Sport Gary Gold claimed he left Bath this week on good terms

Bath have sought to clarify the circumstances of Gary Gold’s departure as director of rugby by stating his removal followed a disagreement over his role.

Leg heavily strapped, Dylan Hartley watches England training yesterday with Courtney Lawes

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With the number one No 2, Dylan Hartley, on the endangered list and with no one obvious ready to step up, Chris Hewett runs a short rule over Lancaster's options

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Merciless McCaw wants wounded Wallaby scalps

Richie McCaw, just about the finest player in the 17-year history of professional rugby union and a World Cup-winning captain to boot, has never been one to get ahead of himself – hence his understandable decision to concentrate body and soul on today's Bledisloe Cup game with Australia rather than cast his mind forward to the task of chasing down those titans from… wait for it… Lithuania.

Jason Shoemark (pictured) scored two of Exeter's five tries, with Brett Sturgess, Ben White and Sireli Naqelevuki scoring the others

Aviva Premiership round-up: Shoemark's double seals Exeter win

It was party time at Exeter as the Chiefs marked their 50th Aviva Premiership match with a 42-28 victory over Harlequins that earned them a try-scoring bonus point and prevented the visitors from going back to the top of the table.

Francois Louw may not return to his club Bath until mid-October

Bath will lose Louw after one game as South Africa seek reinforcements

Bath, in dire need of a strong start to the Premiership season after missing out on Europe with a below-the-fold finish last time out, suffered a heavy blow yesterday when their best player, the South African flanker Francois Louw, was recalled by the Springboks for the next tranche of southern hemisphere Rugby Championship games.

England end tour of South Africa on positive note

South Africa 14 England 14

England claw draw from Springboks on final tour date

South Africa 14 England 14

England prop Alex Corbisiero forced out of third Test against South Africa

England have been forced into a change for this weekend's third Test against South Africa after prop Alex Corbisiero suffered a recurrence of a knee injury.

Ben Youngs fashions a break at Ellis Park on Saturday

England and Leicester scrum-half Ben Youngs faces three-month lay-off

England scrum-half Ben Youngs could be out for up to three months following surgery on his injured shoulder.

Youngs double not enough to save England against Springboks

South Africa 36 England 27

Owen Farrell

Owen Farrell dropped by England for second Test against South Africa

England have dropped fly-half Owen Farrell for Saturday's second Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.

Christian Wade

England trounce Southern Barbarians in South Africa

Southern Barbarians 26 England 54

James Haskell claims his main priority has always been England

England step into unknown in search of tour momentum

"We know how tall they are, how much they weigh, how old they are, where they play their rugby…and there's no video footage of them whatsoever." So said Simon Hardy, one of England's assistant coaches, as he weighed up the prospects for this afternoon's meeting with the South African Barbarians in Kimberley. If Hardy was in full head-scratching mode when it came to the opposition, he was far more clued-up on what matters to the tourists. "We have to get some momentum into this trip after the Test in Durban," he remarked. "You do that by winning games."

Danny Care, the Harlequins scrum-half, says his focus has shifted back to what he does best – playing rugby – after taking his eye off the ball

Danny Care determined to take latest England chance

Danny Care claims it feels "weird" to be a newcomer in the England squad again but is determined not to squander his latest chance.

Dylan Hartley confident England can test South Africa

England hooker Dylan Hartley claims South Africa's forwards now know they are in for a ferocious battle in next weekend's second Test in Johannesburg.

South Africa’s Francois Hougaard is tackled by England’s Chris Robshaw during the first Test in

Barritt eyes recovery but Brown thumbs lift home

A bruised and beaten England, aching in every limb, left Durban for the thin air of South Africa's biggest city yesterday with the centre Brad Barritt on their minds. By the time they landed, the bad news had shifted towards the full-back Mike Brown. If Barritt, who suffered a gruesome eye injury in the first Test with the Springboks at Kings Park, may yet play a further part in this series, Brown is officially off tour, with damaged thumb ligaments.

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