Rugby Union news
Some of the latest Rugby Union news from different news agencies around the world on.
Adam Jones and James Hook miss out on Wales' squad for the autumn Tests, but uncapped Ospreys prop Nicky Smith is included.
Leicester's Manu Tuilagi is ruled out of England's opening autumn international after the recurrence of a groin injury.
Ulster and Ireland pair Andrew Trimble and Luke Marshall face lengthy spells on the sidelines because of injury.
Edinburgh lock Grant Gilchrist will captain Scotland in the autumn internationals against Argentina, New Zealand and Tonga.
Saracens hooker Schalk Brits is facing surgery and is not expected to be fit again until "well into the new year".
New South Wales Waratahs boss Michael Cheika says he has been offered the chance to take over as Australia coach.
Dan Carter and Sonny Bill Williams are named in New Zealand's squad for next month's northern hemisphere Tests.
Bristol and Wales back-rower Ryan Jones is set to return from the ankle injury which has kept him out since May.
David Strettle says his form and experience merits an England recall for next month's autumn internationals.
Ospreys' trip to Northampton Saints will be a true test of their European ambitions, says fly-half Dan Biggar.
Flanker Tom Wood says Northampton have learned a "cruel lesson" in missing out on a losing bonus point against Racing Metro.
Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter expects his fringe players to improve as their European Challenge Cup campaign goes on.
Wasps boss Dai Young says the bonus-point loss at Leinster will be meaningless if his side fail to win their home ties.
Christian Wade's solo try is not enough for Wasps as Leinster win 25-20 in the European Rugby Champions Cup.
Toulon's campaign for a historic third successive European title begins with a scrappy 28-18 win over gutsy Scarlets.
Wales coach Warren Gatland explains his decision to drop prop Adam Jones and fly-half James Hook for the autumn Tests.
Edinburgh lock Grant Gilchrist talks to BBC Scotland's Kheredine Idessane after being named skipper for Scotland's autumn Test series.
Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder speaks to BBC Radio Northampton following the 20-11 defeat by Racing Metro.
With concussion protocol under the microscope in rugby, BBC Look East takes a closer look at the work of the medical staff at Northampton Saints.
Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill says Saturday's Champions Cup opener against Ulster is pivotal for their chances of progressing out of the group stages of the competition.
Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys speaks to BBC Radio Gloucestershire after Thursday's 55-0 win over Brive in the Challenge Cup.
European champions Toulon want to prove there is life after Jonny Wilkinson as they bid for an unprecedented third title in a row.
At the start of the new European Rugby Champions Cup, Jeremy Guscott explains why there will be humdingers from the off.
Scotland's Rugby Sevens side continue to fall short despite considerable funding, writes BBC Scotland's Tom English.
A large proportion of supporters will stick with Wasps when they move to Coventry, says chief executive Nick Eastwood.
Having witnessed the horrors of war, Semesa Rokoduguni is making the most of rugby life as an England career beckons.
Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care says becoming a father for the first time has given him added motivation as a player.