Halfpenny on standby for Wales tour

Toulon’s Leigh Halfpenny was not considered for Wales’ summer tour of New Zealand, according to coach Warren Gatland. But the full-back could be called up as injury cover if required and provided he proves his fitness. The 27-year-old has not played since September and was omitted from Gatland’s 35-man tour squad. “We’ve spoken to Leigh

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Edinburgh confirm move to Myreside

Edinburgh will play their home matches at Myreside for the second half of next season. The Pro12 side are to switch from Murrayfield from January to May with a view to playing the 2017-18 campaign at the George Watson’s College ground. Myreside’s capacity is to be increased with the use of temporary stands. Edinburgh used

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Bath sign Yorkshire Carnegie's Walker

Bath have signed England Under-20 hooker Jack Walker from Yorkshire Carnegie ahead of next season. The 19-year-old won the Junior World Championship in 2014 alongside Bath’s Charlie Ewels and Tom Woolstencroft. Walker became the youngest forward to appear for Carnegie in 2013, playing against Bristol, and became their youngest-ever captain a year later. “Now is

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Tomkins back after 'tough' lay-off

Wigan and England full-back Sam Tomkins has vowed not be a ‘weak link’ when he returns from his long-term injury. Tomkins has not played for nine months after suffering a knee injury playing for New Zealand Warriors. The 27-year-old, who agreed his return to Wigan for a fee of over £200,000 in April 2015, will

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Warburton to lead Wales in New Zealand

Sam Warburton will lead a 35-man Wales squad on their summer tour of New Zealand. Warburton injured a shoulder playing for Cardiff Blues against Ospreys on 30 April, and has not played since. Wales face England at Twickenham on 29 May before playing three tests against the All Blacks in June. They have not beaten

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Bristol sign Crane from Leicester

Bristol have signed England international back row Jordan Crane from Leicester on a three-year deal. The 29-year-old has spent a decade at Welford Road, but will move to the West Country in the summer. He won four Premiership titles during his time at Leicester and has made more than 150 appearances for the club. “I’ve

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Scotland 'need more rugby not rest'

Head coach Vern Cotter insists Scotland’s leading players need more time together this summer rather than missing a two-Test tour of Japan. Cotter maintains a lack of depth and the strength of opposition – Japan are ranked one place below Scotland – made him steer clear of resting players. “We don’t have a lot of

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'Big mistake' to target Carter – McCall

European Rugby Champions Cup: Racing 92 v Saracens Venue: Grand Stade de Lyon Date: Saturday, 14 May Kick-off: 16:45 BST Coverage: Commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, plus text commentary on the BBC Sport website Saracens would be making a big error by targeting Dan Carter during Saturday’s European Champions Cup final, says director of

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Bath to sign Northampton's Fotuali'i

Bath are to sign Northampton Saints’ Kahn Fotuali’i, head coach Mike Ford has revealed to BBC Radio Bristol. The Samoa scrum-half, 33, has been with Northampton since joining from the Ospreys in 2013 and was part of their Premiership title-winning side in 2014. Ford said that the signing of Fotuali’i will add experience to his

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Wakefield duo facing lengthy bans

Wakefield hooker Scott Moore and prop Andy Yates could face lengthy bans after being charged with Grade E offences by the Rugby Football League. The pair have both been charged in the wake of the Yorkshire side’s Challenge Cup win over Toulouse. Moore, 28, has been charged with gouging, while 26-year-old Yates faces a charge

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