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Pau made it four wins from four in the Challenge Cup after they beat Agen 26-12 on Thursday, giving them an eight-point lead in Pool 3.
Dragons head coach Bernard Jackman has continued his recruitment for next season by signing scrum-half Rhodri Davies from Rotherham.
The IRFU and Connacht have confirmed that Irish international scrum-half Kieran Marmion has extended his contract at Connacht until 2020.
England second-row Maro Itoje is expected to be fit for his team’s Six Nations opener, against Italy in Rome, according to his club Saracens.
The Lions have announced that their defence coach JP Ferreira will leave the Johannesburg-based franchise in January to join Munster.
Four games take place in the Challenge Cup on Friday with the Dragons looking for a victory over Newcastle that would blow Pool 1 wide open.
Sam Whitelock was the big winner at the New Zealand Rugby Awards as the lock was named the Kelvin R Tremain Memorial Player of the Year.
Ulster boss Les Kiss has made two changes to his starting line-up for Friday’s return match against Harlequins at the Kingspan Stadium.
Gloucester have announced that hooker James Hanson has committed his long-term future to the club having signed a permanent contract.
Wasps will expand their coaching team next season, with Cardiff Blues coach Danny Wilson and Nottingham boss Ian Costello joining them.
The Rebels have bolstered their backline stocks with the signing of Force scrum-half Michael Ruru until the end of the 2019 campaign.
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Planet Rugby looks back at the best – and worst – of 2017 expressed in numerical form, this year coming at you via a festive advent calendar.
Connacht have announced that prop Conor Carey has inked a new deal.
Benetton flanker Francesco Minto has been suspended for three weeks following his red card in his team’s 33-28 defeat away to the Scarlets.
The match officials for this weekend have been revealed, with Andrew Brace taking charge of the Clermont v Saracens Champions Cup game.
Simon Mannix has made several changes to his squad for Thursday’s Challenge Cup encounter against Agen at the Stade du Hameau.
Australia will bid to host both the 2021 women’s and 2027 men’s Rugby World Cups, Rugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne has confirmed.
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