Vunipola was the player Lions couldn't afford to lose
British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland was prepared to lose players to injury and suspension, but his plans have been thrown into chaos by Billy Vunipola's withdrawal.
Has London Sevens found a winning formula?
The London Sevens might just have discovered a winning formula as it attempts to position itself as a more family oriented event.
British & Irish Lions Watch
The weekend's playoff action was packed with British & Irish Lions tourists. Find out how they got on.
New Zealand Team of the Week
As we edge closer to the business end of Super Rugby as well as the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand next month, the performances of those chasing the black jersey are getting better and better.
Gatland positive but Billy a 'big loss to the squad'
Warren Gatland has delivered a positive squad fitness bulletin as the British and Irish Lions continued New Zealand tour preparations without England powerhouse Billy Vunipola.
Joseph: It's an honour to play with the Lions.
Jonathan Joseph speaks about how much it means to him to be selected for the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.
Local knowledge behind Slade's 'great kick'
Years of practise paid dividends for Henry Slade and Exeter on Saturday after as "one of the great kicks of all time" helped the Chiefs into the Aviva Premiership final.
Wasps win thriller to seal trip to Twickenham
They finished top of the Aviva Premiership table, but Wasps needed a late try from Josh Bassett to defeat Leicester Tigers in a pulsating match at the Ricoh Arena.
Premiership semis: What they said
There were plenty of talking points following two thrilling Aviva Premiership semifinals that saw Exeter and Wasps clinch their place in the Twickenham final.
Scotland beat England to London Sevens title
They say anything can happen in Sevens and that proved to be the case on Sunday as Scotland stunned hosts England 12-7 to defend their London title on the World Series circuit.
Tahs blow Rebels away to maintain push
The NSW Waratahs have overcome a shambolic start to trounce the embattled Melbourne Rebels 50-23 and keep their Super Rugby finals hopes alive.
Sharks secure win in Singapore
The Sharks defeat the Sunwolves 38-17 to win their third on the trot outside South Africa.
Lions on the rampage in victory over Bulls
The Lions have had the best of it against the Bulls in recent times, and are on a 10 game winning streak at home. Follow LIVE action here.
All Black giants: Colin Meads & Wilson Whineray
At first sight, the Australia-New Zealand match played at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 19th May 1957 looks as inconsequential as international matches come.
Wayne Smith to step down as All Blacks coach.
Wayne Smith is to step down as All Blacks assistant coach at the end of the Rugby Championship in October.
London Irish in pole position for Prem return
Tommy Bell put London Irish in a strong position for a return to the Aviva Premiership as he booted 19 points in a 29-18 first-leg win over Yorkshire Carnegie in the Championship play-off final.
Philadelphia to host Newcastle vs. Saracens
Newcastle's Aviva Premiership 'home' game against double European champions Saracens next season will be played in Philadelphia.
Schmidt challenges Ireland's youngsters on tour
Ireland have named eight uncapped players in a 31-man squad for their summer tour of the United States and Japan.
Robshaw backs England inclusion of Heinz
Chris Robshaw insists England see nothing unusual in Willi Heinz's call-up to Eddie Jones' England training squad.
Roberts refocused after Lions disappointment
Jamie Roberts has no doubt he will use his British and Irish Lions squad omission in a positive fashion this summer as he captains Wales on their summer tour.
Stade back from brink of extinction to European distinction
After it looked like Stade Francais may not even exist next season, this Challenge Cup win was a justification of their very survival, writes Tom Hamilton from Murrayfield.
Jones: Hartley can lead England to World Cup
England head coach believes Northampton Saints hooker Dylan Hartley can lead his side through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Haskell: England must back themselves to win.
James Haskell discussed England's chances of winning the Rugby World Cup in 2019.
England eye Japan for pre-World Cup camp
England head coach Eddie Jones has looked at the possibility of having a pre-2019 Rugby World Cup training camp in Tokyo to help his team acclimatize ahead of the tournament in Japan.
Coastal Rugby Club in Barrett brothers' DNA
They may be some of the brightest stars in world rugby right now, but the Barretts know a thing or two about hard work and how to stay humble.
World Rugby misses trick in eligibility rule change
World Rugby deserve to be commended for their clamp down on 'project players' but as with so much that the governing body does, it was one small step rather than one big stride.
Way-too-early predictions for RWC2019
France to bow out in pool play? Ireland to finally feature in the last four? ESPN's global writers put their reputations on the line with these way too early predictions for Rugby World Cup 2019.
What we'll all be talking about at RWC2019
As with any Rugby World Cup there's always massive issues and talking points that take the limelight -- but what will be on everyone's minds come 2019 in Japan?
RWC draw welcome relief but no dream run
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has only a 55 percent Test success rate so he can't beat the drum too loudly because his players likely will let him down when least expected, Greg Growden writes.
Jones: Rugby in Japan was dying.
England Rugby Union manager Eddie Jones feels that the state of rugby in Japan is dependent on the country's successes at World Cups.
England drawn in pool 'no one wanted'
Eddie Jones' team will have to do it the hard way if they are to win the Rugby World Cup in two years time.
Springboks, All Blacks in Group B
The seventh-ranked Springboks managed to get out of the 2019 Rugby World Cup draw largely unscathed, despite being grouped with defending champions New Zealand.
'He is a big unit, but he needs a haircut' - What Eddie Jones said about England's 15 uncapped players
"There's something about him, he finds the line" - Eddie Jones gives his assessment on England's uncapped 15 ahead of the two-Test tour of Argentina.
Watch the very best in U.S. sport LIVE and on-demand with ESPN Player. Available across Europe, subscribe today.