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Hooper: Cheika has instilled World Cup belief

Australia captain Michael Hooper says the Wallabies believe they can win the 2015 Rugby World Cup thanks to coach Michael Cheika.
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Ulster's Williams banned for rest of the season

Ulster's Nick Williams will miss the remainder of the Pro12 season after being hit with an eight-game ban.
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Muliaina to join Zebre from Connacht

World Cup-winner Mils Muliaina is set to join Zebre from Connacht at the end of the season.
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Saints to rest North for quarter-final

George North will miss Northampton Saints' European Champions Cup quarter-final against Clermont Auvergne due to a head injury.
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Young: Toulon not unbeatable, Saints out to end Clermont record

Toulon continue their quest to be crowned European champions for a third year in a row when they face Wasps this weekend.
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Williams predicts fireworks in first Welsh derby for 15 years

Cardiff Blues and Newport Gwent Dragons meet in the European Rugby Challenge Cup on Saturday and Rhys Williams predicts a tight battle.
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Coles suffers elbow ligament damage

With the Rugby World Cup starting in less than six months, New Zealand hooker Dane Coles is facing over one month out of action.
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Hughes banned for three games after knocking out North

Nathan Hughes has been branded "reckless" and suspended for three games after a clumsy hit on George North knocked out the Wales star.
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Launchbury closing in on return

Joe Launchbury's hopes of playing in the Rugby World Cup for England have boosted, with his return for Wasps on the horizon.
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Steyn hit with five-week ban as SANZAR reverses decision

Francois Steyn has been banned for five weeks after an appeals committee reversed an earlier ruling on his tip tackle on Aaron Cruden.
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Blair to make Glasgow switch

Mike Blair is relishing the opportunity to work with "role model" Gregor Townsend after agreeing a move to Glasgow Warriors.
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Rhinos skipper Sinfield to switch codes with Carnegie

Legendary Leeds Rhinos Captain Kevin Sinfield will switch codes and join rugby union side Leeds Carnegie at the end of the season.
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Carter to miss Sharks clash to attend birth of second child

Crusaders' Dan Carter will miss the Super Rugby meeting with Sharks on Saturday as he returns home to attend the birth of his second child.
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Woodward calls for Six Nations bonus-point incentive

Former England coach Clive Woodward believes the Six Nations would benefit from adopting a bonus-point system.
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Leinster's Ruddock set to miss rest of season

Leinster's Rhys Ruddock will likely miss the remainder of the season after having surgery on an arm injury.
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Harlequins announce Visser as latest acquisition

Scotland international Tim Visser will join Harlequins from Edinburgh for the start of next season.
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Wilkinson quashes talk of England role

Jonny Wilkinson says he is "not involved in any way" with the England team following reports he is to take on a consultancy coaching role.
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Welsh relegation confirmed, Sharks down Gloucester

London Welsh's inevitable relegation from the Premiership was confirmed as they slipped to defeat at Bath.
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Fickou reassured by injury prognosis

Gael Fickou is remaining optimistic after suffering a knee ligament injury less than six months ahead of the Rugby World Cup.
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England centre Tuilagi out for season

Manu Tuilagi is set to miss the rest of Leicester Tigers' Premiership season, but his World Cup hopes are not thought to be at risk.
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