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England enter dragon's den in potential Six Nations decider

LONDON(Reuters) - Everyone else in rugby enjoys an England defeat for a variety of historical reasons but the neutrals will be behind Wales in Cardiff on Saturday in the more prosaic hope of preserving some uncertainty in the outcome of the Six Nations championship.

Dual international O'Connor named Wallabies selector

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Dual international Michael O'Connor has been appointed to Australia's new three-man selection panel ahead of the World Cup, Rugby Australia (RA) said on Wednesday.

England's Itoje misses out on Wales clash with injury

(Reuters) - England lock Maro Itoje has been left out of the squad for Saturday's crunch Six Nations match away to Wales after failing to recover in time from a knee injury.

RFU picks British Olympic Association's Sweeney as new boss

(Reuters) - England's Rugby Football Union (RFU) have appointed former British Olympic Association (BOA) head Bill Sweeney as their new chief executive, the two governing bodies confirmed on Tuesday.

Scotland's Russell ruled out of France game

(Reuters) - Scotland flyhalf Finn Russell has been ruled out of Saturday's Six Nations match against France due to a head injury, Scottish Rugby said on Tuesday.

Rugby - Rebel Cooper revived after year in exile

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Being frozen out at the Queensland Reds for a whole season looks to have been a blessing in disguise for former Australia flyhalf Quade Cooper, who rekindled his love for rugby away from the spotlight and found a welcoming home at the Melbourne Rebels.

Itoje in contention for Wales clash - Mitchell

(Reuters) - England lock Maro Itoje could return to the squad for Saturday's Six Nations clash with Wales despite being initially ruled out of the game in Cardiff, defence coach John Mitchell has said.

Hunt gamble paying off already, say Waratahs

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The New South Wales Waratahs' decision to take a chance on Karmichael Hunt looks to be paying off already after the back delivered a solid performance in their Super Rugby opener, assistant coach Simon Cron has said.

Six in for Scotland as Russell to be monitored ahead of France

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has included six new players in his squad for the Six Nations clash against France in Paris on Saturday, with flyhalf Finn Russell to be assessed through the week.

Olympics - 2020 Games can be springboard to transform Tokyo: Governor

TOKYO (Reuters) - The 2020 Olympics can "usher in a new Tokyo" and, along with this year's Rugby World Cup, leave behind a legacy similar to that of the 1964 Summer Games, the city's Governor Yuriko Koike said on Monday.