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1dMartyn Thomas

'People outside don't know women's strategy'

England Women's rugby has become big news due to some justified concerns about the 15-a-side squad's contracts. But head of professional rugby Nigel Melville insists the move is part of a bigger plan to grow the female game.

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1dCraig Dowd

Law changes should provide speedier, simpler rugby - Dowd

World Rugby should be applauded for its looming law changes with the amendments set to simplify and speed up the game, which is a huge positive for referees and fans alike -- Craig Dowd writes.

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2dMartyn Thomas

Hunter: England women focused on World Cup

England captain Sarah Hunter insisted her teammates remain focused solely on regaining their World Cup crown as she faced questions over the squad's contract status.

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3dPA Sport

RFU clarifies pay in elite women's game

The Rugby Football Union has clarified how it pays elite women's players following reports England contracts will not be renewed after the forthcoming World Cup.

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3dMartyn Thomas

Joseph takes rugby to Thai orphanage

Fresh from his exploits in New Zealand with the British & Irish Lions, Jonathan Joseph has done his bit to spread the reach of rugby union with a visit to a Thai orphanage.

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6dESPN staff

Law amendments set to shake up breakdown contest

The ability of openside 'fetchers' to dominate the breakdown could be a thing of the past, after World Rugby rubberstamped three new amendments as part of an overhaul to the game's laws set to commence next month.

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8dESPN Staff

Hartley signs new Saints deal, made captain

England captain Dylan Hartley has been handed a contract extension and the captain's armband by Northampton Saints ahead of the coming season.

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18dESPN Staff

Hartley responds brilliantly to fan's tweet

One Twitter user got more than he bargained for when he suggested Maro Itoje should replace Dylan Hartley as England captain -- and tagged both players in his post.

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18dPA Sport

Lions may shun England stars in future

John Spencer has warned that future British and Irish Lions tours could happen without any England players if Premiership clubs do not help solve scheduling problems.

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28dESPN Staff

Hunter to lead England's WRWC defence

Defending champions England have named their squad for the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup, with four players set to compete in their fourth successive tournament.

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35dSam Bruce

Hansen shows his hand with shock Ioane promotion

Warren Gatland may have taken out the award for multiple selection day shocks, but All Blacks coach Steve Hansen pulled his own swiftie with the shock promotion of Rieko Ioane.

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38dAaron Tillyer

Semifinal slip inspired Baby Blacks

A slack semifinal second-half performance against France helped inspire New Zealand Under-20s to their historic World Rugby U20 Championship final win over England.

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38dESPN Staff

England youngsters 'not hungry enough'

Eddie Jones has challenged his young England squad to find the hunger that will drive them on to Rugby World Cup glory.

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39dNick Bewley

Baby Blacks thump England for U20 title

England have lost their fifth final to New Zealand in the history of the Under 20 World Championships as the Baby Blacks thumped last year's champions 64-17 in Tbilisi.

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39dPA Sport

Jones hails England victories in Argentina

England head coach Eddie Jones hailed "a great achievement" as his side became only the second England team to complete a series whitewash in Argentina.

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41dPA Sport

Argentina out for revenge against England

Argentina captain Agustin Creevy says his team will be out for revenge in Saturday's second Test against England at Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao Lopez in Santa Fe.

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41dNZPA

All Blacks will be 'just a game' - Ben Te'o

The British & Irish Lions midfielder reflects on his incredible journey since he left New Zealand as a 17-year-old to play rugby league in Australia.

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42dESPN Staff

Jones names England side vs. Argentina

England head coach Eddie Jones has promoted centre Piers Francis and recalled Chris Robshaw to the starting line-up for Saturday's second Test against Argentina.

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43dPA Sport

England 'can go up a gear' in 2nd Test

Jonny May says that England have a couple more gears to move through as they target a 2-0 series triumph over Argentina.

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43dIsaac Robinson

Care: England's youth "all brilliant"

England scrum-half Danny Care believes Saturday's sensational 38-34 victory over Argentina is a sign of exciting times to come.

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44dPA Sport

Care: Get excited about England future

Danny Care reckons head coach Eddie Jones is right to be excited about the future of English rugby after his youthful side got the better of an experienced Argentina in the first Test.

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44dESPN Staff

England book place in U20 final

England Under-20s have reached a fifth successive World Rugby U20 Championship final thanks to a nail-biting 24-22 defeat of the Junior Boks.

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