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Armitage banned for 12 weeks

​Toulon's Delon Armitage has been suspended for 12 weeks as a result of a misconduct complaint lodged against him following his club's European Champions Cup defeat in Leicester.

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Ashley-Cooper joins Bordeaux

Adam Ashley-Cooper has signed for French Top 14 club Bordeaux-Begles.

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Hartley, Lawes stay at Saints

Forwards Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes have signed new deals with reigning Premiership champions Northampton.

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Castrogiovanni fined for rant

Prop Martin Castrogiovanni has been fined 7,900 and given a suspended four-match ban for comments he made in the wake of Toulon's defeat to Leicester.

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Ireland unveil pre-Cup games

Ireland will face England, as well as Wales twice in the space of three weeks, in friendly fixtures ahead of next year's World Cup.

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Wasps up for Coventry - Goode

The Wasps players are desperate to succeed in Coventry, says Andy Goode, following their controversial move from Adams Park.

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Wales announce World Cup plans

Wales will face a testing double-header against Six Nations holders Ireland as part of their World Cup preparations next year.

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Quins star set for lengthy ban

Charlie Matthews could receive a long suspension after being cited for allegedly making contact with the eye area of Leinster flanker Dominic Ryan on Saturday.

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Baa-Baas set up Argentina tie

The Barbarians will continue the fight to restore their reputation by rounding off their 125th anniversary against Argentina at Twickenham in November 2015.

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North welcomes dual contracts

George North says Wales' overseas-based stars are "relieved" by the new dual-contract system that gives them an option to return to play closer to home.

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New deals for Leicester trio

England pair Tom Youngs and Dan Cole and Argentina prop Marcos Ayerza have agreed new long-term contracts with Leicester.

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All Blacks extend Hansen deal

New Zealand rugby chiefs have put their long-term faith in coach Steve Hansen by reappointing him to the end of 2017 - regardless of results in next year's World Cup.

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