New Zealand's 2011 World Cup-winning full-back Israel Dagg has been left out of their 2015 squad Israel Dagg and Cory Jane miss out as New Zealand name World Cup squad

New Zealand's 2011 World Cup-winning full-back Israel Dagg has been left out of their 2015 squad Defending champions New Zealand have announced their 31-man squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup, with Waisake Naholo included but Israel Dagg and Cory Jane among those to miss out. Read Full Story

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Scotland's Sean Lamont celebrates scoring the first try against Italy Scotland build World Cup momentum with a 48-7 warm-up win over Italy

Scotland's Sean Lamont celebrates scoring the first try against Italy Scotland finally injected some momentum into their World Cup preparations as they followed up last week's win over Italy with a 48-7 triumph in the Edinburgh return. Read Full Story

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Leigh Halfpenny was instrumental in Wales' win over Ireland Leigh Halfpenny on form as Wales see off Ireland in a Rugby World Cup warm-up

Leigh Halfpenny was instrumental in Wales' win over Ireland Leigh Halfpenny kicked Wales to victory over Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in a high-octane World Cup preparation game that took its toll on both sets of players. Read Full Story

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Sam Burgess wants to play a starring role for England at this year's Rugby World Cup Sam Burgess ready to play key role for England at Rugby World Cup

Sam Burgess wants to play a starring role for England at this year's Rugby World Cup Sam Burgess insists he will deliver for England and is not content to "make up the numbers" after being included in Stuart Lancaster's 31-man Rugby World Cup squad. Read Full Story

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The pressure is on Sam Burgess to prove his doubters wrong England backs coach Andy Farrell wants Sam Burgess to push for starting berth

The pressure is on Sam Burgess to prove his doubters wrong Andy Farrell insists Sam Burgess "ain't got his L plates on anymore" as he urges the rugby league convert to force his way into England's starting line-up. Read Full Story

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Wales head coach Warren Gatland has selected a powerful team for Saturday's World Cup warm-up Test against Ireland, including wing George North Warren Gatland says safety is paramount ahead of George North’s Wales return

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has selected a powerful team for Saturday's World Cup warm-up Test against Ireland, including wing George North George North returns to rugby's international stage on Saturday with Wales coach Warren Gatland underlining that player welfare will always be paramount. Read Full Story

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Head coach Stuart Lancaster found the selection of England's 31-man World Cup squad to be an emotional experience Stuart Lancaster says he has not gambled by picking Sam Burgess for England

Head coach Stuart Lancaster found the selection of England's 31-man World Cup squad to be an emotional experience Stuart Lancaster denies England have gambled by selecting Sam Burgess and Henry Slade among an inexperienced centre contingent bound for the World Cup. Read Full Story

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Sam Burgess has been included in England's Rugby World Cup squad Stuart Lancaster has included Sam Burgess in England’s World Cup squad on merit

Sam Burgess has been included in England's Rugby World Cup squad England head coach Stuart Lancaster is adamant rugby league convert Sam Burgess has been included in his 31-man World Cup squad on merit. Read Full Story

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George North will return to competitive action when Wales continue their World Cup preparations against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday George North to start in Wales’ Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Ireland

George North will return to competitive action when Wales continue their World Cup preparations against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday George North will make his first appearance for five months when Wales continue their World Cup preparations by tackling Ireland in Dublin on Saturday. Read Full Story

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