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The Wales full-back Lee Byrne could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after his club revealed he had suffered a significant back injury.

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Jonny Wilkinson may have had his kicking problems, but who else but the bad-boy of SANZAR rugby could fill the number 10 slot? Cooper was the panto villain of this year's Rugby World Cup - his running feud with Richie McCaw formed the back-drop as the New Zealand born-and-raised fly-half struggled to raise his game in the face of almost constant animosity from the Kiwi crowds. It was a struggle he largely was unable to overcome. The mercurial Cooper tried too hard against Ireland and South Africa though redeemed himself a little before succumbing to a cruciate knee injury against New Zealand. And only when being carried off did the crowd acknowledge with anything other than boos.

Fly-half Quade Cooper ends speculation by signing deal with Australia

Fly-half Quade Cooper has finally ended speculation surrounding his future by signing a new two-year deal with the Australian Rugby Union and Queensland.

Mike Phillips shows the anguish of Wales’ narrow defeat by Australia
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Ospreys prop Aaron Jarvis set to make Wales debut

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Scotland prop Euan Murray

Euan Murray 'excited' to join Worcester

Sunday sport does not suit the destructive Scotland scrummager Euan Murray, whose devout Christian beliefs mean more to him than a game of rugby, so his decision to make Worcester his next port of call makes sense. The Midlanders do not much like Sabbath matches either – their home games at Sixways are invariably played at the start of the weekend rather than the end of it – so Murray's return to these shores from a brief loan spell with the French club Agen was always going to be of interest.

Scotland prop Euan Murray

Scotland international Euan Murray joins Worcester

Worcester have announced the signing of Scotland international prop Euan Murray.

Charlie Hodgson in action in South Africa

Charlie Hodgson and Lee Mears announce retirement from England

Saracens fly-half Charlie Hodgson and Bath hooker Lee Mears have retired from international rugby after being told they do not feature in the future plans of England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

Home heroes: Rob Horne (left) celebrates with Pat McCabe

Harris makes sloppy Wales pay the penalty

Australia 25 Wales 23: Last-minute kick deprives Dragons of first win Down Under since 1969

Wales coach Warren Gatland

Warren Gatland offered Lions role

Wales coach Warren Gatland has received an offer to lead the British and Irish Lions on their tour of Australia next year, Press Association Sport understands.

Wales coach Warren Gatland

Brian Ashton: Wales must add grand ambition to Grand Slam

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Wales players celebrate after defeating France 16-9 and clinching their third Grand Slam in eight years. The win avenged their World Cup semi-final defeat to the French five months ago and made Gatland the first southern hemisphere coach to win more than one Grand Slam.

Final member of coaching team commits to Wales

The Welsh Rugby Union have tied up all of their Grand Slam-winning coaching team to long-term contracts after forwards coach Robin McBryde signed a deal though to the 2015 World Cup.

Mervyn Davies in action for the Lions in 1974

Wales' 1976 Grand Slam captain Mervyn Davies dies

Wales' 1976 Grand Slam captain Mervyn Davies has died, the Welsh Rugby Union said today. He was 65.

Gethin Jenkins is expected to join Toulon

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Prop Gethin Jenkins will join the Welsh player exodus to France next season.

Newcastle's new director of rugby, Gary Gold, had success with the Springboks in the 2009 series win over the British and Irish Lions and was also in charge at London Irish

Newcastle hope that Gold has the Midas touch

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