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