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Rugby-Clermont's Bardy suspended for five weeks

LONDON, Oct 23 - Clermont Auvergne's Julien Bardy has been banned for five weeks for striking Saracens' Billy Vunipola with his knee in the European Champions Cup last weekend, a European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) disciplinary panel said on Thursday.

INTERVIEW-Rugby-Rowntree purring as England's pack settles down

LONDON, Oct 23 - As England scramble to deal with a front-row injury crisis ahead of the November internationals, forwards coach Graham Rowntree is revelling in the settled nature and strength-in-depth of the rest of the pack

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Rugby-Singapore bidding team concedes Japan will get new Super franchise

SINGAPORE, Oct 23 - Singapore has effectively conceded it has lost out to Japan to become the 18th Super Rugby side.

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Rugby-Twickenham ready to salute Rokoduguni

LONDON, Oct 22 - English rugby loves to trumpet its links with the military, so the RFU's marketing men will be beside themselves with the news that Samesa Rokoduguni, a serving soldier, has been called up to the squad for the four November internationals.

22 Oct 2014

UPDATE 2-Rugby-Rokoduguni marches into England squad

* Myler edges Cipriani for third flyhalf berth (Adds detail, quotes)

22 Oct 2014

Rugby-Injury-hit Pumas promote two locks for European tour

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 22 - Argentina, who recently broke their Rugby Championship duck, are braced for another tough task when the Pumas embark on their European tour, a year ahead of the World Cup.

22 Oct 2014

Rugby-Argentina squad for tour of Europe

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 22 - Argentina have announced the following 30-man Pumas squad for their November tour of Europe, which includes tests against Scotland, Italy and France:

22 Oct 2014

Rugby-Ashton dropped from England squad - reports

LONDON, Oct 22 - Saracens winger Chris Ashton has been dropped from Stuart Lancaster's England squad for the autumn rugby internationals, according to British media who appear to have been leaked the line-up ahead of Wednesday's announcement.

22 Oct 2014

Rugby-Five uncapped players in Wallabies squad for Europe

SYDNEY, Oct 22 - New Australia coach Michael Cheika will have five uncapped players with him when he boards the flight for a four-test tour of Europe on Friday.

22 Oct 2014

UPDATE 2-Rugby-Cheika confirmed as Australia coach in place of McKenzie

SYDNEY, Oct 22 - Michael Cheika was confirmed as the new coach of Australia on Wednesday and immediately charge with leading the Wallabies to a third World Cup triumph in England next year.

22 Oct 2014

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