Blacks lock in assistant coaches until 2019 World Cup

WELLINGTON, May 23 All Blacks assistant coaches Ian Foster and Mike Cron have re-signed with New Zealand Rugby (NZR) through the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

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