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Reds Chairman Rod McCall, James Horwill and Coach Richard Graham

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Carter will join Racing Metro following the Rugby World Cup this year

Dan Carter to join Racing Metro: New Zealand fly-half agrees move to French club after the 2015 Rugby World Cup

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David Pocock, former Australian rugby captain, issued warning after arrest at coal mine protest

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Ben Morgan has made huge strides for England at No 8

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Chris Henry in action for Ireland against Scotland in the 2014 Six Nations

Ulster and Ireland flanker Chris Henry set to miss number of months after being diagnosed with a 'blocked blood vessel in his brain'

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What goes on tour stays on tour by Brian Moore

Book of the week: What goes on tour stays on tour by Brian Moore

Former England international reveals what life's like behind the scenes when on a rugby tour

Referee Nigel Owens

Stuart Lancaster supports RFU's investigation into alleged homophobic abuse aimed at referee Nigel Owens at Twickenham

A letter was written to the RFU by a fan in the crowd during England's 24-21 defeat to New Zealand to report the allegations

Brad Barritt

Lewis Moody column: Brad Barritt is not the future for England. He is a stop-gap

The World Cup winner offers his view ahead of the clash with South Africa

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RFU investigating alleged homophobic abuse aimed at referee Nigel Owens during England vs New Zealand match

Owens has claimed he was the subject of discriminatory taunts during England's 24-21 defeat to the All Blacks last weekend

Joe Marler knows he must impress during the autumn Tests with Alex Corbisiero ready to return

Joe Marler interview: I'll take my frustration out on the South Africa, says England prop

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