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20hPA Sport

Warburton named in Wales XV to face Italy

Sam Warburton will make his first appearance of Wales' World Cup warm-up schedule when he returns to lead the team in Saturday's clash against Millennium Stadium visitors Italy.

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17hPA Sport

Ireland select strong XV to face England

Ireland will wheel out all available big guns for their final World Cup warm-up match against England at Twickenham on Saturday, except Cian Healy and Rob Kearney.

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22hTristan Barclay

Canada go back to basics for victory over Georgia

They kick off their Rugby World Cup campaign in the cavernous Millennium Stadium, but on Wednesday Canada turned out in a leafy Surrey suburb for a blood-and-thunder victory over Georgia.

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22hSam Bruce

'Sevens best way to showcase rugby to America'

Americans are "in awe" of rugby's continuous play and harnessing that interest through Sevens appears to be the key to growing the game in the Stateside.

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21hTristan Barclay

Exeter duo Francis and Hill pen new deals

Exeter have tied down two of their most promising youngsters to new long-term deals as they seek to build on last season's Aviva Premiership success.

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2dPA Sport

Samoa's Thompson banned for World Cup opener

Samoa will be without Kane Thompson for their opening Rugby World Cup game after lock was handed a two-match ban following his red card last Saturday.

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2dPA Sport

Ex-Wales international Harris leaves Salford

Iestyn Harris, who played for Wales at the 2003 Rugby World Cup, has departed Super League outfit Salford Red Devils, the club have announced.

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3dTristan Barclay

Injured duo miss out on Georgia selection

Zurab Zhvania and Giorgi Talakhadze to miss Rugby World Cup as head coach Milton Haig reveals his 31-man squad for the tournament.

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4dRob Bartlett

Georgia face anxious wait on injured duo

Coach Milton Haig sweating over conditions of prop Zurab Zhvania and young centre Giorgi Talakhadze following warm-up defeat in Newcastle.

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