Assessing Wales' change in selection policy

?Gatland's Law -- named after Wales coach Warren Gatland -- is no more. Stu Forster/Getty ImagesThe Welsh Rugby Union announced on Monday it will be scrapping 'Gatland's Law' and adopting a model similar to Australia's of selecting overseas based players so long as they have made 60 or more Test

Gatland urges Webb to reconsider Toulon move

CARDIFF -- Rhys Webb is the main casualty of the Welsh Rugby Union's change in policy on overseas-based players with Warren Gatland admitting he feels uncomfortable about the scrum-half's situation.Webb will be ineligible to play for the national side next term after agreeing a three-year deal with Top 14

Lamb urges England not to rush Marcus Smith

Ryan Lamb has urged England to let Marcus Smith develop at his own pace into a "world-class" player.La Rochelle fly-half Lamb outwitted 18-year-old Smith as the French side edged Harlequins 34-27 in Saturday's Champions Cup clash at The Stoop.It was a fascinating opening round of European rugby as Exeter

Beale akin to Ella – Alan Jones

Alan Jones describes him as "Mark Ella", and Kurtley Beale will have the chance to give a performance worthy of the great Wallabies No. 10 and represent his Aboriginal heritage when he runs out in Australia's Indigenous jersey in Bledisloe III in Brisbane.Beale has been regarded as Australian rugby's

Mo'unga called into ABs, Cane signs new deal

10:06 AM BSTESPN staffCrusaders fly-half Richie Mo'unga will join the All Blacks as injury cover ahead of their dead-rubber Bledisloe Cup clash against Australia in Brisbane.Mo'unga -- who guided the Crusaders to Super Rugby glory earlier this year -- has been brought in with Beauden Barrett going through concussion

WRU scraps 'Gatland's Law', follows Australian model

12:59 PM BSTESPN staffThe Welsh Rugby Union has announced it is changing their Senior Players Selection Policy [SPSP], more commonly known as Gatland's Law.Under the old law, Wales head coach Warren Gatland was able to pick three overseas based players for international duty, while it was set to increase

European review: Player of the week, flop & more

8:15 AM BSTESPN staffIt was a fascinating opening round of European rugby as Premiership champions Exeter edged Glasgow, Scarlets pushed Toulon all the way and Saracens laid down the gauntlet to their challengers.But who caught the eye, who had a game to forget, and what will we all be

McCall: Saints win 'best performance this year'

Mark McCall acclaimed Saracens' determination to put Northampton to the sword in their 57-13 Champions Cup victory at Franklin's Gardens.The European champions had already secured the bonus point by half-time but they refused to take their foot off the throats of opponents who collapsed to their heaviest home defeat

Piri Weepu officially retires from rugby

6:26 PM BSTESPN staffWorld Cup-winning All Back, Piri Weepu has called time on his distinguished career and officially retired from the game.ESPN's Tom Hamilton meets Rugby World Cup-winner Piri Weepu, who after a globe-trotting career still feels most at home at his local rugby league club.Weepu played 71 times

Hunt and Korczyk back in Wallabies mix

Karmichael Hunt and Adam Korczyk have earned Wallabies recalls while coach Michael Cheika has named three fresh development players ahead of next weekend's third Bledisloe Cup Test in Brisbane.Hunt is in line for a bench utility role after recovering from the ankle injury which has kept him out of