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Rugby-Ireland's Sexton not ready to return after head blow - club

PARIS, Dec 18 - Ireland flyhalf Jonathan Sexton will not resume playing until he is fully fit following a blow to the head last month, his Racing Metro coach said on Thursday.

Rugby-England lock Launchbury to undergo neck surgery

LONDON, Dec 18 - England lock Joe Launchbury will be sidelined for between three and four months after he undergoes surgery to decompress a nerve in his neck, his club side Wasps said on Thursday.

12:42pm GMT

ADVISORY-Reuters sports awards and year-enders

LONDON, Dec 18 - We will publish the results of the Reuters sports awards, voted for by the agency's journalists around the world, at 1900 GMT.

UPDATE 1-Rugby-All Black Carter France-bound after World Cup

* Second foray into French rugby following spell at Perpignan (Adds details, quotes, dateline)

8:41am GMT

Rugby-Japan back Yamada joins Western Force

MELBOURNE, Dec 18 - Japan international Akihito Yamada has joined Western Force as a concessional signing for one year, the Australian Super Rugby club said on Thursday.

Japan 6:09am GMT

Rugby-Armitage banned for 12 weeks after abusive rant

LONDON, Dec 18 - Former England international Delon Armitage has been banned for 12 weeks for abusing spectators after Toulon's European Cup clash with Leicester earlier this month.

1:53am GMT

UPDATE 1-Rugby-Wallabies Ashley-Cooper, Horwill hopping to Europe

* Ashley-Cooper signs two-years contract with Bordeaux (Recasts with Horwill transfer to 'Quins)

17 Dec 2014

Rugby-Australia's Ashley-Cooper to join French club Bordeaux

SYDNEY, Dec 18 - Australia utility back Adam Ashley-Cooper has started an expected post-World Cup exodus by announcing he will join French club Bordeaux-Begles after next year's global showpiece tournament.

17 Dec 2014

Rugby-Toulon's Castrogiovanni hit with fine and suspended ban

LONDON, Dec 17 - Toulon prop Martin Castrogiovanni has been fined 10,000 euros ($12,394) and given a four-match suspended ban after pleading guilty to a misconduct charge, European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) said on Wednesday.

17 Dec 2014

FACTBOX-Rugby-New Zealand coach Steve Hansen

WELLINGTON, Dec 16 - Factbox on New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen who has signed a two-year contract extension that will see him remain in the All Blacks role through to the end of the 2017 season.

16 Dec 2014

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