Wales' Warburton fit to play All Blacks

New Zealand v Wales (first Test) Venue: Eden Park, Auckland Date: Saturday, 11 June 2016 Kick-off: 08:35 BST Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, the BBC Sport app, Connected TV, and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website. Wales captain Sam Warburton is expected to be fit enough to play

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Wakefield Trinity 16-54 Hull KR

Super League Wakefield (10) 16 Tries: B. Tupou, M. Sio, Hall Goals: Finn 2 Hull KR (26) 54 Tries: Dixon 3, Kelly 2, Greenwood 2, Lunt, Green, Blair Goals: Sio 7 Kieran Dixon’s hat-trick helped Hull KR beat Wakefield Trinity, who have now lost consecutive Super League games. Rovers led 26-10 at half-time on the

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Charteris available for Wales opener

Luke Charteris will be available for Wales’ first Test with the All Blacks on 11 June after he was released by his club to travel to New Zealand. Coach Warren Gatland had been unsure when French Top 14 club Racing 92 would let second row Charteris go. Players need to be in New Zealand by

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Saints stand-off Burns joins Leigh

Championship side Leigh Centurions have signed St Helens half-back Travis Burns on loan for the rest of the season. The 32-year-old Australian stand-off moved to Saints in 2014 from Hull KR for £60,000 but has struggled for game time this year, making five outings. Burns started his career at Manly Sea Eagles and has played

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Ireland's Sexton set to miss SA tour

Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton is likely to miss the tour to South Africa because of a shoulder injury. Leinster’s Sexton was injured during Saturday’s 20-10 Pro12 final defeat by Connacht. It is the latest in a series of blows to coach Joe Schmidt for the three June Tests, which could have a bearing on rankings

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Former England players in brain study

Former England internationals will take part in a study examining the potential effects of concussion on the brain. Approximately 200 ex-players aged over 50 will be tested, comparing their neurological health with a separate study of the general population. The Rugby Football Union said “evidence is accumulating” on possible increased risks of neurodegenerative diseases in

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Ashley signs three-year Ospreys deal

Lloyd Ashley has committed himself to Ospreys until 2019 by signing a three-year contract extension. The 25-year-old lock progressed through the Pro12 club’s academy system. “It’s my home region, where I’ve grown up, and it’s an honour to be able to sign up for three more years,” said the former Wales Under-20 international. Ospreys head

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Hull FC to sign Salford centre Griffin

Hull FC have signed centre Josh Griffin from Salford Red Devils on a three-year deal that will commence in 2017. The former Wakefield, Huddersfield and Castleford three-quarter has been a regular for Salford since he joined from Batley in June 2014. He has scored 11 goals in 13 games for Ian Watson’s side in 2016.

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New rules added to stop simulation

World Rugby has introduced a number of law changes to the northern hemisphere game in an effort to stop simulation. Any player who dives or feigns injury in an effort to influence match officials will be liable for sanction. At the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, officials were instructed to sin-bin players who committed

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What has gone wrong at Leeds Rhinos?

Leeds Rhinos came into this Super League season on the back of a memorable League Leaders’ Shield, Challenge Cup and Grand Final treble. But this campaign has lurched from one setback to the next as the loss of key players, coupled with injuries and poor form, have hit the champions hard. Friday’s 52-18 loss at

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