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# Internationals

Last year
# reinforcements
Ireland internationals return as Munster bid to build after Cardiff defeat
However, Munster will be missing 10 players as they head on the Emerging Ireland tour.
# Internationals
Furlong, Ryan and Larmour 'should be ok' for Ireland's Six Nations campaign
Leinster haven’t officially ruled the trio out of their clash with Bath on Saturday.
All time
# Transfer News
5 Irish internationals who could be on the move
After Jack Byrne sealed his APOEL deal today, we look at others who could be set for pastures new as the transfer window opens.
# Changes
Fifa relaxes rules on release of players for internationals
Clubs are usually obliged to release players to national teams during those parts of the calendar.
# Boost
Biggar and Liam Williams set to be fit for Wales' England clash
The experienced duo are expected to be fit for a daunting trip to Twickenham.
# Hope
Finn Russell holds 'positive discussions' over Scotland return
The Racing 92 playmaker was disciplined for a ‘breach of team protocol’.
# Taking Charge
Foster named new All Blacks head coach
New Zealand appoint Ian Foster as he replaces Steve Hansen on a two-year deal.
# voluntary defence
Scotland to get first crack at newly crowned world champions South Africa
Georgia will also face South Africa for only the second time following two Springboks Tests against the Scots.
# Time to say goodbye
South Africa great 'The Beast' retires from international rugby after World Cup triumph
Tendai Mtawarira picked up 117 caps throughout his career.
# continuity
Beauden Barrett backs Foster for All Blacks job
The New Zealand playmaker has suggested they should promote from within to replace Steve Hansen.
# Anger
Cheika subjected to 'crazy' threats over Folau stance
The player was sacked by Rugby Australia in May for a “high-level breach” of contract
# RWC2019
Springboks prop expected to be fit for World Cup opener after injury scare
Trevor Nyakane was forced off against Japan on Friday.
# Injury List
Blow for England as Vunipola and Nowell look set to miss at least two World Cup games
The Saracens forward has a hamstring injury while the Exeter Chiefs player has been dealing with an ankle injury and appendicitis.
# Absolute Annihilation
All Blacks crush Tonga by 85 points in final Rugby World Cup dress rehearsal
Steve Hansen’s side fell just short of scoring 100 points in Hamilton.
# Man at Work
Wallabies flanker Pocock to retire from Tests after Rugby World Cup
The upcoming tournament will mark David Pocock’s last matches for the Wallabies.
# Big Sam
Exeter Chiefs forward Skinner ruled out of Scotland's World Cup campaign
Sam Skinner won’t be travelling to Japan after sustaining a hamstring injury in Saturday’s win against France.
# Made the cut
Uncapped teen sensation included as Cheika names Australia's World Cup squad
Jordan Petaia is among the 31 players who will be travelling to the tournament in Japan.
# Top of the World
Dan Biggar makes his point against England as Wales go top of the world for the first time
George North scored the only try in a 13-6 win over England.
# Men At Work
'Hungry' Wallabies stick with winning formula for All Blacks
Australia have made one change to their starting team to face New Zealand, with Adam Coleman replacing Rory Arnold.
# Strength to Strength
Kolisi poised for 'limited minutes' on South Africa return
The Springbok captain missed out on the Rugby Championship win due to a knee injury, but is on track to boost his side in Japan.
# blacks shook
Jones takes aim at World Rugby over 'ridiculous' Barrett red card
England’s head coach took a swipe at the governing body over the tackle laws after their win against Wales.
# Neighbours
Sonny Bill to sit out Bledisloe opener as New Zealand trim squad to 34
Shannon Frizell and Karl Tu’inukuafe are among the men to miss out as the window to reach the World Cup narrows.
# RWC2019
Cipriani dropped from England training squad as uncapped Marchant called up
Eddie Jones’ side continue their World Cup preparations with a training camp in Italy.
# Hanging up his boots
Scotland's most capped international announces retirement from rugby
Edinburgh hooker Ross Ford is to move into strength and conditioning coaching.
# Pen to Paper
England defence coach a contender to succeed Jones as he signs new contract
John Mitchell has renewed terms with the RFU until 2021.
Wallabies star Israel Folau sacked over anti-gay comments
The fullback has 72 hours to appeal.
# New Challenge
Sale pull off major coup with signing of Springbok second row
Lood de Jager is to leave the Bulls and join the Premiership side on a three-year contract.
# sacking
Folau fights Rugby Australia sacking over anti-gay comments
The Wallabies star has requested a code of conduct hearing.
# Support
Vunipola defends under-fire Israel Folau following controversial social media posts
A statement from Saracens says that the England player’s post is ‘inconsistent’ with the club’s values, and they will be handling the matter internally.
# Recovery
All Black Cane cleared for contact training six months after breaking neck
The Chiefs say they will take no risks with the New Zealand flanker.
# Head first
'My head would be pounding from it... You were thinking: when is this going to end?'
Leigh Halfpenny was out for three months after suffering a head injury while playing for Wales in November.
# 6 Nations
Vunipola: Mental weakness not an issue for England
Eddie Jones says psychology has been an issue for England since the last World Cup, but Billy Vunipola sees it differently.
# Faith in Farrell
'One bad half and now everyone's questioning' - Vunipola defends captain Farrell
Owen Farrell has come in for criticism since the draw with Scotland, but Billy Vunipola says it’s unwarranted.
# learning curve
Jones sees Twickenham collapse as 'a great lesson' for England
The hosts squandered a 31-point lead and needed a last-gasp try to snatch a draw against Scotland.
# missed opportunities
O'Shea insists Italy will hurt 'more than ever' after France defeat
The Azzurri once again ended their Six Nations campaign without a win.
# Mixed Bag
Russell back in contention for Scotland but Hogg ruled out of Wales clash
The Glasgow fullback is still recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in a challenge by Peter O’Mahony.
Itoje, Robshaw and Joseph return to England squad
Itoje has been missing since England’s big win over Ireland, while Robshaw has played just four matches since returning in January.
# lock out
Six Nations over for England lock Lawes
The Northampton second row will be out for four weeks with a calf injury.
# Indisponible
Injury from O'Mahony challenge rules Hogg out of Scotland's trip to France
Gregor Townsend has added six players to his squad ahead of Saturday’s game in Paris.
# Taking Flight
Liam Squire leaving New Zealand to join Red Hurricanes
The back-row forward is off after the 2019 World Cup.