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England No. 8 Vunipola out of 6 Nations because of injury

LONDON (AP) England received a major injury blow ahead of the Six Nations when Billy Vunipola was ruled out of the whole tournament because of a broken arm. (MORE)

Depleted England selects 8 uncapped players for 6 Nations

LONDON (AP) A slew of injuries and suspensions has forced England to select eight uncapped players in its 35-man squad for the first match of its Six Nations title defense. (MORE)

Bastareaud dropped from France squad after anti-gay slur

PARIS (AP) France dropped Mathieu Bastareaud from its Six Nations squad Wednesday, shortly after the center was given a three-week suspension for using anti-gay language. (MORE)

England keeps Jones as coach until 2021, plans for his exit

(AP) -- England handed Eddie Jones a two-year contract extension as coach on Wednesday while also outlining a strategy for his exit in advance of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. (MORE)

6 Nations: Top try-scorer in English league gets Wales call

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) The top try-scorer in England's domestic league was one of two uncapped players called up by Wales on Tuesday for the Six Nations rugby tournament starting next month. (MORE)

Toulon captain Bastareaud apologizes after homophobic slur

PARIS (AP) France center Mathieu Bastareaud has apologized after using an anti-gay slur during a Champions Cup match. (MORE)

Women players to be paid for test matches under new deal

SYDNEY (AP) Australia's women's rugby union team will be paid for test matches for the first time under a new collective bargaining agreement, while professional sevens players' base pay has been raised to a similar level to their male 15-a-side colleagues. (MORE)

Australia men, Fiji women win Olympics 7s berths

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) The Australian men's and Fiji women's teams claimed places in the rugby sevens tournament at next year's Olympics by winning their finals at the Oceania regional qualifying tournament on Sunday. (MORE)

England beat Kiwis 20-14 to win rugby league series

WIGAN, England (AP) England won a rugby league series against top-ranked New Zealand for the first time in eight years when it took an exhilarating third and deciding test 20-14 on Saturday. (MORE)

Samoa, Australia unbeaten at Oceania Olympic 7s

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) Australia and Samoa were unbeaten on the first day of the Oceania Olympic rugby sevens qualifying tournament on Saturday and remain headed for a showdown to decide which will claim a place at next year's Rio de Janiero games. (MORE)