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World Cup winner Williams to debut in sevens

WELLINGTON Twice Rugby World Cup winner Sonny Bill Williams' quest for an Olympic medal will be put to the test in earnest this weekend after he was named in New Zealand's side for the Wellington leg of the World Sevens Series.

Uncapped props named in Scotland squad

Scotland coach Vern Cotter kept faith with most of the players who performed so impressively in the Rugby World Cup when he named his Six Nations squad on Tuesday, though he included two uncapped props -- Zander Fagerson and Rory Sutherland.

Japan Olympic stadium resurfaces as possible Rugby World Cup venue

TOKYO A Japanese architect who won a competition to design the centrepiece stadium for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo said on Friday engineers are now looking into whether construction can be completed in time to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.

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Lancaster let me down by dropping me, says Luther Burrell

Luther Burrell has said that former head coach Stuart Lancaster let him down by dropping him from England's Rugby World Cup squad, but that he holds no grudge against Sam Burgess, who took his place.

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All Blacks captain McCaw retires from all rugby

WELLINGTON Richie McCaw, who captained New Zealand to two Rugby World Cup triumphs and was one of the best players ever to grace the game, brought an end to his 14-year international career by announcing his retirement on Thursday.

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Japan's Super Rugby readiness a concern - New Zealand's Tew

WELLINGTON Japan won admirers for their impressive performances at the Rugby World Cup but that has done little to ease concerns from the southern hemisphere's ruling body about their readiness for Super Rugby, New Zealand boss Steve Tew said.

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Standing still not an option for All Blacks

WELLINGTON The return of the All Blacks and Rugby World Cup trophy to Wellington on Friday brought New Zealand's capital to a standstill. With a slate of retirements and departures looming, however, coach Steve Hansen has little time to enjoy the moment.

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Owner says Bath have received no offers for Burgess

Owner Bruce Craig has denied Bath are in talks over a transfer for Sam Burgess, saying he expects the player to see out his contract with the club and to make a big impact for England at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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Foreign-based players no distraction for Armitage

Toulon flanker Steffon Armitage said suggestions that Nick Abendanon and his selection would have been a distraction for England's rugby World Cup squad was "insulting".

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Bath expect Burgess to see out contract, face London Irish

Bath coach Mike Ford expects Sam Burgess to see out his three-year contract with the English Premiership club and play his first game since the Rugby World Cup against London Irish on Saturday.

UPDATE 2-Rugby-Aviva Premiership results and standings

Feb 13 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Aviva Premiership matches on Saturday RESULTS Sale Sharks 23 Exeter Chiefs 17 Gloucester Rugby 28 Harlequins 6 Northampton 35 London Irish 7 Worcester Warriors 14 Bath Rugby 16 STANDINGS P W D L F A B Pts 1. Saracens 11 10 0 1 288 134 5 45 2. Exeter Chiefs 12 8 0 4 295 178 9 41 3. Leicester Tigers 12 8 0 4 224 218 2 34 4. Harlequins

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