Sport Scotland lock Alastair Kellock will miss the Six Nations after undergoing surgery on an arm injury

Scotland lock Alastair Kellock will miss the Six Nations after undergoing surgery on an arm injury.

Northampton sign Samoan centre George Pisi

Northampton have signed Samoan centre George Pisi for next season.

Turner sails to the rescue after Cook Islands serve up scare

England, the top seeds, England had to come from 17-0 down at half-time to beat the Cook Islands 21-17 and to preserve their unbeaten record on the opening day of the New Zealand round of the world sevens rugby series yesterday.

Harlequins give Burnett a chance with season's loan

Harlequins have signed the Hull back-row forward Mike Burnett on a season-long loan.

Ruck and Maul: McCaw will lead All Blacks' response to Pike River mining disaster

Richie McCaw is to lead a contingent of All Blacks paying their respects to the community in New Zealand that suffered last month's Pike River mining disaster. McCaw, Dan Carter, Sonny Bill Williams and six other Crusaders will visit the West Coast area on 2 February. The 29 miners trapped and killed by two explosions included three Blaketown RFC players – Riki Keane, 28, Michael Monk, 23, and Blair Sims, 28. The Crusaders will wear the West Coast jersey against the Waratahs in the Super 15 in March.

Lemi's electric try puts the buzz back into Wasps

Wasps 24 Exeter 12

Stand-in Jackson crowned 'king of Aberdeen'

Scotland 19 Samoa 16

Southern raiders still making the running towards World Cup

There are two ways of looking at it. Unfortunately for those clinging to the hope that a British Isles team might make a worthwhile impression on next year's World Cup, they amount to the same thing and point to the same end – namely, an exercise in futility. England's second-half display against New Zealand at the start of the month, and the half-hour of Welsh superiority over the silver-ferned Grand Slammers either side of the interval on Saturday evening, might lead an optimist to proclaim: "Look, it can be done." Yet a pessimist will sift through this body of evidence and reach the opposite, more persuasive conclusion.

Jackson the local hero as Scotland hold off Samoa

Scotland 19 Samoa 16

Robinson calls for 'physical' response to Samoa danger

Andy Robinson is aware Scotland must be at their very best to emerge from today's match against Samoa in Aberdeen unscathed and with a fifth win from six Tests.

Martin Johnson relishing South Africa clash

Martin Johnson was barely able to contain his excitment on the eve of England's showdown with South Africa as he told his men: "This is what you play for."

Toby Flood: It's going to be tough but if we can beat the Boks it will have been a great autumn

We have to win the physical battle against South Africa. If we don't, it will be a long day

Martin Johnson names strong England side

England manager Martin Johnson has reverted to his strongest line-up for Saturday's Investec Test against South Africa.

Ben Youngs excited by South Africa challenge

Ben Youngs, one of the bright new stars of English rugby, is already buzzing at the thought of playing world champions South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday.

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England 26 Samoa 13: Failure to match Samoa in the rucks nearly costs Johnson's side dear in fortunate win

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