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Richardt Strauss: The Ireland hooker is to undergo heart surgery this week

Heineken Cup final to be held in Italy... if it’s held at all

Italian rugby folk have frequently had cause to bemoan their misfortune – the Azzurri are no strangers to being diddled out of important victories by referees or being betrayed by World Cup fixture planners – so it would be just their luck to host a Heineken Cup final for the first time in a season when no one turns up. Yesterday, the tournament organisers declared that the 2015 showpiece would be played at the 80,000-capacity San Siro in Milan. It may prove a year too late.

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Kahn Fotuali'i (Northampton, Samoa); Logovi'i Mulipola (Leicester, Samoa) and Vereniki Goneva (Leicester, Fiji)

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Quentin Smith, the chairman of Premier Rugby says, ‘The stable door has been shut and bolted’

Clubs dismiss talks and commit to new Champions Cup

England’s top-flight clubs already have a name for the tournament they say will fill the gap in the fixture list left by their abandonment of the Heineken Cup and the second-tier Amlin Challenge Cup at the end of the season. It will be called the Rugby Champions Cup. More significantly at this stage of the political game, they confirmed yesterday that together with the leading French teams, their partners in rebellion, they would not engage in any mediation process aimed at saving the two existing European competitions.

Jacques Burger interview: Battle back to fitness

The Saracens flanker, who played through the last World Cup for Namibia in pain, tells Chris Hewett he is raring to go again after major knee surgery

David Cameron plays down 'bunny ears' gesture from Manu Tuilagi - 'it was just a bit of fun'

The Lions player played the prank during a photo call with the PM in Downing  Street

Brian Moore calls Manu Tuilagi 'a complete and utter prat' over bunny ears prank on Prime Minister David Cameron

Former England hooker Brian Moore has branded Manu Tuilagi a “complete and utter prat” for his prank on David Cameron when the British and Irish Lions gathered at Downing Street on Monday afternoon.

Gloucester prop Nick Wood (right) is sent off for stamping

Gloucester's Nick Wood faces long ban as referees feel the strain

Nick Wood, the Gloucester prop sent off at Saracens for using the flanker Jacques Burger as a human doormat, will face a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel in Bristol on Tuesday to answer for his crime. It should not take him long – he has already apologised to all and sundry, both for stamping on Burger’s head and for leaving his team a man short for 79 minutes of an 80-minute game – but his suspension could drag on for quite a while. He will be very lucky indeed if he plays again before the end of November.

Brothers in arms: The Vunipolas, Mako and Billy (right), have been reunited at Saracens this season

Slimline Billy Vunipola at last comes out of his brother’s shadow

He could be the answer to England’s problems at No 6, writes Hugh Godwin

Andy Goode at Wasps training ground

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Veteran No 10 tells Chris Hewett why he snubbed Leicester and Bath for London – and how one missed kick last week hurt him for days

Brian O'Driscoll expresses his disappointment following the 16-15 defeat to Australia

Time waits for no one – not even true greats like Brian O’Driscoll

Ireland centre is entering his final season of professional rugby, and Robin Scott-Elliot takes a look at where the 34-year-old finds himself after a testing summer of Lions rugby

Apart from Brian O’Driscoll, the rest of the Lions remain pretty anonymous

Ireland legend Brian O'Driscoll to retire

Leinster and Ireland centre Brian O'Driscoll says the forthcoming season will be his last in the professional game.

Pitch perfect: Cliff Morgan was a rugby legend as player and commentator

The Last Word: Farewell to the warrior poet of Wales

Cliff Morgan, who died last week, will live long in the memory for his eloquence and principles

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