Championship pair given doping bans

UKAD head of science and medicine Nick Wojek said that steroid abuse was a growing concern in rugby 24 February 2015 Last updated at 13:47 By Ian Woodcock BBC Sport Featherstone’s Shaun Pick and South Wales’ Ashley Bateman have been banned for two years for doping offences. Pick, 21, and Bateman, 25, were caught with

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Ireland call up Wilson and Holland

Roger Wilson earned his only Ireland cap against Japan in 2005 24 February 2015 Last updated at 13:45 Forwards Roger Wilson and Billy Holland have been added to the Ireland squad for Sunday’s Six Nations match against England in Dublin. Ulster back row Wilson’s only full cap was back in 2005 on a tour of

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North one of four Wales changes

Alex Cuthbert and George North were Lions team-mates in 2013 24 February 2015 Last updated at 11:10 Six Nations 2015: France v Wales Venue: Stade de France Date: 28 February, 2015 Kick-off: 17:00 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC One, HD, Red Button, S4C, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, Radio 5 live, 5 live sports

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Armitage case to be re-examined

Armitage has made a big impact with Toulon since moving there in 2011 24 February 2015 Last updated at 11:30 A French court has sent back the assault case against England forward Steffon Armitage for further investigation. The 29-year-old flanker is accused of assaulting a man in Toulon in December but denies the charges. Earlier

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Scotland eye Kiwi rugby league back

Kevin Locke was previously at New Zealand Warriors 24 February 2015 Last updated at 08:53 By Phil Goodlad BBC Scotland Scottish Rugby officials plan to meet New Zealand rugby league player Kevin Locke to persuade him to switch codes and countries and play for Scotland. Full-back Locke, 25, who plays for the Salford Red Devils,

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Lewis to leave WRU after World Cup

24 February 2015 Last updated at 06:00 Roger Lewis is to stand down as Welsh Rugby Union chief executive after this autumn’s 2015 World Cup. Lewis, 60, was appointed in 2006 with a tenure marked by historic highs and controversy. WRU chairman Gareth Davies says the timing of the announcement allows the governing body “time

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NRL to take over Gold Coast Titans

Greg Bird and four other rugby league players have been suspended from the Gold Coast Titans The Gold Coast Titans are to be taken over by the Australia’s National Rugby League, amid a drug scandal. Five of the club’s players have been suspended over either possessing or supplying cocaine. On Friday, Greg Bird, Dave Taylor

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Hock leaves Salford after latest ban

Gareth Hock represented England between 2008 and 2012 23 February 2015 Last updated at 23:50 Salford Red Devils forward Gareth Hock has left the club after his latest disciplinary problem. The former England player was banned for six weeks for twice using his knees against opponents in Salford’s 52-6 defeat by St Helens on 12

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Burgess World Cup hopes in balance

Sam Burgess says he has not enjoyed the line-outs since switching codes because “I don’t understand them” 23 February 2015 Last updated at 23:04 By Chris Jones BBC Radio 5 live September’s World Cup may come too soon for rugby league convert Sam Burgess to make it into the England squad, says coach Stuart Lancaster.

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Brown suffers concussion setback

Mike Brown has won 35 caps for England 23 February 2015 Last updated at 19:01 By Chris Jones BBC Radio 5 live England full-back Mike Brown appears unlikely to face Ireland in the Six Nations on Sunday following a setback in his recovery from concussion. Brown, 29, was stretchered off in the first half of

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