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The Exeter wing gets his chance in Paris against France

Murray: I'll try to smash people all over field

Scotland's rampaging prop returns with a fearsome message for Gatland's Wales

Haskell pulls a flanker on Wales

Reluctant two-try hero is reaping the rewards of playing his rugby in France

Paterson puts best foot forward again

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In-form Paterson recalled for his 99th Scotland cap

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Wales remain hopeful that Lee Byrne will be available for next Saturday's RBS 6 Nations opener against England at Twickenham.

'Voice of Rugby' McLaren falls silent aged 86

There was a kind of hush all over the rugby world last night. Bill McLaren, the great voice of rugby union, died yesterday morning, aged 86. It is eight years now since the former schoolmaster hung up his microphone in the BBC television commentary box, but for half a century his gentle Borders burr – painting a vivid picture of the game he played, taught and loved – made him not so much a national as an international institution. From Hawick, his beloved home town in the Scottish Borders, to Invercargill, the southernmost tip of All Black country, McLaren and his words were fondly cherished. He was an MBE, an OBE, a CBE and, in what proved to be the final year of his life, the subject of a huge Facebook campaign for a knighthood.

Attoub handed 70-week ban for gouging

Stade Francais prop David Attoub has been handed a 70-week ban for eye gouging by an independent judicial officer.

Croft injury setback proves blow for club and country

Leicester 47 Viadana 8

Cipriani given chance to impress Johnson

Danny Cipriani is rewarded for his "continued improvement" on the comeback trail by starting at fly-half when Wasps tackle their fellow Guinness Premiership heavyweights Leicester tomorrow.

Venter faces long ban today for referee outburst

Saracens director of rugby to be charged while Saints secure new Mallinder deal

Scarlets end winless run but Jones pays the price

Dragons 9 Scarlets 14

Rugby lion 'hopes to make a difference' with gay announcement

Rugby star Gareth Thomas today said he hoped he could make a difference to others struggling with their sexuality after disclosing he is gay.

Dupuy banned for six-months for gouging

Stade Francais scrum-half Julien Dupuy was today handed a six-month ban for eye gouging Ulster flanker Stephen Ferris.

O'Shea inspired by Harlequins challenge

New Harlequins rugby director Conor O'Shea admits the chance of working in top-flight rugby union again was too good to turn down.

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