New Zealand under-20s will face England in the world rugby championships final after beating France 39-26 on Tuesday in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Australian playmaker Matt Giteau will join Japanese champions Suntory Sungoliath for the 2017-18 Top League season after bringing to an end his six-year stint in France with Toulon.
Cronulla have all but ruled out making a play to bring premiership-winning fullback Ben Barba back to the Shire.
France vice-captain Yoann Maestri has been fined €30,000 ($A42,100) for criticising English referee Wayne Barnes.
Australian Peter Kimlin and five teammates stood down during police investigations into a rape allegation have been reinstated by their French rugby club Grenoble.
Former Wallaby Peter Kimlin denies he was arrested as six players from French Top 14 club Grenoble have been questioned following a rape allegation.
LONDON: There was no evidence that Wales winger George North was bitten in the latter stages of their controversial 20-18 Six Nations defeat by France on Saturday, the citing commissioner has said.
The French rugby (union) league (LNR) has called an emergency meeting for Friday following the announcement of a strike by Stade Francais players, including Australian halfback Will Genia, to protest a proposed merger with Paris rivals Racing 92.
Will Genia's immediate rugby future is up in the air with his Stade Francais teammates' decision to strike against the French club's merger with Racing 92.
Ireland overcame a stubborn France side 19-9 on Saturday to move top of the Six Nations standings and stay on course for a possible title showdown against defending champions England.
With the power came the glory. A week after withstanding a second-half shellacking against Ireland, Scotland were blown away in a brutally confrontational second half by a pack which exposed their vulnerability to sheer muscle.
England's growing strength in depth was underlined in bold at Twickenham as the influx of replacements in the last 20 minutes dragged the initiative from France and helped the Six Nations champions battle out a 19-16 victory.
Jan 18 (Reuters) - France have selected four uncapped players in the squad to face England at Twickenham in their Six Nations opener next month.
In beating Samoa last week, the French looked like they could actually play rugby again.
Wallabies fans will be able to watch the anticipated re-match between Australia and Eddie Jones' England on free-to-air television after SBS secured a late deal to broadcast two of the four remaining spring tour Test matches.
England ran in three tries to complete their first grand slam triumph since 2003 with a 31-21 Six Nations victory over arch-rivals France at the Stade de France on Saturday.
Bernard Lapasset will not seek re-election as chairman of World Rugby in May so that he can focus his attention on spearheading Paris' bid for the 2024 Olympics.
Ireland were left battered and bruised after losing 10-9 to France in the Six Nations on Saturday, their first defeat by Les Bleus for five years.
Under tight security and in the presence of French President Francois Hollande, the Stade de France opened its gates on Saturday for the first time since the stadium was targeted in the deadly attacks which struck Paris in November.
Virimi Vakatawa and Jules Plisson shone in a new-look France team who had to fight hard against Italy in their Six Nations opener on Saturday.