Rugby Union* en-au Copyright (c) 2014 Yahoo New Zealand. All rights reserved. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:18:36 +1300 Yahoo New Zealand Sport 144 36 Hansen applauds Carter's move to France (Newstalk ZB)

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is applauding Daniel Carter's move to France.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:31:30 +1300
Last Super Rugby season for Carter (Newstalk ZB)

Some frustration for the Crusaders as Dan Carter prepares for his last Super Rugby season.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:27:04 +1300
England's Launchbury to miss Six Nations (AFP)

London (AFP) - England second-row forward Joe Launchbury will miss the Six Nations after Wasps announced on Thursday that he must undergo neck surgery and faces up to four months out.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:23:08 +1300
Ireland's Sexton not ready to return after head blow - club (Reuters)

PARIS (Reuters) - Ireland flyhalf Jonathan Sexton will not resume playing until he is fully fit following a blow to the head last month, his Racing Metro coach said on Thursday.
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Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:24:26 +1300
Dan Carter to play for Racing Metro in blockbuster deal (AFP)

Paris (AFP) - All Black great Dan Carter said the sheer quality of the players in France's Top-14 was a key reason in him joining Racing Metro, as he was unveiled in a video conference in Paris on Thursday.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:14:18 +1300
England lock Launchbury to undergo neck surgery (Reuters)

LONDON (Reuters) - England lock Joe Launchbury will be sidelined for between three and four months after he undergoes surgery to decompress a nerve in his neck, his club side Wasps said on Thursday.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:46:52 +1300
Wallaby coach unfazed by overseas player drain (AFP)

Sydney (AFP) - Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is unfazed about a possible mass exodus of players after next year's World Cup following the departures of veterans James Horwill and Adam Ashley-Cooper.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:50:00 +1300
O'Connor backs Hunt in Reds switch (AAP)

Michael O'Connor says Karmichael Hunt has the potential to turn the Queensland Reds into Super Rugby champions.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:19:03 +1300
Western Force sign Japan winger Yamada (AAP)

New Western Force winger Akihito Yamada says he's excited about playing a season of Super Rugby after starring in Japan's league.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:52:09 +1300
Wallabies coach unfazed by overseas exodus (AAP)

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika insists he's unconcerned about the threat of a major player drain from Australian rugby after next year's World Cup.

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:32:05 +1300