Wing Richard Fussell has extended his Ospreys contract till 2014. The 26-year-old joined the Swansea-based region in the summer from Newport Gwent Dragons on a two-year deal.

But his form has been such that he has been rewarded with a long-term deal.

"I'm over the moon. It just shows the faith that the coaches have in me to do my job on the field and as a player you can't ask for anything more," he said.


The chairman of the New Zealand Rugby union resigned yesterday due to health issues. Hobbs, a former All Blacks captain, was diagnosed this year with leukemia but, after undergoing chemotherapy, was found to be suffering from more serious non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Chief executive Steve Tew said Hobbs' illness would require aggressive treatment over a longer period and, as a consequence, he had resigned from both boards.

Hobbs has been chairman of the union since 2002. He will be replaced by acting chairman Mike Eagle.


Mitchell bagged a hat-trick as Australia humiliated France. The tourists ran riot in the second half, scoring six tries in 31 minutes to embarrass the reigning Six Nations champions in front of their own fans.

Les Bleus had led 16-13 at the start of the second period, courtesy of Morgan Parra's third penalty.

But the hosts had no answer to the Wallabies' devastating second-half surge, scoring seven tries in total.

After Adam Ashley-Cooper's early score, the visitors' problems at the scrum were exposed when France were awarded a penalty try and duly moved into a 16-13 lead.


Jonny Wilkinson chose the right game to play just like he did in the olden days when he kicked Toulon to victory with 14 points - England coach Martin Johnson was on the sidelines watching! It might just saves him having to buy some England Rugby Tickets!


Northampton signing Tom Wood says that he is delighted at the start that Northampton Rugby Union have made. The 23-year-old back-row, who joined Saints from Worcester this summer, has figured in the starting line-up against both Leicester and Harlequins.

"It's something to be really proud of," Wood told BBC Radio Northampton. "I came in and worked hard all through pre-season and have been lucky enough to get a couple of starts," he added.


London Irish managed to win against Saracens 33-16. Ernst Joubert's try opened the scoring for Sarries before Ryan Lamb kicked a penalty for the Exiles.

Schalk Brits muscled over before Lamb struck again just before half time.

Irish then came alive with tries from Delon Armitage, Sailosi Tagicakibau, a penalty try and Tospy Ojo to outscore Saracens 27-6 after the break.

In a game that saw four yellow cards - two on each side - Joubert crossed in the corner after some slick handling from Brits and Chris Wyles while Delon Armitage sat on the sidelines after a professional foul.


It was, by common consent, the best Premiership final ever.

And when Glen Jackson's fifth penalty flew between the posts after precisely 76 minutes and four seconds to give Saracens the lead for the fifth time in an absolute belter of a game it looked as though it was about to produce a brand new champion of England.

But finals rugby can be a cruel game. Toby Flood's hanging kick at the re-start was claimed by Scott Hamilton and after he scissored with Dan Hipkiss, it was Jackson who scragged the Leicester centre around the neck before falling off the tackle.

England Six Nations Fixtures Planned

The Six Nations committee announced on Wednesday that England would travel to Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Feb 4, the first time in the 127 years of the Five or Six Nations that it will not start on a Saturday.

It will also be the first time that two Home Union sides will meet on a Friday night. France hosted Wales at the Stade de France in 2009 before the corresponding game in Cardiff in this year’s championship.


Bath Rugby have been bought by a new multi-millionaire businessman, who has announced ambitious plans for the club.

Bruce Craig says he will press ahead with plans to replace the Rec by 2015 with a new, larger stadium.

The 47-year-old will also finance new headquarters and a training facility at Farleigh Hungerford, possibly raising funds by issuing charity scratch cards.

Craig said: "I hope to be able to combine my business experience and my passion for rugby to take this club to another level."