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Ospreys get blues as folk hero Adam Jones signs for Cardiff

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Sam Warburton alongside Wales head coach Warren Gatland

Sam Warburton to miss Cardiff Blues' match against Exeter Chiefs as Wales contract row rages on

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All Black Ma'a Nonu (R) with Blues coach Sir John Kirwan (L) announce he is leaving the Auckland based Blues Super Rugby squad to return to his hometown Wellington
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Wood feels that England made some wrong decisions in key areas that ultimately cost them the game

Andy Powell returns to rugby union as he agrees deal to join Newport Gwent Dragons after being released by Wigan Warriors

Former British and Irish Lion will switch codes once again after an unsuccessful stint with the Warriors

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Dejected Saracens players following their recent Aviva Premiership title defeat

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London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell and Catain Tom May lift the trophy following the Greene King IPA Championship play off final second leg match between Bristol

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London Welsh carried a 19-point advantage into the second leg as Bristol fell apart in their final match at the Memorial Ground

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Jim Mallinder celebrates Aviva Premiership final success with new five-year contract at Northampton Saints

Mallinder has agreed to extend his seven-year stay at Franklin's Gardens after guiding the club to their first Premiership final victory

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