Schmidt pens new Ireland deal

Joe Schmidt will stay on as Ireland head coach.

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Joe Schmidt has signed a contract extension that will see him remain as Ireland head coach until at least June 2017.

The Irish Rugby Football Union announced Schmidt's new deal on their official website.

The New Zealander was appointed to the role in 2013 and Ireland have since claimed back-to-back RBS 6 Nations titles and climbed to third place in rugby union's official world rankings.

England squad reduced from 50 to 45

Easter has a sore back.

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England's Rugby World Cup training squad for their Colorado training camp has been reduced from 50 to 45, with Stephen Myler, Elliot Daly, Maro Itoje and Ed Slater returning to their clubs on standby and Nick Easter remaining at Harlequins for treatment on a sore back, the Rugby Football Union has announced.

England launch Rugby World Cup kit

England's new armour.

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England have launched their official Rugby World Cup kit ready for their assualt on the tournament on home turf this year.

The change strip is red with England revealing more than 220 hours of testing and over 250,000 miles of travel have gone into perfecting the design, including the addition of a red rose that has been 3D injection-moulded.

Treviranus named Samoa captain

Treviranus is Samoa captain for the rugby World Cup.

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Flanker Ofisa Treviranus was named Samoa captain for the rugby World Cup in September and his first match as skipper will be next week's one off test against world champions New Zealand.

The 31-year-old forward, who plays his club rugby in England with London Irish, said he had just been focusing on making the starting lineup for the July 8 fixture, the first ever visit to Apia by the All Blacks.

"It's always an honour to represent Samoa, but it is something very special when you are asked to captain your team," Treviranus said in a statement on Monday.