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Rugby Union news

Some of the latest Rugby Union news from different news agencies around the world on.

Wage cap abolition calls 'crazy'

Sale say they are not one of the seven clubs claimed to be in favour of getting rid of the current Premiership wage cap.

Sale Sharks 18-11 Exeter Chiefs

Sale move up to fourth in the Premiership after ending Exeter Chiefs' eight-match winning run with a tense victory.

Blues 21-9 Scarlets

Two tries from number eight Josh Navidi help Cardiff Blues see off visiting Scarlets in a Pro12 Welsh derby.

Edinburgh 48-0 Treviso

Edinburgh cruise to a 48-0 bonus point triumph over a poor Treviso outfit, who remain without a win in the Pro12.

Leinster 21-11 Connacht

Leinster move level on points with Pro12 leaders Munster after defeating derby rivals Connacht at the RDS.

Northampton v Leicester (Sat)

Team news as Northampton Saints host Leicester Tigers in Saturday's Premiership fixture at Franklin's Gardens (15:15 GMT).

Harlequins v Newcastle (Sat)

Team news as Harlequins host Newcastle Falcons in Saturday's Premiership fixture at Twickenham Stoop (15:00 GMT).

Gloucester v Bath (Sat)

Team news as Gloucester host Bath in Saturday's Premiership fixture at Kingsholm Stadium (17:30 GMT).

Saracens v London Welsh (Sat)

Team news as Saracens host London Welsh in Saturday's Premiership fixture at Allianz Park (15:00 GMT).

Glasgow Warriors v Munster (Sat)

Third-top Glasgow Warriors and leaders Munster make sweeping changes for their Pro12 meeting at Scotstoun.

Ospreys v Ulster (Sat)

Wales international Dan Lydiate is set to make his Ospreys debut off the bench in the Pro 12 match against Ulster.

'Seven clubs' want wage cap scrapped

Saracens call for the Premiership wage cap to be abolished and say they have the backing of six other teams.

Williams 'not bitter' despite injury

Wales international Owen Williams says he does not feel any bitterness about his situation after suffering a major spinal injury.

Coventry move key to Europe - Young

Wasps boss Dai Young says their move to Coventry can only help them secure a regular spot in the European Champions Cup.

Launchbury to miss Six Nations

England and Wasps lock Joe Launchbury is to undergo surgery on a neck injury and will miss the 2015 Six Nations.

Jess targets decade at Exeter Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs winger Matt Jess says he would be proud to spend a decade at Sandy Park after signing a new deal.

Bath hand new deals to back-rowers

Back-rowers Matt Garvey, Leroy Houston and Guy Mercer all sign new contracts with Premiership side Bath.

Diamond expects more Sale renewals

Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond expects more players to commit their future to the club.

Richards enthused by Falcons future

Director of rugby Dean Richards hopes Newcastle Falcons can emulate former club Harlequins in building a home-grown squad.

Toulon may fight Armitage abuse ban

Toulon say they could take legal action against the Leicester fans whose testimony led to Delon Armitage's 12-week ban.

Wasps v London Irish (Sun)

Team news as Wasps host London Irish in Sunday's Premiership fixture at Ricoh Arena (14:00 GMT).

Dragons v Zebre (Sun)

Team news ahead of Sunday's Pro12 game between Newport Gwent Dragons and Zebre at Rodney Parade.

VIDEO: Room for two rugby clubs in Coventry?

Fans of Coventry Rugby Club say they will carry on supporting their side ahead of Wasps first game at the Ricoh Arena against London Irish on Sunday.

VIDEO: England future kept Hartley a Saint

Northampton Saints hooker Dylan Hartley tells BBC Look East that the prospect of giving up his England career convinced him to stay.

VIDEO: Patchell joins nurse for guitar turn

Wales and Cardiff Blues fly-half Rhys Patchell is joined by a nurse for a star turn on the guitar during a Christmas hospital visit.

VIDEO: Hibbard excited by West Country derby

Gloucester hooker Richard Hibbard tells BBC Points West he is excited to be involved in his first West Country derby against Bath.

VIDEO: Gloucester game a 'one-off' - Hooper

Bath captain Stuart Hooper tells BBC Sport the West Country derby against Gloucester feels like a "one-off" event away from the rest of the Premiership season.

AUDIO: Diamond on Premiership salary cap

Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond tells BBC Radio Manchester how the salary cap affects the club and how it works in the Premiership.

VIDEO: Wasps ready for Ricoh Arena opener

Wasps fly-half Andy Goode tells BBC Midlands Today the Ricoh Arena will be "the best rugby ground in the Premiership".

VIDEO: Castrogiovanni rant sad - Cockerill

Leicester coach Richard Cockerill is "amazed" by Toulon prop Martin Castrogiovanni's five-minute rant and describes it as "sad".

AUDIO: Castrogiovanni's Leicester rant

During an expletive-laden rant to journalists, former Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni says he paid out of his own money to leave the club.

VIDEO: Bath coach sees Burgess progress

Bath coach Toby Booth tells BBC Points West that handing cross-code signing Sam Burgess his first start on Friday against Montpellier will help with his development.

AUDIO: West on Treviso v Saints

Northampton Saints coach Dorian West speaks to BBC Radio Northampton following the 38-15 win at Treviso.

AUDIO: Diamond on Sale v Saracens

Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond speaks to BBC Radio Manchester following their 15-19 defeat by Saracens in the European Rugby Champions Cup.

Rise and rise of the farmer's son

Glasgow Warriors' Alex Dunbar has had a meteoric rise from farmer's son to Scotland international, writes Tom English.

The challenges facing Sam Burgess

Sam Burgess has made his first Bath start. But can the rugby league star translate his success to the 15-man code?

How Howells leads his pack of Wolves

Bucharest Wolves and Romania coach Lynn Howells circles top teams and nations to raise the game far from his Rhondda roots.

New dad Tuohy happy to be hurting

Ulster lock Dan Tuohy was delighted to be "still sore" on Tuesday after making his return to action after 11 weeks out.

Rugby Union on the BBC

BBC Sport will bring you live coverage of the Six Nations on BBC TV, radio and online.

'Derbies are like internationals'

BBC Sport's Jeremy Guscott looks ahead to Saturday's East Midlands and West Country derbies in the Premiership.

Williams stoic in paralysis battle

Scrum V's Ross Harries catches up with Wales centre Owen Williams, whose passion for rugby endures despite suffering a serious spinal injury.